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twitchy
05/11/2017, 08:15 AM
We just got our first house and wanted to get a tank that was more attractive looking than my current 40B. I really wanted to go rimless and after looking and researching decided on the IM lagoon 25. This build will be my attempt at creating a small low(ish) maintenance reef, trying to keep costs low with DIY, while not compromising the aestics of the tank.

I ended up getting the tank in March, and it has been killing me seeing it in the box everyday, finally got the floors done so I can set it up.

The white IM stand for this tank was exactly what I wanted, but couldn't justify paying more than the tank for the stand. Eventually decided to go with an Ikea base cabinet for the stand, and I was surprised at how sturdy it was for 70$. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170511/7f578bc954eb388b662d4b0705304865.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170511/3b044634a1bfaaaf904ac54a5ca0f9c8.jpg

lou the reefer
05/11/2017, 08:17 AM
Do you have an idea with livestock?


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twitchy
05/11/2017, 08:34 AM
Currently (in 40B) I have:
Wheelers goby
Pistol shrimp
Osc clown

Hope to add:
Another clown
Skunk Cleaner shrimp
Porcelain or pompom crab

Not sure about adding another clown, any suggestions on stocking? I kinda want a flasher wrasse but tank seems a little small

ahuaia
05/11/2017, 08:49 AM
If you add another clown make sure it is a small juvenile so it won't be a sex yet your clown is female​ if it's the only one in the tank so making sure you get a mail is important clowns have three stages no sex mail femail so get one under an inch that should guarantee it's a no sex then it should work out not the most ideal method but it should work.

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twitchy
05/11/2017, 09:01 AM
I'm going to have to wait a little for my clown to turn female, he was the male with my female who was my first fish and I've had for 5 years and 3 moves... She passed 2 weeks ago for an unknown reason, params were fine, no new fish, coral, or rock added to the tank in close to a year. She was an adult when I got her so I don't know how old she actually was. Does anyone know how long I'd have to wait to make sure he turns to she do I could add a young one?

twitchy
05/11/2017, 10:31 AM
Designed and printed a filter floss holder for the overflow, printed out of ABS plastic. If anyone wants the design I can post it on thingiverse. First prototype so it might have to be tweaked some once I get the tank running and see how it works.https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170511/7d01bdad5697904ff502d11a6759fa63.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170511/4abb3a95d5c9a70f167bd555f95be199.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170511/94fbb587e1c23f007fccd829f81152b4.jpg

serenity
05/11/2017, 01:01 PM
Looks great, I love my 25 Lagoon, I think you will too!

What is your lighting going to be? How about inflow pump?

I will tell you now, replace the pump it comes with, not enough flow. What skimmer are you going with? I went with the Ghost despite all of the bad reviews, I love it, the pump was annoying, so I wedged in some floss between the plastic that was making the noise, I am actually surprised how good this skimmer is.

twitchy
05/11/2017, 01:10 PM
So far I love the tank, looks so clean.
I have not decided on lighting yet, I have a 300W Mars aqua eBay led on my 40B and it's way too big for the tank. Was thinking about getting an AI prime. What are you running?

I was planning on not running a skimmer, at least in the beginning. I ran a skimmer on my 20L for a while and ended up ditching it for weekly water changes. Once I get more bioload I may.
How much does it pull out a week? And what kind of stocking list do you have?

serenity
05/11/2017, 01:51 PM
So far I love the tank, looks so clean.
I have not decided on lighting yet, I have a 300W Mars aqua eBay led on my 40B and it's way too big for the tank. Was thinking about getting an AI prime. What are you running?

I was planning on not running a skimmer, at least in the beginning. I ran a skimmer on my 20L for a while and ended up ditching it for weekly water changes. Once I get more bioload I may.
How much does it pull out a week? And what kind of stocking list do you have?

I agree 1000%, they look so clean, I love mine!!

I am running a single AI 26HD (will be adding a 2nd). I love the light, the prime will not be enough IMO, you will have shadows for sure, maybe a pair of them would be ok.

I dump the cup with thick brown crap 2 times a week. I only have 2 clowns in there now, I will be adding a couple fish this weekend, just not 100% sure what I am going to do, right before I got this one cycled, my Hawk decided to jump across the table I had my 20L on holding these 3 fish. I took down my 60 cube and kept those 3 fish.

