Here is a story, a story of a little reef that has grown oout of control. In August of 2006 I switched from a 15year old FOWLR and built it into the wall. The actual aquarium is in the garage, in a insulated closet, with the 100 gallon sump, refugium and filter in the basement. The tank is a custom 4 feet wide, 32 inches high and 20 inches front to back with a central overflow. As you can see it is mainly an SPS reef. The main rockwork is two large pieces of lace rock the other 3 pillars are Figi. The design is a patch reef. Much as you see diving in Hawaii. I love to scuba dive and I love the islands so this is my little window to that world. The fish seem to really love swimming among the 4 pillars and a 8 inch brain. Each has staked out their own little territory.
The lighting is 2 400 watt Ushio 20 k supplemented by LED spotlights and t-5. The main display is 150 gallons. It is supported by an additional 300 gallons of water in the basemnet in variuos sumps.
This is what the system looked like in the beginning:
Closet In Garage
Equipment In Closet