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  1. Well, finally after I had to take my last tank down to move, I'm getting back into the reef game and I am beyond excited! My goal this time around is to make careful, researched decisions rather than just trusting the word of one LFS owner. I had a lot more mistakes that could have been avoided with abit more research. But you live and learn! I got an Evo 13.5 second hand off a local reefer, it's a shame that I pulled the trigger too late for the 365 contest but oh well, I don't need a contest to keep me going with this. Here's the run down: Tank: Evo 13.5 with stock lid while cycling (keep evap down) Lights: Stock while cycling - might see if my old Maxspect Razor 120 W light fixture is still in good shape, it's been in storage for a while though and the lighting tech has advanced alot in 5 years so I might want to look at something new, we'll see though. Return: Stock for now, I want to see how it does/sounds - I'm planning on getting a pair of the VCA random flow generators to replace the stock return nozzles. Filtration: chamber 1 - InTank media basket with just floss on top for now but them chemiclean blue and purigen for the other sections; chamber 2 - TBD, we'll see what I need; chamber 3 - return, heater, ATO ATO: Probably won't need while running the stock lid as I've read evap stays very low but when I ditch the stock lid, I think I'll go with either AutoAqua Smart ATO Micro or the Tunze Nano Osmolator. Tell me, which is your fave? Heater: Hydor 50W Additional flow: I've got an old Hydor Koralia nano 240 from my old build that I can use if I need it Rock: Starting dry this time. I want to see how it goes as I did live rock the first time around and it was COVERED in nuisance algae Sand: CaribSea Ocean Direct Live Salt: Red Sea Coral Pro salt Mix Stocking: a pair of clowns, maybe a lil something else like a green banded goby or a pink streaked wrasse. We'll have to see what is available I think that's all the core things... I'm probably forgetting something! I've leak tested the tank, all good there! Got rid of the black honey comb around the top of the tank, I wanted it clean. Pain to do but worth it in the long run. Now I'm playing with rock scapes while I'm trying to get the right fitting to hook my RoDi unit to my shower (got the wrong one and with isolation, shipping says what I think will be the right fitting won't arrive until mid May at the earliest.... MUST FIND WATER! lol Anyways, here are some pictures of the scape I'm thinking of. Send me your feedback, the good and the bad. This is V2. V1 was scrapped when a local reefer looked at the pics and thought there weren't enough hidey holes.
  2. findingnemo23

    First Saltwater Tank (evo 13.5)

    2 Week Update: I did a 50% water change with pre-mixed RO-DI saltwater last weekend since I had originally started with 100% tap water. I plan on doing a 20% water change with RO-DI saltwater next weekend. I had about 4 days last week where diatoms were growing, and now that has turned into green algae. I've had to clean my glass about twice a day to keep it clear, and I reduced my light schedule from 10 hours to 6 hours per day hoping to reduce the algae growth. My water test results have been the same since setting the tank up. But today I noticed that as the solution sat in the test tube while taking pictures, the nitrate test tube went from bright yellow to slightly orange. I'm finding it difficult determine the API test result colours. I'm definitely not going to add more livestock until I'm fully cycled. But so far I have: 1 coral banded shrimp 2 blue legged hermit crabs 2 trochus snails The snails have been falling from above when they climb up the sides of the tank, and landing upside down and they cannot seem to flip themselves back over. If anyone has any advice or tips to give me I would appreciate it a lot! I'm still brand new and this is a learning experience for me.
  3. Leoito

