This beautiful reef aquarium is a French creation by reef aquarist Michel who lives at La Chevrolière near Nantes in France. The two meter reef tank (6.5 feet) is completely filled with large and well grown in coral colonies that take up a good portion of the open volume but it doesn’t look like a rock wall. In some places it even appears that the growth form of some Acropora and other stony corals colonies was foreseen and several tiers appear to align at an aesthetic oblique angle; if it was deliberate it is definitely a classy aquascaping touch.
Michel’s reef is lit with contemporary aquarium lighting in the form of three 400 watt metal halides and three 5 feet, 80 watt T5 lamps for supplemental color. For only being set up in January 2009, this tank appears to be well grown in with a huge diversity of corals and fish looking at the peak of color and health. The large stands of Euphyllia and elegance corals look equally at home in this large reef tank as the mature grown in colonies of SPS, and the vigorous water flow being provided by a battery of Tunze Stream pumps is easy to see in the swaying of coral polyps and the bouncing of the fish. Big thanks to Recif Al Ouest for putting together the video of this fantastic reef aquarium.