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Don't ask me why but i just put off a build thread for a year now. It's just something i haven't come across to taking the time to do.

As an idled reefer for 4+ years, my journey re-started when a friend of mine moved and wanted me to have his Fluval 13.5. Everyone in my family loved my former 125g mixed reef that I had to sell to get some things done around the house... :crying-face::crying-face: So i couldn't pass up this opprotunity.
It was already an established tank with some nems and red mushrooms.... alot of mushrooms. I first needed to cut back on the turf algae so picked up a bunch of local CUC and check my nitrates. the 2 clowns are a mated pair that came with the tank.
Purely stock Fluval Evo with the P1 skimmer. First thing came to my mind was UPGRADE!!! this tank was in a temperature controlled environment so regulating the temperature was one of my first goals. RO/DI water was a must so the RO Buddie it was and I have always used Reef Crystals.
Got tank 6_16_2021.jpeg tank lights.jpg

I had to lose the lid and run a fan to keep the temp between 77-78. So i got a Current Orbit marine LED. The light was nice and the open top kept my tank cool. I also got rid of the stock sponge and added the InTand media chamber in slot #1. In the media chamber i run filter floss, Phosguard, charcoal, and bio media. PS1 skimmer went into chamber 2. Upgraded the return pump to a Sicce 1.0 and picked up a Hygger mini wave maker.
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The PS1 skimmer wasn't working very well in chamber 2 and very difficult to dial in. So i ditched the skimmer and DIY'd an algae scrubber.
algae scrubber.jpg
Algae scrubber seems to work because till this day, my nitrates and phosphates are undectecable. I use Salifert test kits

As the months went by, some changes like rescaping, and aquiring more livestock was the norm until i felt like the Current marine LED light wasn't quite good enough. I was able to find a used AI Prime 16HD and that made all the difference. Attached the fan to the light bracket.
IMG_1569.jpg

So the tank was also taking up some counter space and i need something for my equipment. So i built a small cabinet.
cabinet 1.jpg
I also added an Inkbird 308T. works lovely
As i aquired more corals from friends, I got tired of manually dosing :beaming-face-with-smiling-eyes:. So i picked up the Jebao 4 channel doser. By that time i just started dosing AFR(All For Reef) and loved it ever since. That means i have 3 more dosers for other things. I also dose my top off water instead of an ATO. I also mix Kalkwasser in my top off water. Takes a little dialing in the dosing of top of water and slight adjustment through the seasons. With the fan to regulate temp, i needed top off about 700ml daily.
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Fast forward to today.....
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I hope this counts as a build thread.. ;)
 
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Don't ask me why but i just put off a build thread for a year now. It's just something i haven't come across to taking the time to do.

As an idled reefer for 4+ years, my journey re-started when a friend of mine moved and wanted me to have his Fluval 13.5. Everyone in my family loved my former 125g mixed reef that I had to sell to get some things done around the house... :crying-face::crying-face: So i couldn't pass up this opprotunity.
It was already an established tank with some nems and red mushrooms.... alot of mushrooms. I first needed to cut back on the turf algae so picked up a bunch of local CUC and check my nitrates. the 2 clowns are a mated pair that came with the tank.
Purely stock Fluval Evo with the P1 skimmer. First thing came to my mind was UPGRADE!!! this tank was in a temperature controlled environment so regulating the temperature was one of my first goals. RO/DI water was a must so the RO Buddie it was and I have always used Reef Crystals.
Got tank 6_16_2021.jpeg tank lights.jpg

I had to lose the lid and run a fan to keep the temp between 77-78. So i got a Current Orbit marine LED. The light was nice and the open top kept my tank cool. I also got rid of the stock sponge and added the InTand media chamber in slot #1. In the media chamber i run filter floss, Phosguard, charcoal, and bio media. PS1 skimmer went into chamber 2. Upgraded the return pump to a Sicce 1.0 and picked up a Hygger mini wave maker.
image3 (1).jpeg

The PS1 skimmer wasn't working very well in chamber 2 and very difficult to dial in. So i ditched the skimmer and DIY'd an algae scrubber.
algae scrubber.jpg
Algae scrubber seems to work because till this day, my nitrates and phosphates are undectecable. I use Salifert test kits

As the months went by, some changes like rescaping, and aquiring more livestock was the norm until i felt like the Current marine LED light wasn't quite good enough. I was able to find a used AI Prime 16HD and that made all the difference. Attached the fan to the light bracket.
IMG_1569.jpg

