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Hello,

I'm just starting up a new Fluval Evo 13.5. It is currently cycling but I will upload photos once it's tidied up a bit.

Specs (I will update this as the build progresses):

Standard LED
Nicrew PRO Lamp Timer
Eheim Jager 50W Heater
Sicce 0.5 Return Pump
Single 1/2" RFG
In Tank Chamber 1 Media Basket
Caribsea Aragonite Sand
Marco Rocks Nano Shelf Pack

60CM Glass Aqua Stand (I haven't seen any reviews of this online but I like it!).
 
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The first question I have is regarding flow.

I chose the Sicce 0.5 for 2 reasons, firstly because I read that some people were having problems with too much flow from the 1.0 and, secondly, because I didn't want to risk the flow through the filter section not being able to cope.

Having set it up, the flow is fine through the filter chamber but not huge in the display. I have searched through as many Evo threads that I can find and some people are happy with no additional powerheads, and others have gone for things as powerful as the MP10.

How do I decide how much flow I need and, more importantly, what is too much? I was looking at the Aqamai KPS, which is one of the smallest powerheads that I can find, but even that has a minimum flow of 370 GPH, which is still 37x the water volume and over 100x at max flow (plus the 18x from the Sicce 0.5). Is that not way too much?

The only other alternative I can find is something like the little Hydor Pico Evo Mag (or nothing at all!).
 

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The first question I have is regarding flow.

I chose the Sicce 0.5 for 2 reasons, firstly because I read that some people were having problems with too much flow from the 1.0 and, secondly, because I didn't want to risk the flow through the filter section not being able to cope.

Having set it up, the flow is fine through the filter chamber but not huge in the display. I have searched through as many Evo threads that I can find and some people are happy with no additional powerheads, and others have gone for things as powerful as the MP10.

How do I decide how much flow I need and, more importantly, what is too much? I was looking at the Aqamai KPS, which is one of the smallest powerheads that I can find, but even that has a minimum flow of 370 GPH, which is still 37x the water volume and over 100x at max flow (plus the 18x from the Sicce 0.5). Is that not way too much?

The only other alternative I can find is something like the little Hydor Pico Evo Mag (or nothing at all!).
I use the ai nero 3 and its dc so you can dial back the power as much as you want and make a schedule for it

check it out i like it
 
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Thanks very much. What size tank are you using it on?

The min flow isn't advertised but it looks like it is about 600GPH, which is 60x the water volume of my Evo, and that is on its absolute lowest setting. Is that not too much for my little nano tanK?
 

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I have a Nero3 on my 15g Peninsula and my friend also has one on his Evo 13.5. We both love ours. I crank mine up to 50% at times. Stays dead silent at those low levels.
 
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I use the 0.5 on my Evo with 2 1/4 RFG. It’s working for me with good filtration. I also have chamber 1and 2 intank media baskets. Love all the upgrades. I had the 1.0 and was too much flow for my setup. The nero3 looks awesome! I tried the hygger mini wave maker and it didn’t have the controllability I really wanted. I felt it was always too strong especially at night I felt the fish couldn’t chill. Find out what corals you want and that will help a lot with how much flow you want. Good luck can’t wait to see some pics.
 

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This is my setup!
 

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I’m happy with it now. Maybe in the future just a little tho. I like my set up. Not the flashiest but gets good flow and simple. I plan on adding more ricordea and zoas.
 
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Back here to qualify for the Hanna giveaway ;)

Just measured my parameters. Salinity 1.026, Nitrates 7, Phosphate 0.05, Mag and Ca quite high at 1575 and 430 respectively, and Alk 7.7. Alk and Phosphate tested with the Hanna checkers. I was going to do a water change tomorrow but with those figures I might give it another week.

Whilst I'm here I will also update the progress.

I have bought some CUC and a few corals. I have 3 scarlet hermit crabs that are pretty peaceful so far, and a bunch of snails. I also added 2 sexy shrimp today (it was supposed to be 3 but one didn't make it alive :( )

I have had a couple of disappointments. My first fish (a green clown goby) didn't make it through the first night in my QT. I live 2 hours from my LFS and I've subsequently been told they don't travel well. I also had a Torch coral that was doing really well in the DT, but I moved it back to the QT (in with the poorly fish) as it had some unidentified hitchhikers. Shortly after going in the QT (which it had been in before) it went down with BJD and I lost that too.

I did buy a Aqamai KPS wavemaker but I think I'm going to return it. I'm not sure what other people think about flow, but I think my Sicce 0.5 with RFG might be enough on its own.

Other than that, I have a tiny bit of algae appearing and maybe slight diatoms, but the CUC are keeping that in check at the moment. I'll try and get a photo when I can but it's proving difficult to get a full tank shot.
 
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Hood modification.

I have drilled the canopy for John Guest bulkhead fittings with elbows inserted.

The fitting in the rear section is directly above the return pump chamber and provides ATO water.

The fitting in the main section is ready for me to connect my doser for kalk. I can always add extra fittings if I need more. The only issue with dosing is that there is very little evaporation with the hood on.

I am going to see how the temps are over the summer; if it starts to get too warm then I'll cut some big holes in the canopy and add some cooling fans. I actually prefer the look of the canopy rather than a mesh top, but it does somewhat restrict me to the stock LED and is a bit of a pain for some of the maintenance/feeding activities.

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