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    Michael Lukaczyn’s Stunning Azoox Reef

    When it comes to color, shape and texture, Michael Lukaczyn’s azooxanthellate (non-photosynthetic) rimless reef aquarium competes with the best. This simple, well aquscaped, 50g glassbox houses animals that were once considered impossible to keep. Today we believe Mike’s tank will inspire new modern spins on non-photosynthetic reef displays. Tank Specs: Cadights Artisan series 50 gallon […]

    When it comes to color, shape and texture, Michael Lukaczyn’s azooxanthellate (non-photosynthetic) rimless reef aquarium competes with the best. This simple, well aquscaped, 50g glassbox houses animals that were once considered impossible to keep. Today we believe Mike’s tank will inspire new modern spins on non-photosynthetic reef displays.

    azoox non-photosynthetic reef tank

    Tank Specs:

    Stand:

    • Cadlights Artisan series stand in Walnut

    Lighting :

    Filtration:

    • Sump was custom made by Cadlights
    • Skimmer: Bubble Magnus NAC-6
    • 1 liter of Fauna Marin Ultra-Lith in a mesh bag
    • Ultra Bio, Bak, MinS

    Circulation:

    • In tank: Vortech MP40W set to 100% on reef crest mode
    • In sump: Tunze 1073.04

    balanopyllia

    Feeding

    Daily

    Using a fishmate auto feeder, the following dry foods are added: Ultra Seafan, Ultra Clam, Ultramin F. This is fed 4x a day, over a 2 hour period of time. (All three foods are mixed into a large container then 1/8 teaspoon is added in each compartment of the autofeeder).

    purple seafan

    Daily 7am

    • FM UltraMin D and FM UltraMin S

    Daily

    • Reef Nutrition ArticPods at 6:30am and 6pm dosed manually
    • Reef Nutrition OysterFeast at 7am dosed manually
    • Reef Nutrition Shellfish Diet at 7pm dosed manually
    • Reef Nutrition Rotifeast at 9pm dosed manually

    Daily at 6pm & 9pm

    • frozen mysis shrimp

    Ellerkeldia rubra

    Mike also houses the rare Red Stripe Perchlet (Ellerkeldia rubra) shown above,  and Centrogenys vaidiensi.

    Daily at 8pm

    • frozen cyclops
    • frozen H20 foods coral food

    Water Changes:

    • 25% every Wednesday & 25% every Saturday using E.S.V B-Ionic Seawater System salt mix.

    Hats off to Mike for the effort and cost involved in keeping these colorful animals. To stay updated, check out his tank builds on the following forums:

    9 Comments

    1. btaylor66
      February 26, 2010 at 8:22 AM | Permalink

      The tank looks great. It is definitely a labor of love to feed, dose, and perform water changes that often.

    2. February 26, 2010 at 9:57 AM | Permalink

      Congrats Mike!

      Wait till you see the new colony he just got 😀

    3. February 26, 2010 at 10:17 AM | Permalink

      Gorgeous aquarium and love the rock work / layout – so conducive to keeping those type of corals.

    4. Peter
      February 27, 2010 at 2:20 AM | Permalink

      Very inspirational aquascape!

    5. February 27, 2010 at 12:11 PM | Permalink

      Thanks guys!

    6. February 27, 2010 at 2:53 PM | Permalink

      Looking good!

    7. April 1, 2010 at 11:35 PM | Permalink

      A nice video of one of my gorgonians. Make sure you check it out in HD
      http://www.youtube.com/user/aquabacs#p/a/u/0/eE4_SGWt2XM

    8. April 1, 2010 at 6:35 PM | Permalink

      A nice video of one of my gorgonians. Make sure you check it out in HD
      http://www.youtube.com/user/aquabacs#p/a/u/0/eE

    9. Michael Lukaczyn
      February 6, 2012 at 4:27 PM | Permalink

      hey your not michael lukaczyn!

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