Garry’s 280 Gallon Reef is PACKED with Gorgeous SPS Corals! 

About the Owner

Garry started out keeping freshwater tanks more than 20 years ago. After a long break from the hobby Garry returned with this custom built 280-gallon reef which happens to be his first and only reef tank.

This is quite a surprise considering the great success Garry has achieved with his tank. He contributed much of his success to his loyal friends in the hobby and favorite local fish stores who have helped him along the way.

The first three years keeping this tank proved to be quite difficult with fish disease and a tank leak plaguing his aquarium. After overcoming these obstacles, Garry has established a beautiful collection of colorful SPS corals.



Display Tank Volume280 Gallons
Display Tank Dimensions72" x 30" x 30"
Glass or AcrylicGlass
Sump Volume40-50 Gallons
Stand Type or MaterialSolid Cherry Stained Wood Cabinet with Canopy 


Main Return Pumpx2 Reef Flo Darts
Water Return TypeReef Flo
Powerheadsx6 Ecotech Vortech MP60

Controllers & Monitors

Aquarium ControllerApex Classic Aquarium Controller System
Heater200W Eheim Jager
Chiller2 fans in the canopy and a JBJ Artica 1/3HP


Protein SkimmerReef Octopus 3000 and Bubble Magus Curve 9
Chemical FiltrationOne bag of carbon in the sump and Chemipure in a reactor
Biological FilterLive Rock in Refugium
RefugiumLive Rock
Live Rock in Display200 lbs
SubstrateCarib Sea Aragonite


LEDRadion XR30
Lighting ControllerEcosmart Live

System Parameters

Temperature78° F - 79° F
Specific Gravity1.025
Calcium420-440 ppm
Magnesium1350-1450 ppm
Test Kit BrandsSalifert and Hanna Instruments
Resins or Devices Used to Control Nitrate/PhosphateNext Reef GFO Reactor
Dosing Calcium, Alkalinity, Magnesium daily

Maintenance & Dosing

Water Exchanges20% twice a month
Water TestsWeekly
Salt MixRed Sea Coral Pro


 Food Frozen Mysis, Pellets, Nori


  • (3) Yellow Tang
  • Black Tang
  • Sohal Tang
  • Desjardini Tang
  • Hippo Tang
  • (2) Ocellaris Clownfish
  • (2) Perculla Clownfish
  • Long Nose Hawkfish
  • Flame Hawkfish
  • Diamond Goby
  • Lawnmower Blenny
  • (6) Lion Wrasse
  • Mystery Wrasse
  • Royal Gramma

Stony Corals

  • Acropora
  • Montipora
  • Stylophora
  • Birds Nest
  • Staghorns


  • Torch
  • Acan
  • Hammer
  • Frogspawn

Soft Corals

  • Green Toadstool
  • Assorted Mushrooms


  • Assorted Shrimp, Snails, Crabs, and Cucumbers
  • Clams
  • Carpet Anemone