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I've been lurking on the forum for a long time and finally gained the courage to start my first reef tank after decades in the high tech freshwater planted world. I learned a lot from everyone's journals and I wanted to give back to others also researching their first reef tank or thinking of starting with the Fluval Evo 13.5 AIO. Display: Fluval Evo 13.5g AIO ~ 20 lbs of CarribSea Special Grade Reef "Live Sand" ~ 14 lbs of live rock (which came already painted coralline purple/pink) Lighting: Stock Fluval Evo lighting on a manual dimmer Two 12in 21LEDUSA.com Reef Bar attached via double stick automotive tape MingDak LED Ramp Timer Filtration: Chamber 1: InTank Media Basket with Intank floss, generic plastic bio-balls, generic ceramic rings Chamber 2: Chaeto refugium, 12w LED grow light, Bag of carbon, Inkbird Heater Controller Temperature probe Chamber 3: Cobalt NeoTherm 50w heater, Sicce Silent .5 pump Removed the stock output nozzle and added 2 segments 1/2 in Loc-Line and 1/2 in VCA RFG Nozzle Heating: Cobalt NeoTherm 50w heater on a Inkbird temp controller set at 78F ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Water Parameters: RODI water via RO Buddie Fritz Reef Pro salt (blue box) Feeding: Ocean Nutrition Formula One flakes (twice a day) Benepets BeneReef (2x a week) Live hatched baby brine shrimp (2x a week) Dosing: I do weekly 15-20 percent water changes 0.5 ml of Tropic Marin All-For-Reef daily via Kamoer X1 dosing pump ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Fish: 2x - Juvenile Percula Clownfish ("Barcello" & "Atami") Invertebrates: 4 - Astrea Snails 1 - Red Banded Trochus Snail ("Turbo") ?? - Baby Red Banded Trochus Snail 1 - Stomatella snail (hitchhiker) 3 - Red and Blue Leg Hermit crabs 1 - Rose Bubble Tip Anemone 6 - Rock Flower Anemones 1- Mini Maxi Carpet Anemone 1 - Fire Shrimp 1 - Tiger Sand conch ("Larry") Corals and Macroalgae: Green hammer coral GSP Pulsing Xenia Bam Bam, King Midas, Lazer Lemon, Blue Alien Orgasm Zoas (best guess of these names) Blue spotted Red mushroom attach to a seashell Green Favia Coral Black Torch (Lost to brown jelly disease) Green Frog Spawn Galaxea coral Green polyp purple toadstool Most Recent Full Tank Shot Tank Journal
The Small Reef Experiment This is meant to be a list of nano(less than 30 gallons) all in one tanks to help me pick one out. All In One (AIO) means a sump is built into the tank. This will be a link to the specs i can find Disclaimer: I have not used any of these. a tank is only as good as its keeper. I'm trying to size out the right aquarium This is what I have found while praying to the google gods. Common tanks: fluval 5 and 13.5 5 manual: https://www.fluvalaquatics.com/manuals/fluval-10528-evo-aquarium-5g-instruction-manual-int.pdf 13.5 manual: https://www.fluvalaquatics.com/manuals/fluval-10531-evo-aquarium13.5g-manual-eng-na.pdf nuvo fusion pro 10, 14p, 20p, 20 manual:https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/22dc9f_01de1fcfb50446f8917efc329bd96c15.pdf nuvo concept pro 20 and 20p a unique style but i believe it leads to wasted space manual: https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/22dc9f_01de1fcfb50446f8917efc329bd96c15.pdf redsea nano 20 gallon to costly for my budget but looks amazing. redsea manual: https://5w56d28u4co20frgwagf5y18-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/MAX-NANO-Manuals.pdf vca starfire 24 very sharp looking website: http://www.scaquariums.com/SCA-24-Gallon-Starfire-Tank-p/sca-24g.htm coralife biocube 16 and 32 classics manual 16: https://coralifeproducts.com/Files/Product/manual-cor-ledbiocube16-15661.pdf manual 32: https://coralifeproducts.com/Files/Product/manual-cor-ledbiocube32-15662.pdf jbj nanocube 28 manual: http://jbjaquarium.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/MT-604_Manual.pdf jbj rimless 25 jbj rimless manual: http://jbjaquarium.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/RF-254565_Manual.pdf lifegard full view 5 and 7 website with manual: https://www.lifegardaquatics.com/products/lifegard-full-view-aquariums-with-back-filter/ lifegard crystal 24, 10, 4, and 14p, 7.5p, 4p website: https://www.lifegardaquatics.com/products/lifegard-crystal-aquariums/ waterbox cube 10 and 20 website: https://www.waterboxaquariums.com/freshwater/cube/ waterbox aio 28, 30 website: https://www.waterboxaquariums.com/freshwater/all-in-one/ cobalt aquaitcs cvue 18, 26 website: https://www.cobaltaquatics.com/collections/aquariums/products/c-vue-aquarium-kit fiji cube nano 11, 18.5, 22.5, 30 website with measurement of tanks: https://www.fijicube.com/collections/glass-all-in-one-aquarium/products/22-4-gallon-rimless-aio-glass-nano-tank-fiji-cube All of these tanks are suitable for what I'm looking for. Planning to run a soft coral tank to stat and see if it grows. I'm planing to keep it low tech. Filter: Floss to sponge to bio medium. push as much marine pure into low flow area in sump, change floss ever other day. manual twice a day topoffs. I plan on stating out with just water changes and move on to dosing if my testing says so plan 1.this tank is mostly start some growing mushrooms and zoanthis, 2.plant to add green star polyp or Kenya tree (something hardy) to increase my load on tank 3. as bioload grows i will improve my testing and dosing abilities and become better at keeping stability in larger bio loads along the way i want to find the best nano all in one tank If there are any design flaws to avoid in any tanks listed please let me know Any other advise on picking between these would also be useful Please leave a list of any other equipment that is a must for a nano tank