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FTS/Top-down progression! March 31, 2018: March 2018: February 2018: January 2018: October 2017: July 2017: *Disclaimer: the photo quality seemed a lot better on my phone now that I'm seeing them on the computer. Sorry for the bad quality! For older photos and set-up, please keep reading! Hello and thank you for stopping in! I hope to use this as a diary for myself, but I so enjoy seeing other Lagoons that I thought I would document mine for others to see also. Let me preface this by introducing myself! I'm a Canadian reefer and I share a common addiction with many of you. I first ventured into saltwater reef tanks in the spring of 2016 with a used (and a then-10-year-old-unit!!) JBJ Nano Cube 12g and I was instantly hooked. In January, so a little over a year ago now, I had decided on an IM Lagoon 25g as being the perfect next step for me, keeping the 12g running. Sadly, the old 12g finally kicked the bucket in the spring of 2017. Really, the hood/fans/lights went on it. Could have been an easy fix, but it was a better decision at that time to take down the 12g and put my focus into making the 25g the best I could make it! I kept and used everything in the 12g except my dear clown, which I sold to a great home. She loved Xenia! With that out of the way! Whew. I'd like to start by putting up all of the word stuff and then a photo progression. Let's begin... It all began on a wintery January 21, 2017: Tank: - Innovative Marine NUVO Aquarium - Fusion Lagoon 25 Gallon (no sump) - DIY stand (sort of, you'll see) Flow: - Stock pump - Jebao PP-4 Wavemaker Heaters: - Eheim Jager TruTemp Submersible 50W - Fluval M50 Submersible (50W) Light: - Aqua Illumination Prime + mounting arm ATO: - AUTOAQUA Smart ATO micro + 2g reservoir Water: - Purchased by 5g bottles of RO at store, has done me well, but would like to upgrade eventually - Plan is to go with a 4-stage Spectrapure RO/DI unit. Just need to pull the trigger already and do it. - November 2017: I did it! SpectraPure CSPDI 2:1 Manual Flush 90-GPD RO/DI Rock, Salt & Sand: - Marco Rock (~15 lbs, want/need more!) Now at least 25lbs. - CaribSea Arag Alive Fiji Pink Sand (20 lb. bag) - Red Sea Salt (175g blue bucket) Switched to Fritz RPM, thinking of switching to plain Instant Ocean Misc: - Innovative Marine Mesh Screen Lid Kit (lol we will look into this later...) - Innovative Marine Custom Caddy Marine Basket (Nano) x2 - Stock filter socks (not in use) - Filter floss - Chemi-pure Elite, Chemi-pure Blue, Purigen and regular GAC on standby Since the summer 2017 I've been running Chemipure-Elite; in November 2017 supplemented ROX 8.0 carbon; February 2018 started using Purigen - Test kits: Red Sea Marine Care Test Kit (ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, pH and alk), Salifert for calcium, magnesium and alkalinity - Refractometer: ATC Vertex (also use a Sybon); November 2017: after suspecting some salinity issues, I've been calibrating using Brightwell, Tropic Marin AND PinPoint calibration solutions Notes on Maintenance: - Weekly ~3-5 gallon water changes. Every. Week. No excuses! - Currently only running filter floss and a little carbon/GFO in the caddy - No protein skimmer (yet); now running Reef Octopus NS80! - No dosing (yet); February 2018: waiting for ESV B-Ionic to arrive next week Fish: - Yellow Watchman Goby, ~1.5 inches (added March 30, 2017) RIP my little jumping bean - 2x Black Misbar Ocellaris, ~1.75 inches (added March 31, 2017); February 2018: approx. 3 inches and 2 inches long - 1x Banggai Cardinalfish, ~2 inches (added July 15, 2017); February 2018: approx. 3 inches long - 1x Citron Goby, ~1.75 inches (added July 15, 2017); February 2018: 2-2.5 inches long - 1x Cherub Angelfish, ~3/4 inch (added February 9, 2018, very tiny!) Inverts: - A lone Blue-legged Hermit - 2x Spiny/Ninja Star snails - 3x Trochus snails - 1 cerith snail - 1 large and 1 small nassarius snail Corals: - Flame Tip BTA; sold! - Duncan - Green and purple-tipped hammers - Neon green trumpet - Sunny D palys - Various dark green zoas - Purple monti cap frag - Red Encrusting Goni (??) frag - Green Button Polyps - Some purple and blue mushrooms - Sour Apple Birdsnest frag - Forest Fire Digi frag - Green star polyps - Toadstool - Kenya tree coral - Fuzzy green mushrooms - Clove polyps - Dragon eye zoas (pink) - Torch Food Stuff: - Calanus Flake Food Omega One Marine Flakes - NLS Thera-A Regular 1mm Pellets - Hikari Bio-Pure Frozen Mysis - Hikari Bio-Pure Frozen Spirulina Brine Shrimp - Hikari Bio-Pure Frozen Krill - Hikari Bio-Pure Frozen Squid (nem's fav) - Omega One Freeze Dried Mysis - Selcon - PE Mysis 1mm pellets - LRS Reef Frenzy - OSI Spirulina Flakes I think that covers the main stuff? I hope I'm not forgetting anything... this is long enough. I like to keep it real simple. The tank is at the office so I can fiddle with them throughout the day, whenever, but it can't be too complicated. Low maintenance is the goal, though I'm so consumed by it that I spend a lot more time on the tank than I really need to. I chose to keep it as low cost as I could, while not compromising with things that are "cheap" and/or unreliable. I've been happy with all purchases so far, no major issues or scares, and will just have to drool over all of the high end equipment others get to play with! Thanks for looking!