Fluval 13.5 build

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Hello all, I missed the chance to write a build up on my 65 gallon so I’ll contribute a build with this nifty 13.5 Fluval my kids got me for my birthday.
Im planning on keeping the stock return pump and lights for the time being. This is going to be strictly an LPS and softies tank. But if the light isn’t up to snuff I will upgrade it. I really want to keep the stock look with the lid and am contemplating using the Fluval marine light if I can modify it to fit in the stock light location. I’ll keep y’all posted on that front.
As far as equipment goes I have:
Stock return pump and lights
Mag Tool ATO (off Amazon)
SW4 Jabao pump I’ve had for years and is still working
Aqueon 50 watt heater
Fluval Protein Skimmer (small one)
Dry rock and Carib Sea live sand.
Fritz Turbo Start
Live rock from my established aquarium.
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I already added the rock, sand, and water, along with the turbo start. I put two rocks from my aquarium in which already had some blue discosomas on it and they are alive and well three days after adding them. I’m going to wait a week or two before adding fish. I know that you’re supposed to add the fish right away but being that the rock I added had mushrooms and a ton of copepods and other critters I think that it will do the job. I already saw copepods on the glass so I’m not to worried.
I’m planning on stocking a fire fish, a tail spot blennie, and a bangai cardinal. Along with a cleanup crew once I start seeing the uglies. I’ll keep this thread as current as possible. Any tips will be appreciated. This is my 65 gallon which I’ll be using to stock frags for the Fluval.
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Hello all, I missed the chance to write a build up on my 65 gallon so I’ll contribute a build with this nifty 13.5 Fluval my kids got me for my birthday.
Im planning on keeping the stock return pump and lights for the time being. This is going to be strictly an LPS and softies tank. But if the light isn’t up to snuff I will upgrade it. I really want to keep the stock look with the lid and am contemplating using the Fluval marine light if I can modify it to fit in the stock light location. I’ll keep y’all posted on that front.
As far as equipment goes I have:
Stock return pump and lights
Mag Tool ATO (off Amazon)
SW4 Jabao pump I’ve had for years and is still working
Aqueon 50 watt heater
Fluval Protein Skimmer (small one)
Dry rock and Carib Sea live sand.
Fritz Turbo Start
Live rock from my established aquarium.
F895E378-6890-45E2-ABE2-172A165C4914.jpeg
EC686704-DD85-4D4C-B6C0-FD4DD870D225.jpeg
2C3C9B4F-C4C6-42AC-AE7E-9ED9BBC98133.jpeg
34A01247-094E-4C85-803E-03465A06FCD7.jpeg
A5DFCE45-4329-44D9-A660-A0A910D016B9.jpeg

I already added the rock, sand, and water, along with the turbo start. I put two rocks from my aquarium in which already had some blue discosomas on it and they are alive and well three days after adding them. I’m going to wait a week or two before adding fish. I know that you’re supposed to add the fish right away but being that the rock I added had mushrooms and a ton of copepods and other critters I think that it will do the job. I already saw copepods on the glass so I’m not to worried.
I’m planning on stocking a fire fish, a tail spot blennie, and a bangai cardinal. Along with a cleanup crew once I start seeing the uglies. I’ll keep this thread as current as possible. Any tips will be appreciated. This is my 65 gallon which I’ll be using to stock frags for the Fluval.
965F4AA1-C876-4EDF-8B3B-A0F68EBA0E09.jpeg
Here’s an update, I added some coral from my 65 gallon that I’d been wanting to move for a while. First I placed the discosomas to act as a gauge more or less and gave them a few days to see how they liked it. They did.
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Then I added a ricordea, a recovering blasto, and an acan echinata (I think, might be something else), a few days later. It’s funny because in the white light they are obviously different, but in blue…
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They look almost identical in the blue light until you get closer. I’m still on the fence about the light. I’m thinking about getting a fluval marine 3.0 to replace the stock light. The only thing that is making me hesitant is that I would have to cut off the mounting legs it comes with in order for it to fit in the stock location. Has anyone else done this? I could use a pic to make up my mind.
I’m still going to add some more rock and a floating rock on the back glass, but so far I like what I see. More updates to follow.
 
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Hi, It's not super pretty, but you don't *have* to cut the legs off to use the fluval marine 3.0. It just kinda blocks the feeding hole a bit
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How is the light working for you compared to the stock one? I know it has better features but I'm talking about the look in the tank as far as the whiteness of the stock light.
 

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How is the light working for you compared to the stock one? I know it has better features but I'm talking about the look in the tank as far as the whiteness of the stock light.
Qualitatively, it "feels" brighter (though I never rented a meter to check). It would be easy to put the old stock light back in, but I got the new one because the old one managed to get corrosion through the sealant and the white channel went out
 
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Update:
Well, I couldn’t take the stock light anymore. I’m spoiled, I hated having to turn it on and off and it just didn’t pop enough so I pulled out an old 1st gen AI Prime I had and mounted it. The difference is so vast I felt stupid. Anyway, I added a couple of favias and a neon trumpet frag from my other tank. Still no fish. I should be getting some screen clips from BRS tomorrow and then I’ll build a cover. The fish stock plan will still be the same along with a cleanup crew. I found out that the live rock I purchased from my lfs had a nice aptasia attached to it but I’m not going to stress over it yet.
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I’m missing something to add something vertical I like the small open area so whatever I decide on will have to maintain that area open. I might put an arch or something.
 

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