I have a huge pack of inverts waiting for me to get home today from Reef Cleaners, so I am excited for that! They will help with the algae I have forming.

I have 30 pounds of sand and about 25 pounds of live rock in 2 rocks.

I was going to do this one on the cheap, but I just couldn't do it lol, I had to get an Apex Jr., then a EB8 b/c I need more outlets lol, then that turned into me finding an Apex Gold brain for sale on here, so then I got a WXM for my single MP10wQD (adding a 2nd), then why not add a Lunar module, then why not just use the Apex for ATO so I had to get a Break Out Box, hahaha, this hobby never ends. I have about $2000 in this stupid 25 gallon tank or more lol.

I will take a pic of it tonight for you, assuming you would like to see it haha.

twitchy
05/11/2017, 02:19 PM
I agree 1000%, they look so clean, I love mine!!

I am running a single AI 26HD (will be adding a 2nd). I love the light, the prime will not be enough IMO, you will have shadows for sure, maybe a pair of them would be ok.

I dump the cup with thick brown crap 2 times a week. I only have 2 clowns in there now, I will be adding a couple fish this weekend, just not 100% sure what I am going to do, right before I got this one cycled, my Hawk decided to jump across the table I had my 20L on holding these 3 fish. I took down my 60 cube and kept those 3 fish.

I have a huge pack of inverts waiting for me to get home today from Reef Cleaners, so I am excited for that! They will help with the algae I have forming.

I have 30 pounds of sand and about 25 pounds of live rock in 2 rocks.

I was going to do this one on the cheap, but I just couldn't do it lol, I had to get an Apex Jr., then a EB8 b/c I need more outlets lol, then that turned into me finding an Apex Gold brain for sale on here, so then I got a WXM for my single MP10wQD (adding a 2nd), then why not add a Lunar module, then why not just use the Apex for ATO so I had to get a Break Out Box, hahaha, this hobby never ends. I have about $2000 in this stupid 25 gallon tank or more lol.

I will take a pic of it tonight for you, assuming you would like to see it haha.
Let's see the tank 👍
Was one AI 26 not enough light or is it a shadowing/spread issue?
I was worried about the prime not being enough light, but I love the features and price point.
Going to get it filled and add some l sand and LR tonight, and hopefully finish my ATO. Still don't have a container how much fw do you go through a week?

serenity
05/11/2017, 03:55 PM
Let's see the tank ��
Was one AI 26 not enough light or is it a shadowing/spread issue?
I was worried about the prime not being enough light, but I love the features and price point.
Going to get it filled and add some l sand and LR tonight, and hopefully finish my ATO. Still don't have a container how much fw do you go through a week?

I will get you a few pics up tonight!

I don't feel like 1 AI26HD is enough, I have some bad shadows so I am going to run them next to each other and lower the watts.

I think for sure 2 Prime's at a minimum will be needed.

This thing just doesn't seem to lose water lol. I setup 5 gallons last Sunday, left for Las Vegas Monday am, back home Thursday, a week later I still have 2.5 gallons left in the container. I actually had a 55 gallon ATO container built for my 500 that will be coming in Feb 17, and was going to use that for now, but no way, the water will become stagnant before I can use it IMO. I can always toss a pump and heater in there, but that seems like a waste of electricity, so I am going to take that container and put a max of 10 gallons in it.

I have a custom acrylic top being made for it, should be here in 6 weeks.

twitchy
05/11/2017, 06:14 PM
That's good to hear with the fresh water resivor, I was hoping I could get away with a 5 gal bucket. How do you like the user interface and customization options with the 26?

Who did you get your top from? I have a BRS diy screen top on the 40B and I was planning on using it on the lagoon 25, but it looks so good open top... Tempted to leave it

twitchy
05/11/2017, 06:29 PM
Finally got some water in it https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170512/fb54b64392e7a13adbee8ec6130b6411.jpg

serenity
05/11/2017, 06:36 PM
That's good to hear with the fresh water resivor, I was hoping I could get away with a 5 gal bucket. How do you like the user interface and customization options with the 26?