    A Young Interstice

    Newest FTS Goes Here 8/25/2020 8/19/2020 8/11/2020 7/25/2020 7/20/2020 7/10/2020 6/24/2020 6/16/2020 Tank Info Starts Here Aquarium: Fluval Evo 13.5 Lighting: HIPARGERO Aqua Knight 30W LED Light Flow: Stock pump and a Sicce Voyager Nano 1000 (270 GPH) Heating/Cooling: Aqueon 100W Heater Filter Media: First Chamber (in descending order): filter floss, purigen, some sponge, and the included Fluval biological media. Second Chamber: 1L of Seachem Matrix in a media bag Salt: Instant Ocean Sea Salt Hardscape: ~10-11 pounds of MarcoRocks Reef Saver Dry Rock; still have some leftover since I got around 14 pounds originally. ~1 pound of live rock from LFS for seeding the tank. Some (long dry) seashell fragments and sand dollar fragments for variety. Substrate: CaribSea Arag-Alive Special Grade (10 lb.) Stand: Secondhand metal university desk, but extremely stable; covered its top with an Innovative Marine DIY self leveling mat. Current Maintenance: Weekly water change of ~3-4 gallons Change filter floss whenever it looks dirty (typically every 2-3 days or after feeding mysis shrimp) Clean glass w/ razor blade scraper or mag-float if needed Feeding and Supplements (if any): Daily: half quarter of a capful of FritzZyme 9 (from an 8 oz. bottle) various foods to get the cycle going and test what fish/inverts like (i.e. spirulina pellets, tropical flakes, micro pellets, mysis shrimp, etc.) pinch of crushed up Omega One Super Color flakes every other day small portion of Hikari mysis shrimp every 3-4 days Stocking: Fish Pink-Streaked (or Cryptic) Wrasse (Pseudocheilinops ataenia) BIOTA Court Jester (or Rainford's) Goby (Koumansetta rainfordi) Motile Inverts Randall's Pistol Shrimp (Alpheus randalli) Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp (Lysmata amboinensis) Clean-Up Crew (CUC) 1 Scarlet Hermit Crab (Paguristes cadenati) 3 Blue Eyed(?) Hermit Crabs 3 Florida Ceriths (Cerithium sp.) Many Dwarf Ceriths (Cerithium sp.) 2 Zig Zag Periwinkles 1/2 Marginella Snails (Prunum apicinum) 1 Nassarius Vibex 3 Nerite Snails Sessile Inverts Coral/Sponge/Macroalgae Softy Green Star Polyps (Pachyclavularia sp.) Red Sea Pom Pom Xenia (Xenia sp.) 'Dipping Dots' Mushroom Coral (Actinodiscus sp.) LPS Red Australian Blastomussa Wellsi (Blastomussa wellsi) Neon Goniastrea (Goniastrea sp.) 'Rainbow Glitter' Favia (Favia sp.) Purple Branching Hammer Coral (Euphyllia ancora) SPS Sponge Photosynthetic Red Plating Sponge (Collospongia sp.) Photosynthetic Blue Plating Sponge (Collospongia sp.) Macroalgae (These are planned to be stocked in the future and are thus tentative at best; 1 is while the tank is fairly young, 2 is for a more settled in tank, and 3 is for an established tank) Motile Inverts Porcelain Anemone Crab (2) (Neopetrolisthes ohshimai) Sessile Inverts Crocea Clam (3) (Tridacna crocea) Feather Duster(s) (2) Coral/Sponge/Macroalgae Ricordea Florida (1) (Ricordea florida) Pipe Organ Coral (2) Acans (2) (Micromussa lordhowensis) Candy Cane Coral (branching) (2) A Species of Photosynthetic Gorgonian (1-2) Blue Hypnea Macroalgae (1-2) (Hypnea pannosa) Less likely, but maybe... Duncans (2-3) Pocillopora (2-3) I've been wanting to get into nano reefs for quite awhile now at this point (earliest evidence I can find is a Google doc with livestock back from 2015, with one of the choices being a flaming prawn goby 😅). However, because of money, time, and probably what would have become a lack of commitment, I never got into the hobby. Fast forward to 2 years ago, when I got randomly re-interested in the nano reef hobby, my attention was redirected in another direction: the nano planted tank hobby. Ultimately, this was probably a step in the right direction given that I got to learn the cycling process, stocking limits, and other basic concepts in a more forgiving setup. After 2 years, four tanks (a Fluval Spec V, Fluval Spec III, Dennerle 2.5 gallon "pond", and now Fluval Flex 9 this past January; I still run all four tanks, with the addition of the Fluval Evo 13.5 now being welcomed to the family), a number of different successes and failures (plants melting, finally creating a stable colony of carbon rili shrimp, blue-green algae problems, trying and succeeding/failing at aquascapes to varying degrees, etc.), the pandemic, and some drifting thoughts at finals lead me to reconvene on the idea of making a nano reef tank. Now, the Fluval Evo 13.5 provides me with what I hope to be my first branch off into the reef-keeping hobby. I'm currently dubbing this tank "A Young Interstice" for its prominent gap in the rock work, an interstice just being "an intervening space, especially a very small one." Hoping to (eventually) upgrade this title to "A Mature Interstice" and then "An Old Interstice", but those are both a long ways off. 😉 Start Date: 6/14/2020 More updates to come.
  4. 4 month update after lighting upgrade to stock hood: May 13, 2018: SPS growing really nicely! Thicker & better coloration too! Compare these pictures to the older ones. Update: January 22, 2018: Upgrades: - Aquamai KPS Wavemaker - Current USA 12" Truelumen Pro LED bars (x2) and 10" LED strips (x2). This is in addition to the stock Fluval light. Total wattage 40.2 watts - Current USA Single, Dual and Dual Pro Ramp Timers - Smart ATO Micro Auto Top-off System - Aquatic Life 115 Protein Skimmer - inTank Chamber 2 Media Basket - Inkbird Aquarium Dual Stage Temperature Controller + NTC Sensor - Hydor Centrifugal Pump 300gph (it's not much stronger than stock pump, although smaller) - Green Killing Machine Mini 3W UV - Fluval Edge 25W heater (The room is fairly warm all year so don't really need much heating) Filter Media: Purigen, Matrix, inTank Poly Filter Floss --- March 4th, Day 1, tank goes live & cycling: April 5th, one month after: It's been a bit over a month since I setup this tank and it's my very first reef tank. I've been in the freshwater world for over a decade (currently have a 55g Discus tank) and decided to take the plunge and setup a reef. I'm running the stock lighting for now and it seems pretty decent. Even my SPS are starting to show new growth although the coloration isn't too good. Here are the additions/upgrades I've done so far: - Fluval P2 Protein Skimmer - Hydor Koralia Nano 425gph - Hydor Centrifugal Pump 300gph (it's not much stronger than stock pump, although smaller) - Green Killing Machine Mini 3W UV - Fluval Edge 25W heater (The room is fairly warm all year so don't really need much heating) Filter media: Purigen and Phosguard I got 17 different corals (mostly frags) right now including quite a few SPS. Cleanup crew consists of 5 snails, 3 hermit crabs, emerald crab and a blood red fire shrimp. And an acid rain bubble tip Anemone!
  5. lachies

