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  1. Hello nano-reef friends! I wanted to write up an intro post and get into the community. I've been lurkin' for a few weeks now and thought it was time to start partaking in the discussion. 🙂 For a quick intro, I've been keeping freshwater tanks on and off for about 10 years now. I was always intimidated by the saltwater side of the hobby because of the startup/ongoing costs and perceived "complicated-ness" of it. I always thought that for a successful reef tank you need a really big aquarium (like, 100+ gallons) with a sump and multiple other products that I'd never even heard of when setting up my freshwater tanks. But then I found this forum and was totally inspired and given hope by the countless beautiful and flourishing AIO tanks that you guys have shared! I loved the idea of having one tank with a section in the back (or side, for peninsula styles!) as a place to keep everything you need. Turns out you don't actually NEED a protein skimmer, reactors, and a separate sump! Anyway, now that I'm a few weeks into my research phase, I've learned a TON and have come to a few decisions about what I'd like for my first little reef: 1. I know I want to have a system with softies and LPS corals. Some that I've really been drawn to are zoas, acans, and gorgonians. I only want non-aggressive species because I hate the idea of my corals hurting each other! 2. I want an AIO system that isn't too big, to make maintenance/water changes as simple as possible (for some reason the idea of making my own saltwater is super intimidating!). The two I have my eye on and am still having trouble deciding between are the Fluval Evo 13.5 gallon and the Biocube 16 gallon. I want something that comes with a lid/lighting built in to reduce evaporation and keep costs down on needing to buy separate LEDs. 3. I really like macroalgae - probably from the fact that all my freshwater tanks are planted and the aquascaping is my favourite part of them. Not sure if I'll include any in my first reef tank, but I'll probably want some down the line for their beautiful colours and added benefits for water quality. 4. I want to keep the filtration as natural as possible (spent a lot of time on Algae Barn's website/blog). I'd prefer to rely more on a refugium instead of a host of chemical media. 5. I freaking love tailspot blennies. Anyway - that's probably enough rambling for now (thank you for reading this far!). Would appreciate thoughts/advice on deciding between the Evo and the Biocube, or any other general advice for a newbie reefer. 🙂
  2. Lloydpancakes