Who did you get your top from? I have a BRS diy screen top on the 40B and I was planning on using it on the lagoon 25, but it looks so good open top... Tempted to leave it



For the lid I'm using octoaquatics.com he said he was the first to do it so what they heck lol. I looked at artfully acrylic too. All about the $160 range. Seems like a lot for a lid, but I lost a $50 fish so lesson learned.

My ATO is currently a Tunze nano, but that will be replaced Saturday using my Apex. Going to hook up the Tunze on my daughters 32 cube.

I've used all of the LED's out there most recently the Gen 4 Pro and it was nice. But bang for the buck I'm impressed with the AI 26HD. I was going to go with the 52HD but you get more watts (like I need them lol) with 2 26's. So I wanted to try 1 at first, and I tried to convince myself 1 was enough but my 10 yr old walked up to the tank and immediate said why is there a shadow in the back, what's back there [emoji24].

I agree 1000%, it looks so awesome with no lid but I want a wrasse so I have to have a lid. Plus I have a 2 yr old who likes to put her fingers in the tank lol. Daddy, touch fish. She asks that about elevendy hundred times a day haha.

Here is the skimmer. I dumped it Saturday and came home to this tonight. (Dumped in a huge pack of inverts that came today sorry it's cloudy)

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170512/a165dc42f2413aed77a762f0965e90fe.jpg


https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170512/69fab44e8d77d040dd1ab69a0c11d26f.jpg

This was 100% full almost 2 weeks ago
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170512/c3c8b17104203c9558e8fe088194521f.jpg

I traded offices with my kids play room and my office (thank you wife), can't find my gel filters. I'll find and get a shot not so blue.

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170512/d16e011cf5619e7565d2488b9aa71016.jpg

Custom 55 gallon ato
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170512/2c2315ef73f16bedb41d2a884acc5306.jpg

Temp holder. Going to have GEO build me a custom Apex holder for my storage hood thing from ikea

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170512/1549424a44526d5a23bcd9cff67279a2.jpg

Too lazy to hook this up. Tomorrow I guess.
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170512/c79080c7585c8acb10825cb52de915fe.jpg

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170512/88bae02870f4236ce2a9f26f5a7a2fe8.jpg

Didn't mean to hijack your thread with my pics. But I wanted you to see. There were only a couple threads I could find with this tank with little to no pics.


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serenity
05/11/2017, 06:40 PM
Finally got some water in it https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170512/fb54b64392e7a13adbee8ec6130b6411.jpg



Looks so good with no lid.


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twitchy
05/11/2017, 07:03 PM
For the lid I'm using octoaquatics.com he said he was the first to do it so what they heck lol. I looked at artfully acrylic too. All about the $160 range. Seems like a lot for a lid, but I lost a $50 fish so lesson learned.

My ATO is currently a Tunze nano, but that will be replaced Saturday using my Apex. Going to hook up the Tunze on my daughters 32 cube.

I've used all of the LED's out there most recently the Gen 4 Pro and it was nice. But bang for the buck I'm impressed with the AI 26HD. I was going to go with the 52HD but you get more watts (like I need them lol) with 2 26's. So I wanted to try 1 at first, and I tried to convince myself 1 was enough but my 10 yr old walked up to the tank and immediate said why is there a shadow in the back, what's back there [emoji24].

I agree 1000%, it looks so awesome with no lid but I want a wrasse so I have to have a lid. Plus I have a 2 yr old who likes to put her fingers in the tank lol. Daddy, touch fish. She asks that about elevendy hundred times a day haha.

Here is the skimmer. I dumped it Saturday and came home to this tonight. (Dumped in a huge pack of inverts that came today sorry it's cloudy)

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170512/a165dc42f2413aed77a762f0965e90fe.jpg


https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170512/69fab44e8d77d040dd1ab69a0c11d26f.jpg

This was 100% full almost 2 weeks ago
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170512/c3c8b17104203c9558e8fe088194521f.jpg

I traded offices with my kids play room and my office (thank you wife), can't find my gel filters. I'll find and get a shot not so blue.

