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    For online translations please use the Links at the end of the Thread. is proud to introduce the 2nd Dream Tank of the Quarter. Broli Jacopo of Brescia, Italy. aka brulz has been chosen to showcase his beautiful aquarium for 1st Quarter of 2006.

    The tank was established in May 2003 with high quality live rock (65Kg – 143lb) and CaribSea Aragonite (8cm – 3in). After 4 months, I introduced my first animal, 1 sarcophiton, some xenia, 1 sinularia (I kept it only for 1 year), then I started gradually with SPS corals.

    THE BEGINNING (Aug. 2004)


    AQ. Information
    120x50x50cm – 47.2x19.7x19.7in - Display Tank
    55x40x37cm – 21.6x15.7x14in - Sump
    Volume 230l – 60gal.

    3x250w SE - 10.000°K Ushio | 20.000°K Radium | 10.000°K Ushio
    3xBluline Electronic Ballast

    Alk: 5.5° – 6.5°
    Ca: 420 ppm
    pH: 7.50 – 7.90
    Mg: 1250 ppm
    Temp: 27.5°C – 81.5°F
    Sr: 8
    Po4: generally 0.01ppm - max 0.03ppm (photometer)
    No3: generally 0.0ppm - max 0.5ppm (photometer)
    Salinity: 35 PSU
    Density: 1023 Kg/m^3 (@ 25°C – 77°F)
    The salinity is measured with a refractometer

    The alkalinity is a little low and I know it, but the animals don't have no appearing problems.

    The pH is the same.

    Misc. Equipment
    Eheim 1260 Return Pump
    300W Heater

    Filtration /Additives

    Lighting Setup

    3xSpider Reflector with 3x250W Single Ended Metal Halide Bulb (10.000°K Ushio | 20.000°K Radium | 10.000°K Ushio) driven by 3xBluline Electronic Ballast. The Spider Reflectors are ventilated by 4 ebm-Papast low noise fans (@ 4.5 volt). These fans keep the lighting (especially T5) cool.

    1x39W T5 Ati Aquablue Special (14°K) (inside the Spider).

    1x39W T5 Osram Red, color number 60 (inside the Spider).

    2x54W T5 Osram Blue, color number 67 (outside the Spider).


    T5 (all) switch ON 8.45am
    Left MH switch ON 9.15am
    Right MH switch ON 9.30am
    Central MH switch ON 9.45am
    Central MH switch OFF 6.15pm
    Left MH switch OFF 7.15pm
    Right MH switch OFF 7.45pm
    T5 (all) switch OFF 9.00pm

    ** I also use 2 blue & white led's for moon phases (driving by Aquasmart controller). **

    ZEOvit Products

    ZEOfood7: 4 drops per day.
    ZEObak: Not used.
    ZEOstart2: Not used (I’ll try soon).
    ZEOspur2: Not used.
    ZEOvit Amino Acids: 6 drops per day.
    ZEOvit Potassium Iodine/Fluorine: Occasionally when necessary 1-2 drops for 2-3 days.
    ZEOvit Iron: Occasionally when necessary 2-3 drops only for 1 day.
    ZEOvit Stylo-Pocci-Glow: Occasionally when necessary 4 drops the first day, 3 drops the second one and 2 drops the last one.
    ** All of these products are dosed after the lights have been switched off 3-4 hours (in the night). The protein skimmer is switch off for 15min during this time. **

    Other Miscellaneous Maintenance

    ZEOvit High Quality Activated Carbon: always in sump (change monthly).
    ZEOvit Zeolites: 1.1l (change every 6 weeks and shake daily).
    Salt: Elos & Tropic marine Pro reef (15% water changes are done on a monthly).
    Ca Reactor media: Aquacare Turbo-granules 98% + Grotech Mg media 2%.
    ** No PO4 remover media used. **


    Aquasmart ( is used for driving the light timer, the Kw, the tangential blower, the chiller, the tide, the heater and the Co2 Calcium Reactor. The Aquasmart also allows controlling of tank parameters through the PC and therefore through Internet!!

    This controller drives 16 outputs with a maximum of 63 devices with DALI protocol!

