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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. This last weekend, I made the plunge for a new nano tank. With the current situation, I have more time in my home office than usual and really became dissatisfied with my current setup, a newer 14g Biocube. I've been in the hobby for awhile now so this will be my third tank and I really wanted something top notch. Knowing that I still wanted something in the nano range of 100L/25g, there really isn't too many choices and I wanted to grow my skills with SPS corals. My previous Fluval Evo 13 was decent as the upgrades were available for lighting and the tank was somewhat rimless but ultimately, I knew I needed more. I looked at the IM Nuvo series, certainly a fine choice but the current supply chain left me with partial options and upgrades, then I came across the Red Sea Nano Max. I was totally sold after watching several members setups and thus, here I am on this journey with all of you. This past week has been a real beast for me at work therefore I apologize for not getting to post more as I first started the journey. I did a decent amount of searching before I came across a decent price for the tank and stand from Bay Bridge Aquarium in Oakland, CA for just under $1100 with tax and shipping included. In my previous setup, I went with CaribSea's Special Grade reef sand and found while it was entirely resistant to clownfish and power heads blowing it everywhere that it wasn't as great at keeping clean. I didn't want to have the same issues so I went back to their Fiji Pink which IMHO, really looks the best if I didn't want to do bare bottom. For the reef rock, I had pukani in the previous tank and barnacles with other softies in the current BioCube. I didn't like the challenges of removing pests and constant rinse and repeat for the new rock so I opted to scape something, perhaps more like a monument or statue with dry reef rock. After looking at my options, I ended up on 25lbs from ARC Reef in Florida via Amazon. They did really well and actually shipped far more than I was expecting. Here's the pieces I started with and the dual headed statue aquascaping design Knowing that I would have some challenges with dry rock and that I wanted to ensure both accuracy and consistency in testing, I purchased the HIREEF Test Kit from Hanna Instruments. In addition to proper introduction of nitrifying bacteria and Coraline algae growth, I opted to try the Red Sea Reef Mature Starter Kit. After watching some recent BRS.tv Investigates I learned a lot about salt; how different brands have different purposes, store differently along with dissolve differently made some interesting insights into my choices of salt. I also wanted something that would store well for automation in water changes and be easily available. For this adventure, I chose Instant Ocean's Reef Crystals as they were in many cases the best or second to best performer for storage and efficacy. To make this journal a little more concise and exciting, I opted to set the salinity at 1.024 knowing that my office gets a little warm 78-80 during the summer and I'm defaulting to the ATO that comes with the MAX Nano. It's a decent ATO but only holds 0.3gal so I wanted to ensure if it did ever run low, it would never run over 1.025 in all likelihood before I or someone else returned to address the matter. I will be discussing automation systems like the Apex solution and one that I'm designing later on in the journey. I've also started cycling the live rock and the tank with the lights off for the past week, allowing minor break in of the provided skimmer. So far, it seems decent and I suspect it will work out just fine. After adding sand and fresh RODI on source, I added some frag plug for future planning of corals and set the dry reef rock in the tank. I hoped I would get the older AI Prime HD light as I was able to download the app with no problem of course but I ended up with the Red Sea ReefLED50 and Reef Beat app. It's ok and so far isn't terrible, I'll know more once I determine what network traffic it sends and if it has any API or other means of programming and telemetry. I hoped to have a power head with the same vendor, but the Nero 5 seems overkill for the volume of the MAX Nano and I've read reviews of issues where it defaults to certain options which would overwhelm the tank. I also looked at the Red Sea Max Reef 25 gyre power head but at 10" I find it to be both an eyesore and waste of space. I knew that all of the options had to have some sort of an app for any hopes at integrating them together with automation and left with little other choices, the Hydor Koralia Akamai was right on spot. I also came across the newer Jebao version of their dosing pumps which appear to be an improvement from the previous model and it too, has an app for ease of setup and control. So here we are into Day 1 of the Reef Mature Starter Kit. I'll update everyone tomorrow once I get the bacteria started and parameters measured. I've also got the light setup and running on 10h per the kit therefore once I get the measurements, I'll keep people posted. Appreciation to all for checking out my journal and I hope you will enjoy this as much as I hope to in the near future. Thank you again and be safe!
