This awe-inspiring reef aquarium belonging to Stephen Hurlock sets a very high bar in many ways, not the least of which is residing at over 9000 feet. Such a mammoth aquarium like this is really a community project with many of the Denver area’s finest reef aquarists taking part in the design and build of this aquarium. The acrylic aquarium was made by Aquatic Design Habitat Inc. of Denver Colorado and it is 10 feet long, 5 feet wide and 3 feet tall with 1.25″ acrylic. The plumbing and filtration was put together by Cris Cap of AquaticArt Inc. The aquarium water is circulated by 8 Vortech pumps which are housed in a specially built dry-cavity which was conceived and designed by myself, Jake Adams. The livestock was provided by specimens from the 600 gallon reef that this tank replaced and by overgrown colonies from reefers all over Denver. With a lot of effort and some special accelerated reefing know-how, this 2 month old masterpiece looks like it is at least 6-8 months along. All we have to say is that we can’t wait to report back on this reef when it is actually 6-8 months old.
Jake Adams has been an avid marine aquarist since the mid 90s and has worked in the retail side of the marine aquarium trade for more than ten years. He has a bachelor’s degree in Marine Science and has been the managing editor of ReefBuilders.com since 2008. Jake is interested in every facet of the marine aquarium hobby from the concepts to the technology, rare fish to exotic corals, and his interests are well documented through a very prolific career of speaking to reef clubs and marine aquarium events, and writing articles for aquarium publications across the globe. His primary interest is in corals which Jake pursues in the aquarium hobby as well as diving the coral reefs of the world.