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170512/d16e011cf5619e7565d2488b9aa71016.jpg

Custom 55 gallon ato
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170512/2c2315ef73f16bedb41d2a884acc5306.jpg

Temp holder. Going to have GEO build me a custom Apex holder for my storage hood thing from ikea

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170512/1549424a44526d5a23bcd9cff67279a2.jpg

Too lazy to hook this up. Tomorrow I guess.
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170512/c79080c7585c8acb10825cb52de915fe.jpg

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170512/88bae02870f4236ce2a9f26f5a7a2fe8.jpg

Didn't mean to hijack your thread with my pics. But I wanted you to see. There were only a couple threads I could find with this tank with little to no pics.


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All good with the pics, looking great, I've never had a reef controller, but one day I might. Being able to check on things over internet if I'm out of town would be so nice.
I would be interested in seeing your lid when it comes in, if you remember snap a pic and share... In another 6 weeks I'll be sick of the ugly one and I want a wrasse too haha

How high is your 26 off the water?

twitchy
05/11/2017, 07:09 PM
And a little sand and live rock, the stock pump sucks. Too loud to be putting out so little flow... New pump might beat out lighting as my first upgrade

Also thinking about black sand, I've never run black sand, but I think it'd look really good on this tank with the black silicon.
Anyone have black sand with a IM fusion?https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170512/6f3d4faaa03d3fcae95f8595324d7f9a.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170512/1f7660c75068478b72f10f7f1c94769f.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170512/ba8b21bcf63eab86b4051a5acd7f8de7.jpg

twitchy
05/13/2017, 10:12 AM
I've been working on the ATO, finished wiring the control box and printed the float sensor bracket. The switch on the control box controls which of the 2 outlets will receive power. So I can have one outlet connected to my ATO pump, and when I do water changes I can have one outlet go to a pump for salt water.

Bracket holds 2 float sensors, the bottom one controls the pump, and the top one is an emergency shut off that cuts power to the outlets and sounds an alarm.

The control box also has an expandable third float sensor that can be put in the ATO bucket to prevent the pump from running dry. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170513/44ae2924717c811508c01cfdd0d2a591.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170513/5dbdbba137ee33196ae2ec5c7098bf9b.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170513/c7c367dfb9e58c0a5ee0decb0de247af.jpg

serenity
05/13/2017, 12:43 PM
That looks awesome! You should print me one ;)

twitchy
05/13/2017, 01:11 PM
That looks awesome! You should print me one ;)
I can post the file or if you're ever near the space coast hit me up 👍

twitchy
05/16/2017, 07:38 PM
Another update, after running for a few days the filter floss holder is working and holding up great. I've been running Walmart polyfil and do far so good. Still a little skeptical about the filtration abilities of floss vs socks, but not having to wash out socks has been pretty great.

The rest of the rock and sand coming soon...https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170517/44ec9873b2c27949827be8652ed93346.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170517/acf5b79570e4381649378fa44d3826e3.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170517/f24ff166b0b6d82913966335f33d8f36.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170517/b75306c11240b55b9a4fbcd80625ad25.jpg

915MANG
05/17/2017, 08:37 PM
Following, Cool Build

twitchy
05/18/2017, 05:25 AM
Following, Cool Build
Thanks, if you have any tips or stocking suggestions, let me know

twitchy
05/22/2017, 04:57 AM
Brought some more rock over and did some aquascaping over the weekend. Not complete, but I am happy with the left side (facing the tank). Need to add some more smaller rock pieces to branch into the center sand bed of the tank, but will probably end up redoing everything 10x...
Will be bringing over the rest of the rock and and sand this early this week. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170522/9026aa62a214c5826f62f9f2e0a492d4.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170522/646859f571af53228198f35652333bfd.jpg

twitchy
05/27/2017, 12:21 PM
I went back to the apartment earlier to feed my 40B and to finish some packing and saw this.
The heater was still running, most coral bleached, fish somehow still alive, but the clown is swimming on his side. Had buckets on hand and made an emergency evacuation to the lagoon 25.

Not sure how long they had been cooking, hoping for the best https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170527/a20197a36deb6aa3831a230f9ff0f371.jpg

William24
05/27/2017, 01:25 PM
Damn hope everything is okay!


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twitchy
05/27/2017, 01:32 PM
Damn hope everything is okay!


