Fluval Evo 13.5 (First Saltwater Tank)

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Hello,

I am gonna go ahead and start my Build Thread. As of the start of this post this tank has been up for around 7 months. It is a Fluval Evo 13.5 AIO Tank. This is my first saltwater tank. So I am learning as I go.

I decided to set up the fish tank on my desk next to my computer (Picture 1). I put it there cause that’s where I will see it the most.

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I then made a scape that I liked at the time (Picture 2). I would later change the scape. But I can get into that later.

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I filled up the tank and let it cycle for around 2 weeks, then I got my first fish. 2 Ocellaris Clownfish from one of my LFS’s (Picture 3). They are pretty chill clownfish at the time of this post. I have not seen any aggression from them but they definitely are not scared of anything.

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It gets pretty boring from here. I get the average CUC (Nassarius Snails, Cerith Snails, Blue Legged Hermit Crabs, a Turbo Snail and Trochus Snail) I also got a Skunk Cleaner Shrimp but he would later die due to stuck molt. That was pretty sad.

After about the 4 month mark I changed the scape to a 2 island look. I felt this scape was better fit for the tank. And its what the tank currently looks like at this time.

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At around the 5 to 6 month mark I got my third fish. A Firefish from my LFS (Picture 5). He was a pretty scared little fish when I bought him but now I see him at the front of the tank all the time. He’s my favorite fish in the tank at the moment.

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And now most recently I have gotten my first coral, a Duncan Coral (Picture 6)! I got it cause everything I read and heard said it was a pretty easy coral to care for. My tank parameters were all good (Tested using the Red Sea Test Kits) The Duncan coral seems to be doing good, it’s open and out all the time I see it.

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Now we’re all caught up with this fish tank. I’ll update this thread as I go from here on! Thanks for reading my first post!
 
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So I’m going to go ahead and update, the tank is now on month 8! Im going to go over everything that has happened, so I will start with the good stuff! I have now upgraded my lighting! I decided I wanted to keep the lid so I went with the smaller Fluval Sea Light! The reason I went with it is because I can program it completely from a app. I did have to make a modification to the light to allow it to fit. It was a minor modification which I can go into if people would like to see it. I also got the Hygger Mini Wave Maker! I have not currently found a good setting to run it at, so if anybody who has one that can tell me how they set theirs up that would be really helpful! And to end off the good news the coral I have is doing great! It’s currently got 2 new heads growing in! So I will be getting some new corals soon!
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Now to start the bad news. I’m currently having a huge algae problem and it’s getting to a point where my CUC can’t handle. If anybody can help me figure that out It would be helpful! Other then that the tank is doing good, I just really need to sort out the algae!

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Here’s a small update, I have decided not to get anything new for the tank. As I am going to go ahead and upgrade. I am moving rooms in my house which gives me more space to get a bigger tank. I am thinking either a 75 gallon or a 55 gallon. But I’m not sure yet. I will update this thread as I get closer to the new tank. I will also be starting a new thread once the progression starts on that new tank. I also will be moving the livestock from my current tank to the new tank. That’s it for now.
 
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