  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 I was very happy with my @World Wide Corals live sale purchases I decided to join the coral club over the weekend. This was my Father’s Day gift from my dog😝. My first package arrived today😁😁. I have the corals acclimating and can’t wait to get them in the tank hehehehehehe.
  5. 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!!
  6. Hey guys so I'm here to start an aquarium journal of my Evo 13.5 that's been running for over a year now it's had some ups and downs but recently has gotten some upgrades. When I initially started this tank it was mostly stock equipment minus the intank chamber one upgrade and was stocked with a Cleaner shrimp, two clowns, bristle star, dwarf hermit, and LTA. Won't go into details but ended up losing the fish, shrimp, and LTA. All this and having a crazy algae problem killed all my hopes in the hobby. So I ended up leaving the tank dark for months with just the surviving star and hermit crab doing minimal water changes until the algae was completely gone and stuff was looking up. Fast forward to tax time this year and I decided to invest everything into this tank to make it much more high tech and easier maintenance. Now running this setup - Fluval Evo 13.5 InTank Chamber one (2019 V) Fluval 100W heater Stock Return AI Prime 16HD Auto Aqua Smart ATO & AWC Jebao SW-2 Back wall hole plugged with InTank plastic peice Stocked with - 1 Brittle star 1 Cleaner shrimp 1 LG blue dwarf hermit 3 SM blue dwarf hermit 1 nassarius snail 1 trochus snail 2 astrea snail 3 nerite snails Coral - 1 Chalice frag (not sure of the variety) 1 SPS frag (not sure exactly what it is) Some attached pictures of the tank and setup
  7. Hello, NR! It has been quite sometime since my last build. I've spent quite the time out of the hobby and have been itching to get back into everything. Over the last month I've spent some significant time on Craigslist looking for deals on AIO tanks. With my past experience, I knew that when one person wants back in the hobby, another one wants out😂. I knew I wanted something small since time and space is more limited on my end - and with AIO tank options coming a long way since my last biocube 14g, I knew my options were vast. Also, with this build - I wanted to make sure I stayed within a reasonable budget. On my second week of searching I came across a Fluval Spec III 2.6g (2018 version) being sold for $45 locally. I knew this was the one I've been looking for. It was an AIO, perfect size, local to me and on top of that - BRAND NEW. From the old tanks in my past, I managed to save old rock and sand. I am going about the bleach bath method to get them all crisp clean and white again. I ordered all the essential items and got them ready for the tank set up. Last night I had some free time to fill up the tank with some RO water to test fill. Everything went well and all parts seem to be in functioning order. I mixed my salt and poured it back in to get the pump and heater up and running. The stock pump seems to be pretty weak for the whole tank so I ordered another mini pump from amazon. As far as it goes, I am only running the heater, pump and occasional light while I am working on the tank. I plan on adding a small piece of Live rock I got from the LFS a few days ago in the tank tonight to kick start some cycling. Over the past few days I've kept the rock in a small container with an air pump to preserve any life still living. I turned that pump off this morning and plan to come home to some stagnant water. I am hoping that this will be enough die off for an ammonia spike to kick off my cycle. Almost 10 years and a lot has changed in the hobby and the husbandry, any recommendations or suggestions are highly encouraged. I need all the help I can get with this new tank!
  8. So this is my first saltwater/reef tank; I've had several FW setups since 2011. Tank: IM Nuvo Fusion 20 gallon Pump: Siccra 1.5 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: Jebao SW2 I set up my tank with live rock and sand on 7/6/17. Corals: Utter chaos paly frogspawn green star polyps ricordeas green toadstool leather Duncan mushrooms Livestock: 1 frostbite clown 1 mocha picasso clown 1 six-line wrasse hermit crabs nassarius snails FTS 5/2/20
  9. Finally got back to the hobby, my previous build was a 29g biocube, my biggest and first reef tank was a 120g around 8yrs ago and my favorite so far was my 60g cube mix reef Fluval Evo 13.5 Tank Journal *Tank seeded with live rock and water from stablished tank* Equipment Tank: Fluval Evo 13.5 Lighting: AI Prime HD black ATO: Tunze Nano 3152 Return Pump: Sicce Syncra 1 In tank Refugium - Chamber one: Temp probe & filter floss. - Chamber two: chamber 2 Intank Media basket with: chemipure blue, cheato, live rock and refugium light on the outside. - Chamber three: Return pump, heater & ATO. Heater: Hagen 100w Circulation: EcoTech VorTech Mp10. Tank seeded with: Live sand, cheato and aprox. 5lbs of live rock from an stablished tank. Sand: 1lbs - Rock: 10lbs Inhabitants CUC: Snails: Dwarf Cerith, Nassarius, Florida Ceriths, Nerite Snails. Shrimp: Red Fire shrimp. Fish: 2 black & white ocellaris clownfish. Corals and other Inverts: will be starting to add the first week of Aug. *Will be keeping this lists up to date* Updated: 8/4/19*
  10. TClark

