Fluval Evo 13.5 unexpected build.....

Kinettik

Active Member
View Badges
Joined
Sep 29, 2017
Messages
257
Reaction score
186
Rating - 0%
0   0   0
I guess this is as good a time as any to start a new build thread, though the circumstances weren't ideal......

Woke up this past weekend to water on my floor. My 24g AIO split a crack across the entire base of the tank, leaving me in scramble mode. After getting my livestock and rock into buckets, the search was on for a replacement tank.

Was looking for a JBJ locally but to no avail. Came across the Fluval Evo 13.5, and figured it looked like a decent tank, even if just temporary, to hold my inhabitants. Took a couple hour drive, got the tank, and here we go!

Current stocking are:
Black Oscellaris
Flurry Clownfish
Royal Gramma
Pink Spotted Watchman Goby

Have a small rock with some Zoas, some GSP, and a BTA at the front of the tank. Basic CUC. Will be adding more coral shortly.

I've seen the vast number of mods for this tank, and I'm not sure which route I'm going to go at this point, as I really do like the tank and plan on it being a long term established build. I have a Noopsyche Mini I can throw on if needed, a Jaebao power-head, my ATO, all from the other tank. I've added a skimmer, which I'm seeing mixed thoughts on, and will be upgrading chamber 2 with a new InTank basket.

Let's see where this goes......

20231217_000256.jpg 20231217_132707.jpg 20231218_165634.jpg 20231218_174033.jpg 20231218_174150.jpg 20231218_171242.jpg 20231218_171322.jpg 20231218_171328.jpg 20231218_171359.jpg
 

cdemoss01

Well-Known Member
View Badges
Joined
Sep 8, 2023
Messages
743
Reaction score
1,737
Location
Roanoke Virginia
Rating - 0%
0   0   0
I guess this is as good a time as any to start a new build thread, though the circumstances weren't ideal......

Woke up this past weekend to water on my floor. My 24g AIO split a crack across the entire base of the tank, leaving me in scramble mode. After getting my livestock and rock into buckets, the search was on for a replacement tank.

Was looking for a JBJ locally but to no avail. Came across the Fluval Evo 13.5, and figured it looked like a decent tank, even if just temporary, to hold my inhabitants. Took a couple hour drive, got the tank, and here we go!

Current stocking are:
Black Oscellaris
Flurry Clownfish
Royal Gramma
Pink Spotted Watchman Goby

Have a small rock with some Zoas, some GSP, and a BTA at the front of the tank. Basic CUC. Will be adding more coral shortly.

I've seen the vast number of mods for this tank, and I'm not sure which route I'm going to go at this point, as I really do like the tank and plan on it being a long term established build. I have a Noopsyche Mini I can throw on if needed, a Jaebao power-head, my ATO, all from the other tank. I've added a skimmer, which I'm seeing mixed thoughts on, and will be upgrading chamber 2 with a new InTank basket.

Let's see where this goes......

20231217_000256.jpg 20231217_132707.jpg 20231218_165634.jpg 20231218_174033.jpg 20231218_174150.jpg 20231218_171242.jpg 20231218_171322.jpg 20231218_171328.jpg 20231218_171359.jpg
Awesome!
 

sugar

Active Member
View Badges
Joined
Nov 15, 2023
Messages
136
Reaction score
307
Location
Canada
Rating - 0%
0   0   0
I guess this is as good a time as any to start a new build thread, though the circumstances weren't ideal......

Woke up this past weekend to water on my floor. My 24g AIO split a crack across the entire base of the tank, leaving me in scramble mode. After getting my livestock and rock into buckets, the search was on for a replacement tank.

Was looking for a JBJ locally but to no avail. Came across the Fluval Evo 13.5, and figured it looked like a decent tank, even if just temporary, to hold my inhabitants. Took a couple hour drive, got the tank, and here we go!

Current stocking are:
Black Oscellaris
Flurry Clownfish
Royal Gramma
Pink Spotted Watchman Goby

Have a small rock with some Zoas, some GSP, and a BTA at the front of the tank. Basic CUC. Will be adding more coral shortly.

I've seen the vast number of mods for this tank, and I'm not sure which route I'm going to go at this point, as I really do like the tank and plan on it being a long term established build. I have a Noopsyche Mini I can throw on if needed, a Jaebao power-head, my ATO, all from the other tank. I've added a skimmer, which I'm seeing mixed thoughts on, and will be upgrading chamber 2 with a new InTank basket.

Let's see where this goes......