So the tank was also taking up some counter space and i need something for my equipment. So i built a small cabinet.
cabinet 1.jpg
I also added an Inkbird 308T. works lovely
As i aquired more corals from friends, I got tired of manually dosing :beaming-face-with-smiling-eyes:. So i picked up the Jebao 4 channel doser. By that time i just started dosing AFR(All For Reef) and loved it ever since. That means i have 3 more dosers for other things. I also dose my top off water instead of an ATO. I also mix Kalkwasser in my top off water. Takes a little dialing in the dosing of top of water and slight adjustment through the seasons. With the fan to regulate temp, i needed top off about 700ml daily.
IMG_2008.JPG

Fast forward to today.....
IMG_3642.JPG IMG_3607.JPG IMG_3565.JPG

I hope this counts as a build thread.. ;)
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Don't ask me why but i just put off a build thread for a year now. It's just something i haven't come across to taking the time to do.

As an idled reefer for 4+ years, my journey re-started when a friend of mine moved and wanted me to have his Fluval 13.5. Everyone in my family loved my former 125g mixed reef that I had to sell to get some things done around the house... :crying-face::crying-face: So i couldn't pass up this opprotunity.
It was already an established tank with some nems and red mushrooms.... alot of mushrooms. I first needed to cut back on the turf algae so picked up a bunch of local CUC and check my nitrates. the 2 clowns are a mated pair that came with the tank.
Purely stock Fluval Evo with the P1 skimmer. First thing came to my mind was UPGRADE!!! this tank was in a temperature controlled environment so regulating the temperature was one of my first goals. RO/DI water was a must so the RO Buddie it was and I have always used Reef Crystals.
Got tank 6_16_2021.jpeg tank lights.jpg

I had to lose the lid and run a fan to keep the temp between 77-78. So i got a Current Orbit marine LED. The light was nice and the open top kept my tank cool. I also got rid of the stock sponge and added the InTand media chamber in slot #1. In the media chamber i run filter floss, Phosguard, charcoal, and bio media. PS1 skimmer went into chamber 2. Upgraded the return pump to a Sicce 1.0 and picked up a Hygger mini wave maker.
image3 (1).jpeg

The PS1 skimmer wasn't working very well in chamber 2 and very difficult to dial in. So i ditched the skimmer and DIY'd an algae scrubber.
algae scrubber.jpg
Algae scrubber seems to work because till this day, my nitrates and phosphates are undectecable. I use Salifert test kits

As the months went by, some changes like rescaping, and aquiring more livestock was the norm until i felt like the Current marine LED light wasn't quite good enough. I was able to find a used AI Prime 16HD and that made all the difference. Attached the fan to the light bracket.
IMG_1569.jpg

So the tank was also taking up some counter space and i need something for my equipment. So i built a small cabinet.
cabinet 1.jpg
I also added an Inkbird 308T. works lovely
As i aquired more corals from friends, I got tired of manually dosing :beaming-face-with-smiling-eyes:. So i picked up the Jebao 4 channel doser. By that time i just started dosing AFR(All For Reef) and loved it ever since. That means i have 3 more dosers for other things. I also dose my top off water instead of an ATO. I also mix Kalkwasser in my top off water. Takes a little dialing in the dosing of top of water and slight adjustment through the seasons. With the fan to regulate temp, i needed top off about 700ml daily.
IMG_2008.JPG

Fast forward to today.....
IMG_3642.JPG IMG_3607.JPG IMG_3565.JPG

I hope this counts as a build thread.. ;)
Beautiful tank! Are you manually testing your parameters?
 
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Beautiful tank! Are you manually testing your parameters?
yes, every weekend.
i mostly will test the big 3 and about once a month i'll check my No3 and Po4 unless i see something that doesn't look right then i'll test those parameters more
 
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  • 1 - easy to keep

    Votes: 17 3.4%
  • 2

    Votes: 6 1.2%
  • 3

    Votes: 13 2.6%
  • 4

    Votes: 12 2.4%
  • 5 - average

    Votes: 133 26.5%
  • 6

    Votes: 45 9.0%
  • 7

    Votes: 131 26.1%
  • 8

    Votes: 75 15.0%
  • 9

    Votes: 17 3.4%
  • 10 - difficult to keep

    Votes: 52 10.4%
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