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  1. fulltang

    Fluval Evo 13.5 Owners Thread

    Beautiful tank!
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    Fulltang's First Tank (Fluval Evo 13.5)

    I did consider that, but the curtains will be concealing the box and loom at all times, except when I need to access it of course. I'll look into the raceway though!
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    Fulltang's First Tank (Fluval Evo 13.5)

    Yeah.. buy once cry once? At least that's what I've been telling myself.. Velcro'd in some of the electronics and mocked it up with a bit of nice mesh split loom. I'm going to be installing a pvc bulkhead in the top with a small section of 1.25" black formufit PVC that will act as cable management for all the tubing/cords going into the tank. Hoping it cleans things up nicely.
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    Fulltang's First Tank (Fluval Evo 13.5)

    I used some black egg crate from Amazon and zipties. Thank you!
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    Fulltang's First Tank (Fluval Evo 13.5)

    Thank you 🙂 Made some more progress today..
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    Fulltang's First Tank (Fluval Evo 13.5)

    Unfortunately the bamboo deal fell through, so after giving it a ton of thought, I'm going to try one of the 1.25" thick Ikea countertops a shot. I know people are quick to dismiss Ikea stuff for tank stands, but I'm pretty confident that 1.25" laminated particle board, in combination with my steel frame that has horizontal cross members right underneath the tank will hold up fine. I'll have enough left over to use as a side panel for the short side, in addition to one of these which is perfect for the front, which is nice. I heavily weight painting plywood, laminating particle board myself and having someone build a top for me, but given that my tank is only ~115lbs, this will be fine. In other news, I built a screen top!
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    Fulltang's First Tank (Fluval Evo 13.5)

    Slowly but surely.. Still delayed getting the bamboo, debating switching over to some high quality maple plywood and painting it black. In the mean time, I'm mocking up my little control/junction box. I have my screen kit as well, I'll be building that this weekend. Thinking about filling the tank with tap again to test out the AWC, return pump and run a bit of distilled white vinegar through the system.
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    To sump or not to sump? That is the question

    Did you build the stand for the 40?
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    Daily water changes

    I'm planning on doing daily water changes using red sea blue bucket and the autoaqua awc/ato. Probably going to do bigger bi weekly water changes for nutrient export.
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    Fulltang's First Tank (Fluval Evo 13.5)

    Thanks for the kind words everyone. Quick update post, still kind of in a holding pattern due to a delay in the bamboo, but I've got plenty to do in the meantime. After mocking things up, I've had to rethink my control box positioning and wire management. My first plan would have left a bunch of wires visible, because I didn't have enough slack to run some of the cords along the floor. I'm returning the Isobar6 w/ 6ft cord, picking up the more expensive hospital grade Isobar 6 w/ 15ft cord, and a Bud Industries sheet metal junction box. This will allow me to route the Isobar down and around my tank and into an outlet that isn't in the spill zone: The junction box will be mounted so that it's basically touching the molding to the right, so it'll be easily concealable my curtains and accessible. Inside will be the Isobar6, Autoaqua AWC and Inkbird controller. As far as managing the hoses/cables in the rear chambers, I've decided I hate the clear tubing and have some black vinyl tubing on order. I Figure it'll look cleaner and prevent algae growth. Additionally, I'm either going to wrap the bundle in loom and run it through a desk grommet in the stand top, or use some of the nice black Formufit PVC with a 90 degree elbow as a cable way down through the top. Just a little test piece as an example: Mocked up the reservoirs, tight fit but it'll work: Finished up my DIY media basket: Modified the Spectrapure manual flush kit with a second ball valve so that I can easily dial in and restrict the flow:
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    Fluval Evo 13.5 Owners Thread

    For those of you that built your media baskets, did you block off any of the slots in the baffle between chambers 1 and 2? I noticed the In-Tank chamber 1 basket blocks off the first 3/4 of them.
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    Low Maintenance First Tank - Questions

    Interesting debate! I was thinking that buying a very small amount of tbs live rock (like 5lbs) for seeding would be an option, but I figured just going all live rock would be ideal. Also, I've been undecided on which soft coral I'd like to start with, but then I found Yuma and Florida ricordea..
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    Low Maintenance First Tank - Questions

    Would it be wise to remove the sponges? I live on the west coast, I was thinking that might increase the chance of a die off, rather be safe than sorry. I also need to figure out the best way to get the bad crabs out before it goes the rock goes into the tank without much delay. Maybe I should have a fresh tote of saltwater to transfer it in while I pick them out?
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    Low Maintenance First Tank - Questions

    Yes I will be using tampa Bay saltwater live rock and sand.
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    Low Maintenance First Tank - Questions

    I started that tank journal!
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