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  1. I do not know if there is a definitive thread for all Fluval Evo 13.5 owners but if there is not, I am starting this one! The thread will ultimately serve as a learning resource for any and all reefers who own this particular AIO. Feel free to post any photographs, advice, do's, and most importantly do not's of your tanks. I look forward to making this a friendly and helpful resource for all Fluval Evo 13.5 owners. If there already are threads trying to accomplish this, please link this thread to them so that it can be consolidated to avoid redundancy. Redundancy is so annoying. I really hope you guys run with this!!
  2. Silly question but does anyone know if flowerpot corals can be placed next to each other or will one sting the other. I picked up a new frag last weekend and it’s a different color then my current one.
  3. Saw this thing in my tank today, does anyone know what it is and should I be concerned...... also found a couple of aptasias on my sand bed😵🤬
  4. Just picked up an acan frag on Friday and was wondering if a tailspin blenny and citrinis clown goby are same from it. I saw a couple of post about acans eating fish so it made me a bit concerned.
  5. Hey everyone, I'm looking at getting my first tank but am a bit indecisive. I'm trying to decide between a Waterbox 20 Cube, Innovative Marine 20 Nuvo Fusion, and a Fluval 13.5 Evo. What would you choose and why? As for lighting, I'm going to get the AI prime. Thanks!
  6. Went to the LFS and saw this flower pot coral, it was only $14.99 so thought I would give it a try i guess my citrinis clown goby likes it lol
  7. Mike P

    Duncan

    My Duncan is getting larger but one of the heads isn’t growing as much and is not even open in this picture.
  8. So I have had my evo since they first came out back in the middle of 2016 and recently I noticed some of my lights went out. Contacted fluval and they sent me a new light under warranty. It appears to be slightly different and the led’s seem to be better protected...... problem was that the freaking new light wouldn’t even turn on 😒. Fluval is sending me another one that should arrive today so hopefully that one actually works. But wanted to share some pics of the new light. The old one is on the right, new one on the left. Also the connectors are better and have a tighter fit
  9. I started my new reef tank earlier this week (a fluval evo 13.5) and I added live rock, live sand (about 1.5 inches), and premium reef saltwater that my LFS mixed up for me. I’ve also been adding fluval cycle concentrated biological booster at the rate they suggest for a new tank. I have some questions regarding cycling. A lot of the videos I have watched online suggest first adding live rock, sand, and water, the next week adding a clean up crew, and then once the cycle is completed to add fish. However I’ve spoken on the phone with three of my LFSs and all three have told me to start my cycle by adding a fish. There is a lot of conflicting information out there, I was hoping that you guys could weigh in and give me some pros and cons with each option. If I decide to cycle with a fish, can I add a banggai cardinal fish? Additionally, when can I add coral?? This tank is primarily for coral, i'm just adding a fish or two for fun. A lot of articles that I have read say that I can add my coral now if I want, and that they won't be impacted by my tank cycling. Is this true? Lastly, if anyone has some suggestions on easy to care for corals, i'm always happy for more suggestions. Thanks so much!
  10. Hey all! Been lurking on this forum for several years, making a few posts here and there. I just set up another (this is my 4th) reef tank a little over three weeks ago and I'm very excited for it. The live rock I added is coming alive more and more every day, and copeopods are flourishing. Just added the first wave of my CUC a few days ago after params stabalized. Four dwarf hermits, one turbo snail, and one nerite snail. Have some good hitchhikers coming out of my rock as well. One small hairy legged reef crab, a few bristleworms, lots of those small starfish and one serpent star. Anyways here's a pic sorry if this went on and on, just excited to be back in the hobby. Thanks guys!
  11. Going to add a new fish today, would a tail spot blenny get along with a citrinis clown goby? My tank is a fluval evo 13.5 and i think it’s finally time to add another fish but want something peaceful.
  12. Hi, I have been trying to dial in my Fluval ps2 protein skimmer in my Fluval Evo 13.5 gallon tank and am not having any luck. Any guidance or tips to make sure this starts skimming properly would be great! Some thoughts I have; - does water level in tank effect the skimmer? - should you plug that hole in the second chamber so the “sump” is a closed system? Thanks in advance!
