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Deliberated between Red Sea and Waterbox for weeks and I've decided to go with an Innovative Marine lagoon 50 gallon EXT. Basic reasoning was with the IM tank I'll get all 50 gallons of water volume in my display tank and the diversity to customize my setup (stand/sump) more to my specific goals. I started my first SW/reef tank in January with a Fluval Evo (fluval on a husky cart link) and am also participating in the pico contest (pynk pico journal link). I've found a lot of joy learning about reef keeping and I'm really thankful for everyone on nano-reef and excited by how much more there is for me to learn! Lots to do before the lagoon will be up and running -- am going to try my damndest to take it slow. No doubt I'll need some help, especially when it comes time for plumbing. Below is where I'm at and what's still left to think through! Tank Specs Display: Innovative Marine Lagoon 50 gallon EXT (30"x24"x16") Rock: Ordered 60lbs of dry Marco Rock Substrate: TBD Sump: Trigger Systems Triton v2 (26"x13"x15") -- 20.4g total volume, with refugium chamber (6g) & skimmer section Heater: (2) Eheim TruTemp 100W heaters Heater Controller: TBD -- I haven't tried these yet, but it seems affordable and smart ATO: XP Aqua Duetto (container is TBD) Stand: TBD & probably DIY -- I'd like to widen my stand beyond the tank and have it double as a standing desk. I really like stands with simple metal frames and am looking at T Slot aluminum for my frame if I can swing it without breaking the bank. Lighting: TBD -- am thinking either dual Nanobox Duo or Nanobox Hybrid.. @DaveFason -- look out for an email 🤳 Refugium Light: TBD Plumbing: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Return Pump: TBD -- once I know plumbing I'll calculate GPH needed for return pump Powerhead: TBD Skimmer: TBD Test Kits: API SW Master kit + Red Sea Reef Foundation kit Salt: Aquatic Life 4-stage RO/DI + AquaForest Reef salt Fish livestock is still in progress and for the most part, I'd like it to be well thought out to avoid stocking issues. I may keep my clowns and BTA in my fluval and make it a low maintenance nem setup. I'd like mixed coral stocking, but SPS dominant. Projects for this week... - Stand: if anyone has tips/experience with T Slot aluminum stands, I'd love to chat! I'm in Los Angeles area so if anyone has any contacts, please reach out as well. - Scape: my rock will deliver on Wednesday. It honestly may take me a couple of weeks just to get my scape laid out/glued and dried. - Plumbing: want to get a better general understanding of options or how-to's. - QT Tank: figure out my purchase list and setup for QT. Think that's all I've got for now... always welcome tips//thoughts or feedback.
Having a really hard time deciding which tank will be best. I want to plan this setup to be well thought out and cohesive before I start making any purchases -- am thinking end of summer will be the earliest I'll start buying. My first tank is the Fluval 13.5g (started this February) and it's going strong & have a 2.5g pico as well. Quite new to the hobby, and yes, already obsessed! Looking in the 40-65g range for size -- Red Sea or Waterbox both *seem* to be the top contenders in both size categories. I do love Innovative Marine tanks -- but seems a better deal to go with RS or Waterbox since they come with cabinet & sump. For setup and stocking, I'm thinking... SPS dominant, but not exclusive NanoBox duo or double duo, if needed I'd like to have a tank that's plumbed for a sump in cabinet & would like to have a refugium in sump for pod population Predrilled tank... I may be handy, but drilling glass & gluing plumbing is a nope for me Fish & equipment specific planning is TBD, dependent upon which tank I decide on Questions haunting me in the dead of night... Red Sea tank glass is so sexy. You know it, I know it, we all know it -- but what are people's impression of Waterbox tank glass in comparison? Generally, is one considered better than the other and why (beyond "branding")? Are there other tanks I should be considering that I just don't know about? Quick tank specs... Red Sea Reefer 170 43g total volume (34g display) 24.5"x20"x20" Waterbox Marine 45.2 44.3g total volume (29.6g display) 24"x18"x18" Red Sea Reefer 250 (rectangular shape) 65g total volume (54g display) 35.5"x21"x20" Waterbox Marine 60.2 (cubed shape) 61.8 total volume (39.8g display) 24"x24"x18" Other tanks I should consider? Thoughts, advice & tips & tricks appreciated 😬
Ikikimo posted a topic in Aquarium JournalsHello everyone. I’m just rounding the 1 year mark of reefing. In that time I’ve gone from a Evo 13.5 to a Lagoon 25. There’s an old thread somewhere of my 25. In March I moved into a Lagoon 50. I’ve currently just finished up a custom stand in preparation for a hybrid fixture that Dave is finishing up for me. Here’s a bunch of photos and an equipment list 🙂 Lagoon 50Sicce 1.5 Main ReturnCobalt MJ1200 Reactor PumpEcotech MP-10Icecap Gyre 1kAquaMaxx Algae ReactorNeotherm 200w HeaterAuto-Aqua Micro ATOCadlights PLS-50 Elite IIMini-Max Pro (biopellets)Innovative Marine Media BasketIn-Tank Floss HolderChemipure BlueMarine Pure BlocksNanobox Hybrid (4x 3.1 Array and 2x T5, Full Spectrum Control)Inhabitants:Purple Fire FishLeopard WrasseMystery Wrasse Yellow Clown Goby Starry Blenny Pair of Dragon Face Pipe Fish Cleaner Shrimp Pair of Peppermint Shrimp Pair of Hermit Crabs Pom Pom Crab Standard CUC. Nassarius, Astrea, Turbo, Trocus LFS of choice - Diablo Corals - Concord, Ca Just after the move. It’s a steel side table reinforced with wood. I ended up further reinforcing it but can’t seem to find anymore photos. Probably because its was ugly lol And an FTS from 10/25/18