Fluval Evo 13.5 - First Reef Tank

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I believe with the amount of corals you have, this steady decline is normal. Coralline algae is also a big consumer of alk.

Build looks great! I set up my 45g also during Oct but have only been brave enough to add a couple pieces of coral. Maybe I should get more.....

Thank you! What do you have in now and what are you thinking about getting?
 
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I'm getting a little bit of cyano in the sand bed, but have been vacuuming when I get the chance. The emerald crab I got ended up munching on the GSP so I homed him within the tank, inside a perforated container until I can find him a new home. If local and interested in him for free, PM me. I knew it was a gamble, but thought I would try having one in the tank.

NO3 has declined from 10 to 2 and PO4 looks like it has dropped to maybe .01 or .02. It's so hard to tell at the low range on the Salifert test. I need to start using the higher sensitivity method to get a more accurate reading. I feel that I'm starting to walk a fine line seeing such a drop and I'm assuming that this drop is probably partially due to the macro algae I have in the tank which is growing really well. I have NeoNitro and NeoPhos which I ordered a while ago just to have on hand, though I feel like I would probably just feed more instead. Nonetheless, I feel like these products would be more beneficial to use if the balance between NO3 and PO4 was out of whack.

I have spirorbis worms all over the place, though it doesn't look like plague proportions, yet. The tank also has a large population of copepods that I notice on the glass when it gets time to scrape.

I decided to run a small refugium in chamber 1 as it would be the easiest to service, otherwise I would have to remove the AI Prime mount every time I wanted to pull out the chamber basket. I knew the light spill into the DT was going to be horrendous, so I cam up with a plan to wrap part of the media basket in black vinyl to block it out. I maybe should have wrapped with white first and then the black. The big question I have is whether this vinyl wrap is toxic. I may just end up scrapping it at some point and not sure how long it will last submerged anyway.

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I'm really not expecting much out of this and it was more just me wanting to try it out. My total investment was about $25 using this light. After having run it for a few nights, it seems like I may need to dim it a little as the dragons breath macro I put in is curling at the tips.

I bought a few things in the ARC live sale and I'm pretty excited to get them in on Wednesday.

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Updated tank pictures:

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Thank you! What do you have in now and what are you thinking about getting?

I have a Zoa ("Hulk"), an orange ricordea (florida), and as of yesterday some type of sympodium. I think my next pieces might be a hammer or torch? maybe a favia or some other type of encrusting coral. I'm so new to this and there are so many options! haha I'll take any suggestions too :p
 

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Somewhere around this time I had also installed a Tunze 3155 ATO, utilizing a 5 gallon hedpak as a reservoir.

At this point I had realized that I'm in a little too deep and there's no stopping me. Most of my free time is spent reading and studying, getting to know problems and solutions to them before I encounter them. I tend to get like this with hobbies and I'm a bit of a tinkerer.

Awesome build thread! I learned at least three things that will help me as I continue modding my 13.5!

So, I was curious, did the Tunze 3155 ATO fit in the third chamber without modifications? I admit to not breaking out the tape measure, but online the 3155 seemed a bit large. Even though it is $100 more than the nano.. it seems like the most error/fail prone ATO out there.
 
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Awesome build thread! I learned at least three things that will help me as I continue modding my 13.5!

So, I was curious, did the Tunze 3155 ATO fit in the third chamber without modifications? I admit to not breaking out the tape measure, but online the 3155 seemed a bit large. Even though it is $100 more than the nano.. it seems like the most error/fail prone ATO out there.

Thank you! I'm glad there was something in here that helped.

Yes, it fits just fine. The downside is that I have to remove it if I need to take the pump out and clean, but once a month or so, who cares. I went with the 3155 instead of other models because of the redundancy. I have a nice PC about 8" from the tank and I don't want problems. I feel like I'm still rolling the dice, but I don't have another option.

I'll take a picture tonight or tomorrow to detail how I have it in there.
 
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Thank you! I'm glad there was something in here that helped.

Yes, it fits just fine. The downside is that I have to remove it if I need to take the pump out and clean, but once a month or so, who cares. I went with the 3155 instead of other models because of the redundancy. I have a nice PC about 8" from the tank and I don't want problems. I feel like I'm still rolling the dice, but I don't have another option.

I'll take a picture tonight or tomorrow to detail how I have it in there.

Awesome - thank you! No rush on the photo since it seems like the 3155 is out of stock anywhere. Strange since I am pretty sure that it was in stock this weekend. Anyway, from what I have seen, the 3155 is held in place with a magnet and removal should be relatively easy compared to others.

I have computer equipment all over the place, but honestly it would take way more water to past the 1/2 to 1" lip to get into the case. My main concern is subfloor damage, the room below me, and eventually overdosing if I end up putting 2 part in the top off water.

One thing you may want to consider as another safety factor is a skimmer probe in the tank that is attached to a plug. That controls the tunze for pumping the water in. Alternatively, you might be able to use <can't remember name> to stop the water flow similar to RO refills. BRS has a few videos on ATO's where the RO water is plumbed directly in and when the cotton gets wet it kills the water.

The pump might still burn out... but that's a lot cheaper than the clean-up.
 
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I realized that I haven't posted an update for a while.


January 5th, 2021

I bought a few things from @uniquecorals from their live sale. I was able to pick them up being local. Everything looks great.
  • Orange Hammer
  • Gold Hammer
  • Two Duncans
  • Purple Star Polyps
  • Hairy Mushroom

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January 12, 2021

Here is a picture of the gold hammer which was looking great.

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I moved it from the frag rack, down to the corner by the frogspawn. Looking at it, I felt it was getting too much flow, but I kept it there anyway and it ended up dying. In a matter of 4 days or so, the flesh just sort of peeled off. I should have moved it way earlier. At one point the mouth way hanging open and the tentacles looked fine, but deflated. Then I started seeing a lot of the skeleton and it was just going down hill. I took a sample and it was covered in protozoa. At this point I figured it was too late and was going to try some kind of dip, but noticed all the flesh was just pulling off when I went to move it. I disposed of it before the infection spread to neighboring euphyllia.

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Shortly after I noticed the frogspawn that it was next too had very little extension and I ended up having to pull it to. Bit of a shame as I really liked both of these.
 
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January 27, 2021

I ended up buying a few more piece from a @uniquecorals live sale.
  • Rainbow Branching Hammer
  • Peach Branching Hammer
  • Branching Hammer (ended up being a wall hammer)
  • Mint Star Polyps
  • Colt Coral
These were added a day before I ended up having to pull the golden hammer and frogspawn, but haven't see any issues. The wall hammer has become the clown's favorite spot at night.


February 6th, 2021

I ended up changing out the Jebao OW-10 for an AI Nero 3. I have much more flexibility with this, but have found that it's very limited on how much I can angle it. Ever since switching it out, my peak PH has gone down a bit and I'm assuming it's due to less surface agitation.


February 7th, 2021

Added a few more corals from my LFS
  • Orange Pachyseris
  • Coffee Bean Zoa
  • Green Zoas
  • Orange Mint Zoas
  • Acro Frag

February 11th, 2021

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