    My 50L fluval evo reef

    Thought I’d better start a journal about this tanks journey So here goes. Background: I first got into marine aquariums about 15 years ago and kept a 300L plumbed tank. This was at my parents house when time and money were plentiful. Since then I now have mortgages and A great family that iv been putting all my time into. My oldest boy loves all things nature and started showing some interest in marine life that was all I needed. Bam endless hours at night annoying my wife and reading up about the hobby and researching. A few things have changed since then but I remembered liking nano reef for info way back then so found myself on here again during my search for info, the small footprint, small water volume and smaller cost of a nano was an easy decision for me to make. So I Sold off all my Equipment left in the garage from my old tank and headed out the one of the LFS to spend it on a shiny new tank and get back into the hobby, soo pumped. Ended up coming home with an ocean free nano after one night with more reading and research decided to try and exchange for the fluval I had been wanting but talked out of by the sales assistant. Got the tank I wanted home and set it all up to look at it for a week and continue researching. startup: - Substrate Love a nice sand bed so I ended up adding around 5kg of crushed coral aragonite sand For the substrate. - Water have a four stage RO/DI water filter so I’m making my own tank water with that decided on using Red Sea salt as the parameters it produces are what I was after -filter The evo has a pretty basic (and what I thought ) muddled up filter in the back) so I decided to make an eggcrate media rack for the first chamber after the overflow and put in filter floss for some mechanical with two rack underneath for media. Threw the bag of carbon that came with the tank on the first rack and the bio max media (Also stock with tank) on the second. added some siporax media into the second chamber as I planned on ditching the bio max on the first change over. -light stock -return stock -flow hydor koralia - heater aqua one 50w Threw in 4.5 kg’s or real reef rock put in some store bought ammonium chloride and dr Tim’s one and only to begin the cycling process.
  6. I have had my fluval evo 13.5 tank cycling for 8 days. Today I noticed brown freckles on my dry rock and live sand, and big brown spots starting to appear on my live rock. After briefly researching, I believe this is diatom algae...correct me if it's not however. I am struggling to find what exactly I'm supposed to do (step by step)... I can't find a straight answer anywhere other than "this may occur and is a normal part of new tank syndrome" Any advice would be greatly appreciated as I'm brand new to the hobby
  7. ValerieR

