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SRC Tank of the Quarter Winner - Johnson2288 (March 2013 to May 2013 )

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Congratulation to this Tank of the Quarter winner - Johnson2288 aka Johnson Cheng gorgeous mixed reef tank setup !!! :score:



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Brief Introduction of your history of setting up your tank

I'm really honored to be nominated the TOTQ winner for this quarter.Would like to take this opportunity to thank SG Reef Club (Larry and Moderator Team) for giving me the chance to share my experience with all the marine kakis out there.



1998- Decided to purchase a full set of 4.5x2.5x2.5ft tank and equipment. Totally new hobby and was overly-excited,resulting in overstocking of LPS and fishes as my initial setup.As pace was too fast, the tank crashed 2 times within 8 months,leaving me feeling very disappointed as had put in alot of effort.

1999-Converted to a FOWLER tank thinking it was easy.Repeated my mistake again by overcrowding the tank with different fishes( especially big angels) from different shipments without proper quarantine time.My impatience and inappropriateness caused many casualties (the diseases of my angels)

2001-Decom my tank.

2007-After discussion with my CO, we made a pact to learn from our past mistake and start all over again with renewed enthusiasm and positiveness.Proceeded with a 5x2.75x2.75ft tank with better quality and reliable equipments.Went full SPS with LPS and some fishes.This is also my first time challenging the 'Dark Side'.With patience and effort,my reefing journey this time round was really fun and rewarding.

It was also during this period of time that I met Aquarium Iwarna people who are really friendly and helpful.Being a reliable LFS, Iwarna also doubles as a gathering place where reefers meet to exchange/share our experiences. My extreme motivation was awaiting/receiving the news of their quality and awesome midnight shipments(corals and fishes) from Walt Smith(Fiji) ,Vanuatu and other parts of the South Pacific.

2012- After enjoying the tank for 5 years(2007-2012), my wife and i shifted to a bigger environment and decom the tank to upgrade to my current tank.In April 2012, we started this new 6ftx3ftx2.5ft glass box project


The design and planning were done by Victor (Aquarium Iwarna) and the indent of quality equipments were done by Seet (Reef Depot).Both of them have helped me fix and set up this fabulous tank,making sure that the whole system run in proper order.

After 2 months of careful planning, this beloved piece of 'mini ocean' was set up in my new living room.All in all, it took 8 months of patience from learning and stocking up appropriately that lead to this rewarding end results.

Tank specifications

Size : 6ft X 3 ft x 2.5 ft


Temperature:25-26 Degree Celsius


Calcium -420ppm


Magnesium –1380ppm




Tank: Hardware

Tank Size : 6 ft X 3 ft X 2.5 ft

Skimmer: Deltec - SC2560

Calcium Reactor: Deltec - PF601 Calcium Reactor

Dosing pump: GHL Profilux Dosing 4 Channels. CA,MG & DKH

Chiller: Drop in coil with Daikin 1 H/P air-con compressor

Biopellet / reactor: Deltec - FR 509

Chemical filtration: Deltec - FR 512 wit Rowaphos. Change every 2 months

Main return pump: Venotec Abyzz A400 3M

Wave maker:Venotec Abyzz A400 3M

Others Equipments : GHL Profilux Aquarium Computer with Profilux View 2

Lighting period : Ecotech Radion XR 30w 5 units -Artinic 1400-2am,14k 1900-2300,Moonlight 2am-6am

Addictive used


Since day one of my new setup, I have been using Polylab - ReefResh Complete set which I have been seeing with very good result. The ReefResh complete set consist of Fuel/RF-Plus/RF-Genesis/RF-Acid & Reef Roid as foods for my corals really bring out the colors and health of my corals.

Live stocks – Corals







SPS- Acropora- Echinata,Nobilis,Hoeksemai,Millepora,Loisettae,Gomezi,Tenuis,Yongei,Prostrata
Vermiculata,Lokani,Loripies,Chesterfieldensis,Valida,Bonsai,Stylophora,Seriatopora Hystrix
Montipora-Sunset,Pink,Red,Blue,Green,Chilli Pepper,Porities,Digitata.





LPS - Aust. Scolymia,LoboPhylia,Acanthastrea Lordhowensis,Charlice,Red Gonio etc.

Softies- Zoanthid,Paly, Ricordea Florida Rics,Yumas & etc.

Live Stocks - Fish:

1 Hooded,1Laboutei,1 Paired Flame & 1 Hoeven Wrasse
1 Achillis,1 Hybrid Powder Blue & 2 Yellow Tangs
4 Coral Sea Ventralis Anthias
1 Paired Helfrichi Fire Fish Goby


Some personal Q & A questions

1. How long have you been reefing?

Ans: Started 1998-2001 Stopped & Continue 2008 that is when I started Serious Reefing

2. How did you get into this hobby?

Ans: Both myself and my wife love to interact with nature with special interest in marine biodiversity.

3. Are you a fish guy or a Coral guy?

Ans: Coral Guy being a Hardcore fan for Exotic SPS & LPS

4. What is your main concern when looking around for your reefing equipment?

Ans: Reliable after sales services and only products from European & US since i believe in quality.

5. What is your favorite past time

Ans: Enjoying the tank with my wife & our 3 little doggies in our cozy nest.

6. What is the satisfaction you got from this hobby?

Ans: Looking at fishes, corals growing & thriving in the tank.