  13. Hello, I’m looking at starting to stock my Fluval Evo 13.5 with corals. Will the standard light support LPS? Does anyone have any pictures of their stock light Evo with LPS and softies? Im new to marine tanks so any help will be great.. Thank you
  14. Mike P

    fluval evo 12

    FTS of my evo. Trying to make it look decent again
  15. Went to the grand opening of the big little fish store in Dallas today and picked up some new frags at a great deal. The store was awesome and everything looked healthy. All live stock was 25% off 🤗 so I picked up 2 bumble bee snails at $2.25 each, Duncan frag at around $20, acan frag $11.25, and galaxea frag $11.25. Seemed like good deals to me
  16. Background: This is an upgrade from my Fluval Spec V. I have always struggled with the rock being too big in the Fluval Spec V. It makes it very hard to clean the glass on each side so lots of algae build up. I also wanted to get a bigger tnak for the clown fish. This clown fish has been with me for over 2 years now and survived through 2 leaks, 1 move, and other mishaps. It is also a total bully so I can't put it into my Red Sea Reefer 350. When I first saw ReefBuilder feature the Fluval Evo 12, I knew it will be my next tank. The dimension fits perfectly wherethe Spec V is now and the rock will look great with more space on each side. There are some questionable design choices with the tank such as the black honeycomb at the top of the tank (which I razored off) and the AIO chamber allows a lot of detritus to build up in the first and second chamber. The stock lighting and pump are good only for softies and low light LPS. But overall, the tank itself is pretty decent for the price. I do like it comes with surface skimmer and the return nozzle is already split into two. In additional, the raised design is very modern. My vision for this tank is a very natural tank with gorgonians, LPS, zoas, acans, and ricordeas. I will get another fish or two, something that can put up with the clown.
  17. So this is my first saltwater/reef tank; I've had several FW setups since 2011. Tank: Fluval EVO 13 Pump: Stock Light: AI Prime HD Heater: EHEIM 50W Skimmer: Reef Glass Filter media: InTank media basket for 1st chamber with 2x chemi pure blue nano, filter floss (some carbon); also use phosguard as needed Substrate: Arag-alive bimini pink sand - about 4lbs Wavemaker: Aqamai KPS I set up my tank with live rock and sand on 7/6/17. Corals: Utter chaos paly frogspawn green hammer purple tip hammer green star polyps ricordeas green toadstool leather Duncan mushrooms white and pink xenia Red Goniopora Livestock: 1frostbite clown 1 six-line wrasse 2 green bubbletip anemone hermit crabs nassarius snail scarlet shrimp turbo snail FTS as of 7/6/18:
  18. Hello all! I have taken the plunge into nano reefing and bought myself a Fluval Evo to start with! I plan to keep the light and pump stock for now, but I will be adding a heater, a hydor centrifugal pump 300 gah with rotating water deflector and will do a diy media basket using floss, seachem matrix and other media which I haven’t decided on yet. I may add a refugium to it as well as I have an extra phosguard 150 reactor in my aquarium bin that’s just sitting there. It will be a slow build so I will update as needed. My liverock is currently soaking in r/o water which I am testing for phosphate. I want too see if any is leaching from it as I had it sitting outside for the past year so it has been free of life, except the odd terrestrial isopod that snuggled into it. So I guess that’s it! Next update I’ll show my dry live rock scaping ideas.
  19. I have been seeing these fibers floating everywhere in my tank. I did a 15% water change to try and reduce them but it does not seem to have helped. Anyone know what they could be? I was thinking maybe I had some vermetid snails but don’t see any. This is something that just started about 2 weeks ago. I did finally replace my sponge in the evo with intank media basket for chamber 2 and put filter floss to hopefully help
  20. So I stopped at the LFS (it's an hour away) and found a Fluval Vista23 for sale for dirt cheap. Not really needing a tank, I bought it anyway. Later when opening it up I find out it comes with an AC50, 100W heater, live bacteria and some other stuff. So I picked it up and as I was leaving I saw they had an old but new in box Fluval 24" Marine LED fixture on clearance. Since it fits, and I've had them before (see pic below) I took it home with me. It comes with an 8k LED that is pretty dim, but since I can fit the other LED strip on top of the tank, I'll dremel out the top and run both. If I wanted to I could take the LED out, it just snaps in and is easy to remove, but since I've got no use for it now, it will stay. The tank is 30"x11.5"x17.5". Its a taller, rounder 20L really. Pic of my old JBJ 30 with the same LED Fixture I'll be running on it below: The Vista23 in all its unwashed glory. Back is painted black already. I think I'll be cutting out room for either a Marineland 350 or AC110 powerfilter. I think I'll save the AC50 for a 10G I've got laying around. No skimmer or sump, going for a simple, fun tank. I've got live sand in a bag leftover from my 77XL, so that will go in there. Still working on the fish, I might be biting off more than I should, but thinking of trying to get a harem of something. One last thing, I live in the middle of Northern Minnesota, and have no internet. I have to use a wireless hotspot (5GB is 50$) so I'll probably only update once a week or so.
