Adnan’s SPS Dominate 150 Gallon Reef Aquarium

About the Owner

I am from Pakistan natively and was raised in Saudi Arabia where I work and live with my family. I am an IT Professional and a Hotel Manager for IHG Hotels. I have been a freshwater aquarist since 1995. I started getting into saltwater aquariums 6 years ago because the marine fish and corals fascinate me.

Unfortunately, we don't have many local fish stores here in Saudi Arabia to buy equipment and supplements for advanced reefers to run a successful reef tank. More than 90% of my tank is built by ordering online from stores in the United States, primarily Most of the corals are wild collected from the Red Sea by my friend, I have travelled to neighboring countries like United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Kuwait to buy corals… even driving thousands of miles!

It's not an easy hobby in this part of the world, but it has become a part of life now. I have still managed to attend 3 MACNA events so far and am looking forward for the next MACNA conference in Washington, D.C.



Tank Volume 150 Gallons
Tank Dimensions 60" x 24" x 24"
Glass or Acrylic Glass
Sump Volume 25 Gallons
Aquarium Stand Material Wood & Steel


Main Return Pump Eheim Universal Hobby Pump
Plumbing Vinyl Tubing
Overflow Internal Overflow
Powerheads Dual EcoTech Marine Vortech MP40wES

Controllers & Monitors

Controller Neptune Systems Apex
Heater x2 Eheim Jager 300 Watt
Chiller/Fans 24/7 air conditioning as needed to maintain suitable temperatures.


Protein Skimmer AquaMaxx EM300 In-Sump Protein Skimmer
Media Vertex ROX 0.8 Carbon, Seachem Matrix, Various GFO, AZN03 Nitrate Eliminator
Live Rock 220 lbs in Display
Substrate 2-3 Inches of Red Sea Sand
System Parameters
Temperature 77° F / 25° C
Specific Gravity 1.026
pH 7.8 - 8.10
Alkalinity 8-9dKH
Calcium 400-440 ppm
Magnesium 1250-1300 ppm
Nitrate 0 - 3 ppm
Phosphate 0.01 - 0.05 ppm

Maintenance & Dosing

Water Exchanges 20% every 15 days
Bulb Replacements Metal Halide bulbs are replaced every 12 months and T5 Fluorescent bulbs are replaced every 6 - 8 months
Calcium Reactor Korallin C-1502 Calcium Reactor
Water Tests Alkalinity is tested weekly. Calcium, Magnesium, Nitrate, and Phosphate are tested after each water exchange.
Media Replacements Monthly or as needed
Salt Mix Kent Marine Sea Salt Mix


Fish One to two times per day with Ocean Nutrition Mysis Shrimp and Prime Reef frozen foods. They also receive Ocean Nutrition Formula One and Formula Two dry flake food on a daily basis.
Coral Two Little Fishies AcroPower Amino Acids 1 - 3 times per week and Seachem Reef Plus 1 - 2 times per week.


  • Purple Tang
  • Yellow Tang
  • Sailfin Tang
  • True Percula Clownfish
  • Dottyback
  • Domino Damsel
  • Blue Damsel
  • Diamond Goby
  • Green Clown Goby

Stony Corals

  • Green Staghorn
  • Pocillipora
  • Green Acropora
  • Assorted Euphyllia (Frogspawn)
  • Encrusting Blue Montipora
  • Montipora Digitata
  • Red Planet Millepora
  • Green Millepora
  • Red Montipora Capricornis
  • Green Montipora Capricornis
  • Acanthastrea Lordhowensis
  • Green Goniopora
  • Green Pavona
  • Brain Coral, Favites
  • Brain Coral, Trachyphyllia
  • Blue Maxima Clam
  • Unidentified SPS

Soft Corals

  • Colt Coral
  • Finger Leather
  • Toadstool Leather
  • Zoanthids
  • Green Polyp Leather
  • Assorted Zoanthids and Palythoa


  • Turbo Snails
  • Hermit Crabs
  • Cleaner Shrimp