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    Philippe Grosjean’s Inspiring Drop Off Reef

    As a marine biologist, Philippe Grosjean is no stranger to the animals we love to keep. He has a tremendous aquarium himself, that goes from reef crest to reef wall. Take a look at this stunning split level 660L (175g) reef.  It reminds me of the Smithsonian’s 3,000 gallon reef / lagoon system designed by Walter Adey… […]

    As a marine biologist, Philippe Grosjean is no stranger to the animals we love to keep. He has a tremendous aquarium himself, that goes from reef crest to reef wall. Take a look at this stunning split level 660L (175g) reef

    grosjean-reef-wall

    It reminds me of the Smithsonian’s 3,000 gallon reef / lagoon system designed by Walter Adey… except smaller, modernized and cleaner. For those that like SPS and deepwater fish, this maybe the ultimate tank design to simulate both environments. Check out a few more pictures here.

    Philippe also has some noteworthy non-aquarium photos, like this great gorgonian shot and his free digitized Zoo/PhytoImage.

     

    via : sciviews

    18 Comments

    1. Nicholas Sadaka
      May 20, 2009 at 9:10 AM | Permalink

      That is an absolutely spectacular setup. I would love to have an aquarium like that. You could really make that a true biotope and just take a pic of a reef spot that you like and match it. That’s one of the coolest setups I’ve ever seen!

    2. May 20, 2009 at 9:49 AM | Permalink

      Wow, now that is a “rock wall” aquascape I actually like 🙂

    3. Ian
      May 20, 2009 at 12:05 PM | Permalink

      Thats awesome! I wish there were more pix of the life on the drop off…

    4. Brandon
      May 20, 2009 at 1:13 PM | Permalink

      Beautiful tank! I have seen a similar setup in its infancy when I lived in Florida. They had not added the corals yet, but that was the plan before.

    5. May 20, 2009 at 1:16 PM | Permalink

      That’s outstanding. Incredibly obvious idea, but truly unique.

      Probably need swimming trunks to clean though.

    6. May 20, 2009 at 4:33 PM | Permalink

      Very impressive – one for the inspiration folder for sure.

    7. Justin Stone
      May 20, 2009 at 10:11 PM | Permalink

      Unique idea, very well thought,..but what is the point? I would much rather have one tank as deep as the drop off section.

    8. May 21, 2009 at 9:09 AM | Permalink

      @Justin a few advantages come to mind:
      -lower cost in materials
      -ability to run a sump under neath the tank
      -lower lighting costs
      -easier maintenance where the corals are placed

      I agree, but wouldn’t we all much rather have a larger aquarium?!

    9. May 21, 2009 at 1:10 PM | Permalink

      This tank is awesome.
      Some member of RC had an idea of an L shaped tank.
      wonder how that ended up.

      f.

    10. Nicholas Sadaka
      May 21, 2009 at 1:48 PM | Permalink

      I also think that the tank being that shape adds to the dramatics of the setup. I think if it was just a huge tank with a huge rock and the rock wall was the slope, it wouldn’t be as obvious what he’s trying to feature. That’s just my opinion of why I like this so much. You know exactly what he’s trying to feature immediately. I sent the pics of this tank to my parents and raved about it so much that they started getting nervous that I was trying to convince them to bankroll an attempt at this idea. I really don’t think I could do it as well as he does though. In my eyes/opinion, this is one of the best reef tanks I’ve ever seen.

    11. Ian
      May 21, 2009 at 2:26 PM | Permalink

      d like to see more pix of the drop-off…

    12. May 22, 2009 at 12:58 PM | Permalink

      @ Felix –

      I think you’re referring to Andy (Ummmmm fish). He’s got the tank up and running now (as well as a bunch of smaller tanks for breeding etc), his thread is usually in the first page or two in the “large tank” forum over there.

    13. Philippe Grosjean
      April 21, 2010 at 7:01 AM | Permalink

      It's almost one year ago this topic was posted, but I see it only today. I just want to say that the design of my tank is inspired from my dives. Under the water, you are in a 3D world and are swimming around. This is totally in opposition with the flat design of many tanks, especially those enclosed in a wall with a single glass visible… So, I have tried something else: that drop off tank. Thanks for the link!

    14. Sam
      May 18, 2010 at 10:47 PM | Permalink

      where do I get a tank like this

    15. Wink90
      July 21, 2010 at 6:44 AM | Permalink

      Beautiful Tank that really shows the beauty of both shallow and deep reefs. Thanks to this tank I am in the process or building a similar setup. Thanks for the idea your tank is the best I have seen to date for that small of a design. I am curious as to the lighting you run. I choose LED myself but has cost an unbelievable amount.

    16. Wink90
      July 21, 2010 at 1:44 AM | Permalink

      Beautiful Tank that really shows the beauty of both shallow and deep reefs. Thanks to this tank I am in the process or building a similar setup. Thanks for the idea your tank is the best I have seen to date for that small of a design. I am curious as to the lighting you run. I choose LED myself but has cost an unbelievable amount.

    17. September 22, 2010 at 7:31 AM | Permalink

      Impressive , thanks for the post !

    18. Philippe Grosjean
      September 23, 2010 at 4:07 AM | Permalink

      To Wink90: the lighting is a traditional 2x250W 13000°K HQI combined with 2x54W actinic blue TL.

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