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Metrokat’s 34-Gallon Red Sea Max Nano Reef

About the Owner

I’m a high-heeled reefer that is addicted to everything salty. I kept fresh water tanks sporadically over the years while secretly always wanting a saltwater setup. A close friend asked for my help in selecting a tank 3 years ago. We saw the BioCube at Petsmart and basically the reef bug hit us both. I helped him set up that tank, I’m an avid researcher and did everything. I knew I was going to have a BC of my own soon and sure enough, I bought myself my first saltwater tank in the summer of 2011.

I’m still new at this hobby and learn every day. After attending my first frag swap, I had to upgrade out of necessity, I just never knew I would come home with a boat-load of coral with no room in my tank. Every tank I see inspires me with ideas.



Tank Volume Red Sea Max 130D 34 Gallons
Tank Dimensions 24″ x 20″ x 23.8″
Glass or Acrylic Glass
Sump Volume 15 Gallons


Main Return Pump Eheim 900s
Water Return Type LifeReef Overflow
Wavemaking Devices Dualling Vortech MP10s

Controllers & Monitors

Temperature and Sump Lights Apex Jr.
Main Lights Ecoxotic remote controlled LED controller
Auto Top Off JBJ Auto Top Off


Protein Skimmer SCA301 Skimmer
Media Reactor Phosban Reactor with Carbon and GFO
Live Rock in Display Yes; 30 Lbs. in Display; 5 Lbs. in Sump
Refugium Display Fuge w/ over 12 kinds of Macros
Substrate and Rock CaribSea Sand

T5 Lighting Red Sea Max Stock 55W T5s
LED Lighting Ecoxotic Panorama PRO LEDs
LED Controller Ecoxotic remote controlled LED controller
Photoperiod 9am – 9pm
System Parameters

Temperature 77ºF – 79ºF
Specific Gravity 1.026
pH 8.4

Maintenance & Dosing

Water changes Every 10 days
Bulb Replacements Every 6 months for the T5s
Water Tests As needed
Resin Replacements As needed
Salt Instant Ocean Reef Crystals


I feed something different every day. The foods I rotate between are Reef Nutrition ROE, Dr G’s Gut loaded mysis, AlgaGen’s Coral Smoothie, Reef Cleaners Filter Feeder Formula, Golden Pearls, New Life Spectrum pellets, Omega One algae wafers, Hikari rotifers, Masago from the Japanese supermarket, and spirulina flakes. Occasionally I add a drop of fish oil, Selcon, Lugol’s Solution and garlic. I also feed frozen clam shavings.


  • Charlie, Yasha Goby
  • Draco, Male Mandarin
  • Ruby & Max, Clownfish pair
  • Hunch & Finny, Neon Goby pair
  • Geowge, Midas Blenny
  • Grumpy Glen, Wheelers Shrimp Goby
  • Gnocchi, Bangaii Cardinal

Stony Corals

  • Seriatopora
  • Pocillopora
  • Montipora
  • Acropora
  • Millepora
  • Digitata
  • Acan Lords
  • Acan Echinatas
  • Leptastreas
  • Brain Coral
  • Favias
  • Blastos

Soft Corals

  • Assorted varieties of Mushrooms
  • Zoanthids
  • Palythoas
  • Leather Corals


  • Crabs
  • Snails
  • Shrimps
  • Starfish
  • Bi-Valves

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