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Thank you, everything has been acclimated and made it in the tank, might have gotten lucky 👍

William24
05/27/2017, 01:32 PM
Cheap heater? I'm scared now with my heater


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twitchy
05/27/2017, 01:36 PM
Cheap heater? I'm scared now with my heater


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Not really, it was an eheim jager, not that old either. I know it wasn't super expensive, but I did some research and thought they were reliable.
Worried about my other tank too, especially with it being smaller :/

ca1ore
05/27/2017, 05:35 PM
Just setup a IM Lagoon 25 in my son's room. Pretty cool little tank. Going the simple route, with heater, ATO and a Kessil 160 light. Would love to add it to my apex, but no easy way to get a USB cord into his room. I did replace the pump with a Sicce 1.5 that I had laying around. Not sure yetbif a powerhead will be necessary.

twitchy
05/27/2017, 07:39 PM
Just setup a IM Lagoon 25 in my son's room. Pretty cool little tank. Going the simple route, with heater, ATO and a Kessil 160 light. Would love to add it to my apex, but no easy way to get a USB cord into his room. I did replace the pump with a Sicce 1.5 that I had laying around. Not sure yetbif a powerhead will be necessary.
How do you like the 1.5? I still have the stock pump and I'm not impressed, don't know if I want to go sicce 1.5 or 2.0. Do you think the 1.5 is sufficient?

ca1ore
05/27/2017, 08:58 PM
Yeah the stock pump is crap - not enough flow delivered with too much noise. I'm a big sicce fan and the only submersible pump I use. I think the 1.5 is enough through the stock hoses. I'm toying with strapping a MP10 to the side though.

serenity
05/27/2017, 09:06 PM
Upgraded my too. Also run a pair of MP10wQD's. Love the flow!

twitchy
05/28/2017, 08:20 AM
Do either of you run the spin streams? I'm guessing not if you have a mp10... Thinking about getting them, but they seem kinda gimmicky

serenity
05/28/2017, 08:38 AM
Do either of you run the spin streams? I'm guessing not if you have a mp10... Thinking about getting them, but they seem kinda gimmicky

I run them too. They are meh. Not worth the $ in my opinion.

ca1ore
05/28/2017, 08:58 AM
I used them at one point. Always seemed to get gummed up quickly.

twitchy
05/28/2017, 09:30 AM
Thanks, guess I'll put that money towards a reactor 👍

twitchy
05/30/2017, 05:11 PM
Just an update, my two fish and pistol shrimp seemed to have survived the heater ordeal this weekend and are in the lagoon 25. The aquascape is not finished, most of the surviving frags are just put in the tank for the time being.
I also picked up an AI Prime to light the tank, and love it so far, I feel like I will never stop tweaking it, so many options.

If you have a prime, what settings are you running?https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170530/6aa8fec3b8c214e402f44e6040ec2f7a.jpg

murphreef
05/30/2017, 08:39 PM
Looks good bud!

I love the AI Prime HD also so fun to mess with!

Here is a pic of my graph, hard to explain what I made but corals love it lol my max white gets to 115% and I only run the Red/ Green up to about 25% max.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j211/murph145/20170530_193059_zps5wb8pb5h.jpg (http://s81.photobucket.com/user/murph145/media/20170530_193059_zps5wb8pb5h.jpg.html)

murphreef
05/30/2017, 09:13 PM
Pic from right now. As you can see the blue acro pops and loves this light so far.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j211/murph145/20170530_164823_HDR_zps9yqixa1s.jpg (http://s81.photobucket.com/user/murph145/media/20170530_164823_HDR_zps9yqixa1s.jpg.html)

twitchy
05/31/2017, 09:19 AM
Looks good bud!

I love the AI Prime HD also so fun to mess with!

Here is a pic of my graph, hard to explain what I made but corals love it lol my max white gets to 115% and I only run the Red/ Green up to about 25% max.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j211/murph145/20170530_193059_zps5wb8pb5h.jpg (http://s81.photobucket.com/user/murph145/media/20170530_193059_zps5wb8pb5h.jpg.html)
The resolution of your curve is impressive, is there a better way to program it than clicking and dragging the little sliders? I wish there was a way to interface with Excel or something.
Is that much white too much light for anything that you've tried to keep?

murphreef
05/31/2017, 12:42 PM
The resolution of your curve is impressive, is there a better way to program it than clicking and dragging the little sliders? I wish there was a way to interface with Excel or something.
Is that much white too much light for anything that you've tried to keep?

