WTF Coral Care

The WTF Reef Tank Setup


Having been in the saltwater hobby for nearly 2 decades I've tried just about every method and trend out there. I know the frustration of getting a beautiful new coral just to watch it lose it's color, or even die. Through much trial and error, lots of research, and picking the brains of industry experts,  I've been fortunate to have a lot of success in reefing. I want you to have that same success in your reef tank and hopefully skip over a lot of stress and financial loss that can occur in this hobby. Here's a quick breakdown of my systems as they are today. I'll update this page if I make changes along the way. 


Water Volume: 275 Gallons


Target Parameters

Nitrate: 10ppm (based on Salifert test Kit)

Phosphate: .08 - .1ppm (based on Hannah Checker)

Alkalinity: 8 - 8.5 DKH (based on Hannah Checker)

Magnesium: 1350 (based on Salifert test Kit)



  • AquaMaxx AF-1 Rollermat
  • Reef Octopus Skimmer
  • 20G Refugium with Miracle Mud growing Caulerpa (lighting on 24/7)
  • DIY Algae Turf Scrubber 
  • 120 lbs of Live Rock
  • 1.5" Sand Bed



  • Aquatic Life T5 Hybrid 
    • 4 x ATI Blue Plus T5 Bulbs
    • 2 x Ecotech Radions (running AB+ Schedule)


Salt & Dosing

  • Tropic Marin Pro Reef Salt
    • I switched from RedSea Blue Bucket June 2020. RedSea is not bad salt, I just got tired of tearing down my mixing barrels to clean out the precipitate grime.  
  • Acropower (5ml per day)
  • Red Sea Color Program (7ml per day)
  • Brightwells Strontion (3ml every other day)
  • Bulk Reef Supply Alkalinity, Calcium and Magnesium



  • Algae Barn Phyto (35ml per day)
  • American Reef HPD mixed with Reef-Roids
  • Target Feed LPS and Soft coral Reef-Roids 2x per week



  • Chevron Tang
  • Blonde Naso Tang
  • Copperband Butterfly
  • Lawnmower Blenny
  • Marine Beta
  • Mystery Wrasse
  • Lennardi Wrasse
  • Melanurus Wrasse
  • Six Line Wrasse
  • Spotted Mandarin
  • Harlequin Shrimp
  • Sea Cucumber


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