Fadi’s 180 Gallon SPS Masterpiece – Angelfish and Acros

About the Owner

My Name is Fadi Abu Tahoun. I am from Jordan and currently live in Riyadh - Saudi Arabia.

Keeping a reef here in this part of world is not an easy task.

I bought most of my equipment from Marine Depot, and shipped them to Saudi Arabia. For livestock I had to travel and drive more than a thousand miles to nearby countries like Bahrain and Dubai to get coral frags and fish until only recently. I have started helping a local fish store to order live stock from Indonesia and the Philippines which has been working out great because I can get my wish list and the store always has a much nicer selection.

I am in love with Acropora corals and Angelfish, and I always wanted to make a reef tank tho hold them all. Naturally, many Angelfish prey upon coral polyps and so keeping them together can be problematic. I just stay way from certain corals that the Angelfish will eat like Acans, Brains and Zoas. I feed substantial amounts with my DIY food mix, sometimes up to 3 times a day. I got the Emperor when it was a small juvenile before it developed a taste for corals and it does not pick on any coral or clams to this day. The only problem is that the Dwarf Angels occasionally nip at Acropora polyps so the daytime polyp extension is minimal; it is not a big deal as coral growth and coloration is still good.  Genicanthus Angelfish are 100% reef safe and don't do any damage.


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Display Tank Volume 180 Gallons
Display Tank Dimensions 72" x 24" x 24"
Glass or Acrylic Glass
Sump Volume 50 Gallons
Stand Type or Material  Steel Stand and no canopy
Main Return Pump Jabao DC 12000
Water Return Type PVC Manifold with dual 3/4 Loc-Line Returns
Powerheads x2 Apex WAV pumps and x1 Gyre XF250
Controllers & Monitors
Aquarium Controller Apex Classic Aquarium Controller System
Heater x2 Eheim Jaeger 300 Watt Heaters
Chiller Air Conditioned Room
Protein Skimmer Super Reef Octopus SRO 3000
Chemical Filtration AquaMaxx ROX 0.8 Carbon
Biological Filter Live Rock and Sand
Refugium  Chaetomorpha lit with a Kessil H380
Live Rock in Display 100 lbs
Substrate Carib Sea Aragonite


LED Radion XR30
Lighting Controller Ecosmart Live
System Parameters
Temperature 77° F - 78° F
Specific Gravity 1.026
pH 8.1-8.3
Alkalinity 9.0-9.5
Calcium 420-460 ppm
Magnesium 1300-1350 ppm
Test Kit Brands Salifert and Hanna Instruments
Resins or Devices Used to Control Nitrate/Phosphate AquaMaxx GFO for Phosphate Control
Dosing  Calcium, Alkalinity, Magnesium Weekly

Maintenance & Dosing

Water Exchanges 10% Weekly
Water Tests Weekly
Salt Mix Red Sea Coral Pro
 Fish Food  3 Times Daily, 2 times with homemade frozen food mix, and one time with Apex AFS auto feeder with mix of Ocean Nutrition Formala 1 & 2 and NLS Thera A
 Coral Food Once weekly with Two Little Fishies Acropower.  Mix of Goniopower, Coral Frenzy ,and Reef Roids for target feeding.


  • Emperor Angelfish(Pomacanthus imperator) From Juvenile To Young Adult
  • 2 X Coral Beauty Angelfish(Centropyge bispinosa) From The Philippines
  • Rusty Angelfish(Centropyge ferrugata)
  • Lamarck's Angelfish(Genicanthus lamarck)
  • Watanabei Angelfish(Genicanthus watanabei)
  • Swallowtail Angelfish (Genicanthus melanospilos)
  • Masked Swallowtail Angelfish(Genicanthus semifasciatus)
  • 3 X Dispar Anthias (Pseudanthias dispar)
  • Pair of Female Black Ice Ocellaris Clownfish, (Amphiprion ocellaris ) and Male Platinum Percula Clownfish, (Amphiprion percula)
  • Another lonely Female Black Ice Ocellaris Clownfish, (Amphiprion ocellaris )
  • Diamond Watchman Goby (Valenciennea puellaris)
  • Blue Tang (Paracanthurus hepatus)
  • Purple Tang (Zebrasoma xanthurum)
  • Yellow Tang (Zebrasoma flavescens)
  • 2 X Melanurus Wrasse (Halichoeres melanurus)
  • Carpenter's Flasher Wrasse(Paracheilinus carpenteri)
  • Rose band Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus roseafascia)
  • Crescent Tail Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus lunatus)
  • Pylei fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus Pylei)
  • Blue Flasher Wrasse(Paracheilinus cyaneus)
  • Filamented Flasher Wrasse (Paracheilinus filamentosus)
  • Green Mandarin(Synchiropus splendidus)
  • Ornate leopard wrasse (Macropharyngodon ornate)
  • Lubbock's Fairy Wrasse(Cirrhilabrus lubbocki)
  • Lineatus Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus lineatus)
  • Ruby Head Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus cf cyanopleura)
  • Pink Margin Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus rubrimarginatus)
  • Blotched Anthias(Odontanthias borbonius)
  • Purple Firefish (Nemateleotris decora)
  • Six Line Wrasse (Pseudocheilinus hexataenia)
  • Scarlet Pin Stripe Wrasse (Pseudocheilinus evanidus)

Stony Corals

  • Acropora Lokani
  • Acropora Efflo
  • Acropora Florida
  • Strawberry Shortcake
  • Bali Green Slimer
  • Bali Tri Color
  • Blue Flowers Montipora
  • Blue Matrix
  • Boston Bean Digi
  • Chili Pepper Monti
  • Chocolate Mint Chip Monti
  • Forest Fire Digi
  • German blue Digi
  • Green Cactus Pavona
  • Green Cap
  • Green Pocillopora
  • Grinch Reverse Sunset Montipora
  • Appleberry Monti
  • Rainbow Monti
  • Red Hot Setosa
  • Gomizi
  • Yellow Tips Acro
  • Meteor Shower Cyphastrea
  • Miyagi tort
  • Pacman Acro
  • Confusa Montipora
  • Green Bounce Mushroom
  • ORA Green Bird's Nest
  • ORA Red Planet
  • Pink Lemonade
  • Purple Red Sea Monster
  • Rainbow Short Cake Acro
  • Red Cap
  • Golden Millepora
  • Acropora Lorips
  • Sanjay Milka Stylo
  • Millepora acro
  • Pink Shortcake Acro
  • Superman Montipora
  • Purple valida
  • Green Light Monti Hirsuta
  • Tenuis
  • Multiple Goniopora (red, Green , Green Purple tips, Purple)
  • Blastomussa


  • 3 X Maxima Clam
  • 2 X Cleaner Shrimp (Lysmata amboinensis)
  • 2 X Fire Shrimp (Lysmata debelius)
  • Banded Boxer Shrimp (Stenopus hispidus)
  • Infinite Number of Snails that keep breeding
  • Astraea Turbo Snail (Astraea tecta)
  • Banded Trochus Snail (Trochus sp.)
  • Nassarius Snail (Nassarius distortus)
  • Bumble Bee Snail (Engina sp.)
  • Nerite Snail (Nerita sp.)
  • Turban Snail (Tectus fenestratus)
  • Bubble Tip Anemone (Entacmaea quadricolor)
  • 2 X Harlequin Shrimp (Hymenocera elegans)