I have not found a better way lol I just tweak with the sliders here and there and adjust it to what I find visually pleasing and what I think the corals need.

So far none of my corals have gotten too much "white" light. Mind you these units only come with a few of each color LED and only 1 Red and 1 Green so over powering the whites has not been too harsh on anything so far.

I have all types of corals and all seem to enjoy the lighting

Zoahoarder
06/03/2017, 03:29 PM
Looks great following along maybe getting a 25g as well. Might be interested in a floss holder.

twitchy
06/03/2017, 05:47 PM
Looks great following along maybe getting a 25g as well. Might be interested in a floss holder.
Thanks, let me know if you do pull the trigger on a 25, I'd be more than happy to hook you up with a floss holder. The prime looks great over the tank 👍

Zoahoarder
06/03/2017, 09:06 PM
Thanks, let me know if you do pull the trigger on a 25, I'd be more than happy to hook you up with a floss holder. The prime looks great over the tank 👍

Indeed it does. If you ever need anything or looking for some kind of live stock let me know. Will do on the holder.

twitchy
06/08/2017, 08:30 AM
I need to set up a reactor on my tank for carbon and gfo because I don't have a media rack. Currently I just have carbon in a filterbag laying in the back.
Debating 3 options:
1: mounting my brs reactor under the stand and running a mj1200 through it
2: getting a new reactor to put in the back, I like the IM mini design, but 100$ seems a little steep.
3: making a DIY reactor similar to the IM, I already have a couple little pumps I could use from my old Pico.

Suggestions? What's everyone else running?

sumtingwity
06/08/2017, 10:29 PM
good luck

twitchy
06/09/2017, 06:32 AM
good luck
Thanks

Zoahoarder
06/09/2017, 07:36 AM
You can find the IM reactors for $70. Just have to look around on the selling forum.
I went ahead and bought that 25g lagoon with a kessil a360we for a good price. Not sure I'll run that led or find an ati fixture

twitchy
06/09/2017, 07:51 AM
You can find the IM reactors for $70. Just have to look around on the selling forum.
I went ahead and bought that 25g lagoon with a kessil a360we for a good price. Not sure I'll run that led or find an ati fixture
Cool, I will have to check it out, do you think the IM reactor would be better than running the brs one I have? It would be nice not having to run lines out the back of the tank...

Congrats on the new tank, you planning on keeping the cube you have or replacing it with the lagoon?

twitchy
06/26/2017, 12:29 PM
Been a while, but an update:
Things are going good, sps is slowly regaining color, and Duncan and frogspawn are opening.
Finally got the undertank situation cleaned up and organized. love the dj strip, I can't believe I've never had one before, makes feeding so much easier. Still don't have my brs mini reactor plumbed yet, but you can see where it is mounted.

Next steps:
1) Plumb reactor
2) Print media shelf to replace one of the filter floss holders so I can run purigen
3) stocking

twitchy
06/26/2017, 12:33 PM
Been a while, but an update:
Things are going good, sps is slowly regaining color, and Duncan and frogspawn are opening.
Finally got the undertank situation cleaned up and organized. love the dj strip, I can't believe I've never had one before, makes feeding so much easier. Still don't have my brs mini reactor plumbed yet, but you can see where it is mounted.

Next steps:
1) Plumb reactor
2) Print media shelf to replace one of the filter floss holders so I can run purigen
3) stockinghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170626/c4e780147f581d487a5d2cba9a83d762.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170626/8d6c3a602d6ffa483f33c76d2786e777.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170626/5d8d1fa8774470cc3d89a14621d32698.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170626/2eccabaf20da9b45944dfbbef25072bf.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170626/f12807ee1cce8d4270829e82bddd1b61.jpg

MarauderMike
06/30/2017, 11:56 PM
Starting an IM 14 peninsula. thanks for the ideas. What do you suggest running in the media shelves

Thanks

twitchy
07/01/2017, 08:26 AM
Starting an IM 14 peninsula. thanks for the ideas. What do you suggest running in the media shelves

Thanks
I currently don't have any media shelves, but my plan is to run 2 filter floss holders, 1 media rack in the second chamber that will hold a bag of purigen (i don't plan on running a skimmer), and in the second chamber on the other side have a pump to my brs mini media reactor with carbon and gfo.

