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    IM 25G Macroalgae Lagoon

    Hi everyone! I've been lurking around here ever since I found out I was moving to Houston last year. When I saw a used IM 25 gallon lagoon for cheap on Craigslist a couple of weeks ago I figured it was time to pull the trigger and set up a tank again. Picked up a bunch of supplies at OceanLife Aquariums today (thanks for the recs, everyone, and shoutout to Jose, who was SUPER awesome and got me everything I needed plus some great advice) and set everything up this afternoon. The idea is to keep everything as simple as possible because I'm lazy.

    Equipment:
    Innovative Marine 25 gallon Fusion Lagoon
    Innovative Marine APS stand

    Lighting:
    Kessil 160WE Tuna Sun light
    Kessil gooseneck with 90 adapter
    3/4" black velcro cable wrap

    Scape:
    CaribSea Fiji Pink, 20 lbs
    Live rock, 9 lbs

    Shopping list for the future (nice-to-have's):
    Kessil A-series spectral controller
    Sicce Syncra 1.5 pump
    Vivid Creative Aquatics random flow generators x 2
    Heater?

    Livestock:
    I'm hoping to collect some macros in Galveston next weekend after Moody Gardens. Will probably order some stuff from Gulf Coast Ecosystems, too, for some variety. Will likely add some softies and inverts after the tank cycles and stabilizes. For now, I'm just glad to be done toting water!

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    Looks great!

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    The stock return pump is quite loud - I can hear it over my tv! Looks like I'll be upgrading to the Sicce sooner rather than later.

    Maybe I can use the IM pump for mixing saltwater? Speaking of which, I'm using Fritz RPM salt for the first time (never heard of the brand before this week actually) and it dissolves much more easily than the Instant Ocean salts I've used before. I've been told that it takes some time to stabilize but I don't think this will be an issue with macros.

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    Upgraded the stock pump to a Sicce 1.5 today. It was super loud until I knocked some air out of it. Hopefully it will be silent once it breaks in.

    The increase in flow is nice - 221 to 357 gph. It raised the height of the water in the display portion by half an inch (which looks better IMO and lets me increase the water volume by about half a gallon).

    The water is starting to smell funky, though, which isn't great.


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