When most of us think of New Zealand, rolling hills and eucalyptus trees come to mind. It turns out the sea life in New Zealand is actually also quite impressive. This 200 gallon Coldwater Reef from New Zealand is filled to the notch with livestock collected off the coast of New Zealand and is just dazzling. The livestock is dominated by a huge variety of “strawberry anemones (Corynactis sp.) and the tank contains numerous other azoox corals as well.
This 200g cold water reef is lit by a combination of a DIY LED fixture and a unkown Chinese LED fixture. Flow is provided by two Tunze Stream 6045s, an MP40 and several other pumps below the rock work. Filtration on the tank is surprisingly simple with a Eheim Wet/dry along with a HOB Red Sea Turbo skimmer filtering out the heavy proteins. Seachem seagel is used instead of the wet/dry when the owner is away. Five percent water changes with Natural Salt Water are done weekly and the New Zealand Colwater reef is kept at approximately 60F by a 1HP Hailea chiller. The tank is fed a blend of ground up SF bay plankton, Brine Shrimp and Wardley marine flake twice a day.
Check out the build thread on Aquariacentral here. Thanks Ricky Chawla for the awesome tip!
Search More: Colwater Reef • corynactis • New Zealand • SF bay plankton • steve weast • Strawberry anemones