If I was you and had media rack with the tank I would run floss up top on both, then on one side run carbon/gfo and the other side run purigen

TatorTaco
07/26/2017, 01:43 PM
I enjoy you sharing your creativity on this build and it looks terrific. Your control box linked to your ATO pump for water changes is super neat. I sure wish I had the "know-how" to pull that off!

twitchy
07/26/2017, 02:01 PM
I enjoy you sharing your creativity on this build and it looks terrific. Your control box linked to your ATO pump for water changes is super neat. I sure wish I had the "know-how" to pull that off!Thank you, if you know how to solder I could PM you a circuit diagram if you would like

bk.
07/26/2017, 02:23 PM
Man I love this tank. Been thinking hard about picking up the same one myself. What are your thoughts on it thus far?

twitchy
07/26/2017, 03:04 PM
Man I love this tank. Been thinking hard about picking up the same one myself. What are your thoughts on it thus far?It's been a great tank, I'm loving the all in one style tank. Maintenance is so quick and easy. Regret not getting an IM20 years ago.

Only complaint is that the stock pump is not enough flow so I had to put power heads in the display. a new pump is on the list at some point, hopefully that will be enough flow to pull the power heads out and clean up the look a little bit.

ca1ore
07/26/2017, 07:03 PM
Yeah the stock pumps are pretty bad. I have a fusion 20 and fusion lagoon 25 and replaced both pumps with sicce 1.0. Still needs a powerhead though.

Edit - sicce 1.5 on the IM25

twitchy
07/26/2017, 07:08 PM
Yeah the stock pumps are pretty bad. I have a fusion 20 and fusion lagoon 25 and replaced both pumps with sicce 1.0. Still needs a powerhead though.Do you think I could get away with a sicce 1.5 and no power heads? I don't mind having the power head in the display, I just hate the wire running down the side

ca1ore
07/26/2017, 07:13 PM
Just went and checked. I'm using a sicce 1.0 on the IM20 but a 1.5 on the IM25. The stock nozzles put a lot of back pressure on the pump though. I think if you went with a 1.5 and opened up the nozzles a bit you might be able to dispense with the PH. I'm a big flow guy though; also have a MP10 on the wall of the IM25 :) Using one of those really small Jebao PP2 pumps on the IM20 and they're pretty unobtrusive.

twitchy
07/27/2017, 05:24 AM
Just went and checked. I'm using a sicce 1.0 on the IM20 but a 1.5 on the IM25. The stock nozzles put a lot of back pressure on the pump though. I think if you went with a 1.5 and opened up the nozzles a bit you might be able to dispense with the PH. I'm a big flow guy though; also have a MP10 on the wall of the IM25 :) Using one of those really small Jebao PP2 pumps on the IM20 and they're pretty unobtrusive.Thanks, then I will definitely go with the 1.5 when I upgrade.
Would you recommend just boring the nozzels out with a drill press? Or can larger nozzels be purchased? Trying to avoid designing and printing new ones if I don't have to

ca1ore
07/27/2017, 08:20 AM
I haven't really looked other than to note that they are quite restrictive - both the nozzle and the elbow behind the partition. Maybe if you get rid of the elbow (just use a curve of silicone tubing) and then test with nozzle off versus nozzle on.

LuizW13
07/27/2017, 03:15 PM
I like that aquascape!

I'm also setting up the same tank!

http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2645407

twitchy
07/27/2017, 07:43 PM
I like that aquascape!

I'm also setting up the same tank!

http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2645407Thanks, I think these tanks scape really nice with their demensions. Ill be sure to check out your thread[emoji106]

Musing.Dog
07/28/2017, 05:12 AM
I upgraded my stock pump to the 1.5 and added two of the larger nano voyagers inside the display. I don't think that's too much flow even. Detritus still settles in some spots for me.


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twitchy
07/28/2017, 05:22 AM
I upgraded my stock pump to the 1.5 and added two of the larger nano voyagers inside the display. I don't think that's too much flow even. Detritus still settles in some spots for me.


Sent from my iPhone using TapatalkWell looks like I'll have to get used to the power heads then, thanks for the input.

