Cody’s 120 Gallon Zoa Garden

About the Owner

Hey all you reef nerds! My name is Cody Bean and I absolutely love reefing! I am 32-years-old and live in sunny Southern California with my beautiful wife, Annette, and my little dog, Aldo The Apache Bean.

I have kept aquariums all my life, but about 10 years ago, I started my first saltwater tank. With all the local fish stores nearby, wow, was that a mistake! My non-reef friends will never fully understand my addiction to reef keeping, but maybe some of you do!

I have had my fair share of ups and downs keeping reef aquariums, just like many hobbyists. But I have always tried to learn from those mistakes. A big reason for some of my success in the hobby is due to the marine aquarium clubs that I have had the privilege to be a part of. I have been a member of the Southern California Marine Aquarium Society (SCMAS) for many years now, as well as other clubs (SCRK, IEMAS, MASLAC and LARS) throughout Southern California. As a hobbyist, I am fortunate to be around so many knowledgeable reefers that share the same love and appreciation for the animals we keep.

I hope you enjoy my reef tank and encourage everyone to continue to share their passion with anyone willing to listen! There are so many ways to accomplish a great reef tank. My best advice would be to do what works for you and to stay as consistent with your routine as possible.

Thanks to Marine Depot for featuring my tank and capturing some great photos and video!

- Cody AKA "BeanMachine"


Display Tank Volume 120 Gallons
Display Tank Dimensions 48" x 24" x 24"
Frag Tank Dimensions 18" x 18" x 8"
Glass or Acrylic LeeMar - Eurobraced glass aquarium with Starfire Glass and custom made acrylic sump
Sump Volume 35 Gallons


Main Return Pump Fluval SP-4 (88w / 1,822 US GPH)
Plumbing Hard and Flex PVC
Overflow Durso drain pipe with internal trapezoid overflow box.
Powerheads Ecotech Vortech MP40wES, Maxpect Gyre XF130, and Maxi-Jet 600

Controllers & Monitors

Aquarium Controller Neptune Systems Apex
Heater Eheim Jager 150 watt
Chiller Cooling fan blows air over sump for evaporative cooling


Protein Skimmer ATB 840 v2 w/ Sicce Pump
Media AquaMaxx Carbon One Activated Carbon used in a filter sock below drain
BioPellets Warner Marine EcoBak ULNS BioPellets
Live Rock Approx. 100 lbs. of Real Reef, Pukani, and miscellaneous rock from local fish stores.
Substrate 2" sand bed with Caribsea Special Grade Reef Sand
Flourescent T5HO ATI 48" Powermodule 6 x 54W (approx. 100 to 500 PAR)
T5HO BUlbs 4 x Blue Plus, 1 x Coral Plus and 1 x Purple Plus
LED Reef Brite 48" XHO Blue - run at 30% intensity
Photoperiod T5 is 12pm - 9pm and LED is 9pm - 11pm
Refugium LED 2 x JBJ Nano Glo LEDs and 1 x Blue/Red LED Spot Light
System Parameters
Temperature 79° F - 80° F
Specific Gravity 1.025 - 1.026
pH 8.2 - 8.4
Alkalinity 8 - 9dKH
Calcium 460 ppm
Magnesium 1230 ppm
Nitrate 0 ppm
Phosphate 0.03-0.10 ppm

Maintenance & Dosing

Water Exchanges 20 gallons bi-monthly
Water Tests Hanna Checkers and Salifert Test Kits
GHL Dosing System 50 mL of Calcium and Alkalinity daily, Magnesium is dosed manually as needed and occasional addition of Two Little Fishies AcroPower.
Salt Mix Instant Ocean


Fish New Life Spectrum Pellets, Ocean Nutrition Formula 2 Flake, Ocean Nutrition Mysis & Cyclops, Reef Nutrition ROE, Rod's Food, Chefzilla's ChowDown, and a variety of other foods. I use American Marine Selcon on occasion. Fish are fed 1-2 times per day.
Coral Reef Nutrition Oyster and Roti Feast 1- 2 times per week


  • Male Potter's Leopard Wrasse (Macropharyngodon geoffroyi)
  • Female Blackspotted Leopard Wrasse (Macropharyngodon meleagris)
  • Male Blue Streak Cleaner Wrasse (Labroides dimidiatus)
  • Male Blue Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus sp.)
  • Female Hawaiian Flame Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus jordani)
  • 2 x Male/ Female Yellow Canary Wrasses (Halichoeres chrysus)
  • Female ORA Naked Clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris)
  • Male Wyoming White (Amphiprion ocellaris)
  • Yellow Tang (Zebrasoma flavescens)
  • Female Bellus Angel (Genicanthus bellus)
  • Sunburst Anthias (Serranocirrhitus latus)
  • Longspine (Blue Eye) Cardinalfish (Zoramia leptacantha)
  • Snowflake Clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris)
  • Sanjay's Black Photon Clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris / Percula hybrid)
  • Blue Velvet Damselfish (Paraglyphidodon oxyodon)