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  11. bruinhd

    9 gallon Pico LPS Reef

    Alright guys. I've been out of the hobby for 8 years and was fully inactive. I had been doing pico reef tanks in grad school and then sold off everything when I moved out-of-date. Now I'm married, employed, and ready to get back into the hobby. This time around, I am remembering all of the things I used to do wrong. I'm building a 5g pico reef that will be very low tech and minimalist. I will focus on biostability over filtration whenever possible. I got a Fluval Evo V tank. I'm upgrading the stock pump to an MJ 606 (180gph). I'm going to avoid any more power than that because my old experience was that it stressed fish out and I had jumpers, etc. I'm avoiding an electronic ATO because I once had one overflow and It was no bueno. I also just hate having wires everywhere. In my photo you can see that I have a gravity evian bottle ATO that works perfectly. There's a 100 watt Aqueon preset heater in the back. I have a custom glass cover with rubber risers to allow gas exchange and to limit evaporative losses. I found that a 4-5mm gap also avoids condensation buildup on the lid from the heat of the light source (also learned from experience). The glass piece was cut at Ace Hardware and cost $11 total for the glass and risers. I got some live rock from my local LFS Golden Aquarium In Chicago. I'm on day 4 and my ammonia level has been chilling at 0.25 for 2 days and I'm starting to register a little bit of nitrite so cycling is underway. I might keep filtration very low tech. Probably just carbon once soft corals go in. I'm planning just a juvenile clown and a small cleaner shrimp once everything is established. There is one nasarius snail and an emerald crab that hitchhiked in the middle of the big live rock. The emerald crab emerged yesterday I assume because it was sick from the cycle and died almost immediately. The snail feasted on his corpse today. I hope the snail survives the cycle. I am certain he is stressed. Im going to say one more controversial thing. I used to do all my top-offs with RO/DI. However I'm going to be adventurous this time around and do them with....tap water. I checked parameters on my tap water yesterday and found the following: CaCO3 hardness: zero (impressively) Chlorine: zero (shockingly) Carbonate ppm: zero Alkalinity ppm: 120 pH: 7.2 Ammonia, nitrite, nitrates all zero as well of course. Hit me with your thoughts. And thank you for visiting.
  12. 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
  13. Hi All, I've been observing this site and others like it for a little while now getting prepared to dive into my first ever tank and I mean ever, I've never even had a Goldfish. Looking at other peoples journals, I thought it would be great idea to log my journey from being a complete novice to see how I can develop my knowledge with help of you guys and other sources to become an "expert". So below is my current set up: Fluval EVO 57L (13galon - 16 in the US) Tank - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fluval-Marine-Aquaium-Reef-Lights/dp/B01M2WI6PT/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=fluval+evo&qid=1584009619&sr=8-1 Fluval Sea Mini Protein Skimmer - 20-80 L - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fluval-Sea-Mini-Protein-Skimmer/dp/B01MTEYI92/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=fluval+protein+skimmer&qid=1584009682&sr=8-2 Eco Reef Rock Standard Reef Sand from my LFS, not live sand. Standard lighting that comes with the tank I got everything set up and running on the 25th April, I used pre-mixed water from my LFS. I dosed ammonia up to 2ppm and dumped in a bottle of bacteria and have just let it sit with the light off since. I tested this morning and my ammonia has all but disappeared and I'm currently in my Nitrite spike around 4ppm but also have Nitrates at around 40ppm so I'm pretty sure that I am only a few days/week away from being fully cycled and ready to go. Below are some pics of my set up, I'm hoping to add some more rock/barnacles/macro to the tank but have struggled to find any. I did have a bacterial bloom last week but seems to of cleared up now. I will of course add livestock slowly below are my plans: CUC 1x Electric Blue Hermit Crab 1x Cowrie, Bumblebee or Cerith Fish 2x Clownfish - not 100% sure on what breed yet, will see what my LFS has at the time and if they can cut me a deal. Below are the ones I like. Coral 1x Duncan Some Zoa's And whatever takes my fancy while at the LFS (maybe another 3-4 pieces), will only be going for LPS and softies to start, will be months/years before I go for SPS I'll see how I feel. So I will keep you all updated with my trials and tribulations as I progress my first every tank, feel free to ask any questions and of course all advice is welcome. Happy Reefing guys.
  14. 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!
  15. Jradd87

