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    Christopher Marks

    Congratulations to Jacobnano for being selected for our October Reef Profile! His 24 gallon nano reef is a gorgeous collection unique specimens. Below he has written a profile of his aquarium's progress over the past year, and shares his experiences in the hobby. Check it out and share your comments and questions in Jacobnano's featured reef profile thread.


    Tank Specs

    Display: Aquapod 24g 19.75" x 17" x 20"
    Lighting: Current USA 150w Sunpod, with a 14k Phoenix Bulb
    Skimmer: Warner Marine H1 Hang-On-Back Skimmer
    Circulation: EcoTech Vortech MP10, stock return pump
    Filtration: inTank Mediabasket, chemi-pure elite

    Maintenance Routine

    Clean the glass daily, feed a cube of mysis shrimp every 2-3 days. Clean the glass with a razor every 1-2 weeks. 4 gallon (about 25%) water change once a week. Clean the skimmer cup weekly; entire skimmer and Vortech monthly. Of course visually inspect everything on a daily basis.


    Zoanthus spp
    Duncanopsammia axifuga
    Fungia tenuis
    Ricordea florida
    Euphyllia paradivisa
    Caulastrea furcata
    Euphyllia paranchora
    Acanthastrea lordhowensis
    Acropora microphthalma
    Acropora tenuis
    Montipora danae
    Montipora Capricornis
    Acropora millepora
    Seriatopora hystrix
    Montipora digitata
    Montipora tuberculosa
    Trachyphyllia geoffroyi
    Euphyllia glabrescens
    Favites pentagona
    Blastomussa wellsi


    • Mini carpet anemone, Stichodactyla tapetum
    • Crinoid Squat Lobster, Galathea inflate
    Tridacna maxima
    Tridacna crocea


    • Midas Blenny, Ecsenius midas
    • Flasher Wrasse, Paracheilinus mccoskeri
    • Yasha Goby, Stonogobiops yasha (2)


    This tank has been through a lot. The past two years have seen upgrades in lighting, circulation, and rock! The best upgrade I made for this tank was probably my Sunpod. I had always been interested in SPS coral, but sadly was not able to keep them. My next favorite upgrade has got to be my Vortech. At first, I got it more for aesthetics; the quality was a nice bump as well. Now, with my coral growing and taking up so much room, I would not be able to have enough flow and fit the old Koralias I had.

    Inspiration & Goals

    It is an interesting story how I got into reef keeping. I had an English teacher who kept a simple 10 gallon aquarium with a clownfish in it. From the moment I saw it I knew I had to have one. Having been raised with a freshwater tank in the house, I had a little knowledge of aquariums, but not enough. Thankfully I worked through some small problems I had and ended up with the tank I have now! My plans for this tank have always had an expiration date, which is unfortunate. When I head off to college, I will have to take it down. I think this fact has pushed me to try to make my reef the best it could be.

    Future Plans

    This tank has been an amazing experience. I have recently added a pair of Yasha Gobies, though I unfortunately do not have a picture of them because they are still hiding. I don't think I will be adding many more corals or fish to this tank, time to sit back and enjoy. Keeping it running for the next two years is the plan, and then it is off to college! It may seem a little obvious, but I plan on studying marine biology. I don't think there are many other choices that seem right to me.

    Words Of Wisdom

    Honestly, the best thing you can do for your tank is change the water. Fresh salt water makes a big difference. As long as you keep your water changes up, you won't have as many chances for big problems.

    Thoughts On Lighting Technology

    I have been using my 150w Sunpod for over a year now and it has to be the best thing I have purchased for the tank, period. Most other problems such as poor water quality can be fixed pretty easily with water changes. Lighting is not this way. I have been tempted to try T5 for the color, but I would miss the shimmer. As for LED I have my own skepticisms. I have nothing to really back up these feelings, it must be the fact that it is relatively new technology.


    I would like to thank everyone at Nano-Reef who helped me with this aquarium, I probably would have crashed my tank and left the hobby without you. Of course I would like to thank Christopher Marks for nominating me and keeping the best reefing website on the internet running!



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    Good Job Jacob!Well deserved bud..


    I really appreciate it, thanks! :)


    Reallllly goood lookin tank! congrats! orange fungi ftw!


    Thanks! Plate corals are the best!


    Gooo Jacob!!!!!! omgomgomg


    Congrats Man!!


    You deserve it, your tank is amazing!






    Awesome!!!! Much deserved!


    Gracias amigo!









    jk! :P Congrats man.


    Haha thanks man!

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    Congrats man the tank is looking great! I havent been on in months and am extremely surprised with how great your tanks looks. Keep up the good work.

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    Nice tank and congrats!!!

    Its scary to think what you could possibly create when you learn more in school, have a bigger tank and a bigger budget!!!


    I think we will all be "tagging along" for that tank build!


    Congrats again on a very nice display!!!!

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    I never thought this day would ever come. My friend Jacob, your tank is amazing and your reefing experiment have a achieved many goals.


    Congratz to you bro, you deserved!




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    How do you keep your back wall so clean? What do you use on it? Beautiful tank btw. I'd be curious to know if you are using any additives or if you are maintaining things mainly by changing the water.

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