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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

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    • Nicholas Sadaka

      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!

    • http://reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&th Mike Clifford

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

    • Ian

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

    • Brandon

      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.

    • http://esopp.us Richie Vos

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

      Probably need swimming trunks to clean though.

    • http://www.nanoreefblog.com Curvball

      Very impressive – one for the inspiration folder for sure.

    • Justin Stone

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

    • http://glassbox-design.com eric michael

      @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?!

    • http://felixsavestheday.blogspot.com Felix

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

      f.

    • Nicholas Sadaka

      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.

    • Ian

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

    • http://reefblog.unrulymck.com Jim

      @ 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.

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    • Philippe Grosjean

      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!

    • Sam

      where do I get a tank like this

    • Wink90

      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.

    • Wink90

      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.

    • http://www.growned.com Poker Rakeback Offers

      Impressive , thanks for the post !

    • Philippe Grosjean

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

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