30 Gallon Reef Tank

30 gallon reef tank

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”
Filtration: Biological

Clownfish with anemone

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 Most of the hardware listed above is no longer available or it’s outdated since this tank was set up so long ago.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 ZoanthidsĀ  and Mushrooms, Yellow Fiji Leather Coral, Torch Coral, Brain Coral, and Acan Coral.


Enjoy some obligatory tank pictures šŸ˜‰

Zoanthids Yellow Fiji Shrimp with Goby Clownfish with anemoneFlame Angel Clownfish Hiding Mushroom Rock Torch Coral Candy Cane Coral Nice Shot of Reef Neon Gobies Flame Angel With Clowns Goby with Shrimp