    Pancakes’ Evo journal

    This is my first tank since leaving the hobby 10 years ago when I was in grad school and my first ever nano. I did a homemade stand built out of 1/2 plywood and 2x4s which my baby girl helped me set up. Tank was wet on 12/5/2020. 10lbs of Carib sea aragonite sand, 10 lbs of live rock. The total water volume is 10 gallons after you account for all the rock and such. Cycle was complete on 12/17 or so. Since then I’ve upgraded the setup substantially and now have a cash sink on my hands. The tank has come a long way in a short period of time. Nutrient levels stable and I’m already seeing growth on my zoos. Current equipment list: Fluval evo 13.5 AIO tank AI prime HD (running Saxby preset on acclimation right now) InTank media baskets for chamber 1 and 2 sicce silent 1.0 return pump Smart ATO micro hydor koralia 240 aqueon 100w heater No skimmer, but I’m looking into HOBs. I’m going completely open top for the time being and doing the ole finger cross hoping that my fish doesn’t jump out. Livestock: -1 ora naked clownfish. -1 black storm clownfish. -Branch frogspawn (green, purple tips) -branch hammer (purplish pink I guess) -wall hammer (little different purplish pink with whitish tips.) -red monti cap frag -forest fire digi -bubblegum digi -Idaho grape monti -fruity pebbles monti -giant piece of Jason fox monti. Idk what the name is. I think it’s the cherry tree. -Pineapple favia -clove polyps that hitched a ride on my live rock and somehow lived through the cycle -king midas zoos -orange oxide zoos -lunar eclipse zoos -Pandora zoos -Nirvana zoos -fire and ice zoos -sunny d palythoa -Aoi zoos -Ron burgundy zoos -three other types of unknown zoos. -gsp -3 astrea snails (the nassarius ate two of the astrea. -2 nassarius snails -a bit of nuisance algae that Is decreasing slowly, but surely. maintenance: 2.5 gallon weekly water changes dose calcium and carbonate weekly I’m absolutely certain that I moved a little too fast on this set up, but it’s brought me and my family a lot of enjoyment. No major set backs yet, but obviously there’s still time. I hope y’all like it. Comments and constructive criticism are welcome.
  3. I've been lurking on the forum for a long time and finally gained the courage to start my first reef tank after decades in the high tech freshwater planted world. I learned a lot from everyone's journals and I wanted to give back to others also researching their first reef tank or thinking of starting with the Fluval Evo 13.5 AIO. Display: Fluval Evo 13.5g AIO ~ 20 lbs of CarribSea Special Grade Reef "Live Sand" ~ 14 lbs of live rock (which came already painted coralline purple/pink) Lighting: Stock Fluval Evo lighting on a manual dimmer Two 12in 21LEDUSA.com Reef Bar attached via double stick automotive tape Filtration: Chamber 1: InTank Media Basket with Intank floss, generic plastic bio-balls, generic ceramic rings Chamber 2: macroalgae refugium, 12w LED grow light, Bag of carbon, Inkbird Heater Controller Temperature probe Chamber 3: Cobalt NeoTherm 50w heater, Sicce Silent .5 pump Removed the stock output nozzle and added 2 segments 1/2 in Loc-Line and 1/2 in VCA RFG Nozzle Heating: Cobalt NeoTherm 50w heater on a Inkbird temp controller set at 78F ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Water Parameters: I keep a lot at AquaticLog.com: Catherine's Fishy Tank's Parameters (aquaticlog.com) Feeding: Ocean Nutrition Formula One flakes Ocean Nutrition Formula Two pellets New Life Spectrum Thera A+A mini Benepets BeneReef (2x a week) Hikari Crab Cuisine Live hatched baby brine shrimp (2x a week) Dosing: I do bi-weekly 15 percent water changes 1.0 ml daily of Tropic Marin CarboCalcium via Kamoer X1 dosing pump Tropic Marin All-For-Reef as needed RODI water via RO Buddie and Fritz Reef Pro salt (blue box) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Fish: 2x - Juvenile Percula Clownfish ("Barcello" & "Atami") Invertebrates: 4 - Astrea Snails 1 - Red Banded Trochus Snail ("Turbo") 1 - Stomatella snail (hitchhiker) 3 - Marginella snails 4 - Red and Blue Leg Hermit crabs 1 - Rose Bubble Tip Anemone 6 - Rock Flower Anemones 1- Mini Maxi Carpet Anemone 1 - Fire Shrimp 1 - Tiger Sand conch ("Larry") 2 - Sexy Shrimp 1 - Feather duster worms (hitchhiker) Corals: Green hammer coral GSP Pulsing Xenia Bam Bam, King Midas, Lazer Lemon, Blue Alien Orgasm Zoas, Super Saiyan (best guess of these names) Blue spotted Red mushroom attach to a seashell Green Favia Coral Black Torch (Lost to brown jelly disease) Green Frog Spawn Galaxea coral Green long polyp purple toadstool Blue Ricordea mushroom Rainbow Lobophyllia Sunset Montipora (bleached or STN) Tan Candelabra gorgonian (Eunicea sp.) ACC Neon Icon Micromussa Lordhowensis (Acan Lord) ACC Bubblegum Alveopora (lost to STN) ACC Green & Gold Goniopora Pink Flamingo Micromussa Lordhowensis (Acan Lord) Valentine Micromussa Lordhowensis (Acan Lord) Pink Alveopora Red Blasto TCN Weeping Willow Toadstool Leather Chili Pepper Plating Montipora CCGC Aquacultured Red & Green War Coral CCGC Aquacultured Marigold Montipora Macroalgae: Chaeto (In Chamber 2) Red Gracilaria (In Chamber 2) Out competed by Chaeto Halimeda Incrassata Caulerpa Prolifera 6/18/2021 4/16/2021 04/05/2021 03/28/2021 03/22/2021 03/15/2021 02/07/2021 02/03/2021 01/22/2021 01/15/2021 1/06/2021 Tank Journal
  4. Hi, I’m new to the saltwater tanks and have set up a fluval 13.5 with a nano protein skimmer, it’s been around for four months now! The tank has cycled and I’ve added a pair of clownfish and a pair of dragonets (that eat frozen food) and one cleaner shrimp. So since I’m new I really would like to research about some other fishes I could add, that being said I am really sorry if I ask some stupid questions! Is it possible to add a fire fish and a pink spot goby. I am only going to add the pink spot goby if there is enough room and am only asking because my older sister has a fish that is constantly bullying the spotted goby (and a bangai cardinal) and is asking if I have room for it and/or the bangai cardinal???
  5. Hello Everyone, I'm brand new to the saltwater tank hobby, and have been cycling my evo 13.5g for 4 days now with Fritz Zyme 9. My salt level is somewhere between 1.022-1.024 every time I check it. Temp is steady 78, and i've got about 3.5lbs of live rock and about 5lbs of dry rock, stock filtration and return pump, aquedon pro 50w heater, and a budget nano tank wave maker. I also have a blue leg hermit crab in there at the moment. Here are my two questions so far: 1. How long must I wait for the tank to be completely cycled using Fritz Zyme 9? Ammonia level is approx 0.25ppm, Nitrite and Nitrate are 0ppm. I'm also using tap water after researching and seeing how many others have not bothered with RO-DI water with success. 2. Will inverts such as shrimp and snails be able to escape through the feeding hole that is in the lid? I would like to keep the stock lid and light for now if it is bright enough for beginner corals, but I will upgrade the light and replace the lid with glass if I must.
  6. Greetings everybody! I have a question about my filtration on my Fluval 13.5 I'm using these Marine Pure balls which are suppose to have crazy amounts of surface area and all that. But it seems something that people talk about that they don't are the levels of aluminum that it could leach. being a small nano reef I don't want any levels of aluminum in my water column. Has anyone heard of this? Also, is there a better alternative for such a small tank? I've filled the whole second chamber with these balls. Maybe transitioning to a small bit of chaeto would be a more natural way? If it matters, I have upgraded my return pump to the Sicce 1.0, so there's an alright amount of flow back there! Thank so much!
  7. 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
  8. donutmanstan

