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  1. Smitten4Witten

    Fluval Evo 13.5 Owners Thread

    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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 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 Nepthea mushrooms white and pink xenia 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:
  5. 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!
  6. Snazxy

    The Snazxy Reef

    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
  7. M-A-T-T-Y

    M-A-T-T-Y Fluval Evo 13.5

    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
  8. Dog face puffer in tank...... jk just my dog posing infront of my evo
  9. 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.
  10. Started this tank March 4, 2018. Equipment: -water pump upgraded to AQ600 (doubled flow to ~160 GPH) -50W heater -light upgraded to Current Orbit IC LED LOOP system (21 Watts, 36 LEDS) Stock: ~3.5 lbs of live rock -Clown  -CUC of 4 hermits -GSP -mushroom -Zoa’s -devils hand leather -supplemental phytoplankton -found what looks like a tulip anemone wondering if I should get rid of it asap Filter: -sponge filter -Phosgaurd -activated carbon -ceramic filter rings   Notes: -Experimenting with cheato in the display, because it’s a small system with no fuge I thought if I could keep it contained it may act as a nutrient sink. -20-50% water changes weekly -Want an anemone, not sure what kind, wondering if I’ll need a wavemaker before I can keep one healthy -temp stays around 78-79, salinity 1.024, I have yet to get a test kit (next on the list), but water changes seem to keep everything running smoothly so far. -New light made a huge difference in pics -pics are from March 4-August 6, 2018 -Any advice is appreciated
  11. Hello all of Nano-Reef! The name is reefsenpai and I’m going to build the most beautiful Nano reef I can in my Fluval 13.5. I started the hobby with this AIO tank and really quickly upgraded to a Reefer 350. I definitely bit off more than I could chew and drifted away from the hobby but now the flame is back. Driven with the ideals of a small but full reef, I aim to make something beautiful. With this go-around, I’m taking the reefing golden rule to heart and be A LOT more patient. Please join and guide me on this journey. This is what I have so far: Tank: Fluval Evo 13.5 Lighting: Stock (AI Prime HD Upgrade) Heater: Cobalt Neo-Therm 100w Return: Ehiem CompactON 1000 Wavemaker: Hydor Koralia Nano 240 Filtration: InTank Chamber One Media Basket w/ filter pads, chemipure blue nano, and seachem matrix Skimmer: None (Reef Glass Nano Skimmer) ATO: None (AutoAqua Smart ATO Micro )
  12. Was able to get a decent shot of this tiny creature on my glass using a magnifying glass. Anyone seen one of those or know what it is? Looks like it has a bunch of legs
  13. Was it a bad idea that I added a Halloween hermit to my evo 13.5 tank? He is the only crab in the tank. I have a small few snails, 1 cleaner shrimp, and 1 citrinis clown goby plus some soft corals. I did put some empty shells in the tank. Here is a picture of the guy and an older picture of my tank layout.
  14. LongBeachReefer

    Fluval evo 13.5g.

    Just started a Fluval evo 13.5g. Was going to do a 3g picotope but wife wanted more than one fish. So far the tank is still using stock equipment. Have anAI prime coming in the mail tomorrow. 15lb of live sand and 14 lbs of live rock. Just waiting for the cycle to be done. Haven’t done any water test. Salinity is at 1.024. Using the Topic Marin salt.
  15. Mike P

    Tank Smell

    Anyone experience tank smell after doing a good cleaning with big water change on their tank. I was scrubbing cyno and syponing it out not sure if that’s what caused the smell
  16. Hello! Long time, no post. I've downsized my Nuvo10, which I probably never posted about, to a 2.5 gallon pico tank. It's well established and hasn't had anything real exciting in it due to a move, just a nice little condo for my inverts for the past year, plus two ugly shrooms that survive with the beta light, and a giant aptasia that I just eradicated this week (RIP) to prepare to add some corals and nems I actually like. I think the tank is about 8x8x8. It is a cheap Top Fin Retreat from PetSmart. I kept the sand from my old Nuvo10 setup and also a tiny bit of liverock from that as well. I should have my Kessil A80 here this Friday, and hope it fits. I have a fluval heater in the back sump area and occasionally use the carbon filter inserts made for the tank. I am going to "upgrade" the pump to the tiny Tunze, but not today because I haven't measured to see if it will fit. The stock pump doesn't move quite enough water and it's a little loud. It also connects to a branched cord so the light and pump are all on one AC plug, which is a nice feature for the little tank, but won't meet my needs when I put the new light on. I have no algae or other issues in the little tank. I've had 7 and 10 gallon setups, but never anything this small. I love how easy the water changes are and the simplicity, or non-existence, of my equipment. I am looking for recommendations of inhabitants, such as nems and corals. I don't want to do any dosing, but do like sps corals, though I've never had any. Are they even possible in this type of setup? I love shrooms also and don't know if the lighting will work to support both, due to the small size of the tank. I will only be stocking super BA specimens, and obviously am in no hurry, but will keep this thread updated as I make changes. 11 January 2018: Upgraded to Kessil A80 light 19 May 2018: Upgraded tank to Fluval Spec III 28 May 2018: Added Kessil Spectral Controller 30 May 2018: Added Inkbird Temperature Controller 09 June 2018: Added IM Hydrofill ATO system Setup: TopFin 2.5 Gallon Retreat Fluval Spec III Aqueon 25w submersible heater Kessil A80 Tuna Blue light Kessil Spectral Controller Inkbird Temperature Controller IM Nuvo 10 Pump (92gph) to replace stock pump InTank Media Basket InTank Clip On Surface Skimmer on intake IM Hydrofill ATO setup Homemade Surface Skimmer Intake Mod Upgrading to a tiny Tunze pump as soon as I shave off part of the housing of it to fit in the back of the tank. Current critters: 2x 3x Sexy Shrimp 1x Pom Pom Crab 2x Nassarius Snails 2x 1x 0x 3x Blue Leg Hermit Crabs (one regular, one little blue leg) Blue leg is missing/assumed deceased. He was 2 years old. RIP. Nobody local has any in stock. Billions of spaghetti worms and pods running around Corals & Non-motile Inverts: 1x Rock Flower Anemone 2x Boring mushrooms that were on a piece of liverock. 1 purple & 1 green (Getting traded at some point due to lack of wow) 3x Acans 1x Golden Torch Coral 1x Green Goblin Acro (Probably going to be traded due to lack of wow) 1x Blue Rhodactis Mushroom 1x Green & Yellow Rhodactis Mushroom An order from AquaSD.com will drop in soon, including: 1x Alienware Palys 1x Strawberry Shortcake Acro 1x Rainbow Pox Discosoma Mushroom 1x Aussie Bloodshot Discosoma Mushroom 1x Aussie Yellow Eye Long Tentacle Red Gonipora Wish List (I would LOVE suggestions): Beach Bum Montipora More ultra colored RFA's More ultra colored mushrooms A really nice chalice or Monti Cap
  17. 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:
  18. makingfilms

