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So I went through a long process this year with finding a tank and finally decided on the one I was looking at in the first place before I saw any dropoffs. Received the 112 lagoon 2 weeks ago and they rolled it right into my garage for me which was perfect because I had people scheduled to come help move it in because they say they won’t do that but no need! On the same pallet was my 20 gallon drop off tank and they both arrived in perfect condition.

20 gallon drop off:

I had a 25 gallon lagoon set up in my living room area and decided that this tank could replace it for the time being but I wanted it in a back room rather then having all my tanks in the front area of the house. It sits on a separate stand that has a little drawer that pulls out for storage. In my 25 lagoon it was overrun with aptasia so I took only a few rocks that had nice corals and only 1 or 2 aptasia and put them into the drop off. I used about 20 lbs of natural reef live sand, those few rocks from the established 25 lagoon, a few lbs of dry caribsea branch life rock, and put it into the drop off then filled it almost completely up with water from my other reef tank that has been running for about 4 years. I added the clownfish that was in there along with it all after dripping it because the water was from a different tank and put the pintail fairy wrasse into my reefer 350. They are both looking great today 2 weeks later. I added some microbacter7 for a few days after the filling of the tank and I am doing my first water change today on it as there is a brown film growing now, all the corals look perfect in the tank as well. I added the ghost skimmer from the lagoon, the spin stream nozzles, the hydra 26, and the mini reactor from the lagoon that was setup. The 100w jaeger heater won’t fit in the back compartment where it should so it’s in the display currently and looks bad so still looking for one that fits it’s a very small spot the neotherm I have seen breaking open in too many tanks I believe...

112 gallon INT lagoon:

Apex EL
Ruby 30 trigger sump
Maxspect Jump pump Dc8k
Curve 5 elite skimmer
24” hybrid fixture w/bulbs w/ 2 ai prime16 w/mounts
3k and 4K WiFi icecap gyre(thinking of running these vertically on the back wall on each side)
200 watt heater 
20 lbs branches life rock dry life rock 
Caribsea shapes rocks 20lbs
large synthetic rock cave structure from cuttlefish
16lbs X2 natural reef live sand
10lbs X2 Florida crushed dry sand
20lb special grade live reef sand
Plumbing w/cement & primer
2 3DReefing diffusers
2 high flow media cups
Neptune ATKv2
15gallon hydrofill Ato container

This is going to be a really fun tank to setup I am taking my time and really just want to do stuff right the first time especially in regards to setup of the actual tank and equipment. I have the stand completely setup(it wasn’t to bad with 2 people) with my sump and ATO set in the stand so I can access both, the doors on 3 sides make this very easy. Next step is to get the tank onto the stand this weekend, along with going to see @Oregonic 112 build to get an idea of it set up completely and running along with allowing me to borrow a tool for plumbing then plumbing the tank! Which gets me to my other point I have never dealt with hard plumbing a tank and I am dreading it for this tank! Also figuring out the best way to cycle this tank and I would be interested in the best way for me to do it would be, I have 2 other tanks with some media and stuff to seed some if that would have input into your method you’d recommend.  

Anyways just a start to this thread I wanted to get going to keep track of all my stuff for these tanks because I have seen other peoples and thought they were cool and useful for other people to see what different people use and their methods. Any thoughts on the builds and input will be much appreciated 🙏🏻 Thanks! 







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🤙 got it set on the stand wasn’t too bad I had 4 people and easy access. Now to start on the plumbing, feel a lot more confident after checking out @Oregonic’s tank today which was super nice thanks again and learned pretty much everything I needed too about the plumbing I think! 


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