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Hi R2R!

I have been doing a lot of research the past few weeks and am looking for some input.

I have it down to a few different options.

Red Sea - AIO or one with the Sump

Innovative Marine - 50 AIO Lagoon

Also looking at the Reef Octo Tank systems and potentially Waterbox as well.

I have 50 inches left to right for where this tank will go.

I do really like hte IM 50 AIO,but my worry is will i be able to put a good skimmer in this system.

With the Red Sea, i the sump is big enough to add in a really nice skimmer.

Just looking for help on which system would be best, most flexible and able to keep higher end SPS with 4-6 fish max.

Looking forward to see what everything things and their experiences with each system.

Thanks in Advance.

Also - Currently have a decked out EVO 13.5 that is just not fulling my reefing needs.
 
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My personal preference is a tank with an external sump, and as a Red Sea owner I'm of course biased (I've also owned IM tanks as well). Definitely opt for the G2 model so you have the option of a plug-and-play ReefMat.

Reefer 250 G2 System (54 Gal) - Red Sea​


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It is almost impossible to clean the back chambers (aio chambers) on an aio tank. In stand sump would be much easier to clean. Currently have an IM25 lagoon, I like everything except the inability to properly clean the back chambers.
This (I had two IM25 lagoons - so I feel your pain).

Reefer 250 G2 System (54 Gal) - Red Sea​

Was looking at this one!
That's a great choice and will serve you well.
 
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It is almost impossible to clean the back chambers (aio chambers) on an aio tank. In stand sump would be much easier to clean.

Currently have an IM25 lagoon, I like everything except the inability to properly clean the back chambers.

This (I had two IM25 lagoons - so I feel your pain).


That's a great choice and will serve you well.
Great point on the AIO chamber, never even thought of that!

Well, that makes the decision then!
 

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Great point on the AIO chamber, never even thought of that!
Well, that makes the decision then!
It's the reason I upgraded to a Red Sea system with separate sump. So easy to clean and maintain.
 

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