    Evo 13.5 Mantis Reef Tank

    I started out with a trip the the LFS to "look". Found Mr Pickles, labeled as a "Green Mantis". Decided after 10+ years away, that I needed another predator tank. Researched, decided on the Evo 13.5 for general ease and compactness. We don't have a lot of space, which is why I didn't have a tank yet. Set up the tank using buried pvc for tunnels and LifeRock Shapes for scaping, added water on April 4th. Cycled with Mr Tim's, "live" sand, and a healthy clump of chaeto from my LFS. Tossed in a sacrificial small pair of threadfin cardinals (cheapest fish at the LFS) for ammonia and backup meal plan. Tested, tested, tested... tank cycled in about a week. Picked up Mr Pickles and 2 huge Turbo Snails which could hopefully withstand some bashing. Got a sand sifting star for detritus. Got an Octospawn (a wall - had looked like a branching initially at the store) and some zoas from the $10 and $20 bin. Mr Pickles eats krill from tongs easily. Cardinals prove harder to feed, mysis in the water column makes a mess. Got the intank chamber for chamber 1. Turned chamber 2 into a fuge. Having issues with wild temperature swings. Octo isn't doing so well. Added a controller. Added an ATO. Added another light. Occasional improvement followed by more decline. Started nightly searches for pests. Mr Pickles is still doing well, holes up in the tubes at night. Research discovered he is likely a she and is a Pseudosquilla Ciliata, a spearer. After two weeks she buried herself in her tubes and won't come out. I think it's time to molt. LFS said they had her at least two months. Have added more corals. Everything is doing well except the octo. I dipped it. I changed the water flow. I tested. Everything looks fine, yet, it declines. I'm beginning to suspect an overzealous Turbo of picking at the lower edges, causing it to retract and stress out. Algae growth is appropriate, chaeto/ grape culerpa in the fuge is growing. Tank is chock full of pods, which may explain why the cardinals never seem hungry. Micro brittle stars that came in the grape culerpa are doing well. I hand sorted and picked them out to put in the display portion. PH as of today (5/8/19) is 8.0, ammonia is 0, nitrate is 0, nitrite is 5.0, salinity is 1.025 and temp ranges 0.5 degrees from 78, usually 78-78.5. I do 1 gallon weekly water changes. We added a purple firefish last weekend to have something that would swim around. The cardinals aren't like Biaggi (sp?) Cardinals like the LFS said, but are schooling and want a group, so they are healthy, but hide a lot. The Firefish promptly tried to hide in Mr Pickles' tubes, but we were able to block them until it found another place in the rock. It wasn't too expensive at $15; I won't put a fish in I'd be devistated to see eaten, but this one is at least interesting to watch for now. I may try to trade the cardinals for almost anything else. Current corals: Octospawn, candycane, red acan, green acan, orange/green zoas, GSP both long and short variety, duncan, small liverock piece with a mushroom, featherdusters, and sponge on it. Considering getting a peppermint shrimp or 1-2 hermits while Mr Pickles is in hiding. Maybe they won't smell "new" my the time she comes out and might survive... briefly.
  8. Planning a Fluval Evo 13.5 build, looking for advice as someone new to the saltwater side of the hobby. Fish Tailspot Blenny Royal Gramma Possum Wrasse Shrimp Goby (likely Hi Fin or Wheeler's) Inverts Pistol Shrimp (likely Randall's or Tiger) Cleaner Shrimp (Fire Shrimp?) Porcelain Anemone Crab CUC 2-3 hermit crabs (Scarlet?) 5-6 snails (Cerith, Nerite, Nassarius) Corals and other Sessile Inverts (many of these might easily change depending on availability at LFS) Ricordea Florida (and other mushrooms) GSP Pulsing Xenia Hammer Coral Candy Cane Coral Acan Coral Pocillopora (something to attempt once the tank becomes established) Feather Duster Questions and Concerns: Are there any obvious incompatibilities between stocking choices? I'm afraid that some of these stocking choices, particularly the fish, may compete with each other for food and/or hiding places. I'm aware that GSP and Pulsing Xenia can both become somewhat invasive. While multiple islands of rock may help mitigate this, I'm afraid they may still overrun other corals. Is this (final) level of stocking too high? Are there any inhabitants you would remove or change? I am planning on keeping the stock light to begin with and adding a Sicce Voyager 1000 powerhead to increase flow around the tank. Thank you for your time and reaching the end 😉
  9. Recently picked up a Fluval Evo 13.5 and am hoping to put (salt)water in it this coming month, eventually for what I hope to be a fully fledged nano reef. Only inhabitants I have my heart set on is a goby/shrimp pair (likely hi fin and randall's/red banded), as well as a porcelain anemone crab when the tank becomes more well established. Are there any other interesting relationships or generally fascinating tankmates (sessile inverts included) feasible for the newcomer?
  10. In 2013 I had just put my current house under contract, and knew I had no logical space for a 50g reef tank. I broke it all down, and only brought with me a 20g long low-tech planted tank. For 7 years I kept telling myself there was no space. Then, just browsing LetGo, I saw this dirty, ugly, hair algae overgrown Fluval Evo 13.5. This was Jan 9th 2020. On Jan 11th, the tank was in my living room. With 12lbs new Caribsea Real Life Rock, new live sand, and a very good cleaning, it looked brand new. I'll try to get a pic of it before purchasing. I re-homed the chocolate chip starfish and two firefish as well. I was left with two Wyoming Snowflake Clowns and Royal Gramma. Using the advice here, I kept the inherited HOB and rear chamber sponge filters going for a few weeks to reduce the chance of a new cycle, considering all new rock and sand were added. Pardon the pics, I am still trying to figure out the "Pro" mode on my Galaxy Note 10+ 2020.01.10 FTS: 20200112_094159 by Mike Fielder, on Flickr Display: 13.5g Fluval Evo Lighting: Nano Box Reef Mini Tide Plus Filtration: Poly, ChemiPure Elite, Purigen. InTank Chamber 1 basket. Heater: 50W Fluval Circulation: Tunze 1073.008, Aqamai KPS ATO: AutoAqua Smart ATO Micro on the way! Controller: Not yet! Skimmer: Considering IceCap K1? Dosing: Vibrant 1x/wk, MicroBacter7 1x/2wks
  11. So I've been reading around on how to improve my evo, and I read I need to plug the hole in the false wall. Any idea on how I can do this safely? My tank has been up for a year and is already stocked.
  12. Hannahhhh

