NYC Coral Club interviews @, based out of Streamwood, Illinois. Jonathan’s love for the ocean began as a child, growing up in the Philippines. With $15,000+ invested, his @.aquatics, Red Sea Reefer 425XL setup includes: @ Apex, @ (2) Radion XR30 Gen3, (1) Radion XR15 Gen3, (2) MP40’s, (1) MP10, (3) small powerheads, Reef Octopus Classic 202-S Protein Skimmer, @ dual reactors running Carbon and Phosguard, Reef Octopus Biochurn running @ Biopellets, @ Hydro Fill ATO, @ to measure Alkalinity, Calcium and PO4, while Salifert measures NO3 and Magnesium. He tested Red Sea Pro Salt for a year then returned to Instant Ocean’s Reef Crystals. Jonathan struggled to keep his corals alive after recovering from two tank crashes, due to unstable parameters and a faulty return pump. He sent water samples out for ICP testing and after receiving his results, he corrected his levels and began 20 Gallon bi-weekly water changes. All livestock is placed in Quarantine for at least 6 weeks before joining the main display. He supports his LFS but most livestock comes from: @, @ and local Facebook groups. The best advice Jonathan received was, “Use dry rock, dip your corals and always quarantine your livestock.” His advice to you is, “Do your research, read lots of material related to the hobby. Get to know your LFS and join groups within your local reefing community. Be patient and don’t hesitate to ask questions.” The worst recommendation received was to use Live Rock to expedite the cycling process, unaware of the unwanted visitors. The best product recommendation was a tank controller. The products he recommends are: @, Kent Marine Coral Vite, @ AcroPower, @ Food, @ Equipment and a Reef Octopus with bio-blocks from @. $1,000+ has been lost but his costliest deaths were a $150 Walt Disney Tenius and a $200 Achilles Tang. His wish list includes a FOWLR and a @Corals Home Wrecker. Be sure to follow @ for updates on his reef!