Red Sea I

Aquarium Capacity

Life Support


180 gallons live rock, live sand, standard reef filtration three150-watt metal halide lamps black


Special Requirements coral skeletons, seashells, plastic reproductions salinity at 36 ppt, reef water conditions, and moderate current


Zebrasoma desjardini

Or Zebrasoma xanthurum

Pomacanthus asfur

Or Pomacanthus maculosus

Pseudochromis springeri

Or Pseudochromis flavivertex

Chaetodon semilarvatus

Invertebrates none

For a truly regal aquarium, this one will be hard to beat. It is unlikely you will be able to find Red Sea live rock, so make do with a decorative rock from another source. Arrange the rock to create a pinnacle on one end of the aquarium connected to a lower mound near the opposite end by an arch spanning the middle. You will need to construct a framework of PVC pipe to support the arch. Follow normal procedures after the rock and sand have been added, and allow the tank to mature for a month before you start stocking it with fish. Add the diminutive Pseudochromis first, followed by the three golden butterflyfishes (Chaetodon). Next, add the angelfish (Pomacanthus), and finish off the tank with the tang (Zebrasoma). All these fishes are robust and somewhat aggressive, so watch carefully for territorial squabbles each time you place a newcomer in the tank.

Other than those on the live rock, no living invertebrates are recommended for this tank. Red Sea invertebrates are difficult to come by and may be harassed or eaten by one or the other of the fishes. If you want additional color, use empty seashells, dead coral skeletons, or plastic reproductions.

You can expect to spend about $3,000 for the fish to stock this aquarium.

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