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Hello reefers, I have a Fluval Evo 13.5g mixed reef tank. It is my first saltwater reef tank. My tank is now 6 months old and has undergone a lot of upgrades and changes along the way. It’s a mixed reef so I have softies, lps, and sps. So Fluval is an AIO so it has 3 chambers in the back. The first chamber I have 3 layers filter floss, then chemi-pure nano, followed by purigen. The second chamber I converted to a refugium. Growing chaeto followed by marine pure blocks under that. Third chamber is my return pump which updated to Sicce 1.5, and heater. My newest mod was installing an Ato which greatly helped stabilize my tank parameters, as you all know can fluctuate a lot on a nano tank. I’m running kalkwasser in my Ato, which is a very new topic for me.
Light - AI Prime HD
Return pump - Sicce 1.5
Fuge light - Innovative Refugium Light
Heater - Fluval 50w
ATO - Smart Micro.
Here are some pics of the system at various times and the progress I have made. In order from beginning to where I currently am on the tank.

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Hello reefers, I have a Fluval Evo 13.5g mixed reef tank. It is my first saltwater reef tank. My tank is now 6 months old and has undergone a lot of upgrades and changes along the way. It’s a mixed reef so I have softies, lps, and sps. So Fluval is an AIO so it has 3 chambers in the back. The first chamber I have 3 layers filter floss, then chemi-pure nano, followed by purigen. The second chamber I converted to a refugium. Growing chaeto followed by marine pure blocks under that. Third chamber is my return pump which updated to Sicce 1.5, and heater. My newest mod was installing an Ato which greatly helped stabilize my tank parameters, as you all know can fluctuate a lot on a nano tank. I’m running kalkwasser in my Ato, which is a very new topic for me.
Light - AI Prime HD
Return pump - Sicce 1.5
Fuge light - Innovative Refugium Light
Heater - Fluval 50w
ATO - Smart Micro.
Here are some pics of the system at various times and the progress I have made. In order from beginning to where I currently am on the tank.

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This is the exact plan I have for my Fluval. I was trying to figure out which chamber to use for the 'fuge. I have the Intank Media baskets for both compartments. Only was unsure due to flow. The marine pure blocks is what I wasn't considering. This will allow me to not worry about Chaeto flowing into 3rd compartment where the return pump is
 
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This is the exact plan I have for my Fluval. I was trying to figure out which chamber to use for the 'fuge. I have the Intank Media baskets for both compartments. Only was unsure due to flow. The marine pure blocks is what I wasn't considering. This will allow me to not worry about Chaeto flowing into 3rd compartment where the return pump is
Yea exactly I have marine pure block and put that in bottom of second chamber and up right above the access to where flow to 3rd chamber is so there in no way any cheato can flow into the 3rd also is very beneficial and creates a home for copepods to live in and have tha cheato for nutrients
 

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Yea exactly I have marine pure block and put that in bottom of second chamber and up right above the access to where flow to 3rd chamber is so there in no way any cheato can flow into the 3rd also is very beneficial and creates a home for copepods to live in and have tha cheato for nutrients
Awesome. Will be doing this tomorrow
 

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Yea exactly I have marine pure block and put that in bottom of second chamber and up right above the access to where flow to 3rd chamber is so there in no way any cheato can flow into the 3rd also is very beneficial and creates a home for copepods to live in and have tha cheato for nutrients
Actually, I think I am going to cut the foam that came with the tank in half and stuff that in the bottom. A lot cheaper and it will fit perfectly
 
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Yea I Mean it’s definitely doable but I wouldn’t do it, I like sponges for high flow areas as the gunk can build up faster and seems to really get deep down into the sponge. I wouldn’t trust it unless you will be cleaning the sponge every so often. Just my 2 cents.
 

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Yea I Mean it’s definitely doable but I wouldn’t do it, I like sponges for high flow areas as the gunk can build up faster and seems to really get deep down into the sponge. I wouldn’t trust it unless you will be cleaning the sponge every so often. Just my 2 cents.
Ya, I can rinse it out once a week or something. Just don't want to spend $50 on a small foam block lol
 
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Yea there not foam though that’s why there so good in my opinion, it’s ceramic. I don’t like disturbing it because of the copepods and benificial bacteria that is housed in it, kinda will defeat the purpose of using it as washing it will wipe all of that good stuff out.
 

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Yea there not foam though that’s why there so good in my opinion, it’s ceramic. I don’t like disturbing it because of the copepods and benificial bacteria that is housed in it, kinda will defeat the purpose of using it as washing it will wipe all of that good stuff out.
Ok, cool. I just want to put something there so it seals off that flow spot
 

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