    Fluval 9 gallon Nano

    So I am new to the hobby and am already in love! I have been working on my budged build in my 9 gallon Fluval and would like any advice i can get. Currently have two clowns and dry rock. In the process of establishing the tank and then plan to add corrals. I wanted to reach out to the community and get some advice with equipment upgrades all around. One direct area I would like some thoughts and options on is lighting. I was wanting to do a simple cost effective lamp setup with something like a par 38 and a simple timer. Do bulbs like these require special lamps? or can they be used with any household socket? secondly do they require a dimmer? open to ideas and opinions but as this is my first setup I would like to keep it budget friendly. Thanks for the help.
  16. NanoOceanio

    AI Prime Schedule/Settings

    Hope everyone is doing great. I could not handle the fluval stock light and the way it made my corals look, so about 3 days ago I purchased the AI Prime 16 and it is really a phenomenal product. My question for you all is: How do my settings/schedule look for my tank? I was told at the LFS to not go passed 40% on blues, violet, or UV, keep the Red and Greens less than 6%, and keep the cool white at 1/4 of the blues. With that being said, I took his advice and sort of mixed it in with Eddie Putra's schedule on the AI Prime website. Let me know what you guys think, I have the 13.5 Fluval Evo. I would love to hear some suggestions y'all have and also comment if I am doing anything wrong. I know the color of the tank is really based on our own preferences, but I'd like to see the settings that you guys are running on your nano tank and maybe a picture to go with it so I can see if I would prefer it in my tank. Finally, let me know what you guys think about my schedule setup. I keep 2% blues on throughout the night with 5% moonlight, at 10 AM, the moonlight reaches 0% and I add 1% of red and green and the blues increase to 8%. My ramp up goes from 10 AM to 2PM, where the intensity of the UV goes to 25%, the violet reaches to 30%, the blues reach 35%, the green and red both go to 5% and the cool white reaches 10%. Then the UV ramps up to 35% at 4PM, and the blues reach 40%, everything else stays the same. Then from 4PM on, the everything starts gradually decreasing until the UV's, Violet, Green, Red, and Cool White reach 0% at 10PM (the blues stay go back to 8%). From 10 PM to 11PM, the blues gradually decrease back to 2% and then moonlight starts increasing to 5%. Im going to attach a photo of my schedule so it will be easier for you to examine, sorry if I went overboard with the description of it, but please let me know if I am doing anything wrong and any suggestions that you may have please share. Thanks!
  17. NanoOceanio