    a simple evo

    Hi This is my very simple nano tank. The Tank has been up for about 1.5 years. The rock and some coral is actually much older from my original tank first established in 2014. I had a larger sps/lps dominant tank but at the beginning of 2017 I moved to a smaller apartment(closer to the beach). I was hoping to revive my 50, but My wife and I also had a baby last September, so I have been selling off my higher end equipment and dumping the idea of upgrading anytime soon. Tank is a Fluval evo 13 Filtration: Intank media basket for chamber 1 Filter floss Chemipure blue (changed once a month) Seachem Matrix 250ml in a bag at the bottom of chamber 2 apporx 2.5 pounds sand about 5 pounds live rock Circulation: Lifeguard aquatics quietone pro 800 pump I have no wave maker on this tank. I do not like the look of the waverers in this tank it is too big. The pump i have is rated at 240gph which is sufficient for my needs. Lights: Nanobox duo +m I had a mini as well but I got a good deal from another nano box member and i find it has much better coverage on the evo than the mini. Probably over kill. Contoller: Apex Jr with ph probe and fish feeder
  19. 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
  20. NanoAaron

    New BTA only tank

    Hi Fellow Reefers! Long time listener first time caller here... I have been reading about you guys and your awesome tanks for over a year now! I started out with an evo13.5, then upgraded to an RSM130d, then recently downgraded back to an eco13.5! My last tank was a beautiful LPS dominated tank, but life has changed recently and I had to downsize tanks to reduce the maintenance regime and not have to spend as much time tinkering. That brings us to my current tank setup! I had never done a bare bottom tank before, and I like the idea of not having a sanded to have to vacuum all the time and I also like the clean minimalist look of it. About a month into this tank being setup now and gotta say, not sure if I could go back to having a sand bed again! I had researched quite a bit looking for an example of a nano-tank that was nems-only, or BTA only, but couldn't find any! So I decided to go ahead and try my luck. I started with a large piece of LR from my RSM tank that had 7 BTA's on it already. Sucked out the water from that tank and tossed in the rock! So far, with me being able to focus solely on the BTA's and keep up with a good feeding schedule, they are really thriving in this smaller tank. Here is a quick equipment list: Tank: Fluval Evo 13.5 Flow: Aquamai KPS Pump: Stock Light: Current Orbit Marine Pro ATO: Tunze Heater: Fluval 50watt Filtration: Stock foam block with bio balls and bag of purigen Extra Filtration: Small media reactor running carbon Lid: DIY lid cut out of diffuser material Livestock: 7 rainbow BTA's 2 ocellaris clowns 6 or 7 assorted snails I had originally bought the small reactor off amazon along with a spool of LED lights with the intention of making an algae reactor... But after reading horror stories of the reactor tube cracking due to heat from lights, I have yet to pull the trigger on it... In the mean time, running carbon in the media reactor has really worked well! I have never cleaned the glass yet due to algae and my water is crystal clear! I do a 4 gal W/C every week too. Anyways I just wanted to share what I was up to and get some of your feedback! Is there anything you see that I could improve? Are there any suggestions you guys may have? I humbly open up my n00by setup to your judgement and advice! Thanks for looking!
  21. Mike P

    Fish for my Evo 12

    I was wondering if a Royal Gramma Basslet would be okay in the Evo 12? The only other fish I currently have is a shark nose goby and I plan on purchasing a court jester goby. I’m really looking for an a more active fish other then a clown or firefish.
  22. Wondering on recommendations on a pump for my fluval evo12. I have been looking at eco tech mp10 and the Aqamai kps
  23. Hey guys I was wondering if the fluval epoxy will stay this "minty" green color forever? If so is there a marine safe paint i can use so its not so obvious???
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