    Octopus tank

    Hi everyone. I’m starting a new journal for my pygmy octopus tank. Fluval evo 13.5 Aqueon heater Bumblebee snails Nassarius snails Margarita snails Assorted hermits Turbo snails Assorted mushrooms Zoas Leather corals Macroalgae Octopus joubini I didn’t need to do too many modifications to the tank to prevent escapes. I used filter floss with suction cups attached to block off the overflow. I cut a piece of styrofoam to fit in the large hole on top of the hood. Lastly I stuffed filter floss in the small hole that is in the back wall of the evo. The octopus arrived Wednesday January 29th. I ordered him from salty bottom reef. His first hour in the tank he did a lot of exploring, but after that he has spent most of his daytime hours in one of two crevices in the rock. He seems to move around a bit more at night, although I still haven’t seen him do much moving, I just find him in new locations. As far as I know, he hasn’t eaten yet. There are hermit crabs in the tank and it’s possible he has eaten one, but I don’t think any are missing. I forgot to count how many I was adding to the tank so I’m not positive that they are all there. I am a little worried that he may already be nearing the end of his natural life, hence the lack of appetite and activity. According to salty bottom reef company, this species is seasonally available from October-March. That makes me think that perhaps March is around the time the adults start dying off, and the offspring hatch. I’m guessing the new hatchlings are too small to be caught for the first half of their life, which is why they aren’t available for part of the year. Of course, it’s also possible that he’s simply still acclimating and adjusting to the tank. I don’t really have any good pictures of him yet, since he spends most of the daytime hiding. You can see him in the red light picture I posted, but the rest of the pictures are just of the tank so don’t spend any time trying to spot him. Lastly, to anyone who is considering starting up an octopus (or any cephalopod) tank, I highly suggest joining tonmo.com. The folks on that site have spent so much time answering my questions and helping me out. This is all the information I could think to add for the moment, but I’m sure I will add more later. If anyone has any suggestions or thoughts or questions about octopuses, feel free to post!
  13. Thetravelguy

    13Evo first mini reef

    Current tank stocking - - - 4 Blue Hermit 2 Red Hermit 2 nacarius snail 2 astrea snail 1 tailspot blenny 1 ocellaris clown 1 canary wrasse 1 Skunk cleaner ------ xxx 1 BTA (mini tank crash) Xxx peppermint shrimp -RIP, nem dinner xxx 1 damsel (sorry dude I effed up the PH) - - - GSP Zoa (unknown variety) Zoa- King Midas Clove ricordea hammer Kenya tree chalice (Hollywood stunner) candy cane (caulastrea) Favia Duncan Meteor Shower Cyphastrea Mystery frag Mystery Acro Toadstool Newest inhabitant ————————————————————— ————————————————————— Current Tank Shot _________________________________ Hey y’all. I’m one of those people that has flitted off and on the forums over the years. I’ve also been in and out of the hobby. I’ve had freshwater off and on for about 15 years. I had a saltwater Fowler tank for a few years in high school but gave that up when I went to college. I’ve wanted to get a sw for years but I’ve been pretty unstable as far as taking temp jobs all over the country, living abroad and traveling tons. But now I’m kinda settled down a bit and decided it was finally time to jump back in! Back when I had my sw I tried my hand at a couple easy corals but they never did all that well. They kind of existed but never thrived. I suspect I was just too immature to understand how to truly care for em. Anywho I’ve been planning this comeback for a while and today I drove on over to my LFS and picked up my fluval 13.5 evo. I decided I really like the look of the tank, the price was right for what I was looking for and it’s not too big- but not too small. I’m super psyched to get the ball rolling. My intentions at the moment are to keep the stock lighting (kind of the point of getting an all-in-one system right? Haha) and I plan to mod some extra blue leds on in there (I saw a journal where someone did that here). I plan to pick up some eggcrate and also mod the filtration as it seems most everyone on her does. I’m not suuuuper diy minded but I love doing it (I just kinda suck at it, so we’ll see). Ive picked up all my extras as far as test kit and sand and even about 11lbs of rock from the lfs. I plan to get it thrown together tonight and to get that cycle started. I do still need to go get the eggcrate and some media for it. My plans inhabitant wise are still pretty up in the air. In the past I had a clown (honestly it’s been 10+ years and I don’t remember exactly which as far as percula or which). I had a sixline wrasse that I LOVED but unfortunately lost to a surfing accident. I had two cardinals and a bicolor blenny (ended up being the most active and interesting fish in the whole tank). - this time around I’d love to try some different things but my heart still tugs at the clown (why do we all love them so much). And I’ve been thinking perhaps a different species of blenny. But who knows. As as far as corals I want to start off real easy, so I’m thinking some zoas and maybe a hammer. I once saw a tank that had green star spread across the back wall and I loooved how that looked. Soo. We’ll see where I end up. Sorry now im completely rambling. In any case, I’ll document my journey here. And I consider myself an experienced newbie... any and all input is always welcome. I love to learn and grow and won’t be annoyed by friendly advice!
  14. medinar83