    Nano Reef Tank

    Hello all reef keepers, I have just made the transfer from freshwater to saltwater by purchasing the Fluval EVO 12 gal. aquarium tank and I can not tell you all how excited how I am to add some livestock. I am looking for a pair of clowns, a watchmen goby and pistol shrimp, also would really love a royal gramma but do not know if the tank is big enough for one. And of course a cleaner crew, but unsure if I should wait until after I get fish. I am honestly more intrigued about the coral life and would love to hear your opinions on how I should establish/stock my aquarium. The whole setup is stock, and I will not be using that clear tube as my output flow do not worry I have ordered the dual output flow nozzle because for some odd reason that piece was missing from the kit. Anyway, I needed an opinion on my aquascape. Is there too much live rock? Also, if any of can share any beginner coral recommendations and placement ideas for the aquascape it will be greatly appreciated. I have a few ideas in mind, but I am open to others and would much appreciate any tips, feedback, or advice that any of you can share. Thanks!
  18. TClark

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    Fluval 3.0 marine led 32w added to fluval mega flex 123 litres.
  19. I want to upgrade the pump on my tank. It's slow and gets clogged up easily. I've seen a bunch of builds here with different pumps. If you upgraded: to what pump and how has it been so far? What about lights? I've seen people rave about AI Prime and even Kessil, and some use Current USA (with lukewarm reviews)
  20. Got a Fluval Evo 13.5 for $100USD when it’s on sale. Immediately upgrade most of the equipments since I will be keeping corals in the near future. I had a 65G SPS reef tank for 5+ years before and call it quits last year since I don’t have time anymore and the tank was neglected. I got the itch again and decided to get back in with a nano reef since it’s smaller and doesn’t take long for maintenance. This time around I’m automating as much of the tank as possible to prevent making it feel like a chore. Equipments: - Hipargero LED 60W on a mechanical timer. (Soon to pick up a AI Hydra HD this sunday) - Stock return pump, although I have a cobalt maxi jet 1200 that I could use but for now the stock pump is sufficient. - Aqamai KPS (Picking up a Vortex Mp10wQD this Sunday) - Intank chamber 1 media basket - 100 watts cobalt heater - Eheim automatic fish feeder - Autoaqua nano ATO - Dry rock with some live rock rubbles - 20lbs live sand Tank has been up for 2 weeks. Live stocks includes 2 oscellaris clownfish, 2 blue legged hermit crabs, a few pulsing xenia (eventually have to pull them because these will grow like weeds but I like the pulsing action). Will add more fish/ corals as tank matures.
  21. Hannahhhh

    Alkalinity and calcium

    Hello, I'm struggling to understand the relationship between alkalinity and calcium levels in my tank. I’ve read a ton about it but I’m still confused. I have a high level of calcium (500) and low alkalinity (7) I’m not sure how to address this. I have B-Ionic calcium buffer system with component 1 alkalinity and component 2 calcium but I’ve never used it. Can someone help me out? Specifically can you tell me what you would do in my situation. I have a 13.5 gallon fluval evo tank. I also have a protein skimmer attached For coral I have some mushrooms and Xenia, a pink birds nest coral, zoas, and some leather corals. Additionally I have a coco worm (hard tube feather duster), a clownfish, 2 cardinalfish, and one tiny goby.
  22. -evan

    💦 Ev's Evo 13.5 🐠

    Hi! So - back in 2015 I had a 45g tank but being in high school it ended up being way too much for me and I broke it down before I left for college. Fast forward to a few weeks ago - I somehow end up back on this forum and before I know it I have a new Evo at my door, Amazon Prime is a blessing and a curse. As I learned with my last go at this - I suck at tank maintenance AND keeping a journal, hopefully gonna stick with posting this time and in turn it will keep me from slackin on my tank, we'll see 😛 So here goes 🙂 6/26/19 - Day 0! - Cloudy! - Dosed Dr. Tims One & Only and ammonium chloride to 3ppm. 6/29/19 - Day 3 - Water finally starting to clear up. - Ammonia reading 1.5ppm
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