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A 10-Gallon Coral Garden

by TFH Magazine on February 7, 2013 at 8:14 am

Photograph by Sabine Penisson.

By Sabine Penisson

The March 2013 issue features a 10-gallon reef tank that has been in operation for 3½ years. It is lit with a homemade LED fixture and has a hang-on-the-back filter filled with a mini pocket of activated carbon and filter floss. A 10 percent water change is conducted twice a week and the floss is also changed twice weekly.

In terms of livestock, the tank only features seven fish: one Okinawa goby (Gobiodon okinawae), a pair of greenbanded gobies (Elacatinus multifasciatus), one bluestripe pipefish (Doryrhamphus excisus), a ring-eye pygmy goby (Trimma benjamini), one blackbelly goby (Eviota nigriventris), and shrimp goby (Stonogobiops yasha). The  shrimp goby lives with two shrimp (Alpheus randalli) partners. The fish are camera shy but gluttonous! The tank holds an anemone crab (Neopetrolisthes oshimai)who has chosen the large and chubby Trachyphyllia geoffroyi to live in.

The reef is strongly large-polp stony coral oriented.Several morphs of AcanthastreaMicromussa, and Caulastrea take most of the space, but photosynthetic Caribbean gorgonians, a piece of Euphyllia paraencora, and various nicely colored softies complete the setting. It is a rich and mature nano tank, which has never had any major issues, and is filled with lively and sympathetic creatures!

For more on setting up a successful coral garden of your own, check out this month’s “Going Nano” column.

Posted in TFH Extras by TFH Magazine on February 7th, 2013 at 8:14 am.

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  1. Wonderful post Sabine.

    I actually quite like a minimalist fish stock – in a way it kinda of makes you appreciate the fish more.

    Also, I don’t like to see overcrowded tanks. It’s nice when the fish have plenty of space to float around in!


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