PicoJeff's Fluval Evo 5

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Good Afternoon Everyone!

I am a little late to get this thread started, but figured that it is better late than never! I have just recently got back into the hobby after a several year long hiatus. With Covid restrictions in place, and working from home I decided to pull the plug and set up a new tank. I wanted something small enough that would be portable as I am planning to move soon. After researching many different options I settled on the Fluval Evo 5. This tank fit the bill of being a self contained AIO that will be relatively easy to move. Additionally, the small volume added an extra degree of challenge to the build. I alway remember my LFS having a tiny little pico set up as a shrimp display and thought that one day I would love to experiment with a small display. I look forward to joining this community and sharing my journey. I've been lurking for some time and have drawn a lot of knowledge and inspiration from the R2R community.
 
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Water was officially added to the aquarium. This is the first tank that I've cycled with dry rock. For rock work I went with CaribSea South Seas base rock and the substrate I am using is CaribSea's Ocean Direct live sand. I dosed daily for the first two weeks with Brightwell Aquatics MicroBacter7. Couldn't believe how fast my tank cycled, by the second day I was showing no nitrites or ammonia! After cycling the tank I added my first livestock. For fish I have gone with a black and white clownfish and a snowflake clown. They are both small, my hope is they will pair. So far there has been no observable aggression in the pair. For a CUC I have two Trochus snails, two Bumblebee snails, a Nassarius snail, sexy shrimp, and five hermit crabs. In retrospect I believe I would have omitted a few of the hermits. I also added an Intank media basket and an ATO from AutoAqua.
 

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