Nart's Im25 Lagoon Build

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Hey All,

So here's the thread to my new build which I am very very excited about.
Learned a lot from my first build in my simple 15G set-up, so I will be applying everything I have learned over to my new build. The tank should be up and running in about 2-3 weeks and I will post plenty of pics along the way. I have a whole wall to myself to utilize so it will definitely be reef themed.

Here is what I have purchased so far:
Tank: Innovative Marine 25 Lagoon AIO (All in one), specs: 24" x 20" x 12"
Heater: Colbalt Neo-therm 50W
Pump: Upgrading 1 of the 2 stock pumps to a Sicce 1.5 pump
Basket: InTank Fuge basket and InTank Floss holder
Stand: Building custom stand

Equipment that will move over from my 15G:
Tunze Nano ATO 3152
Current Marine Orbit LED

My plan is to keep this tank simple with no skimmer and eventually aI'm for a every 2 week water change.
Here's a pic to share for now
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Just shipped out yesterday. Whoohoo!
 

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They make gorgeous tanks. Is that heater going to be enough for the 25 gallon? I think it's a bit undersized there might want to check that out, especially with the amount of flow you'll have in there.

Whats the stocking plan?

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Yay! I have been waiting for this thread! Can't wait to see you word wonders!

Does this mean you get to keep your cycle since you keep your sump and live rock?
 
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WombatCowboy that's exactly what I thought about the heater. But the LFS that I go to, one of the girls that always helps me told me to trust her on it or I can bring it back and they will give me a full refund... So thought I'll trust her again. They've been 2 for 2 so far lol.

And yes. Beautiful tanks! I fell in love with the lagoon when I saw it. It was either the 25 or the reefcrestdrop off 17G. I decided for the lagoon for easier maintenance.

Stocking plan... I think I'm going to keep what I have in terms of fishes and inverts for now (which are: 2 clowns, 1 skunk cleaner, yasha goby + pistol shrimp, 1 emerald, 4 Nessarius, and 2 Trochus) I'm more drawn into corals. I'm thinking of making one entire rock/island a Rock Flower Anemone Island. Not entirely sure yet. Any suggestions?

Culprit haha thanks. I will do my best with the scaping too. Yeah, my cycle will be good to go. I keep a bunch of Matrix bio-media that I will toss over as well. The only stressful part is moving everything over and getting it ready to go.

What do you guys think?
My plan was to move over 10G of water to the new tank and fill the rest up with new water.
Setup a 5G as a temporary to house all my fish, inverts, and lose coral frags so I can work on moving the stuff from the 15G over to the IM25 freely. This way I don't have to worry about stressing anything out too much?
 
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My first YouTube video of the tank if y'all would like to follow long.

 
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The tank has arrived!
My unboxing video. Enjoy.

 

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Very cool looking tank!
 

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Great looking tank.

Good thing you had your cat to "help". Haha!
 
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Thanks guys! Leak testing the tank now... Fingers crossed. I really hope my stand gets done this weekend.

Fishem02 my cat man. Is so nosey. Did you get your fox yet??
 

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Nart said:
Thanks guys! Leak testing the tank now... Fingers crossed. I really hope my stand gets done this weekend.

Fishem02 my cat man. Is so nosey. Did you get your fox yet??
Haha! I wish.. I have to wait a year or 2 for pups
 
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A little Monday update...

The tank passed the leak test!
Stand should be done by the end of this weekend.
The wall that the fish tank will be in front of is nearly done too.

Youtube video to come this week.

Anyone have suggestions on rockscaping ideas?
 
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For those of you who follow me on YouTube, you've probably seen my update.

But if you don't follow me on YouTube here's a new video update of my progress!

Some behind the scene pictures here for y'all...

Trying to figure out the scaping.
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Vinyl cut out done! Going to grow chaeto in the back.
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Every fish owner's nightmare... But was able to fix it.
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Hopefully I get all my corals situated by this week and I get to reveal my new setup to you all by this coming weekend. Fingers crossed.
 
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Sneak preview for what's to come hopefully by Sunday? Still trying to get all the corals situated.

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Fishem02 said:
Looks amazing!!
You should get a small watchman goby
So the story that was left untold... I had a paired up pistol and yasha goby that was love at first sight when they met each other in the 15G. Because I added the HOB refuge I didn't bother to make a new screen top, with the thought that it's just a 1" gap in the back and I'll soon move everyone to the new tank.

Well I didn't see the yasha goby for 4 days. Typically all the fishes know when I turn off the pumps they know it's feeding time. The yasha goby didn't come out I looked all over for him and discovered his jerky body in the back of the tank.

Ugh it was so sad. I wasn't going to get another pistol goby just because I didn't want to run this rimless tank with a mesh lid. The wife says "but now the pistol shrimp is probably thinking 'did my yasha buddy leave me for good? Whose going to protect me now?"

Broke my heart lol. So I'm going to suck it up and put some lid clips and make a mesh lid for this tank just to get another pistol goby so the pistol shrimp has a buddy again.

But yeah, I was really considering the yellow watchman goby for my candy cane pistol shrimp. And maybeeeeeee a wrasse? But seeing how the two clowns are now. They are complete butt heads in terms of territorial aggression. They even tried pecking at this new power head I put inside the tank for the entire day lol.
 

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The nice thing with a watchman goby is they are very substrate happy so unlikely to upset the clowns, I have found mine never meet, the goby always seems to go back into burrow instead of bothering to introduce himself.
 
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Yeah - my clowns never bothered my Yasha goby much.
 
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Got some gel filters for the cellphone lens to try out, it really blocks out the intense blue LEDs to let more of the coral colors come through. Also picked some new fishes, I'll be uploading a video on that.
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