IM 50 Lagoon SPS dominant build

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Got a new IM AIO 50 Lagoon set up straight from IM as these were on sale last month. This at this point is going to be a bare bottom SPS dominant tank as I don't want to have to feed LPS corals.
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IM AIO 50 Lagoon with APS stand
IM UV sterilizer(only will be run if need be)
Cobalt 200 watt heater
Maxspect XF 330 gyre flow pump
Reef Octopus classic 90 HOB skimmer
2 Radion XR15 Blue gen 5 lights with Radion mounts(thank you TheWB for the suggestion)
Caribsea Life rock
Seachem Matrix in bags in both 2nd chambers for bio filtration

At first I was going to put my pair of clowns and their LTA in the tank to start which is what the plastic container in the first picture is about.
That changed when after months in the container the LTA decided to climb out and walk around in the old tank ticking off a lot of coral(LTA is back in contain now but ain't taking no chances in new tank).

Got water in tank last Saturday and first corals in last Thursday(overflow from my frag rack)
So far plans for fish are a Coral Beauty from Biota and my six line wrasse PC (pest control)
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Still need to figure out some kind of light block to put over AIO sump so algae doesn't want to grow in there.
I did put some King Midas Zoas(just 2 polyps) on the tip of the rock on the right due to it being so close to the surface of the water. Should look good all yellow up there.
 

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Still need to figure out some kind of light block to put over AIO sump so algae doesn't want to grow in there.
I did put some King Midas Zoas(just 2 polyps) on the tip of the rock on the right due to it being so close to the surface of the water. Should look good all yellow up there.
I have used black plexiglass to cover overflows for that same reason. They work well but they tend to end up twisting some over time. please post if you find a good solution.
 
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I have used black plexiglass to cover overflows for that same reason. They work well but they tend to end up twisting some over time. please post if you find a good solution.
Good idea. Looked at Home Depot and can get a sheet big enough for like $30.00 and have enough left over to do my other IM tanks that I presently use pieces of cardboard on.
 
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Good idea. Looked at Home Depot and can get a sheet big enough for like $30.00 and have enough left over to do my other IM tanks that I presently use pieces of cardboard on.
It’s a real bummer that In-Tank makes a shield for the other IM AIO’s including the 30 gal version that is 6 inches longer but they don’t make one for this tank. I would scoop one up if they did for sure.
Good looking scape you made there, I like it.
That pair of lights will let you grow anything you want in that tank.
Following along to watch what you create.
 
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Tanks up and running for 5 weeks now, cheated with bio media from another tank so no ugly stage. No ammonia, no nitrite and nitrate sitting at 1 for 4 weeks now. Hoping it goes up just a little for the corals but not pushing it. Like everything else in this hobby I'm going to give some time.
1 fish-Biota baby Coral Beauty doing well
1 cleaner shrimp-you should have seen that little coral beauty tail slapping and biting that shrimp the day I put it in and it moved into her spot. Now they're buddies.
and about 10 pieces of SPS(5Acro) with 7 more acro on way if it stops snowing.
Almost forgot the tons of copepods everywhere.(came in with the bio media from other tank. NO amphipods and I don't want them.
 
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