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Fluval 13.5 NooB Journey *August 2018 Update*

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Here is how I am currently configuring my @StevieT InTank basket in chamber one.  If anyone has a suggestion on how to improve let me know.  I replace the top shelf filter floss twice a week (once mid week, and once again on water change day).  The bottom shelf filter floss gets replaced one a week on water change day.  In regards to the ChemiPure in the middle shelf I am planning on replacing it every 3 months.  So far so good with parameters, Ammonia, Nitirites, and Nitrates are always 0.

 

 

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I probably wouldn't put floss on the bottom section (just on the top).

 
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You can leave the bottom section empty if you wish, or use it for another media bag.  Personally I like the idea of using floss on top, PhosGuard in the middle, and activated carbon on the bottom.  However, I think a more popular arrangement is floss on the top, Purigen in the middle, and ChemiPure Elite on the bottom.

 

The stuffing floss that you are using is perfectly fine.  However, I do like the floss that inTank supplies:  http://shop.mediabaskets.com/Value-Pack-Poly-Filter-Floss-3PACK.htm

Value Pack - Poly Filter Floss

 

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no harm in having floss on the bottom too if you are going to leave it empty.  it will still catch stuff.

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Looking good! Using anything special in the media basket, or stock? 

 

Edit: Just scrolled up and found the answer to my question. :D

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can I ask where you placed the powerhead?  

I have mine on the opposite corner from the stock pump (so kind of creating a clockwise water flow loop).  the frogspawn that I just got doesn't seem happy and I am wondering if changing the water flow in my tank will make a big difference.

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Beautiful tank! Coming along great. I just got mine and am still in the research phase! What substrate did you use? Sorry if I missed it.

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I don't use the bottom chamber for floss. But I do have pieces of live rock in there that I use to mount frags on.

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Ugh, this guy is growing sps on his stock light and I have mushrooms withering in mine.  I wanted it to be everything else besides the damn light because now I have to figure out how to make some sort of canopy because I cant do an open top.

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19 hours ago, Bropez said:

Ugh, this guy is growing sps on his stock light and I have mushrooms withering in mine.  I wanted it to be everything else besides the damn light because now I have to figure out how to make some sort of canopy because I cant do an open top.

 

Sorry to hear about the issues.  My routine is fairly simple, only change to the tank was the InTank Media Basket (chamber 1).  Chamber 2 is empty, chamber 3 has the pump and heater.

 

InTank has Filter floss on top rack, Chemi Pure Elite in middle rack, Filter Floss on bottom rack.

 

2 gallon water changes every single Saturday.  Using Red Sea Coral Pro and RODI water.

 

Top rack filter floss is replaced twice a week, once on Wednesday night, and once on Saturday with the water change.

 

Bottom rack filter floss is replaced once a week, on the Saturday water change day.

 

ChempiPure elite bag in middle rack is changed every 3 months.

 

Coral is fed once per week (on Saturdays about 3 hours prior to my water change).  I mix a few teaspoons of live phytoplankton with a 1/4 teaspoon of ReefRoids.  I have a long skinny coral feeder that I directly feed them.  (I turn the powerhead and return pump off during the feeding).

 

Fish / Inverts are fed every day.  I feed a tiny amount of pellets each evening, and every 3rd day I feed about an 1/8th of a frozen cube of mysis.

 

That's it, but I'm stone cold consistent about these things.

 

I also take the powerhead out each water change day and clean it off, I have removed the return pump once and taken it apart cleaning the inside and that small black sponge filter.

 

 

 

 

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Looks like the cyano is returning, but love the tank.

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