Johnathan’s IM 25 Lagoon

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It’s time for a lagoon tank so I went with a IM 25 its a lot different then my EVO 13.5 and my 29 gallon tall but that’s a good thing so far I’m loving the lagoon I have it set up and running with live sand in it Im still waiting on parts to come in but I wanted to go ahead and get this build log started I’m opened for suggestions from everyone and feedback from people that is using this tank.

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IM 25 tank
Syncra SDC 3.0 WIFI Return Pump
2x Vivid Creative Innovative Marine Slip-Fit-Drop Adapter
2x Vivid Creative Random Flow Generator
2x Eheim Jager 50w Heater
POWSAV Smart Plug Power Strip Replace by Apex
AI Hydra 32 HD
Aqua Intelligence Mount For The Hydra 32
Inkbird ITC-306A WiFi Temperature Controller Replaced by Apex
DIY Cabinet With Some Modifications
Kamoer X1 Bluetooth MicroPump To Dose All For Reef
Innovative Marine AuqaShield 9 Watt UV
Innovative Marine ChaetoMax 2-In-1 Refugium LED Light (9 Watt)
inTank Media basket
Neptune Systems Apex "WIFI" Aquarium Controller System
Neptune Systems Trident
ESHOPPS Nano Skimmer
Innovative Marine Custom Cradle XL - Magnetic Probe Holder
Innovative Marine FishGuard AIO Overflow Protector (Desktop)
Homelife LED Bars Motion Sensor Light For Inside The Cabinet

This is everything I have so far but I’m opened to suggestions on more equipment that people has used and is working great!

Substrate:
25 Pounds of Dry Rock
40-Pounds Of CaribSea Arag-Alive Fiji Pink Sand
2x CerMedia MarinePure Marine Pure Biofilter Media Gems - 90g
Chemi Pure Blue Nano - 5 Pack

Livestock:
Pair Of Black Ice Clowns
Whitecap Goby And Red Spotted Pistol Shrimp Pair
Black Cap Basslet
Mandron Goby eating frozen food

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Looking forward to watching this tank develop!

On the ATO question, I have an AutoAqua AWC that includes an ATO along with the automatic water change. I love it!
 
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Looking forward to watching this tank develop!

On the ATO question, I have an AutoAqua AWC that includes an ATO along with the automatic water change. I love it!
Is that one of the new ones I looked them up and apparently they got new one that a lot of places ain’t carrying yet
 

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Is that one of the new ones I looked them up and apparently they got new one that a lot of places ain’t carrying yet
I've had mine for probably a year and a half I think.
 
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So I have an update on this, so far I have got almost everything in. I also have almost everything hooked up. The heaters are running on the inkbird, the new SICCE 1.5 pump (I have another one but I’m still not sure on using two of them), I also have the Vivid Creative stuff in the tank and its working great. The Hydra 32 is on and ready to go. I’m getting ready to add the rock to the tank later tonight.

Here is the tank currently
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This is pretty much everything just waiting on a few more things to come in
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I got the rock work in what do you guys think so far I’m awful at doing Aqua scapes so I’m open to suggestions on everything and just when I thought I was done buying things for the tank they have a sale so I decided to pick up a ChaetoMax 2-In-1 Refugium LED Light to set up a mini refugium in one of the back chambers so hopefully this light does pretty good.

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Nice build and welcome to the 25 Lagoon club!
I used dry rock powder and thin super glue to make my scape for my 25 gallon. My main piece of advice is keep phosphate up while you cycle. I missed this key step and had to fight dinos for a while. That UV you have helped me lots. I run it all the time now.
 
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Nice build and welcome to the 25 Lagoon club!
I used dry rock powder and thin super glue to make my scape for my 25 gallon. My main piece of advice is keep phosphate up while you cycle. I missed this key step and had to fight dinos for a while. That UV you have helped me lots. I run it all the time now.
Thank you it’s a great tank I’m glad to be in the lagoon club but I couldn’t pass on the uv saltwater aquarium had a 15% off sale so I got one to help keep the tank clean
 
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Do those returns both fit? I bought the 25 lagoon used from a friend and kept the maxijet or whatever and it seems pretty jammed for just one pump
Yeah they both fit in there I’m running one on each nozzle here are some pictures of the back if it helps you any they also put out a lot of flow so you shouldn’t really need a power head just maybe a small to shoot across the back of tank.

You can see both the pumps are in there and turned so that there intakes are facing the right side intake a
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This is how I have the two heaters
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Another update I received my Innovative Marine AuqaShield today got it all set up but not running it yet I also replaced the sponge filter with filter floss here are some pictures of it hope you guys are enjoying as this build is coming together. 07C63911-8C2A-4F92-9EBF-496A315D7E79.jpeg
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Today I think I received my last shipment of stuff for the tank equipment wise unless something pops up that would be a good add for the tank but anyways today I got in ChaetoMax 2-In-1 Refugium LED Light, FishGuard AIO Overflow Protector and a AccuDrip Fish and Coral Drip Acclimator this was a random buy but it will be used on other tanks of mine Im excited to start getting fish and coral in this tank and keep this build log going with updates.

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This light so far looks like it’s going to do a good job at growing some chaeto I plan on mounting it on the back when I get a chance to get the tank moved away from the wall enoug.
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These guards look like they are going to do a great job at keeping small fish out of the intakes
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Got some more stuff in for the tank to help organize everything also over the past week I picked up a Apex still learning a lot about it but it has been great so far also the wireless motion activated light has been a great pick up to add some light inside the stand
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Here is a little update over the past week the tank has be going through the cycle it should be finishing the cycle soon also over the past week I have received Innovative Marine Custom Cradle XL Magnetic Probe Holder for the apex probes and a ESHOPPS Nano Skimmer I also have order a Apex TRIDENT and I decided to replace the two sicce pumps with the new Syncra SDC 3.0 WIFI Return Pump that should be here sometimes this month here is a couple picture.

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This is a pretty nice probe holder
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I picked theses selfs on Amazon they work good at holding stuff on the cabinet doors
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I have another update I received Trident and a 6 month supply reagent kit also
got a aquarium fan if I need to use it and I add a clean up crew to help with the algae first time ordering from Reef Cleaners and I have to say everything was great and fast shipping.

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