Coral System

Coral System is comprised of a 260 gallon, semi hex look down tank and a wall of 30 and 50-gallon breeder tanks. Controlled by Neptune Systems Aqua Controller III.

Giesemann T5 lighting, mostly sets of 4 – T5 bulbs over each tank. 2, 50-gallon tanks have 250w metal halide radium bulbs. JBJ A.T.O. tops off the system, Sequence hammerhead is the driving force, Tunze power heads can be found in various tanks for increase flow, and an aqua medic doser, dosing brightwell 2pt calcium and alkalinity, makes sure that nutrients are readily available for coral intake.

Filtration is all in-sump. Bubble king 300 doing the skimming and a Deltec kalkstirrer stirring and dosing kalkwasser. We stock multiple types of coral ranging from zoanthids and leather corals, to acropora and chalices, and everything in-between! Frag prices start at $9.95!!!

Fish System

Our Fish System has 14, 40 gallon breeder tanks and a 125. Ample room for just about any fish you can think of, to be displayed before going home with you.

At a salinity of 1.015, parasites have a difficult time surviving, helping our fish to be healthier and cleaner than most store bought fish. This almost always ensures a fish will live a long, happy life in your home reef setting!

This system is being skimmed with a Euro Reef 1000 skimmer; Zapped (uv sterilization) by an Aqua Viper 400 sterilizer, aerated by an Alita Al 60, driven by a Sequence Hammerhead, topped off by a JBJ A.T.O., and the temperature is controlled by a Ranco Temp Controller.

Healthy fish are our top priority!!


The invertebrate section of our store houses 5 types of snails, 3 or 4 types of hermit crabs, and various different nudibranchs, crabs, and shrimp that eat many different kinds of algae and parasites.

This is also where most of our nano-reef fish are housed. That ensures the smaller fish get their time in the spotlight, showing you that they don’t need to be big or swim really fast to get recognition!

Many ORA specialty clownfish including Picassos, Black Ice, Midnights and many more. T5 ready fit kits light this system with Giesemann bulbs. Filtered with a large sump and skimmed with a Bubble King Mini. This system is also topped off with a JBJ A.T.O. auto top off unit.

Last but not least, this system is monitored by a Neptune systems aqua-controller III.

Live Rock

We carry primarily Haitian live rock, and larger chunks of Fiji live rock. Both are very porous and lightweight.We carry primarily Haitian live rock, and larger chunks of Fiji live rock. Both are very porous and lightweight.

Haitian rock has great characteristic shapes ranging from shelf like flat pieces to nano-city like holes and crevices.
Fiji rock is more commonly seen in home aquariums as it is readily available almost anywhere.

Our main display tank is aquascaped using about 95% Haitian rock.
No epoxy or added supporting structures were necessary in aquascaping. All rocks fit together like a giant jigsaw puzzle!

300 Gallon Display

The main display is a 300-gallon tank positioned opposite the front doors so it can be the 1st thing you see upon entering our shop.

It displays various different types of fish specimen and corals that can be fragged or sold for your home aquarium should you like them that much.
Aquascaped with live Haitian rock, the display tank will give you many ideas about how you may want to model (or remodel) your reef.

Filtered sump style, with a Deltec AP701 skimming, Sequence Barracuda running the closed loop, Sequence Dart running the main return, an experimental B.R.K. Kalkstirrer, lit with two 8 lamp T5 Tek light fixtures equipped with Giesemann bulbs, and to top it all off, a JBJ A.T.O auto top off unit for top offs. We also have a refugium built into the sump to grow macro algae and reduce the Phosphates and Nitrates.

Zero Edge Tank!

Yes, the water flows over the top edge of the aquarium! This 15-gallon novelty houses our clams and higher end frags, along with sunshine the yellow tang!’

This mini-system requires filtration as well, and we continue to use the sump style!

A 10-gallon tank below holds a Euro reef skimmer and a stealth heater. It is lit with one 250w, 20k Radium bulb.

An eye catching display if we do say so ourselves!

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