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After a few impromptu stops by the local fish store and being out of the reefing world for about eight years, I am jumping back in! I previously had a 46 Gallon Bow Front Reef Tank and it was a great (yet frustrating) learning experience. During the three years that the tank was running, it turned into a flourishing reef that experienced its highs and lows. After heading off to college, maintenance took a turn and it unfortunately died out. Now that I have more time, I've decided to dip my toes back in the water and set up a smaller reef tank. Most of the big purchases have been made, but I am still waiting on the stand to arrive before everything gets set up. Let the wild ride begin, and as always, any comments or constructive criticism is greatly appreciated. Tank Specs Tank and Stand: Innovative Marine Fusion Pro 25 AIO Aquarium w/ Black APS Stand Filtration: IM CustomCaddy Media Basket & inTank Filter Floss Holder Filter Media: Filter Floss & Chemi Pure Blue Nano Return Pump: IM MightyJet 15W/24V 326 GPH DC Return Pump w/ Controller Skimmer: IceCap K1-Nano Protein Skimmer Circulation: Ecotech Vortech MP10 Powerhead w/ Quiet Drive - Mobius Ready Heater: Cobalt Aquatics Neo-Therm 100 Watt Aquarium Heater w/ LED Display Lighting: Ecotech Radion XR15 PRO G5 LED Light (w/ RMS Tank Mount & Diffuser) ATO System: XP Aqua Duetto ATO Auto Top Off System & Innovative Marine AUQA Gadget HydroFill Ti Auto Top Off ATO Reservoir - 5 Gallon RO/DI System: Marine Depot KleanWater 4-Stage Advanced RO/DI System - 100 GPD Salt: Red Sea Coral Pro Salt Mix Misc. Equipment: Marine Depot Aquarium Refractometer (w/ PINPOINT Salinity Calibration Fluid) Digital Aquarium Thermometer Red Sea Marine Care Test Kit Current Livestock 24 lbs. of CaribSea LifeRock (15 lbs. Shapes & 9 lbs. Original) 20 lbs. of CaribSea Arag-Alive Special Grade Reef Sand Fish 2 Tank Raised Black and White Ocellaris Clownfish (Added 12/15/20)
Hi guys, Finally made it to the saltwater community after countless hours of research, youtube videos, and reading amazing stories from other journals here. First got the idea of starting a saltwater tank in october when i saw an aio 20g tank with rock, sand, a protein skimmer, and heatet. While i was absorbing new information everyday, i came across this IM marine 25g tank with i knew i had to get it. I uploaded my 20g and the carib sea dry rock i had on different fb pages and had it sold by the next morning before i went to grab this tank. Went to my LFS in Mississauga, aquariumdepot and grabbed the remaining items i needed to get this tank started. Equipment: Tank: IM marine 25g tank Stand: DIY stand from ikea (sektion) Live rock: 25lbs of reef saver rock Sand: Caribsea ocean direct live sand Wavemaker: jebao rw20 Heater: red sea 150w Jebao auto top off Lights: AI prime 16hd Return pump: dont know the name got it with the tank Filtration: 2 custom caddy media baskets which run Mechanical filtration:High performance Fiber Ball for detritus Chemical filtration: Premium Rox 0.8 Carbon Biological filtration: 3 marine pure blocks with 500g of sea chem matrix Pretty nervous today lol, going to scape the tank. Got 3 big pieces of reef saver rock. Using a hammer and chisel to break these bad boys and well see where it takes us. Okay so update after using about 1 tube of 2 part epoxy i pretty much gave up on the scape. No matter what i did the rocks wouldn't stay and kept falling again and again. Thinking of using super glue. After talking with a budy of mine he suggested using a super glue with an instant bond adhesive going to grab that tomorrow. Fianlly got my hands on the super glue due to the covid lockdown going in canada it takes soo long to get stuff from curbside pickup. Ill let you guys know how it goes 😄. After going through a bottle of super glue finally got a decent scape but ngl not happy with it but lets see. Now the challange is getting this with my tank upto my room and setting it. Annnddd what i feared most actually happened, got to my room without any damage but the upper arch support broke and brought the rest of it down with it 😂. Need to get more super glue and fix it tomorrow. Might actually do something different this time.
So I'm Almost done with my tank build, I will soon be loading pictures and videos shortly when I have enough content to properly share. So my tank is done cycling and I've added my livestock, its getting to the point that I want to make sure I get a protein skimmer, I know a lot of you do water changes weekly and that works well, for my particular schedule I want to do a bi-weekly water change and add a skimmer, so the only problem I am facing is that the IM 25 gallon only fits about 2-4 skimmers properly and or with mods. I have been hesitant to jump the gun and add a skimmer with out making sure its working for the vast majority, I like to experiment but I've dropped a lot of money on this tank already so I want to make sure I get the right skimmer. My absolute last resort is the Aquamaxx HOB, I love this skimmer but its a HOB not what I wanted with this tank, I would like opinions on other skimmers and what works best for you, I was thinking of the ICE CAP K1 Nano, CAD Lights PLS-Nano Elite 2, the Eshopps nano skimmer, and the Reef Glass Skimmer. Please give me some feed back on what you have tried and what works well for you. So far my system is as follows : IM 25 Gallon Lagoon AI Prime HD (black) Ecotech MP-10 W 20lbs caribea sea Pink Fiji - live sand 20lbs of dry and live rock mix Chemi Pure blue IM 200 Filter sock InTank Fuge Basket holding Chaeto Live Stock S&R Flurry ClownFish S&R DaVinci Grade A ClownFish Diadema Dottyback 2 Yellow Clown Gobies Yellow Coris Wrasse Will add 1 Cleaner shrimp 1 fire shrimp