    Ca Rxtr:
    Turbo Chalk Reactor Unit 1 ( I’m very satisfied with this reactor.

    Kalkwasser Stirrer:
    Deltec KM500 driven by a 2.2l/h dosing pump. I use a double protection for the “dangerous” Kw. The dosing pump is driven by a Elos level sensor device which is on a timer by the Aquasmart controller (10min every 15min from 10.00pm to 8.00am).

    Reverse Osmosis:
    The RO/DI unit is a self made equipment with 6 filters: 1 pre-filter (5micron), 1 carbon filter, 1 carbon block filter (3 micron), 1 75GPD Filmtec, 1 post filter and 1 DI filter. With this method, the conductivity on exit is approximately 0.2-0.8 microSiemens/cm.

    Water Circulation:
    2xTunze Turbelle Electronic 4000l/h driven by Tunze Multicontroller with wave and nocturnal calm simulation. The Aquasmart controller simulates the tide, the wavy sea and the calm waters between high and low tides.

    Cooling System:
    Sfiligoi Superflite chiller driven dy Eheim 1250 pump and low noise tangential blower. The tangential blower switch's on by the Aquasmart controller at 27.6 C°. If it fails to start the chiller a different controller will kick in.

    ZEOvit Filter:
    Deltec FR 509 driven by Hydor L30 (1200l/h) shaken 1-2 time per day.

    Protein Skimmer:
    H&S 150F2001 (850 l) driven by Aqua Bee 2001/38W. The protein skimmer is set up for wet skimming. I’m very satisfied with this skimmer!!

    Fish Feedings:
    I use the Elos Svm (approximately 5gr per day).

    ** It is very important keep low nutrient waters, especially if you have a tank with 13 fishes like me. As you can see all my fishes are fed correctly and they have bright colors. The protein skimmer is the main accessory to prevent polluted water so it is necessary keep it clean! For this reason I clean it every 2-3 days. **



    1 Acropora Echinata
    1 Acropora Granulosa
    1 Acropora Nana
    1 Acropora Nobilis (green)
    1 Acropora Nobilis (blue)
    1 Acropora Subglabra
    2 Acropora Tenuis
    1 Euphyllia Glabrescens
    1 Favites
    2 Fungia Fungites / Cycloseris Tenuis
    1 Galaxea
    1 Montipora Capricornis
    1 Montipora Digitata blueviolet
    1 Montipora Digitata white
    1 Seriatopora Hystrix (white)
    1 Seriatopora Caliendrum (green)
    1 Seriatopora Caliendrum (pink)
    1 Stilophora Pistillata
    1 Symphyllia Valenciennesii

    Other kind of corals

    3 Ricordea
    Sarcophyton Ehrenbergi

    1 Acanturus Achilles
    1 Centropyge Loricolus
    1 Centropyge Potteri
    2 Chrysiptera Talboti
    4 Chromis Vitris
    1 Coris Gaimard (adult)
    2 Gobiodon Okinawae (duets)
    1 Labroides Dimidatus
    1 Neocirrhites Armatus
    1 Pseudocheilinus Hexataenia
    1 Pseudochromis Fridmani
    1 Zebrasoma Flavescens
    1 Zebrasoma Veliferum

    12 Astrea Tectum
    10 Clibanarius Tricolor (important for the goodness of the reef)
    6 Heremit crub
    2 Lysmata Amboinensis (important for the goodness of the reef and the fishes)
    2 Lysmata Debelius (important for the goodness of the reef and the fishes)
    1 Mitrax
    1 Stenopus Hispidus
    1 Ophiolepis Superba
    2 Sabellastarte Indica
    2 Tridacna Maxima


    I'm a student in Economy.

    I'm not married and no kids.

    Other Hobbies?
    My hobbies are skiing, snowboarding, scuba diving, technology and the aquarium!!

    Are you a happy ZEOvit user?
    Yes I started 2 years ago and it's very powerful. It helps me keep a low nutrient system with crystal clear water which is this reason it's very important pay attention to detail as to much dosing may cause the corals to go into RTN.

    What/Who got you into the reef hobby?
    I have started in 1994 with a biological filter, with 5 actinie (anemon), 1 cladiella, 1 sinularia and 4 fish. Then 3 year ago, I've changed the entire tank and system. Now you can see the new result.