    Fluval Evo 13.5 Peninsula

    Decided to document the Fluval Evo 13.5 journey on Nano-Reef Received the tank July 20th from Amazon, no damage thank god! Mostly set up for my 4 and 2 yr old daughters, had to breakdown my IM 25 gallon a few months ago due to being away for work, huge money loss as expected so I didn't see myself coming back for some time, but we got the itch right away, love this hobby and the community. Plans were to keep the tank completely stock and ultra low budget, reason I got this set up in the first place, well that changed a week later when everything stock went out the window.... keeping it simple still though Replaced the following Light AI Prime HD Sicce 1.0 pump Hydor nano power head Chamber one filter floss Chamber two In-tank Media basket w/ filter floss, chemi-pure and Fluval bio rings Weekly 3 gal water changes pic below is from 7/25 I have since added a few pieces of coral more pics coming
  15. Reefanatic24/7

    Chalk Bass!!!!!

    I visited my LFS today and saw a group of chalk bass in their main display and I fell absolutely in love with them. I want all the info possible on these fish so please PLEASE share. I was thinking that I'll get one for my fluval evo 13.5 (still not set up smh...) Do y'all think that an evo is adequate for one bass? Igreen's guide to nano tanks suggests a 20 gallon but the only tankmates I'm planning are a YWG and pistol pair... I NEED YOUR FEEDBACK lol
  16. 4Swanson2Reefer0N00b

    Major changes in flow-yes or no?

    Ok I've got an evo that's coming to two years in October and it's beautiful. No reason at all to mess with anything! But I've got an ich might need talking out of. What at would be the drawbacks of making a major change to the flow system I've been with for much of my time and everything is stable and I believe my clown fish are on the cusp of mating. I would like to angle my power heads in a manor that will essentially reverse the water flow of the entire tank. I want to do this because it will push my rbta (3) Ina different direction away from a colony of utter chaos Zoas so they can be undisturbed and considerable sized toadstool will have less direct flow at it and will extra it's polyp/arms much longer. It's grown great but I know it's getting blasted a bit currently. My my tanks is stock with an upgraded 32 w led and I have chaeto in Kidd chamber with stock sponge carbon and bio media in chamber 1. 185 gph pump. I probdvly shouldnt do this right?
  17. Friend at work wants to give me this, as she's in the process of shutting down her tank. I have no idea what it is but she says light and flow requirements are "medium" ... Any ideas, I bet you folks can identify it. Also will it be okay in my Fluval Evo 13.5 with stock light & upgraded powerhead? Thanks in advance.
  18. Jason2000

    Fluval Evo light control

    I am using the stock lighting on my fluval evo 13.5 and would like to incorporate a light controller for dawn/dusk effect. Is anyone using a controller with the evo stock light, and if so i'd love to know what they're using. I see that fluval itself does a 2 chanel LED lamp timer- does this actually have a gentle progressive dim function or does it dim the light in stages until off? Thanks in advance
  19. Floundering_Around

