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We went in California to see the marine aquarium of Terence Fugazzi (Apex)


Acquario marino di Terence Fugazzi - Gilroy - CaliforniaWe’ve been guest of Terence Fugazzi on September and we’ve seen his wonderful marine aquarium.

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This article is also available in: italiano

Terence Fugazzi, for those who don’t know him, is VP of Marketing for the system Apex of Neptune Systems. I met him at the Mace 2016 in Rimini (italian editorial), where he gave a lecture about control systems for aquariums (here his lecture in italian).

Terence is a very nice person, and he immediately invited me in California since 2016. This year in occasion of the Macna 2018 in Las Vegas (italian editorial) we decided to meet him in Gilroy, near San Francisco, where he lives in a wonderful house.

Terence and his wife Nancy welcomed us warmely and made us feel at home. But as soon as you enter their home the first thing you notice is their magnificent marine aquarium. 2,44 meters, 81 cm x 81 cm of height built by Reef Savvy. We’re talking about an aquarium of 1.600 liters!

Acquario marino di Terence Fugazzi - Gilroy - California

The aquarium is lit with 4 ceiling lights Philips Coralcare (test and measurements) cut with 4 blue led bars, for having a dominant blue in line with the tastes of the americans.

The technical part is totally respectful because it can count on the skimmer Reef Octopus Regal Skimmer of 30 cm of diameter. The calcium reactor is supplied by the pump COR produced by Neptune Systems. There’s an enormous refugium created on the other part of the house, and when I say “in the other part”… it’s behind the house, in the garage, completely insulated and lit by two Kessil H380.

The return pump is a powerful Abyzz A400, think that it has a flow rate of 23,600 l/h and 9,4 meters of hydraulic head! In Terence‘s configuration, with the 74% of power output, the pump manages to exchange about 4.000 l/h of water between aquarium and sump. And consider that there are over 15 meters of pipe, even though almost entirely horizontal.

Acquario marino di Terence Fugazzi - Gilroy - California

And obviously on a system like Apex that controls everything, and Terence shows us how, it can be asked even with Amazon Alexa (direct link).

Terence‘s system is pretty young, judging by the size of the corals. But not less interesting for what regards number and typology of animals.

Coralli SPS nell'acquario marino di Terence Fugazzi - Gilroy - California

Here above you can admire the width of the aquarium… usually, with corals of that size we would be over the average dimensions of our aquariums.

Acropora spp nell'acquario marino di Terence Fugazzi - Gilroy - California

Many of the corals have important dimensions, the problem is that they are lost inside an aquarium of these dimensions.

Acropora spp nell'acquario marino di Terence Fugazzi - Gilroy - California

Acropora spp nell'acquario marino di Terence Fugazzi - Gilroy - California

Acropora spp nell'acquario marino di Terence Fugazzi - Gilroy - California

Acquario marino di Terence Fugazzi - Gilroy - California

Recently have been inserted 3 Heniocus acuminatus that introduced themselves among the corals.

All the fish are beautiful and in health, but some, let me tell you, hit more than others…

Our reportage continues and finishes on page two with pictures of fish and corals… Among which a very particular fish!


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