My 30 gallon reef was my first long term experience with owning a saltwater set up. The set up was my most complicated tank I had ever had. For lighting I had a Current Satellite T5 for the main tank, and I ran an alternate light cycle in my refugium with a power compact fluorescent. I also had a chiller on the tank because my room ran hot in the summer because I had a lot of tanks in my room. The tank also had a 20 gallon sump with refugium which had a deep sand bed, live rock, and chaeto. I also had a wave maker to create alternate flow in the tank, which is beneficial for corals and anemones, and also makes the tank look really cool. As much as I loved this tank, I always seemed to be running into problems with it, many were my own fault and could have been avoided, but they taught me lessons for my future tanks.
Aquarium: 30 gallon w/20 gallon refugium
Heater: Marineland Visi-Therm Aquarium Heater
Pump: Rio 2100
Wave Maker: SCWD Wavemaker
Lighting: Current Satellite T5
Chiller: Current USA 1/15 HP Prime Chiller
Protein Skimmer: Red Sea Prizm “Pro Deluxe”
I had this reef tank set up from 2006-2011, and I absolutely loved having it. Most of the hardware listed above is no longer available or it’s outdated since this tank was set up so long ago. During that time I had many different types of corals and animals in the tank, but the long term residents included, a Flame Angel, 2 Neon Gobies, 2 Ocellaris Clownfish, 2 Black Ray Gobies, Candy Cane Pistol Shrimp, Rose Bubbletip Anemone, Various Zoanthids and Mushrooms, Yellow Fiji Leather Coral, Torch Coral, Brain Coral, and Acan Coral.
Enjoy some obligatory tank pictures 😉