7. Any advice for newbie in this hobby?

Ans: Key Words- Haste makes Waste.Less haste more speed.Be focused and Patience.
SG Reef Club serves as a learning platform for newbies to interact and share different reefing perspectives and experiences.Also a good place to meet lots of friendly marine kakis and shifus.

Final Acknowledgement and thank you note (If any).

Firstly, would like to express a BIG Thanks to my wife (Eileen) who have been patient, encouraging and sharing this hobby with me.It has been my passion to keep a marine tank since childhood.
Next, would like to thank Aquarium Iwarna (Victor and team) who have been maintaining my tank without fail every week.

A final acknowledgement and thanks to Reef Depot (Seet and his team) for bringing in quality products plus fast and efficient after sales services.

More photos of his tank setup can be found on the image Galley HERE

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Finally out. Congratulation to you.

Tank : 4 X 2 X 2 with low iron front panel and external overflow

Skimmer : BK SM200 with waste collector

Return Pumps : Red Dragon 6m3 and Ehiem 1262

FR : 2 X Deltec 509 & powered by AB2000

Nitrate Filter : Deltec NF 509 and tee off from AB2000

Calcium R'tor : Deltec PF 501 with RM secondary chamber

Kalkwasser R'tor : Deltec KM500

Chiller : Pansonic 1 HP Compressor with 20m titanium Coil

Wave Makers : 4 X Tunze 6055 with 7096 & Vortec MP40w

Controller : GHL Profilux

Lighting : ATI Powermodule 10 or 8 tubes

Water Top-up : Water Top-Up tank powered by Tunze Osmolator

External Monitor : American Pinpoint pH and Temp. Monitor for main tank and GHL Profilux Controller to measure temp, pH, Redox

Ozonizer : Sander C50

UV : Corallife 6x

Algae Scrubbler

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Congrats, U have a really nice & beautiful tank. Good job... :thumbsup:

:score: :score: :score:

Display Tank : 36" x 20" x 20" Herbie overflow box design, Sump : 36" x 21" x 17", Frag Tank : 16” x 20” x 16”, custom built by Tank Culture.

Lightings : Ecotech  Radion XR15 Pro x 2 for Main Display Tank, Inled R80 x 1 for Frag Tank.

Chiller : Dalkin 1hp compressor with build-in drop coil.

Skimmer : Skimz Octa SC205i Protein Skimmer.

FR : H2Ocean FMR75 Fluidised Media Reactor with Hailea HX-2500 (Feeder Pump) running Rowaphos.

CR : Skimz Monzter E Series CM122 Calcium Reactor.

BPR: Marine Source Biopellet  Reactor with Continuum Reef Biopellet Fuel. 

Main Return Pump : SICCE Syncra ADV 9.0 & Jebao ACQ-10000 Water Pump.

Wavemaker : Jebao MOW-9 x2 for Main Display Tank & Jebao SLW-20M  Sine Wave Pump for  Frag Tank.

Water Top Up: AutoAqua Smart ATO Lite.

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Congrats. Very huge and nice tank

6.5 * 2 * 2 + 3.75 * 1.5 *1.5,(Decomn on 14/9/08)
4*2*2 + 2.5*1.25*1.25 (Decomn on 1/8/09)
5*2*2 (Fully LED light system, 140 3 watt SSC leds with 60 degree lens)(Decomm)
2.5*2*2(Fully LED Light System,96 3 watt SSC leds with 60 degree lens)(Decomm)

5*2.5*2(LED only)

Eheim return 1 * pump

1 HP Daikin compressor with cooling coil
2 Jebao OW40, 1 ecotech MP40,
1X6085 Tunze wm,

1 CURVE 7 Skimmer

  1 DIY 80 led control by Bluefish mini 

1 radion XR30W G2, 2 Radion XR15G3

Sump area lite by 5 ft T5 , 6 * SSC 3 watt red LED for refugium

1 Full spectrum E27 led light

1 CR control by bubble count

Start No Water Change since 1st Dec 2016

Add new 2.5x2x 1.5 ft 



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Beautiful tank and congratulations!


Return pump: 2 x Eheim 1260 (with 1 pumped to chiller before returning to main)
Chiller: Hailea HC-500A (1/2 hp)
Skimmer: Deltec SC2060
Lightings: 8 x 24W ATI Sunpower T5 fixture
Wavemakers: Vortech MP40, MP10, Tunze nanostream 6045
Additives: TLF C-balance (2 parts Ca and Alk) via Kamoer 3 channel dosing pump; Polyp-lab Reef Resh; FM color elements

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This winner is one of the few hardcore and perfectionist reefer i have encountered so far. One thing i learn from him is his humility and willingness to learn and share his findings with others.

Well done bro, you deserve the award :thumbsup:

Treat others the way you wanna be treated...



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Outstanding beautiful mixed reef ! Good work and congrats. ..



Reviving my reef tank :

Crystal glass 53" x 22" x 17" rimless (inclusive of 12"x22"x17" IOS)

Life Reef HVS3-24 with mazzei venturi

ATI Sunpower 8 x 39w T5 (4 x Blue plus, 2 x Aqua blue special, Coral plus)

ZET Light 3 x 3w LEDs moonlight

Arctica 1/3 Hp + 1/4 Hp back up

Vortech mp40w x 3 + Jebao wp25

Eheim 1264 x 3 + water blaster 5000

Vortech back up battery

TLF-150 + Rowaphos

Activated carbon

Kamoer 3 channel + CaCl2 + NaHCo3

150L Refugium with DSB, miracle mud, cheato

2ft T5 x 2 light tubes for refugium

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