    Need a new light

    Unfortunately, as I was moving back to college after winter break, all of my plugs and cords for my tank's equipment got wet. Some of the equipment just uses standard plugs so after drying off, they were able to be plugged right back in and continue working. However, my new aqamai kps and the adapter and timer for my light currently do not work. I am unsure if they'll start working after drying out some more but as of right now, my tank has had no light since Sunday (other than sunlight from a nearby window) and a backup pump for flow. Up until now, I've been using the stock light for the fluval evo 13.5 and it's was working out well. If I can't get a new adapter from fluval (the actual light is fine), then I will be looking into a different LED that's appropriate for the evo 13.5. I'll also need a lid for the tank as I want to 1) minimize evaporation, 2) keep my fish from jumping, and 3) keep my roommate's cat out of the tank. If this is cheaper than getting a new stock light or at least comparable, any suggestions would be appreciated!!! 🙂 I need to get a light back on my tank as soon as possible. current tank stock: - softies (GSP, mushrooms) -LPS (acans, duncan, torch, goniopora) -SPS (pocilipora) - inverts (RFAs) - NPS
  20. Floundering_Around

    Won a flame angel...

    So as the title says, I won a flame angel in a raffle from Reef2Reef at reefapalooza today. However, I only have my Fluval Evo 13.5. The fish in question is a baby captive bred dwarf angel. I have plans in the future to get a larger reef tank but I'm currently in college and don't have space at my mom's house with all my existing tanks. There is also the concern that the little flame going after my softies, especially my new utter chaos polyp and some other new goodies. The guys at reef2reef say it's unlikely since it was captive bred and may not have gained the taste for corals like its wild caught cousins
  21. Hi all, nice to have found you I am starting up a tank again after 6 years and decided to go smaller. In my last tank, (20 gallon x-high and 10 gallon fuge) my live rock had 3 plants that popped out and grew like crazy without me doing anything special (big mistake letting that rock go but we were moving and Hurricane Sandy hit at same time so everything live went to pet store in next town that had power) Had seahorses first, then 4 fish with clean up crew. After a lot of thought, I believe I will be getting the Fluval Evo 13.5. It is the perfect size for a shelf I have in my kitchen. My husband agreed to a new tank only because I said it would not flood (old tank protein skimmer hung outside the fuge) and will be covered so not bad salt creep (old fuge was on metal stand and open, and not in a closed cabinet) but it seems everyone who gets this tank will alter the lights (for reef), the filter (already decided to do that) and being too hot (main worry). I'm planning on doing regular water changes instead of getting the protein skimmer. The DIY scrubber looked interesting too. So, any thoughts on if this tank on whether the standard lights will be good for some macro and few fish?
  22. 4Swanson2Reefer0N00b

    Fluval evo 13.5-stock tank-8months

    Hey everyone. Just loving my tank these days. My first ever salt water experience and TBH my first fish tank ever on my own. I'm 35..... So my best friend has been in the hobby for a couple years and always loved staring at his tank so I took the leap last fall and started my first tank in October. Rushed things of course and had a clown and fire shrimp in there within a month but things have worked out pretty well I must say. I've started backing off the weekly water changes and am up to every other week and thinking about three weeks in between also. I was dosing fusion one and calcium for a while but have found it isn't really that necessary. Every month or so I also pull the stock filter setup of ceramic rings and carbon ( which I am still only on my second bag so I've changed it about every four months) from the big sponge (which everyone hates?) and ring it out in my dirty tank water from a water change. My my tank has really blossomed by finding the right places for my corals to thrive and grow and to really find the right foods for everything has taken time when considering all the other variables in making corals happy. I feed green flakes and pellets a frw times a week Mysis shrimp maybe once or twice and my new favorite brine shrimp-all my food thawed from frozen and never rinsed. I also do reef roids once a week with the filter jets turned off for about twenty mins or so. I direct feed with a pipet to specific corals or with long forceps. I should add that I used to have an arrow crab, which we loved,but traded back because it was simply too big. It molted three times and green from a quarter and a stretched out hand and fingers in about three months. So yea full size quick. Also had an identical black clown to the current one that I lost to a parasite pretty early on so I think I just bought a sick fish. I also had a tail spot blenny that was amazing but died mysteriously after seeming to be super happy and healthy? Sad face. I just wanted to post post cause in proud as hell of what I've got going so far and what I have learned basiclLy from scratch. This whole project has been done with my four year old son who knows the names of everything in the tank and my lovely wife that has been supportive of my spending habits at the reef store 🤑 And also been a great partner in putting things together. Things are boomin and wanted to share. Hope you like. Fire shrimp-monster orange clown-pretzel black clown-bubbles yellow clown goby-mustard green chromis-tuna 1turbo 3-5 nassarius 1cerith 7-9 Astra and astrid snails 6-8 blue and banded hermit crabs any corals I bought for 15 bucks or less so they were all small frags with the exception of the bubble tip which I just got for my birthday for 30 bucks and it split in two greenish Zoas on left started 3 teddish Zoas on right had 15 a purple tip torch duncan coral started with 1 head aussie toadstool? cats paw stylophora green stylophora goniopora flower pot coral (only unhappy guy in tank because of recent water change) green button palythoa (got a single polyp for two dollars) 1 rocordia 1 superman rhodactis orange leptospirosis (any tips on this guy would be great) 1 growing birds nest 1 bubble tip anemone into 2 a field of green star polyps
  23. Floundering_Around

