Fluval 13.5 EVO as first saltwater tank build

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Honestly I was the BioCube guy years ago. This is a great little tank for the buck!!! But yeah you gotta change some things. Rock Scapes looking way good!!! Keep us posted! I just bought one myself not long ago.

Not common for a new tank to get algae. Slow wins the race. Clowns are hardy. Make sure your diamond goby or shrimp goby eats. You may have to target feed. The sands too fresh for him to do it on his own and those clowns will likely run things dry.
 
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Honestly I was the BioCube guy years ago. This is a great little tank for the buck!!! But yeah you gotta change some things. Rock Scapes looking way good!!! Keep us posted! I just bought one myself not long ago.

Not common for a new tank to get algae. Slow wins the race. Clowns are hardy. Make sure your diamond goby or shrimp goby eats. You may have to target feed. The sands too fresh for him to do it on his own and those clowns will likely run things dry.
Thanks! He's been coming out of his hole whenever i feed and is grabbing a few Mysis from the current. I havent had any issues with him not feeding
 
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My tank is now fully cycled and i added some livestock, I added:
Fish:
1x Orange dotted (Shrimp?) Goby
CUC:
2x Astraea Snail
2x Nassarius Snail
2x Blue legged hermit crab
Corals:
1x GSP

Equipment wise i added :
OW-10 Jaebo power head

They all seem to be doing well except the GSP still hasent opened up. Also there is a small growth on it and i think it may be an Aptasia. Does it look like one? Thanks.

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My tank is now fully cycled and i added some livestock, I added:
Fish:
1x Orange dotted (Shrimp?) Goby
CUC:
2x Astraea Snail
2x Nassarius Snail
2x Blue legged hermit crab
Corals:
1x GSP

Equipment wise i added :
OW-10 Jaebo power head

They all seem to be doing well except the GSP still hasent opened up. Also there is a small growth on it and i think it may be an Aptasia. Does it look like one? Thanks.

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Looks like Aiptasia on that GSP
 
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I've ran into an issue with my Goby,
He wasent eating and I assumed it was stress or fear of the new clown fish. After a few days his eye started clouding up and he looked very emaciated. Yesterday i did a FW dip and about 5 flukes fell off of him, i hoped this would give him enough relief to get him too eat before medication. But he did not and this morning he is upside down breathing heavily, and i think his eye is mangled, there must have been a fluke on it. I added the medicine (PraziPro) as a last ditch effort.
This is definitively where my lack of experience comes in and stopped me from being able to catch this early enough.

I have a question:
Do I take him out and kill him, or do I let him die in the tank? he looks bad and i think there is virtually no chance of survival for him.
 

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I added 2 clown fish: I
am not too sure the morph if anyone is able to help me out, I paid $70 for both and i am having a great time watching them swim around.
Also I am having an issue with this algae forming, i assume it is diatoms and am planning on buying 2 trochus snails. if i could get some confirmation that would be great.
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Those clowns are beautiful
 
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I have added a new frag to my tank, a Favia from my LFS.
It seems to have come with a guest, there are 2 red and white tentacles? coming out from under it. The next day the hitchhiker moved to a crevice next too the frag. I still see 2 tentacles. is this a brittle star? the tentacles are about 1-2cm in length, and ive watched it move a chuck of food from the end into the cave kind of like a convener belt. should i try to remove it? or is it safe?
Also the coral was on the sale rack w/o ID other than Favia, does anyone know the type of favia?
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Brittle Star. They are very cool. Sorry to hear about your orange spot goby. I'm guessing that he did not make it. I had, until very recently a 13.5 EVO as well. I enjoyed it but chemistry was so hard to keep right in that small of a tank. I ended up with at 28 G JBJ nano cube. Check out my build thread and you can see some of my issues.
 
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Brittle Star. They are very cool. Sorry to hear about your orange spot goby. I'm guessing that he did not make it. I had, until very recently a 13.5 EVO as well. I enjoyed it but chemistry was so hard to keep right in that small of a tank. I ended up with at 28 G JBJ nano cube. Check out my build thread and you can see some of my issues.
Thanks for the confirmation! and He did not make it, Im pretty sure my course of action to save him was correct, but i did it too late. I guess i was just to inexperienced to know all of the early signs of disease. I did just run another round of prazi through too make sure the fluke lifecycle is destroyed.
 

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You will like the orange spot and tiger pistol shrimp combo. Although I think the EVO is a bit small, especially if you don't have plenty of sand for them to dig in. I've got them in my JBJ 28 and they love it. Although if you put frags on the sand the goby will steal them to shore up his hole.
 
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You will like the orange spot and tiger pistol shrimp combo. Although I think the EVO is a bit small, especially if you don't have plenty of sand for them to dig in. I've got them in my JBJ 28 and they love it. Although if you put frags on the sand the goby will steal them to shore up his hole.
i have a 1.5 inch sandbed which i think should be enough, however i dont think i will get another fish for a while, i want too make sure everything stabalizes first just in case. Thanks for the interest in my build!
 

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