    Marine Pure Bio-Balls?

    Greetings everybody! I have a question about my filtration on my Fluval 13.5 I'm using these Marine Pure balls which are suppose to have crazy amounts of surface area and all that. But it seems something that people talk about that they don't are the levels of aluminum that it could leach. being a small nano reef I don't want any levels of aluminum in my water column. Has anyone heard of this? Also, is there a better alternative for such a small tank? I've filled the whole second chamber with these balls. Maybe transitioning to a small bit of chaeto would be a more natural way? If it matters, I have upgraded my return pump to the Sicce 1.0, so there's an alright amount of flow back there! Thank so much!
  9. Welcome to my Page and for following along my Cast-A-Reef - 365 Day All-in-One Nano Reef Challenge
  10. Welcome to my Page and for following along my Cast-A-Reef - 365 Day All-in-One Nano Reef Challenge
  11. 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.
  12. Geneve

    Gen’s 1st nano Evo13.5

    Hello, I initially started a pico Fluval Spec iii early this year as my first saltwater tank. Enjoyed it for a while but decided I need more tank space. I finally found a used evo on fbmarketplace and started setting it up. It came with the stock lid, pump, and a currentusa marine pro led. Since I had to use the same stand, I had to temporarily move the spec contents including livestock to a couple of buckets before putting them all to the evo.
  13. Dank_Reefer

    Red spots on live rock

    Hello, new reefer here. I’ve had my fluvalevo set up for about four days now. It’s a stock set up for now with an aquaTOP 50w Heater. When I bought my live rock from my local fish store, one piece had some red spots on it. I assumed it was dead algae but it now seems to be growing hairs. Does anyone know what it is?
  14. Lulu_Lunette