    Something's wrong

    We've got some trouble in paradise. So as some background, my most recent water change was this Saturday, three days ago. Ca was at 440 and all other parameters were fine (don't have my own test kit so I got my water tested at the pet store when I went to get more saltwater. Waiting for a good one to go on sale). Before doing the water change, all of my new zoas were acting up (Radioactive dragon eye, eagle eye, and utter chaos). They were all closed up or half closed, not fully opened and pretty. At this point, all of them have been in my tank for about a month; the UC was always open and it was the RDEs and the EEs that were giving me problems. On the advice of another zoa keeper, those two got a peroxide dip. Nothing had happened in the tank other than a hermit crab knocking my Fat Head Den on top of my UC; even then it was still open though. Following the peroxide dip, my UC polyp starts acting up, Mind you, it was fine before and didn't receive a dip. Now after the water change on Saturday, UC still has not opened up and the polyp looks likes it regressing? At the same time, my Monti cap (which was also fine on Saturday during the water change) has started bleaching?! The Monti has also been in my tank for a month and was totally fine. Its mounted on a magnet so I have it at the surface of the water where the par is the highest. It's directly across from my wavemaker so it's getting good flow. And, I feed the tank a mix of benepets and Reef Chili so there is food in there small enough for it to eat. I've been checking for flatworms on both but I see none or any eggs. Any clue as to what's going on? I don't want to lose either of these corals!
  24. Intro: Hey guys, Luxembourg here. I am a longtime lurker and decided to make an account, and make an aquarium journal. I ended up getting a Fluval 13.5. This is my second reef/SW tank, After a yearlong hiatus I decided to startup another tank. I will (hopefully) update you guys on the status of my tank. Current setup (03/16/18): Tank: Fluval Evo 13.5 Rock and Sand: CaribSea Base Rock (Dry Rock) and CaribSea Arag-Alive "Fiji-Pink" Heater: Cobalt Neo-Therm 75w Lighting: Stock Fluval Evo 13.5 LEDs (I may upgrade, they seem sufficient for now) Cheap LED light for chaeto Filtration: First Chamber inTank Media filter. Chaeto, then filter floss in the top slot. Purigen and more filter floss in the second slot. In the bottom I have ChemiPure Elite and a little more filter floss to top (bottom?) it off. Coralife Nano/Biocube Protein Skimmer (in 2nd chamber) Livestock: At least in my opinion, the most important part of a tank: Fish: x2 Black-Ice Snowflake Ocellaris Clownfish x1 Royal Gramma Basslett x1 Tail Spot Blenny Invertebrates: x1 Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp x1 Blood Red Fire Shrimp x1 Candy Cane Pistol Shrimp x3 Dwarf Hermit Crabs x3 Nassarius Snails x2 Trochus Snails x2 Cerith Snails Corals Soft Coral Glove Polyps LPS Torch Coral ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Pictures: Royal Gramma Basslett Tail Spot Blenny Blood Red Fire Shrimp Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp Torch Coral (below same frag under blue) Green Glove Polyps Thanks for taking the time to read my aquarium journal! I will end with my most recent FTS (updated 03/16/18). -Luxembourg FTS Archive:
  25. bluegreen

    Studio Tank 13.5

    Hey everyone, this is the journal of my first saltwater tank. I keep a pretty close eye on it since I spend most of the week working in my studio. The Tank Specs/List of stuff I'm using/doing Live Sand Life Rock 2gal water change per week (maybe reduce qty?) Tank: Fluval EVO 13.5Lighting: StockHeater: EHEIM 50WCirculation: Hydor 240Skimmer: NoneFiltration: StockTop-Off: NoneDosing: NoneController: None Just after cycling 6.4.18 Fish Fancy Ocellaris Clown Invertebrates Red Leg Hermit Crab Blue Leg Hermit Crab Skunk Cleaner Shrimp Corals Green Star Polyp Wish List (Im a beginner so still trying to research and figure out what will work. So this list is more of what catches my eye not really a plan. Would love input and suggestions!) Fish Fire Fish Darwin Clown Goby/Pistol Shrimp Combo Blenny Coral Zoas Birds Nest (Is this even possible with the stock light?)
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