20231217_000256.jpg 20231217_132707.jpg 20231218_165634.jpg 20231218_174033.jpg 20231218_174150.jpg 20231218_171242.jpg 20231218_171322.jpg 20231218_171328.jpg 20231218_171359.jpg

Pretty scary! Everyone's worst nightmare. Glad you were able to get everything moved over. I love those little Fluvals!
 

steveschuerger

I love Gonis and Euphyllia. Maybe too much
View Badges
Joined
Dec 11, 2021
Messages
15,890
Reaction score
37,221
Location
Newton
Rating - 0%
0   0   0
I guess this is as good a time as any to start a new build thread, though the circumstances weren't ideal......

Woke up this past weekend to water on my floor. My 24g AIO split a crack across the entire base of the tank, leaving me in scramble mode. After getting my livestock and rock into buckets, the search was on for a replacement tank.

Was looking for a JBJ locally but to no avail. Came across the Fluval Evo 13.5, and figured it looked like a decent tank, even if just temporary, to hold my inhabitants. Took a couple hour drive, got the tank, and here we go!

Current stocking are:
Black Oscellaris
Flurry Clownfish
Royal Gramma
Pink Spotted Watchman Goby

Have a small rock with some Zoas, some GSP, and a BTA at the front of the tank. Basic CUC. Will be adding more coral shortly.

I've seen the vast number of mods for this tank, and I'm not sure which route I'm going to go at this point, as I really do like the tank and plan on it being a long term established build. I have a Noopsyche Mini I can throw on if needed, a Jaebao power-head, my ATO, all from the other tank. I've added a skimmer, which I'm seeing mixed thoughts on, and will be upgrading chamber 2 with a new InTank basket.

Let's see where this goes......

20231217_000256.jpg 20231217_132707.jpg 20231218_165634.jpg 20231218_174033.jpg 20231218_174150.jpg 20231218_171242.jpg 20231218_171322.jpg 20231218_171328.jpg 20231218_171359.jpg
Sorry for the tank loss. Glad you saved everything. I have a rather modded BioCube for freshwater at the moment myself. It was my first foray into salt. I personally like smaller tanks and have a 22 Gallon FiJi Cube that I rebooted last week.
 

Gumbies R Us

Another Fish in the Sea
View Badges
Joined
Nov 10, 2022
Messages
9,866
Reaction score
18,990
Location
North Georgia
Rating - 0%
0   0   0
I guess this is as good a time as any to start a new build thread, though the circumstances weren't ideal......

Woke up this past weekend to water on my floor. My 24g AIO split a crack across the entire base of the tank, leaving me in scramble mode. After getting my livestock and rock into buckets, the search was on for a replacement tank.

Was looking for a JBJ locally but to no avail. Came across the Fluval Evo 13.5, and figured it looked like a decent tank, even if just temporary, to hold my inhabitants. Took a couple hour drive, got the tank, and here we go!

Current stocking are:
Black Oscellaris
Flurry Clownfish
Royal Gramma
Pink Spotted Watchman Goby

Have a small rock with some Zoas, some GSP, and a BTA at the front of the tank. Basic CUC. Will be adding more coral shortly.

I've seen the vast number of mods for this tank, and I'm not sure which route I'm going to go at this point, as I really do like the tank and plan on it being a long term established build. I have a Noopsyche Mini I can throw on if needed, a Jaebao power-head, my ATO, all from the other tank. I've added a skimmer, which I'm seeing mixed thoughts on, and will be upgrading chamber 2 with a new InTank basket.

Let's see where this goes......

20231217_000256.jpg 20231217_132707.jpg 20231218_165634.jpg 20231218_174033.jpg 20231218_174150.jpg 20231218_171242.jpg 20231218_171322.jpg 20231218_171328.jpg 20231218_171359.jpg
Love what's in your tank so far!
 
OP
OP
Kinettik

Kinettik

Active Member
View Badges
Joined
Sep 29, 2017
Messages
257
Reaction score
186
Rating - 0%
0   0   0
Got a great picture of the Goby today. I've had this guy for 3 years, through a 50g Cube, 24g AIO, and now this, and this is the most active, most visible he has been in all this time. He used to just hide all day and only come out to eat. Now, he's out more, moving sand and shells, not as skittish.
 

Attachments

  • 20231219_162751.jpg
    20231219_162751.jpg
    240.9 KB · Views: 39
OP
OP
Kinettik

Kinettik

Active Member
View Badges
Joined
Sep 29, 2017
Messages
257
Reaction score
186
Rating - 0%
0   0   0
I guess today is just a good day of seeing my fish that were skittish being much more comfortable. This Royal Gramma has done nothing but hide for the past 2 months since acquiring. The large rock structure in the tank has many crevices that go through it, giving her (my wife says it's a she....) plenty of places to hide and feel safe.

