Tom's Fluval EVO

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Hey boys and girls.

So I thought I best join the rest of you and create a tank thread, I didn't bother with one off my old tanks and really regret it after reading a lot off the threads on here. Please be patient don't usually feel confident with stuff like this so I hope its not too painful a read

BACKGROUND
Used to keep fish in the past from fresh to Marine, that being said I'm still a beginner although I do know some of the basics. I'm 35 Marrried and have to Wee lads, so space and money and the misses have not allowed me a Tank again until NOW!!  Yippee!!

THE TANK AND EQUIPMENT
Fluval EVO 13.5
AI Prime HD
Chamber 1 and 2 INTank basket (when they Arrive)
D-D heater and Controller
Jeabo SW-2
D-D jump guard
Micro ATO
UPGRADES

At a later date I think I will be looking for some sort of custom lid and will also be changing the Return pump and depending on parameters a Doser but that's for later down the Line.

LIVESTOCK

2 Clowns and a CuC at min. going for a mixed reef so the corals will be very much what takes my fancy at the time and if I have space for them



Tank is not wet yet which is killing me had it 5 days. but no rush Rome wasn't built in a day  I'm going to try and do things properly this time.

But I do have a few sneaky pics for you just too tease  and for the comments to follow that say I cant do that or that or I need this and that

Anyway I hope you can all come along for the ride and I'll keep you posted along the way.

Oh im a big boy and can take crititism so fire away

And sorry about the Photo's no clue how to get them on here any other way.


Tom  8D
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Reply #1

First things first welcome mate and congratulations on the new tank it is the exact same tank I have and I'm loving it so far, just got my first coral for it today, it sounds to me like you have pretty much everything equipment wise, other than that all I can recommend is, saltwater test kit, refractometer, some type of cycling bacteria, I used atm colony then sea chem stability, and sea chem prime for treating my water as I use tap, it also helps with high parameters if you have fish in it, are you having sand in it or going bare bottom lol, I'm looking forward to seeing this up and running and will be following your post with interest, maybe we will both learn something from watching each others, I am still new to the hobby aswell, I don't know if you have but I've seen a lot of YouTube videos of this tank and there also seems to be an owners club for them lol so it's good to see ideas for your own set up watching videos of others

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Can I ask is there a reason you don't have the water in yet? You'd be best to fill it up and get the cycle started as soon as you can even if you are waiting on a few things to arrive

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Can I ask is there a reason you don't have the water in yet? You'd be best to fill it up and get the cycle started as soon as you can even if you are waiting on a few things to arrive

Hi mate, I'll be going the traditional route with cycling so a bottle off ammonia and some patience for me  :grin: will be going with sand on the bottom just waiting for it to arrive along with the salt etc. and other bits of media. Have all I need just have to wait for it to get here.

You said you use tap water, I'd advise using RO mate. the other chemicals like silicates in tap water wont do your tank any good really.

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I had a feeling you may just be waiting for the salt and sand to arrive, that's good mate it'll all be worth it in the long run, I definitely agree with ro over tap water and I'm going to buy a ln ro unit in the next few months probably, possibly sooner, I'm in Scotland though so the tds on my tap water is next to nothing and pretty clean, I was talking about it in my lfs and asked them about the differences between ro and Scottish water and they did say ro is better but they have done setups in the past with our tap water without any problems, she thought ro was more of an importance in areas with hard water, I do plan on putting more coral in though so for that reason alone I'd rather play safe and use ro

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Nice how those tanks have the dotted areas to make for a darkened look.

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So long overdue update, tank progressing nicely now. And still plenty off room for more coral this new year.

Happy reefing all.




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