New build: Innovative Marine 50G Lagoon AIO

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Figured I would start this build thread now for my new tank since I have some live rock coming this week (waiting list) and will be starting things up soon. My equipment list is as follows:

IM 50 gallon lagoon AIO with black APS stand
Mighty Jet return pump (stock)
Heating: IM Helio PTC smart heating system 200 watt (100 watt x 2)
ATO: Tunze 3155 osmolator with IM hydrofill 5 gallon reservoir
Lighting: Ecotech Marine Radion XR30 PRO Gen 6 with RMS mounting
Powerhead: Ecotech Marine MP10
Filtration upgrade: 2 Intank media baskets to replace filter sock on one end and stock media basket on other. Plan on taking out middle shelf on one of the Intank baskets to start small refugium at some point.

40 lbs Fiji Pink Live sand
60 lbs KP aquatics premium live rock (30 pounds coming this week)

Equipment still needed:

Tunze eco chic 8831 refugium LED (back order)
IceCap K1 nano protein skimmer
 
Orphek OR3 reef aquarium LED bar
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I joked the middle photo looks like I’m opening the ark of the covenant from Raiders of the Lost Ark! :winking-face-with-tongue:
 

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Let me know how you like the tank. Considering getting a 14 gallon AIO from them for my office desk and eventually a 80 gallon AIO for my living room in the future.
Will do when I have it up and running. Tank and stand itself seem to be well-built.
 
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Will do when I have it up and running. Tank and stand itself seem to be well-built.
Appreciate it.

How did delivery work? Did they just drop it off or did you have to sign for it? If you did sign for it, did they wait until you opened and inspected it?
 
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Appreciate it.

How did delivery work? Did they just drop it off or did you have to sign for it? If you did sign for it, did they wait until you opened and inspected it?
Both. The delivery guy was nice enough to drop it in front of the door. I opened up the top just to take a quick look at the glass to make sure nothing was broken and then signed. Make sure to have a screwdriver and hammer to open the crate and box cutter for the aquarium box.
 
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Just got 30 lbs. premium live rock today from KP Aquatics. Great stuff, BTW. The coraline algae cover is awesome. Macroalgae present, too. Baby shrimp, brittle stars, already go rid of some bristle worms. No dead smell at all, but I’m still going to cure at least a few days, do water changes every day, then test this weekend and see where I’m at.
 

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Pic of my Midas Blenny. I have 2 pajamas cardinals as well. Tank has been up for 2 months. Probably start adding some softies and LPS soon. Taking my time with it.
 

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One of my hitchhiker crabs saying hello. My wife named him Monster Man. He has algae growing on his shell. She’s more fascinated with the crabs than the fish. Lol!
 

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How do you like the XR30? Would you do something different?
It’s a really nice light. I’ve heard horror stories about the Mobius app, but it‘s been fine for me. I just use the preloaded templates for my lighting periods. I suppose if you were tweaking and editing a lot, it might get tricky to use. The light itself is pretty powerful, as well as the spread. It‘s plenty enough to keep any type of coral, though I haven’t tried SPS.
 

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It’s a really nice light. I’ve heard horror stories about the Mobius app, but it‘s been fine for me. I just use the preloaded templates for my lighting periods. I suppose if you were tweaking and editing a lot, it might get tricky to use. The light itself is pretty powerful, as well as the spread. It‘s plenty enough to keep any type of coral, though I haven’t tried SPS.
ok nice - it looks clean as well. i get my 50 lagoon tank delivered
in a few days....:)
 

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Pic of my Midas Blenny. I have 2 pajamas cardinals as well. Tank has been up for 2 months. Probably start adding some softies and LPS soon. Taking my time with it.
I love the way the Midas blenny looks, its got such a bright color to it
 
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Has the MP10 given you any trouble? The 10mm glass is just above spec for them.
I noticed that, too, when I was first looking at this powerhead, but it’s been completely fine. Just make sure you anchor the cord with the provided adhesive.
 
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