Today, completely free swimming without any of the skittish tendencies of the past.

Maybe this tank was something I needed all along.
 

Attachments

  • 20231219_164543.jpg
    20231219_164543.jpg
    281 KB · Views: 69
OP
OP
Kinettik

Kinettik

Active Member
View Badges
Joined
Sep 29, 2017
Messages
257
Reaction score
186
Rating - 0%
0   0   0
Grabbed a few corals yesterday from my local guy who's running a Christmas sale!! Added 3 Duncan's (6 heads total, $30), a Candy Cane with 14 heads ($40), some misc Zoa's/Pally's ($9 ea), and a euphyilla he said was a frammer, but I have no idea ($30).

Not a bad haul I'd say.
 

Attachments

  • 20231221_165350.jpg
    20231221_165350.jpg
    347.9 KB · Views: 62
  • 20231221_165405.jpg
    20231221_165405.jpg
    307.9 KB · Views: 65
OP
OP
Kinettik

Kinettik

Active Member
View Badges
Joined
Sep 29, 2017
Messages
257
Reaction score
186
Rating - 0%
0   0   0
Sunday update. Everything is good, BTA is out and hungry, about to feed, clean, and do a water change.

My emerald crab has been fun to watch. My Black Oscellaris has decided to host my candy cane...... not ideal, but no issues yet lol.
 

Attachments

  • 20231231_163618.jpg
    20231231_163618.jpg
    148.1 KB · Views: 42
  • 20231231_164317.jpg
    20231231_164317.jpg
    207.4 KB · Views: 39
  • 20231231_165225.jpg
    20231231_165225.jpg
    178.4 KB · Views: 37

Roatan Reef

Valuable Member
View Badges
Joined
Mar 28, 2022
Messages
1,038
Reaction score
2,012
Location
Melbourne fl
Rating - 0%
0   0   0
I guess this is as good a time as any to start a new build thread, though the circumstances weren't ideal......

Woke up this past weekend to water on my floor. My 24g AIO split a crack across the entire base of the tank, leaving me in scramble mode. After getting my livestock and rock into buckets, the search was on for a replacement tank.

Was looking for a JBJ locally but to no avail. Came across the Fluval Evo 13.5, and figured it looked like a decent tank, even if just temporary, to hold my inhabitants. Took a couple hour drive, got the tank, and here we go!

Current stocking are:
Black Oscellaris
Flurry Clownfish
Royal Gramma
Pink Spotted Watchman Goby

Have a small rock with some Zoas, some GSP, and a BTA at the front of the tank. Basic CUC. Will be adding more coral shortly.

I've seen the vast number of mods for this tank, and I'm not sure which route I'm going to go at this point, as I really do like the tank and plan on it being a long term established build. I have a Noopsyche Mini I can throw on if needed, a Jaebao power-head, my ATO, all from the other tank. I've added a skimmer, which I'm seeing mixed thoughts on, and will be upgrading chamber 2 with a new InTank basket.

Let's see where this goes......

20231217_000256.jpg 20231217_132707.jpg 20231218_165634.jpg 20231218_174033.jpg 20231218_174150.jpg 20231218_171242.jpg 20231218_171322.jpg 20231218_171328.jpg 20231218_171359.jpg
Hello @Kinettik

My nephew was going to sell his setup (it's at our house) only because he found a great deal a complete 29g setup, but he couldn't sell it and is keeping it now.

But if you click here https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/fluval-evo-13-5-complete-setup-with-upgrades.1032271/

you can see all the upgrades we did. We researched a lot to find all the tips and tricks for the Evo 13.5 and did a lot of stuff.

It's a pretty amazing tank, and he's glad he's keeping it now.

1 Black Ice Clown, 1 Neon Goby, 1 Firefish. 1 Peach Hammer, 1 Gold Hammer and 1 Bi Color Hammer, a few zoas and I've donated a few of my anacropora frags to him.
 

Caring for your picky eaters: What do you feed your finicky fish?

  • Live foods

    Votes: 46 29.5%
  • Frozen meaty foods

    Votes: 119 76.3%
  • Soft pellets

    Votes: 33 21.2%
  • Masstick (or comparable)

    Votes: 13 8.3%
  • Other

    Votes: 13 8.3%
Back
Top