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Rob’s Chalice Palace and Acan Lagoon

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Thought I’d share my reef tank journey. I had a build thread on another “smaller” forum but lately reef2reef has been the forum I frequent more. Plus it seems like there are quite a few 30L owners on this forum which will be great to interact with. So I decided this is going to be my new home. If any of you 30L owners have a build thread please post the link. Also any other chalice addicts lol

The tank is an Innovative Marine Nuvo 30L with a custom oak stand. I started it around the 1st of the year, it’s right around 7 1/2 months old now. Things went pretty smooth from the start. I dealt with a couple small algae outbreaks and a minor Dino issue. Things are really starting to settle in now and I’m getting beginning to get good growth.

Here is a basic list of my equipment

2x Ai Primes with 3D reefing diffusers
2x Sicce 1.0 returns
2x Neotherm 75w heaters
Ecotech MP10
Cad Lights PLS-50 Elite ll skimmer
Smart Micro ATO
Apex EL
DOS



Here is a picture of the stand me and my father built


Ok so Im adding my Innovative marine 25g lagoon to this build thread instead of starting a whole new thread and ill will update both tanks here. I want to make this tank focused on Acans. The plan is to put acans on the rock work then some of my nicer chalices and mushrooms on the bottom.

Equipment for the 25 lagoon

2x Prime HD with 3D reefing diffusers
Icecap K1 Nano Skimmer
Apex EL
2x Sicce 1.0 returns
2x 50w Neo Therms
MP10
Smart ATO Micro
Kamour X1 Dosing Pump dosing Tropic Marin All for Reef
Intank fuge basket with amazon light growing cheato

30g FTS 12/24/2019 (now is a frag tank)
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25g Lagoon FTS 10/04/20
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My Instagram if anyone is interested intricate_reefer
 
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Welcome! We have a 30L "club thread" that you should definitely check out if you haven't done so already, and you should post a link to your build thread there. Many of the other 30L owners have posted links to their build threads there and you can check out a lot for them in one place.
 
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Looks awesome!
You got some very attractive pieces in there.
The sicce pumps are an awesome upgrade for the smaller IM tanks.
I’m definitely be looking forward to watching this thing mature! :)
Thanks! Yea the sicce pumps seemed like the ones to get. All the reviews were great and I figured I’d run two smaller in cases one were to fail.
 
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Great tank!
My IM 30L is going to get wet in about a month, doing a lot of the same things you are doing with equipment.
Keep the info coming
I’m really loving this tank. Seems so much bigger than 30 gallons when looking at it. I think you will really enjoy it.

I did a lot of research on the equipment and I think I made some good decisions. Only thing I kind of regret not getting are xr15s instead of the primes. I’m happy with them but just think I would like the radions better.

Looking forward to seeing you set yours up. Are you going to do a build thread?
 
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Welcome! We have a 30L "club thread" that you should definitely check out if you haven't done so already, and you should post a link to your build thread there. Many of the other 30L owners have posted links to their build threads there and you can check out a lot for them in one place.
Awesome thanks, I’ll definitely check out that thread and post a link. Awesome we have a place for us all to come together
 
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Nice looking tank. I used Stax also in my IM Lagoon 50. It’s a lot of fun to work with. I almost got the 30L, they do seem like they’re bigger than they are when you look at them head on.
Yea what you did with the stax rock is amazing. Wish I would have been a little more creative lol. It seemed difficult with this tank just because the depth is so small.
 

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Yea what you did with the stax rock is amazing. Wish I would have been a little more creative lol. It seemed difficult with this tank just because the depth is so small.
Thanks, your scape looks pretty creative to me. I like how it turned out. Do you have any pictures from before the coral went in? I’d like to see how you laid it out. One of the main reasons I chose the Lagoon 50 was to have some depth to the scape. It’s basically a 30”x20” footprint. I got it before the 50 EXT came out. Makes me wish I would have waited so I could have had the extra 4” of depth. I may upgrade one day and at least I’ll be able to use the same stand.
 