Did your display section water level change much when you added the bigger pump? If not I'm contemplating adding a lip to the inside of the overflows to raise it a little bit

Musing.Dog
07/28/2017, 02:08 PM
Well looks like I'll have to get used to the power heads then, thanks for the input.

Did your display section water level change much when you added the bigger pump? If not I'm contemplating adding a lip to the inside of the overflows to raise it a little bit


I just added more saltwater to the tank as the sicce 1.5 was pulling more than what was coming through the baffles. With enough water the display level rises. I'm definitely running it much higher than IM says in their manual.

ILikeURWrasse
07/28/2017, 03:06 PM
What light is this that you are running on the IM25?


And a little sand and live rock, the stock pump sucks. Too loud to be putting out so little flow... New pump might beat out lighting as my first upgrade

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twitchy
07/28/2017, 03:23 PM
What light is this that you are running on the IM25?That was a light I was running just during cycle, it's an eco Pico LED strip light, it was off my old fluval spec ~2.5gal Pico I was running a few years back.
Right now I'm running an ai prime non-dairy and love ithttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170728/1ed2ab797ccba7b9d44aaec1c4848a92.jpg

ILikeURWrasse
07/28/2017, 04:52 PM
Thanks for the info.

So are you using the AI Prime HD or non HD?

Also, what is the height of your light to the water surface?

twitchy
07/28/2017, 05:23 PM
Thanks for the info.

So are you using the AI Prime HD or non HD?

Also, what is the height of your light to the water surface?Non-hd sorry not non-dairy haha
and about 9" Above the rim with the flex arm

bk.
07/30/2017, 08:37 AM
Still looking into these tanks. The depth is 12". Do you know what the actual depth of water is though?

Thanks!

twitchy
07/30/2017, 08:54 AM
Still looking into these tanks. The depth is 12". Do you know what the actual depth of water is though?

Thanks!The water level is about 1.5-1.25' below the lip depending on how long it's been since I changed out the filter floss.
Hoping when I replace the pump with a sicce 1.5 it will sit at about 1" below the lip.

bk.
07/30/2017, 10:03 AM
Much appreciated. I was looking at the sicce 1.5 vs 2.0. Can the 2.0 be throttled back enough to not blow everything around but also eliminate the need for additional powerheads? Or is it more the location of the tank outflow pipes that may require additional powerheads?

twitchy
07/30/2017, 01:52 PM
Much appreciated. I was looking at the sicce 1.5 vs 2.0. Can the 2.0 be throttled back enough to not blow everything around but also eliminate the need for additional powerheads? Or is it more the location of the tank outflow pipes that may require additional powerheads?I am not sure, it would be nice if the 2.0 was enough to make a power head unnecessary, but I have not seen anyone with a 2.0 in a lagoon 25 yet. Maybe someone else has tried it and will chime in.

twitchy
07/30/2017, 02:19 PM
Another update on the tank, took a while, but finally plumbed the BRS mini reactor.
I have a mj1200 in the back chamber, reduced down to 1/4" RO line which is run under the stand to the reactor. I printed some air line holders that hold the in/out lines as well as the ATO line.

I got an aqualifter for the auto top off, and made a pre-filter out of a waterweld canister, stuffed with filter floss so I can dose kalk in the ATO water.

Also picked up a red and green blasto frag placement recommendations? and some additional clean up crew members https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170730/b64a032c14dcce800b63a114e97526d6.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170730/0f0d1d73d418ec1b6b3a62cceb00aac8.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170730/d27f4b4bb53b1b736e2ac356cae07d9b.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170730/f557f302b6c6f43394207c61b80bc066.jpg

Zoahoarder
08/06/2017, 08:03 AM
Looking good man. Sand bed should be perfect for that blasto. You'll be able to move it up a lil on your rock scape if you want it there.

ca1ore
08/06/2017, 07:27 PM
Much appreciated. I was looking at the sicce 1.5 vs 2.0. Can the 2.0 be throttled back enough to not blow everything around but also eliminate the need for additional powerheads? Or is it more the location of the tank outflow pipes that may require additional powerheads?

Would a 2.0 even fit? My 1.5 was a bit tight, and ideally you don't want the pump in physical contact with the walls. Also, if you're going to upsize the pump make sure your hose connections are tight. Easy to blow the hose off the fitting, particularly those black elbows on the IM fusion tanks.