Fluval Flex 32.5

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My build is the Fluval 32.5 saltwater tank. All stock setup for now exept my Tunze 9001 protein skimmer.

34 pounds carabsea life rock
Reef crystals salt
Agra-alive special grade reef sand
CP1 circulation pump
CP2 circulation pump
Fluval m150 heater
inkbird 308 controller
Tunze 9001 protein skimmer

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It is hard to beat the quality of the Tunze (but the price is a bit higher). I have two of the AutoAqua which is reasonable (but now discontinued) and a DIY ATO. I recently added an IceCap for a new nano setup and have been pleased with the blend of solid performance and moderate price.
 
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It is hard to beat the quality of the Tunze (but the price is a bit higher). I have two of the AutoAqua which is reasonable (but now discontinued) and a DIY ATO. I recently added an IceCap for a new nano setup and have been pleased with the blend of solid performance and moderate price.
Cant go wrong with Tunze but yeah i was actually looking at the "auto aqua smart ato lite" on amazon, either way i appreciate the input.
 
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I don’t think you need an ato on this tank if you keep the lid on. Basically zero evaporation.
True for the most part but I have a little problem with high temps when my lights are on so I keep the feeder lid open and the back plate off which lets some evaporation but not bad.
 

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True for the most part but I have a little problem with high temps when my lights are on so I keep the feeder lid open and the back plate off which lets some evaporation but not bad
I have a heating issue too on hotter days. I only have the stock light too. i ended up taking off the back access panel and put two computer fans on there connected to the Inkbird cooling plug which seems to help. I really want to grow some LPS but I think I either need the second light which is going to make them temps go up more or I thought about removing the lid and putting AI Prime lights? Are you going to try to grow coral? Can you post a pic of how you have installed the Tunze 9001 protein skimmer?
 
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I have the same tank. I also added a second light. I did replace the return pump with a mighty jet 328 and got rid of the sponge filter and went with intank media holders. The highest mine gets is 79.80 degrees. I also run both lights wit 100% on blue, purple , cyan. 0% for red and 15% white. Hope this helps.
 
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I have the same tank. I also added a second light. I did replace the return pump with a mighty jet 328 and got rid of the sponge filter and went with intank media holders. The highest mine gets is 79.80 degrees. I also run both lights wit 100% on blue, purple , cyan. 0% for red and 15% white. Hope this helps.
Do you have any corals?
 
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I have a heating issue too on hotter days. I only have the stock light too. i ended up taking off the back access panel and put two computer fans on there connected to the Inkbird cooling plug which seems to help. I really want to grow some LPS but I think I either need the second light which is going to make them temps go up more or I thought about removing the lid and putting AI Prime lights? Are you going to try to grow coral? Can you post a pic of how you have installed the Tunze 9001 protein skimmer?
This is how I have my skimmer installed
 

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This is how I have my skimmer installed
Yes i have coral as well. Stock single light, Zoas i put in a month ago just produced another polyp, candycane coral was only put in 2 weeks ago so i can't say much for growth but it is happy. Cyphastrea was put in also 2 weeks ago i wanna say i see some more of the plug it was on is encrusted but then again its only been 2 weeks so time will tell.
 
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It looks like you added fans to the back, did you do 1 or 2? Since I added 2, I noticed I have about 1/2 gallon of evaporation a week now. I did a whole write up of how to do it since people are always asking about how to control the temps better.

https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/fluval-flex-32-5-heat-issues.819646/
I just added that 1 fan, keeps my temps where i want it. I need to keep track of evaporation but i'm guessing i'm somewhere around the same as you.
 
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WOULD YOU CONSIDER YOUR TANK TO HAVE A HEAVILY, MODERATELY OR LIGHTLY STOCKED CORAL BIO-LOAD?

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