There are some things about this reef aquarium in Spokane Washington that are really common, and some things that are really rare, and many are both. Take for example the humongous Galaxea coral growing like a glowing green lump there in the middle of the first frame.
It may be “just a Galaxea” but the thing is approaching 18″+ in some dimensions. When viewed close up, this coral is a field of green sweeping tentacles all unto itself. How about that green slimer and regular ole blue tip stag? A regular colony of either of those corals would be unremarkable in any other tank but in this 600 gallon system, placed on the sand and allowed to sprawl in every direction, the complicated network of living coral branches makes Tonga Branch rock look silly.
Big pectoral fin salute to Kevin Pockell (that’s Poke-Elle) for pulling off this large healthy reef with some really noteworthy features. Kevinpo runs a really cute, and useful shop in Spokane and Mr. Pockell is a true hobbyist at heart. Would you believe he sells Mrs. Wage’s pickling lime in the store? Aquatic Dreams grows and sells many of their own soft and stony corals, drop by if you are in the area or check out their website, AquaticDreams.biz. We’ll have a couple more posts in the future on some neat things we saw there.