"Fullsize" IM 50Gal AIO build

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Getting my feet wet again after being dry for far to long. Hopefully absorbed enough info from browsing around to have somthing successful.


Picked up a used a few times over IM50 with a couple throw-in things that will get replaced. The stand that was apart of it is the most barebones thing I have seen. So i had to brace it up for my nerves.

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Plans are mixed reef mainly Zoa, and Lps. If i keep up properly I wanna try SPS for first time. I started the cycle with Dr Tims one and only and ammonia. The first couple days had trace ammonia i assume from the live sand so waited untill 3rd day to dose any. Slightly rushed with stocking hounstly, trying to get in on a Livestock sale at my LFS. 10% water change before and than 10% daily for a few days only because i could detect ammonia.(Redsea test). Luckily no issues and ammonia is gone.

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This is the setup so far

- IM Custom caddy (included)-Right overflow

Double filter floss

Chemipure blue(not yet)

- IM Helio 200 Watt - 2ed right chamber

- Return - Sicce silent 2.0 dual return with spin streams

- PLS-50 Elite II skimmer - 2ed left chamber (on the way)

- IM UV sterilizer w filter floss - Left overflow

- Hydra 52 with ceiling hanger

This was a used light I bought a few years ago. Every channel works so why not.

- Mp10 with new wetside (curse the ceramic bearing)

- 40LB Dry marco rock

- 40LB Caribsea FijiPink live sand


Livestock ~


- Pair of clownfish (hounstly forgot the name)

- Scissortail Dartfish

- 5 Nassarius snails

- 5 Astrae snail

Planned ~

- Carpenter Wrasse

- Lubbocks Fairy Wrasse

- Zebra Barred Dartfish

- Tailspot Blenny

- Yasha shrimp Goby (maybe shrimp pair)

- Tuxedo or Pincushion Urchin

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More cuc as algea and everything matures, tank is pretty naked right now. Ill have to get good pictures of eveything to post, the Dartfish is... well hard to keep still. Clownfish however is front and center.

Some things still on the way, i will update with pictures ofcourse!
Please if you have any questions, or suggestions just chime in!
 
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Looks awesome so far ! Try and find a local that will give you a small price of live rock with coralline algae on it. I added a piece on week two and have purple coralline spots all over my rock now on week 8!
good luck !
Thanks i appreciate it! Hounstly all the snails are covered is misc algae, and i have some nice frags comeing from a few great people from on here! Mini starters hopefuly
 
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12/4/22
Small update with some pictures! some things are still on the way, but i had some pictures i wanted to post so... here we are!

First i installed the IM UV sterilizer, preventive maintenance hopefully? I just like extra gadgets if im being hounst.
Also got thr new return pump plumbed in(not as cleanly as hoped) with a Sicce 2.0. Like expected ~dead silent~ i had to turn the flow down just a bit.

Picked up a little somthin from a few sellers on here. Great experiences so far!


FTS
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My favorite has to be this teal hammer. Its done great since the first hour in the tank!

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Look at all the little babies

Also! New tank mate. Saw this guy at my LFS an had to grab him, as he was on my stocking list.

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Sofar the list is a follows.
- Pair of clownfish

- Scissortail Dartfish

- Lubbocks Fairy Wrasse

- Carpenter Wrasse

- Zebra Barred Dartfish

- Tailspot Blenny

- Yasha shrimp Goby (maybe shrimp pair)

- Tuxedo or Pincushion Urchin
 

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