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    Copps’ Reef in HD: Acros and Angels Galore

    If you’re reading this site you’ve likely heard his name before–John Coppolino, or Copps, is a top notch aquarists with a knack for landing some of the rarest fish available and for growing some impeccably colored corals. He’s also the biggest angelfish lover in the industry and a good friend of mine. A few weeks […]

    copps angelfish reef tank

    les poissons angesIf you’re reading this site you’ve likely heard his name before–John Coppolino, or Copps, is a top notch aquarists with a knack for landing some of the rarest fish available and for growing some impeccably colored corals. He’s also the biggest angelfish lover in the industry and a good friend of mine.

    A few weeks back I got to see John’s reef in person, along with his scores of other tanks (easily one of the most impressive private rare fish collections in the world). It’s easy to see why Julian Sprung added John’s angel dominated reef to the French release of Kiyoshi Endoh’s Angelfishes of the World. Copps’ reef is equal parts Acropora display and equal parts Angelfish display. If its not the trio of Regal Angels catching your eye, it’s the Collin’s pair, or maybe the large Blueline. But then there is also that fiery red trio of Hawaiian Flame Angels, or those Semis’… oh yeah, and the Joculators!

    angelfishes of the world

    While there I had the chance to briefly capture John’s main reef display tank with photos and video. The tank is not at its former greatness, as it was when Julian photographed it for Les Poissons-Anges. Since Julians photos, John ripped out many large coral colonies to allow fresh growth. In no time it will be better than ever. Enjoy.

    Watch the video in a larger format here.

    18 Comments

    1. jmaneyapanda
      July 23, 2010 at 10:17 AM | Permalink

      I no longer want to look at my tank. John, you are indeed a master.

    2. mark poletti
      July 23, 2010 at 10:18 AM | Permalink

      I'm pulling the plug after watching this video!

    3. Cwoods8
      July 23, 2010 at 10:21 AM | Permalink

      It's CGI….i'm confident about that

    4. Skiprrr
      July 23, 2010 at 10:57 AM | Permalink

      That was a crazy lookin tank. Simply beautiful!

    5. Fooder08
      July 23, 2010 at 11:01 AM | Permalink

      Awesome video !! Wooww

      and a really nice soundtrack (Hocus Pocus !!)

    6. Evoud
      July 23, 2010 at 11:27 AM | Permalink

      Rockin' video. Dig it.
      Copp's the man.
      Thanks Glassbox.

    7. Paul
      July 23, 2010 at 12:09 PM | Permalink

      Thaks for that! Made my morning that much better!

    8. Johnjcoppolino
      July 23, 2010 at 12:23 PM | Permalink

      Nice having you by Eric! Sorry you caught my tank in a lull just after chopping!

    9. kineticac
      July 24, 2010 at 1:40 AM | Permalink

      just amazing =) nice!

    10. Scott711
      July 26, 2010 at 7:40 AM | Permalink

      Truly awesome!

    11. August 18, 2010 at 11:31 AM | Permalink

      Great tank. Makes me want to sell my house so I can get a bigger tank! (I’ll add that to my list of things to do…)

    12. August 18, 2010 at 6:31 AM | Permalink

      Great tank. Makes me want to sell my house so I can get a bigger tank! (I'll add that to my list of things to do…)

    13. twelvejewelz
      September 6, 2010 at 7:16 AM | Permalink

      My dream tank, just what i like Dwarf angels and regular angel, and SPS it doesnt get any better than that. at all..

    14. Badspstank
      September 9, 2010 at 5:03 PM | Permalink

      very nice

    15. Austin
      November 2, 2010 at 3:37 PM | Permalink

      Gorgeous, John. Superb display! What are the dimensions?

    16. Paully62
      January 19, 2011 at 3:48 AM | Permalink

      Angels in an acro tank…and they say it cant be done

    17. Jeff Berrier
      April 5, 2012 at 6:21 PM | Permalink

      Is he running ZEOvit?

    18. haim
      April 28, 2012 at 5:32 AM | Permalink

      Hi

      can you tale us more information on your amazing tank?
       

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    1. […] stir then, but has been forgotten by most; including myself until I saw it in person while visiting Copps. The hybrid has since grown at least a quarter of an inch and is doing quite well under […]

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