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Welcome to my Fluval Evo 13.5 Nano Reef Journal Â I've been researching reef tanks and learning all I can the past 3 months or so, watching lots of BRS TV on youtube and joiningÂ several saltwater groups on FB and piles of internet reading. AnywayÂ I decided to go with the Fluval Evo 13.5 because of it's peninsula shape and the fact that it would fit well and look great on our pass-thruÂ bar between our kitchen and living room, allowing it to be seen from both rooms.Â I hope to keep this tank as simple as possible w/very littleÂ added equipment. Â The tank was started up this past Friday 1/12/2018Â and is cycling, dosing with Brightwell Aquatics Microbacter 7 daily. I am in love with looking at it, can't wait to put something in but am planning to take it slow and add things slowly as most experienced reefers recommend. Â Currently consists of: Â Caribsea Ocean Direct Sand Dry Rock unsure how many pounds as I didn't add all 15lbsÂ (from World Wide Corals, we visited in person, loved that place!) Wet live rock rubble... 4-5 piecesÂ Cobalt Neotherm Heater 100wÂ Â this size was too large to fit in the return chamber returning Â Future upgrade plans currently include: Â TunzeÂ Osmolator Nano 3152 ATOÂ JebaoÂ PP-4 wavemaker with controller I've seen where a few others used this one their Evo's but I'm open to other suggestions Intank Chamber 1 Media Basket HOLY COW at the price of that thing!Â Using Chamber 2 as a refugium looking into cheap refugium LED lights, any ideas? Â As of now, I have no plans to upgrade the light as I need the canopy to help prevent evaporation and to protect the tank from contaminants as it's nearly in the kitchen. Â Undecided if I need to upgrade the return pump Â From what I've learned so far, it's notÂ necessary to have a skimmer on a nano, so I'm hoping to go without. Â The pics were taken right after it was filled, it has since cleared. I ended up adding a little more sand after pics were taken. The rocks are stabilizedÂ with Holdfast Epoxy. Â I'm waiting to receiveÂ my magnet scraper today, can't wait to clean up the glass. I settled for the API Master Saltwater Test Kit for now, I figured it was better than nothing.Â Â Right now my fish/CUC stocking plans include: Â 1-2 Ocellaris Clowns Â 1 Skunk Cleaner Shrimp Â 2-3 Turban snailsÂ Â 2-3 Nassarius SnailsÂ Â Copepods Â Â Doing this on a budget (horses are my main hobby and they aren't cheap either), so not adding too fast probably won't be too difficult, lol. Â Any thoughts/comments are appreciated. Â Thanks for looking!Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Kitchen View: Â Living Room View: Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â