65 Gallon Tank


The seahorse sanctuary aquarium is a slave tank to the 90 gallon reef tank. The main occupants of the tank are bright yellow h. reidi Brazilian seahorses and h. erectus seahorses. We also have cousins of the seahorse, known as pipefish, who occupy the tank. The seahorses use the grape caulerpa green algae in the tank as hitching posts. The growth of caulerpa also makes finding the pipefish a challenge, as they hide between its branches. The grape caulerpa has the added bonus of oxygenating the water and helping to remove phosphates and nitrates from the water in the seahorse tank as well as the 90 gallon reef tank. The seahorses and pipefish are a big hit with the clients who visit our office, especially our senior clients with dementia and Alzheimers Disease as well as our special needs clients.

The tank features a course crushed coral base. Dry live rock was added, largely tonga branch coral. Because of the very fragile nature of seahorses and pipefish, we limit the occupants of this tank to these two species.

Technical information

  • 65 gallon Aquatic Life acrylic tank
  • The tank shares the Eschopps sump with the 90 gallon tank
  • The tank shares the JBJ Artica DBA-150 1/5 hp chiller with the 90 gallon tank
  • The tank shares the Two Little Fishes PhosBan 150 Reactor with the 90 gallon tank
  • The tank shares the Avast Marine Works K-1 Kalkwasser Stirrer with the 90 gallon tank
  • The tank shares the Vertex Alpha 170 Protein Skimmer with the 90 gallon tank
  • The tank shares the Aqua 40 watt UV with the 90 gallon tank (this will be discontinued when the UV bulb burns out)
  • The Aquatic Life 36” lighting fixture with 2 ATI blue plus and 2 ATI coral plus high output T-5 bulbs along with a blue moonlight LED strip
  • Vortech MP20 pump with back-up battery
  • The tank shares the Digital Aquatics Reefkeeper Lite computer with 90 gallon tank
  • The tank shares the Bulk Reef Supply 2 part dosing pump 1.1 ml with the 90 gallon tank
  • Custom pine stand with mahogany stain

The Digital Aquatics Reefkeeper Lite controls the dosing of the kalkwasser into the shared Eschopps sump. The computer also controls the dosing of Red Sea NO3:PO4-X Nitrate and Phosphate Reduction Formula into the two tanks via the dosing pump. Finally, the Reefkeeper also controls the timing of the Halide and T-5 lights for the 90 gallon reef tank. The timer for the lighting on the 65 gallon tank is self-contained in the Aquatic Life fixture.

We discontinued use of the Korallin BioDenitrator as we find we are getting much better results with the Red Sea NO3:PO4-X dosing and frequent changes of the Two Little Fishes Phosban 150 Reactor.

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