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Thanks, your scape looks pretty creative to me. I like how it turned out. Do you have any pictures from before the coral went in? I’d like to see how you laid it out. One of the main reasons I chose the Lagoon 50 was to have some depth to the scape. It’s basically a 30”x20” footprint. I got it before the 50 EXT came out. Makes me wish I would have waited so I could have had the extra 4” of depth. I may upgrade one day and at least I’ll be able to use the same stand.
I mean I’m happy with it. It’s just I see some of the scapes people do with the stax rock and I’m just like wow! I do think it’s working well as Im into the chalices and favias and the scape gives me plenty of flat spots. With limited space I’m not really glueing too much down as I’m sure I’ll have to be fragging in the future.

Yea I’m really missing that depth you get with the 25 and 50 lagoon. I was going to get the 25 but then this came up locally for a good deal. Your right though those EXTs would give us a lot more space. They have a 30 ext as well and I thought about a future upgrade and keeping the stand. Then I thought again and was like if I’m going to go through all that work I might as well get something at least double the size.

Here’s an old picture so you can see the scape a little better(might have to zoom in). Also a couple pictures of my rat nest of wires I said I’d show you. I’ll probably just leave them but really should get the power bricks up at the very least.





 
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I mean I’m happy with it. It’s just I see some of the scapes people do with the stax rock and I’m just like wow! I do think it’s working well as Im into the chalices and favias and the scape gives me plenty of flat spots. With limited space I’m not really glueing too much down as I’m sure I’ll have to be fragging in the future.

Yea I’m really missing that depth you get with the 25 and 50 lagoon. I was going to get the 25 but then this came up locally for a good deal. Your right though those EXTs would give us a lot more space. They have a 30 ext as well and I thought about a future upgrade and keeping the stand. Then I thought again and was like if I’m going to go through all that work I might as well get something at least double the size.

Here’s an old picture so you can see the scape a little better(might have to zoom in). Also a couple pictures of my rat nest of wires I said I’d show you. I’ll probably just leave them but really should get the power bricks up at the very least.





I think the lower profile scape works really well in the 30L. Especially because I think it would be very easy to block flow in that style of tank. I have some space constraints along with Wife Acceptance Factor issues so, while I’d love to go bigger it’s probably not going to happen. I also am digging the relative freedom of the weekly 5 gallon water change. Took me 10 minutes yesterday start to finish since I’d mixed the water the night before. Going bigger is probably more work than I want to do.

At least with the wire management you’ve got some room to breathe but at some point you may want to tidy that up a little . If for no other reason than to make it easier to disconnect a probe or pump if you need to. I get it though, my current tank is the first one where I tried to do any wire management at all. One of the least fun things about this hobby but once it’s done, it’s done.
 

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As far as power brick mounting, I know there are lots of mounting sold as accessories (brackets and such) but I have done all mounting with self adhesive Velcro that I bought off Amazon. It is easy to use and makes it so that if I ever need to pull anything off to adjust or move etc. I'm not having to re-drill screw holes or leave screw holes behind.
 
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As far as power brick mounting, I know there are lots of mounting sold as accessories (brackets and such) but I have done all mounting with self adhesive Velcro that I bought off Amazon. It is easy to use and makes it so that if I ever need to pull anything off to adjust or move etc. I'm not having to re-drill screw holes or leave screw holes behind.
Nice thanks for the tip. Yours really looks nice. I feel kinda embarrassed now. One day I’m going to have to sit down and fix it. Probably should do it soon as I need to give me returns a cleaning. Did you just use the 2” x 4” strips or did you use the little squares
 
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Nice thanks for the tip. Yours really looks nice. I feel kinda embarrassed now. One day I’m going to have to sit down and fix it. Probably should do it soon as I need to give me returns a cleaning. Did you just use these, the 2” x 4” strips or did you use the little squares?

I bought these really long strips of adhesive Velcro from Amazon and I cut them to fit.
 

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