View Full Version : 25G Fusion Lagoon new tank build

07/21/2017, 06:43 AM
Returning from a three year post divorce abscence😂

Added water, rock, and sand July 1st.

40lbs rock, 25lbs sand, MP10, Kessil A360W.

07/21/2017, 07:15 AM
After week one, diatoms appeared so I added 3 snails and most of it is now gone.

07/21/2017, 07:17 AM
Question - Any comments on use of Reef Complete from Seachem?

07/21/2017, 08:04 AM
Also need some help on settings for spectral controller for Kessil lighting. You would think it would come with some default programs or more information to help you customize your own. Their support team did send me a starting point which everything likes except for the zoa's. Moved them to the sand and will see what happens...

07/21/2017, 11:02 AM
Welcome back to the hobby, sorry to hear about the divorce.

Diatoms and other algae will be back in full force again, so just be prepared for that. It'll be about 6 months before the tank really settles in.

Generally one-bottle calcium supplements are frowned upon, as they don't actually provide equal additions of calcium and alkalinity, which are needed to promote stony coral and calcerous algae growth. It looks like you have it, so you can go ahead and use it, but I wouldn't expect too much out of it.

If you bought it with the intent of using it to accelerate purple coralline algae growth, I wouldn't count on it to accelerate that process. There's no good way to accelerate the process, despite many claims suggesting otherwise. Painting the rocks purple is the only fast process to purpling-up the tank IMO.

Is the tank up for a week now and you're already adding corals? I hate to be debbie downer (again), but you really need to let the tank mature a bit, or you will end up losing things. I would run the tank empty for a few weeks, then with only a clean up crew for a few more weeks, probably close to a month, then after that, I'd expect the tank to look UGLY with algae and diatoms, but you could slowly start adding hardy coral and a small fish or two.

As far as the Kessil, I'd recommend starting the power level SUPER low, maybe in the 15% range, and then work up by 5% per week or so until the corals are unhappy. Blasting them out of the box could explain why your zoas are unhappy. You shouldn't really have to go more than 50% or so on the kessil to get enough light, probably max should be around 65% for your tank depth, though I'm not an expert on kessils.

Good luck, we're here to help, but my #1 recommendation at this point is to slow down and appreciate the maturation process for what it is. Only bad things happen quickly in this hobby.

07/21/2017, 11:23 AM
I'll add 5ml's twice a week and use it up...I'm a freak on water changes so I'm the past I've used minimal additives. Thanks for the in depth response! Plan for this one is 2.5 gallon water change twice a week.

07/21/2017, 12:05 PM
Fusion lagoon 25 is a terrific little tank. Got one in my son's room.

07/21/2017, 12:26 PM
Picture of zoa's this afternoon.

07/21/2017, 12:32 PM
Any comments on which carbon to use?

07/21/2017, 12:42 PM
Added a lid, curious how much light this is costing me but can't find any literature and don't own any equipment to measure PAR. But I do own a Bengal cat that is curious of the water in the box.

07/21/2017, 01:35 PM
Pretty much any carbon is fine. If you want to be fancy about it, you could get a HOB reactor (Two Little Fishies reactor comes to mind) and use either their carbon, or the best carbon is probably the Bulk Reef Supply Rox carbon. Anything that is better than generic aquarium store carbon is good. It's pretty rare to get phosphates from aquarium carbon these days (it used to be a problem).

The lid looks like it's letting in plenty of light. If you think they aren't getting enough light, you can always dial up the kessil a bit. It'll probably be fine though.

07/21/2017, 03:24 PM
In regards to the screen top. The stock one blocks tons of light. Flip it over and pull the spline out and toss the screen. Head over to BRS and buy some mesh screen for the top you can use the same spline as long as you didn't rip it apart.

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07/21/2017, 05:07 PM
The IM tanks are really nice, but the supplied screen top stinks (I don't even reuse the frame, it's too wide) and the stock pumps are too noisy. Replaced mine with the smallest Sicce.

07/21/2017, 06:19 PM
Thanks for the input. Really appreciated!

07/21/2017, 06:20 PM
Found some green mushrooms for $20.

07/22/2017, 01:13 PM
Should pair of clowns be first additions if adding six line wrasse and blue dot jawfish?

07/22/2017, 01:16 PM
Another question - is liveaquaria a solid place to order fish and coral from?

07/22/2017, 01:19 PM
Really liking this tank thus far. This mornings view.

07/22/2017, 07:50 PM
holy rock

07/22/2017, 08:18 PM
Lol, that will change by the week.

07/22/2017, 10:42 PM
Another question - is liveaquaria a solid place to order fish and coral from?

Yes, they're considered an excellent supplier, particularly their Diver's Den stuff is renowned.

07/23/2017, 02:19 AM
Order placed - flaming hawk, saddle valentini puffer, green bubble anemone, three super tonga nassarius snails.

07/23/2017, 09:02 PM
Found these two tonight while doing water change.

07/24/2017, 02:23 PM
Almost one month into this tank set up.

07/24/2017, 02:25 PM
Picture attached now.

07/25/2017, 01:27 PM
..... and mine ......

07/25/2017, 01:44 PM
Looking good

08/12/2017, 07:50 AM
What is this?

08/12/2017, 07:53 AM
Best addition so far to tank, can see from across the house under moon lighting.

08/13/2017, 06:44 PM
I m not sure what that is. Your tank sure is looking good!