Alveopora and Goniopora are stunning corals with petal-like tentacles that extend beautifully. They are notoriously hard to keep and known for declining after a year in captivity. I previously maintained a Goniopora for two years before giving it away prior to a cross-country move, and I hope to have similar luck with these two specimens. I’ve had them for a few weeks and they look grander every day.
Here are some shots of my 150 gallon reef aquarium custom-built by Nemo Marine Systems.
This is an island design that is visible from all four sides. The overflow and dry channel are in the center. There are about 200 pounds of Fiji Pukani fused porites live rock in the tank. Corals are a mix of SPS, LPS, zoas, and a few softies. A green bubble tip anemone hosts a pair of tomato clowns. There are about ten fish total, which is probably as many as I will stock in this tank. For you reef geeks, here are some specs.
- 150 gallon acrylic tank 60 X 24 X 24 (custom routed island configuration)
- 20 X 20 X 18 sump
- 30 X 12 X 18 refugium
- ReefKeeper II Controller
- Hamilton T5HO 220 Watt Electronic Ballast
- ARO 250 watt metal halide electronic ballast x 2
- URI T5 fluorescent bulbs 60″ x 2
- XM 250 Watt 15K metal halide bulbs x 2
- 60″ polished aluminum reflector
- IceCap variable speed fans x 5
- Mockett 4″ Ventilation Grills
- Sequence Dart Pump (3,600 GPH)
- ASM G3 protein skimmer
- EcoTech VorTech propeller pump
- Titanium heater (500 W)
- RO/DI automated top-off
- ESV B-Ionic Doser
- SCWD 3/4″ x 2
- 62X25X35 Black Cherry stained maple base cabinet
- 62X25X11 Black Cherry stained maple canopy