    Last coral and fish acquired?
    I don't remember.. It has been a while since last purchase.

    Is energy saving a concern for you when purchasing equipment?
    Honestly no. I use an electronic ballast for 3 HQI lamps, but only for the stability of the color during the lamp life..

    Who do you call for help when you have problems with your aquarium?
    First I research off the internet (reefkeeping magazine and forum, ZEOvit forum, forum) and then I discuss solutions (that I have just read on internet) with my great friend Gabriele, my favorite shop owner ( promotion)) ). And generally we find the right way.

    Have you ever dived or snorkeled and seen an open reef?
    Yes!!! Red Sea, and Maldivian Sea.. and would like to see Polinesia, but it's very far from Italy.

    Which is your all time favorite aquarium(s)?
    With no doubt... is the best tank I have ever seen. It has outrageous dimensions, light, coral, fish and the aquascape structure is beautiful. Also the equipment is first class and everything has been studied at the last detail!!!


    I am very thankful for the Internet and the knowledge sharing we exchange and in particular these forums:,, I also wanted to thank Gabriele of Acquariomania ( who has been with me throughout my reef keeping experience.


    All of the pictures on this webpage were taken with the following camera:

    Nikon D70s in M mode.
    Lens: AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED & AF Micro 60mm f/2.8 D

    Online Translations:

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    Chinese Language

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    Korean Language

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    Last edited by ZeoVit_A; 03-31-2020, 05:42 AM.

  • #2
    One of the most amazing tanks under 100G (48x20x20 ~80G)! His corals look incredible with that bioload - keep the tang police away. Here is a picture of the sump, I had emailed Brulz before to get some info on his tank builder.

    Check out the cool ca reactor and the bead like media!

    I didn't know Deltec made Zeo reactors. I wonder if I could convert one of my FR509's to a Zeo reactor, just need a new top?
    Last edited by Miguelito; 12-31-2005, 10:17 AM.


    • #3
      Beautiful. Nice work!!!


      • #4
        Awesome mate!! Well done, and Happy New year!
        System: 430ltr SPS ZEOvit system, Balling Method (Growtech), BubbleKing200, Profilux with LAN and Salinity
        Lighting: Dimmbar 54w T5: D&D and KZ mixture.
        Flow: Tunze 6060, Iwaki MX70 CL + penductors

        "I love the smell of Napalm in the morning"


        • #5
          "1x39W T5 Osram Red, color number 60" Where did you get this bulb?? Anyone with links? Thanks
          System: 430ltr SPS ZEOvit system, Balling Method (Growtech), BubbleKing200, Profilux with LAN and Salinity
          Lighting: Dimmbar 54w T5: D&D and KZ mixture.
          Flow: Tunze 6060, Iwaki MX70 CL + penductors

          "I love the smell of Napalm in the morning"


          • #6
            I still drool everytime I bring up your reef pix, Broli--simply magnificentBob
            Last edited by Aged Salt; 01-01-2006, 05:39 PM.
            "There might be something to this ZEOvit"


            • #7
              Beautiful tank ! Thanks for taking the time, putting together all the information and pictures to showcase your tank at

              Furthermore good luck !



              • #8
                bellisima vasca.

                la mia parte preferito era "for the goodness of the fish"

                benessere non si traduce bene. i am very impressed at how clean you maintain the tank with all those fish my tank is about the same size as yours but i only have two fish (so far)


                • #9
                  Well done Jacopo, awesome tank

                  Josh, in New Zealand we use brown tubes to accentuate our brown acro's, would you like the link to this ?

                  Brendan Zeovit New Zealand Australia


                  • #10
                    Congrats, a well deserved DTOTQ..


                    • #11
                      Man, that is one killer tank bro! Incredible!


                      • #12
                        tout d abord felicitations pour tes resultats
                        d où provient se PH tres bas ? as tu une idée ?


                        • #13
                          Very sweet tank and pictures... Congrats and well deserved...



                          • #14
                            Beautiful tank !

                            Do you have all fishes on the list in the article in this aquarium ?


                            • #15
                              beautiful tank!


                              leather finger.