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I received my first saltwater tank (Fluval Evo 13.5) earlier this year (2022). It took me a few months to get the courage to start setting it up. After it was cycled, I started stocking it (not all at once). I currently have:
1x clown fish
3x blue legged hermit
2x nass. snail
1x purple torch
1x trochus snail

I have not upgraded anything, as of yet. For nano reef tankers, my question is: if you could only upgrade one thing (and only one thing) then what would it be?

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Looking good and congratulations!
I'm not a nano but sure do appreciate them. Hope you get some answers from the nano community soon.
 

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I received my first saltwater tank (Fluval Evo 13.5) earlier this year (2022). It took me a few months to get the courage to start setting it up. After it was cycled, I started stocking it (not all at once). I currently have:
1x clown fish
3x blue legged hermit
2x nass. snail
1x purple torch
1x trochus snail

I have not upgraded anything, as of yet. For nano reef tankers, my question is: if you could only upgrade one thing (and only one thing) then what would it be?

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Welcome to the hobby! The Fluval Evo was my first reef tank and it's an awesome starter with plenty of upgrade options. As with everything in the hobby, stability is key; below are the upgrades I would do in that order.
1. ATO, salinity levels are critical, and manually topping off RODI water gets tedious.
2. Light, while the Evo comes with decent light, if you want to grow more light-demanding corals you'll need something more powerful, with plenty of options on the market. (most expensive upgrade)
3. Return pump or wavemaker, the stock return pump isn't the best and I would add flow by either upgrading or adding a wavemaker (this is probably on the more cost-effective side of upgrades).
 
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Looking good!
Number one thing I’d change is the filtration. The intank baskets are a lifesaver. Right off the bat you’ll get clearer water, which is always good.
That was the only upgrade I made to mine and it did great.
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+1 I still run the sock filtration but I don't have fish in mine. I think if you decide to add any more fish you are going to end up needing a better filtration. Out of all the evo 13.5 threads I've seen, almost 99% of the people immediately upgrade to the intank media baskets
 

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I received my first saltwater tank (Fluval Evo 13.5) earlier this year (2022). It took me a few months to get the courage to start setting it up. After it was cycled, I started stocking it (not all at once). I currently have:
1x clown fish
3x blue legged hermit
2x nass. snail
1x purple torch
1x trochus snail

I have not upgraded anything, as of yet. For nano reef tankers, my question is: if you could only upgrade one thing (and only one thing) then what would it be?

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Hey! And welcome!

Looking great so far! I'm not new to the hobby but, back in it. I decided on the same tank.

From my experience. There are so many upgrades, to many to count. And is the hardest to decide.

I agree with the ATO (auto top off). The size of the tank and evaporation will dramatically change your parameters. Though the stock lid prevents a lot of that. But, your going to want to upgrade your light and flow one day too. There are a ton of options for you in this respect. Ranging from $20 to $500. Gravity fed to controller fed. There are a ton of videos that show the different methods.

I would definitely have a back up return pump. Or upgrade the original and use it as a back up. That said the amount of flow through the return is fine if you get a power head/flow pump.

After that, I would upgrade your lid and lights. Lights are expensive, but, the right ones will last you the life time of this tank. So I would go with an upgrade that I can move to my next tank.

The ATO is a quality of life upgrade, since you can top off manually. So is the media basket upgrade. But definitely a worth while one.

Happy reefing!
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Welcome aboard.

I have a newer 13.5 running. Love the tank. Great way to start reefing. I’m in a condo so can have more the 15-20 gallons. Downstairs wouldn’t be happy. Lol

stay with it. Take your time. Read here lots of info. Will most definitely help you avoid some mistakes
 

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