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Shaun’s 34-Gallon SPS and Clam Solana

About the Owner

I began keeping marine aquariums in 1983 when I was just 10 years old. I kept my first SPS coral, pocillopora damicornis , in 1988. I have always loved SPS corals and clams!

I was the original importer of the Oregon Blue Tort coral back in 1997. Between 1997 and 2005, I owned a saltwater reef store called Waves Marine Aquaria and a website, Ecorals. I was the West Coast Sales Manager at Sunlight Supply in 2011 and 2012.

I’ve built close to one-hundred different reef aquariums over the course of my career, including several for players in the NBA. Rasheed Wallace, Jermaine O’Neal and Kelvin Cato have each had my handiwork displayed in their homes.

Shaun Monahan
West Linn, Oregon


Tank Volume Current USA Solana 34-Gallon Aquarium
Tank Dimensions 20″ x 20″ x 20″
Glass or Acrylic Glass
Sump Volume Tank is drilled with a 10-gallon sump
Stand Type or Material Custom 40″ tall stand


Main Return Pump Hydor Koralia 6
Additional Pumps Eheim 1260 Return Pump
Wavemaking Devices Sea Swirl 1/2 inch Wave Maker & JBJ Ocean Pulse Wavemaker


Water Reverse osmosis deionized (RO/DI) water for manual top-off
Protein Skimmer Deltec MCE600 Protein Skimmer
Live Rock in Display Yes

Light Fixture Aqua Illumination (AI) Sol Blue LEDs
LED Controller AI Sol LED System Controller
Photoperiod 13 Hours
System Parameters

Temperature 80ºF
Specific Gravity 1.025 – 1.026
pH 8.4-8.5
Alkalinity 9-10 dKh
Calcium 400-430 ppm
Mg 1400ppm
Test Kit Brand(s) Elos Aquarium Test Kits
Nitrate 0 ppm
Phosphate Not Detectable
Calcium Reactor AquaMaxx CR-1 Nano Calcium Reactor…Love it!

Maintenance Schedule

Water changes A 5-Gallon water change once every 2 – 3 months
Bulb Replacements N/A
Water Tests Weekly


Cyclop-eeze and Ocean Nutrition Flakes 1-2x/day

Additional Notes

Things You Like Best About System My system is very basic and easy to maintain and I like that!
Anything Special Unique About System Lots of very colorful SPS and clams.
Overall Positives It’s small and simple.
Overall Negatives It’s small and I’m running out oof room!


  • 2 x Ocellaris Clownfish (pair)
  • 1 x Purple Firefish
  • 1 x Yellow Tang (small)

Stony Corals

  • Acropora cophodactyla
  • Acropora elseyi
  • Acropora rambleri
  • Acropora multiacuta
  • Acropora batunai
  • Acropora latistella
  • Acropora “Pink Lemonade”
  • Acropora “Limeade”
  • Acropora “Strawberry Shortcake”
  • Acropora “Reverse Strawberry Shortcake”
  • Acropora “Cali Tort”
  • Acropora “Oregon Tort”
  • Acropora walandii
  • Acropora subglabra
  • Acropora echinata
  • Acropora carduus
  • Acropora caroliniana
  • Acropora effflorescens
  • Acropora jacquelineae
  • Acropora millepora
  • Acropora nana
  • Acropora solitaryensis
  • Acropora suharsonoi
  • Acropora tenuis
  • Acropora turaki
  • Montipora “Mystic Sunset”
  • Montipora “Poker Star”
  • Montipora “Sunset”
  • Montipora “Forest Fire Digitata”
  • Montipora “Superman”
  • Montipora “German Blue Polyp”
  • Montipora capricornis
  • Montipora
  • Seriatopora hystrix
  • Stylophora pistillata
  • Stylocoeniella cocosensis

Soft Corals

  • Sinularia dura “Neon Green”
  • Red Sea Xenia
  • Cespitularia


  • 4 x Crocea Clams
  • 7 x Maxima Clams
  • 2 x Skunk Cleaner Shrimp (pair)

Additional Noteworthy Specimens

  • Baby Blue Tear Drop Maxima
  • Hetractis magnifica
  • Rose Bubble Tip Anemone

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