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    MOB122's IM10 & IM25 Journal

    Current view. What should I supplement biological filtration with if I choose to stay with only 10-15 lbs live rock and 20 lbs sand? Eventual plan is to get to 4-5 fish and a host of corals - mostly LPS and easier SPS. Is current live rock and sand possibly enough once established?
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    MOB122's IM10 & IM25 Journal

    It’s really early to tell but I like the increased aquascape options of the larger footprint already. I’m thinking about doing a total of 15lbs live rock instead of 25 (lb per gallon winds you up with a lot of rock). The quality of the tank is great!
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    MOB122's IM10 & IM25 Journal

    Slow but steady work on the stand. Went to a local lumber yard and bought some Calico Hickory for the top of the stand. My neighbor builds furniture in his garage, so he offered to teach me how to manufacture a top (the only reason i decided to do anything custom). Well... it's turned into a larger project than expected... We couldn't get the hickory perfectly level with a planer and plenty of sanding, so I had to come up with a creative solution. The investment has grown too large at this point to bail. I decided to go with galvanized piping and an elevated (and also perfectly level!!) 3/4 inch sheet of pine spray painted black. The 10 Gallon will eventually go beside the Lagoon leavin about 2 feet of open cabinet top.
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    25 gallon lagoon

    Really cool tank. Just bought one myself. Watching your progress!
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    MOB122's IM10 & IM25 Journal

    After my Hi-fin bailed on me I realized i wanted to get a tighter lid, but was also interested in doing things right in regard to fish and coral acclimation. Every other hobby i'm active in has taught me the investment up front is worth the heartbreak of ruining your long term vision - in this scenario a small reef tank. My new goal is to have an awesome IM25 display tank and use my IM10 as a Fish/Coral QT/frag tank. You could say things spiraled out of control pretty quickly regarding additional investment, but I'm really enjoying this hobby and wanted more than the IM10 could ultimately give me. Plus having a spot to QT is great peace of mind. I'm also building a custom stand that will match the beadbord walls and trim you see in the pictures with a butcherblock-ish sort 3/4 inch thick top. Some shots:
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    MOB122's IM10 & IM25 Journal

    My hi-fin never left the bottom until he jumped. It’s a head scratcher but ultimately I think I might have been able to prevent it. Hindsight is 20/20, of course and this could be totally wrong but, I was thinking back to what I did different and realized for some random reason I threw in a small chunk of pellet food for the pistol to see what he’d do. Well he grabbed it right away, but I think it attracted some hermits to their burrow and caused the goby to freak out. They’re super skiddish obviously so I think he bailed shortly after. The last time I used pellets were for ghost feeding and then right after cycling to keep the CUC alive until adding fish and algae appearing. All flake food otherwise.
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    MOB122's IM10 & IM25 Journal

    Sad News. My goby jumped either last night or this morning. I have the stock Innovative Marine lid on, so I'll look at getting a better, tighter fitting lid before getting another goby if i go that route. Not sure if the shrimp is alive but i'm guessing he'll lay low for a couple days. I'll look for sand movement when watching my tank. Do I need to replace the goby with another goby to help the shrimp along? I'm missing the symbiotic relationship already. Just a super cool thing to watch. But i also find myself wondering what other fish I could put in there that'd be a good combo with a single clown. Would anyone recommend trying to add another clown? I'm a beginner, but have done my research and feel my jumper is almost a right of passage at this point. Still sucks though. I'm definitely going to prevent that possibility as best I can moving forward. What my best next move people?
  8. That behavior isn’t typical but it does happen. He was swimming like that for a better portion of the day yesterday. After lights out he chilled and went straight to the bottom left corner of the tank where he sleeps. I’m trying to be patient but the plan was to get a small wall hammer for him to try and host. Is this a bad idea? This AM w/o lighting on. Could any of this simply relate to too much lighting? The A80 isn’t the most powerful from my research. Max lighting is 45% color/40% intensity at peak. Controller is set to mimic sunrise/set, so it’s only that high for an hour or so.
  9. Clown has been in the tank for about a month. He’s had various forms of poop over that time but today was the first I’ve noticed white string poop. I’m currently dosing the tank with Brightwell Aquatics Fish Recover M as well. I used it when adding the clown and did it again for the goby/shrimp addition.
  10. Added a goby/pistol shrimp combo the other day and also slightly tweaked lighting to run a little longer. Otherwise water is in check and no other indicators. Goby is shy but seems fine. Has opened his mouth once or twice pretty wide for no reason but I’m not taking that as cause to be alarmed. Thanks for any help!
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    The FTS Thread!

    Tank is about 3 months old:
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    MOB122's IM10 & IM25 Journal

    Finally figured out how to post a video. Had to do a 3 gallon WC this morning as nitrates went from 10 to 20 since last week’s WC. Everyone is settled back down:
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    MOB122's IM10 & IM25 Journal

    Jparadise - I just went out to look at the tank shortly after lights out. Hi-Fin was swimming around a little with my clown and eventually made his way over to the shrimp's burrow. I guess that's all it took. Less then 6 hours after acclimating them and dropping them into the tank. Cool moment to catch. Their burrow is in the back of the tank near a comfortable spot on our couch for viewing, too. It'll definitely add abunch of activity to an otherwise dead spot in my aquascape.
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    Tmabry IM nano 10

    Really cool setup. Will keep an eye on your progress. You’re a few months ahead of me and I’m really interested to watch your corals develop.
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    MOB122's IM10 & IM25 Journal

    New additions today. A Hi-Fin Rose Goby. Felt lucky to get such a good picture shortly after adding him. He's found a hole in the live rock that's pretty secluded and he looks pretty comfy. Also added a pistol shrimp. No photo - only a video, which i don't know how to post. They weren't purchased "pre-bonded" because they didn't have any at LFS today. The shrimp, of course, has dug a burrow under live rock in another part of the neighborhood. They're not really anywhere near one another. Can anyone tell me what the pairing process is like?