  21. I decided I’m going to replace the stock lights on my evo. Considering the AI prime HD but I just saw Aqamai has a new model called the LRS coming out. Anyone have any experiences with the LRM?
  22. About Me and This Tank (TLDR at bottom) So a few years ago (about 4) my family and I were getting cichlids for my little brother's bow-front from this little shop that our uncle recommended. Keep note that the closest thing Ive ever seen close to a reef tank was a shark-filled-false-coral tank at Seaworld. As soon as I stepped into those doors I was greeted by a 32 gal Biocube. As fast as a blink of an eye I was hooked, not just by the clownfish playing around in a foot long circumference of a bubbletip anemone, but as to what I noticed as those alien like creatures that I have roughly known as coral from the books in the elementary library (I was a big reader). I was mesmerized by the beauty of a 30 gallon box of water to the point where my parents had to pull me away from the dang thing. Naturally I was pissed and refused to leave the thing. But my parents told me to check something out. I round the corner see a room full of frag tanks, my jaw dropped. That day was the day that I owned my first reef tank. We got a Fluval Spec 5 gal, some live rock, live sand, a small strip light, a clown goby, a firefish, a 6 lined wrasse, and some zoanthids as well as a paly. I had that tank for about three years until we moved and things went down from there, I had my first algae bloom and the tank went out with a boom, everything dead except for a GBG as well as my blue coral banded shrimp (that I still have today lol). I was devastated. Even though I didnt know what I was doing I knew I was on fire, I mean, I had some pretty cool corals as well as a dragonface puffer (that somehow lived about 6 months but sadly died to my firefish -big meany) and on top of that I never did a single waterchange! After that I had nothing but an algae filled tank for about a year. That brings me to where I am now! Last year for my birthday my parents got me a Fluval Evo 13. BIG learning curve. I had constant algae blooms and the seams even busted. But luckily that gave mw a clean slate-- the best of the slates! I started doing hardcore researching on reefing, and I mean hardcore, as In staying up til 3 AM on school nights (still a strait-A student!) watching videos and browsing forms, until I had a rough Idea of how to properly care for the delicate, money draining art forms we call reef tanks. As of today I have my Fluval evo 13.5 that only houses about five corals, sad I know but its hard when the closest LFS from where I live as 45 minutes away (an hour if you count Austin traffic). I have also recently bought an AI Prime HD that I got with lawn mowing money😄! Im still learning but since i've been doing water changes algae is at a minimum, only a few spots. Tommoro I will try to add pictures but thanks if you've made it this far through my story. I look forward to adding pics soon! TLDR; I have been reefing since a young age and I have a Fluval evo 13.5, but srsly this doesn't do my story any justice just read the above lol
  23. Hi all! I had a large tropical tank (4x2x2) for a number of years but had to sell it all when I moved from a Country Town to an Apartment in the City. Since then I have been dying to get back into Fish keeping and finally cracked over the weekend, got myself a little Fluval Evo 13.5g!! So far I have not done much to the tank, I have 4kg (8.8lbs) of Live Rock and Red Sea Live Reef Sand. I added a Fluval CP1 Powerhead (1000 lph / 285 gph) and a Aqua One 55 watt heater. My partner and I are very keen on 2x Ocellaris Clownfish, and a Royal Gramma Basslet. As for Coral, I have always wanted something colorful that flows back and forth in the current, that is about the only criteria. If the tank can support those then we are very very happy Fish keepers Tank has been running for 2 days now! I am still waiting for my API Saltwater Test Kit and Refractometer to arrive, hopefully in the next couple days, then I can start tracking the water parameters and see how the Cycling goes. Questions Is the Protein Skimmer required? I was going to wait until I purchased the Fish / Coral before buying it but have read it may not be needed. I am concerned the Fluval CP1 Powerhead does not put out enough flow, I don't feel like the current is very strong. I am considering a more powerful one however I don't want the fish to struggle, is there a recommended turnover? I am struggling to get the temperature of the water below 28 degrees Celsius (82 Fahrenheit), which I believe is far too hot. It is not a malfunctioning heater, just simply a hot house (typically around 24-25 inside). Any tips on how to bring the Water Temperature down to a level that will be comfortable for Coral and Fish? I've read that it could be the Fluval Evo's pump generating the additional few degrees of heat. Thanks for any help! Very excited to get all of this started
  24. Dog face puffer in tank...... jk just my dog posing infront of my evo
  25. Anyone know what this could be? It looks like some kind of shrimp and I see 4 of them in my tank. They are super small and I first noticed them months ago when I would turn off all my pumps and they would just be floating on the surface until I poked at them. I do have a cleaner shrimp in my tank but I’m not sure if these could be the babies or something else. Hope it’s not a bunch of mantis shrimp.
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