Fluval EVO or Cobalt C-Vue?

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Trying to decide which way to go for a new nano.
I am a little torn between the Fluval Evo 13.5 and the Cobalt C-Vue 18 and was hoping to get some insight from other owners.

I understand the EVO comes with a light already but I have read many people taking the lid and light off and putting something else on it anyway.
 
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Fluval is great but the light is apparently not very good. I have one that is Currently 4 months old and going through its algea stages. I'm yet to put coral in but I will definitely be upgrading the light before. I will be modifying the lid so I don't loose the clean look of the aquarium when I do the upgrade.

The fluval ps2 skimmer that fits directly into the rear chamber is actually very good and not bad priced, it will take a week or so to get it skimming nicely. On the down side its a noisy little skimmer, i don't mind this too much as its in my kitchen, if it was in my bedroom or living room I think I would have got rid of it by now though.
 
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Fluval is great but the light is apparently not very good. I have one that is Currently 4 months old and going through its algea stages. I'm yet to put coral in but I will definitely be upgrading the light before. I will be modifying the lid so I don't loose the clean look of the aquarium when I do the upgrade.

The fluval ps2 skimmer that fits directly into the rear chamber is actually very good and not bad priced, it will take a week or so to get it skimming nicely. On the down side its a noisy little skimmer, i don't mind this too much as its in my kitchen, if it was in my bedroom or living room I think I would have got rid of it by now though.

Thanks! I have a feeling based on both responses I will go another route other than the Evo. I don't want to be that limited when I do a setup. Thinking I might as well go ahead and start off with a nice Cobalt C-Vue or IM and get the AI Prime for it if I am eventually going to get that one anyway. Will save me that change later on
 
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That’s smart. Often people (like myself) learn the hard way and start small. You eventually replace all your cheap equipment and spend more money in the process. I think you will have more success with a larger tank. And trust me after a couple months or so you‘ll want an even larger tank. Happy Reefing!
 

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I had the evo 13.5 and its incredibly hard to keep stable. Such little water makes changes happen rapidly, and that is a bad thing. My 65 gal on the other hand, has been easy and wonderful to keep up with as its much easier to keep stable! I would recommend going as big as you can now, instead of upgrading in a year like me :p
 

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I am 3 months in with my Evo 13.5, I have the stock light, but I did add a small blue LED strip under the hood as the stock light lacks in blue light. Everything is growing great, my hammer has grown a new head as well as my other small mixed frags are all growing. Water is stable and perform 2.5 gallon weekly water changes. If i could do it all over would i get the Evo? No, i would of went bigger. You might want to consider the new Waterbox gallon Peninsula.
 
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