    First Tank Nano Tank

    Hello, I'm new to the forums - to get this thread up todate - I started my first reef tank towards the end of last summer, a Fluval Evo 13.5 nano tank. I chose a nano because it would fit perfectly on my bar in my basement and thought that being small it would be more affordable for getting my sleeves wet into the hobby. After doing some research the only answers I was coming up with that nano tanks were hard. Oh great, what did I get myself into? Initial equipment: Fluval Evo 13.5 tank (with stock return pump and light) PS2 Mini Protein Skimmer Fluval M50 Heater For the initial setup i decided to use cured live rock and live sand. I was very lucky to have an awesome fish store not to far from my house. After discussing what I wanted to do, size of my tank and being I am a beginner we decided that the best way to not set myself up for failure to not only use their live rock and sand but also use water direct from their display tank. Essentially do a tank transfer. I arranged the rocks into an arch, I wanted to give the future inhabitants something to swim around. I also added a clean up crew with the inital setup. 07.30.17 - Inital Setup The first two weeks after setup the tank did go through a mini cycle. Having survived the hurdle and managing to not kill my clean up crew I decided to add the tanks first fish and coral inhabitants. For fish I selected two Clarkii clownfish and for coral I selected green star polyp, a hairy mushroom and clove polyp. By this time, the starfish seemed to have disappeared and I have not seen any since. A few weeks later I added a Kenya tree, an echinopora and a green nephthea. 08.20.17 - First Inhabitants First Issues – Everything was going great until about two weeks after the last additions were made. I encountered my first issue(s) – high nitrates and cyno algae. I figured I must have been over feeding my clownfish in combination with feeding them inefficiently. I increased the frequency of water changes and began to target feed clownfish. Hoping this would decrease the cyno algae it seem to only get worst, the plan was to wait and not use any chemicals but then the cyno started growing on to my corals. I ended up treating the tank with chemi-clean. I was amazed with how effective it was. I treated the tank in two doses. At this time a wave maker was added to get rid of nitrate pockets. I also swapped out the original media filtration that came with the tank fro Chemi-Pure Blue Nano to help with nitrates. After everything settled down I added a rainfordi goby and an orchid dottyback and two corals – pulsing xenia and pocillopora. This is when I decided this was it for fish - my clownfish were jerks to the goby. Luckily he has plenty of hiding spots and he is quick enough to get out of the way. I kept an eye out for him for the next few days but never saw him again. I have decided against getting an anemone mainly because I read too much about them meeting the wave maker and do not want to deal with the headache. My clownfish are really into the hairy mushroom and have host in it. I feel this is a good substitution. About a month after adding the goby and the dottyback it was time to add more coral. I was trying to hold out for a piece of frogspawn but ended up coming out with something I never thought about adding - a torch coral. It wasn't long after adding the torch that my dottyback appeared to have developed lymphocystis. At first I thought that the torch had stung it but the sores just got bigger. Within the next two weeks they fell off and he has recovered. The clownfish never developed it. 10.24.17 - Torch Addition My clove polyp became infested with red wiry turf algae. It became tight and destructive when I tried to manually remove it. I ended up doing a hydrogen peroxide drip on it. Let it sit for about 15 mins and was able to gently remove it. This is now the scariest thing I have done to date. It was really mad at me and took about a week to reopen up. It has grown several new heads since then. 12.20.17 -Wire Hair Algae Removal I lost a couple of corals in December - one of the smaller pieces of liverock fell onto the echinopora. I didn't think anything of it until it started to die off in the middle and quickly spread in a matter of a few days I had a red acropora but accidentally hit it off my counter with trying to put coral glue on the frag plug *sigh* I tried to save it but ended up just pulling it out. I ended up adding a peppermint shrimp due to an out break of aiptasia. 12.20.17 - Pepe Wanting to promote more coral growth I started target feeding my corals - mainly the frogspawn and torch. They are placed further from where I feed the fish and I feel like they weren't getting enough nutrients to grow like the others. The corals that near the where the fish are fed are HUGE. I picked up some nano reef roids and some aquavitro fuel so far I am happy with the results. My phosphates have gone up so I've added PhosBond to my filtration basket. So far the biggest regret I have is not securing my scape when I initially set it up. As my corals on top of the arch got bigger, it eventually collapsed. This last week was spent taking it apart and attempting to secure it. I tried using an epoxy but failed miserably. What ended up working the best was just using coral glue. Everything is secure now, but big lesson learned. Thankfully I was able to get the scape back pretty close to the original shape. 01.13.18 - Before 01.18.18 - After So far I'm really enjoying this tank and cannot wait to see where it goes.
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