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hipertec
05/06/2017, 01:27 AM
I never understood why Fluval put the PS2 skimmer in chamber 1 and the filters in chamber 2.
Im getting alot of debris and im sure nitrate buildup using the stock block sponge in chamber 2.

Has anyone tried to move the PS2 skimmer in chamber 2, and build a media basket with filter floss in chamber 1? *It looks like chamber 2 skimmer placement just needs to be lifted 2" from the base to be even to the original height.

I would imagine that it would be better method with Filter Floss in Chamber 1, PS2 Skimmer in Chamber 2, and return heater pump in Chamber 3. Has anyone tried this setup on a evo 13.5g Tank?

hipertec
05/08/2017, 11:21 PM
So I changed the setup and having the filter pad in chamber 1 made such a great difference. It's collecting all the over food and debris before going thru all the chambers.
I had to make an egg crate stand for chamber 2 skimmer to raise the skimmer about 1.5" higher.
Highly recommend this mod. Hope you guys like it. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170509/bc585c551cf01acc35cc1beb81bedc92.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170509/efd94445acb1af6c7865d5738080766f.jpg

hipertec
05/09/2017, 10:59 PM
Just did another mod to my evo tank.*

I wanted to keep the hood but needed a fan to cool the tank.*

So I cut the hood opening and screwed on a 3fan cooler and have it connected to a temp controller. So if it goes above 80 degrees, the fan will kick on.*

What you guys think? I use the same fan setup in my 28g and it works great to cool the tank.*

Now I need some help in finding a small LED light to light up chamber 1 where I threw some chaeto in there. Any suggestions? https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170510/d64b844b4b3c9f68e2de9bc0fad08208.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170510/db1eb2243f0de9a825dbe3e8d95f8bad.jpg

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static916
05/11/2017, 05:26 PM
Love these mods. I'll need to post mine for my Fluval 13.5.

hipertec
05/21/2017, 09:20 PM
Just added a chaeto algae into the bottom layer of my media basket on chamber one.
Used a led 5w led light that I bought off amazon. Just had to remove the gooseneck and replaced with a plastic tubing so I could mount the on/off switch directly to the back of led. Then led is velcro'd to glass.
Will know if led light is strong enough to grow the chaeto but I also only have it one 10 hours a day.
What do you guys think? Any improvements or suggestions? https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170522/7a79c9875747678686d0034b75b32046.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170522/facce837e56ae9d85a198a8c2a3ad1bd.jpg

hipertec
05/21/2017, 09:25 PM
Also just got new led blue bars that I'll mod into the stock hood and light.
Ill sure with 2 blue light bars, it'll give my corals more of the color pop and growth.
Will post led mod shortly.

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static916
05/22/2017, 11:44 AM
Looking good. I really wish the Fluval skimmer was on the second chamber by default like you made it.

hipertec
05/22/2017, 11:50 AM
Looking good. I really wish the Fluval skimmer was on the second chamber by default like you made it.

Yes - having the filter floss in chamber 1 makes a big difference, along with easier to clean and remove the debris.

Another thing I havent done yet is to plug up the small hole in chamber 2- But not sure if it will make a difference or upset the flow into my 3 chambers. I have a Hydor ATO on chamber 3 that works really well with the current flow rate.

hipertec
05/23/2017, 11:03 AM
Just had to share my rose anesome with my pair of clowns. Took a while to force them to get hosted but it worked! https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170523/7a42da3b033da779329372238f63334b.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170523/bc3cbde07a68b8505251c7bbe08babca.jpg

static916
05/23/2017, 11:55 AM
Your tank looks very nice. I'm contemplating an anemone too but everything I've read says that I might not be ready and the tank is on the small side.

Sobos Reef
05/23/2017, 02:13 PM
So I changed the setup and having the filter pad in chamber 1 made such a great difference. It's collecting all the over food and debris before going thru all the chambers.
I had to make an egg crate stand for chamber 2 skimmer to raise the skimmer about 1.5" higher.
Highly recommend this mod. Hope you guys like it. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170509/bc585c551cf01acc35cc1beb81bedc92.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170509/efd94445acb1af6c7865d5738080766f.jpg



I wish I could do this mod but I have my AI Prime gooseneck hooked onto the back of chamber 2. Kinda have no room for mods, as of right now I have my skimmer in #1, heater and gooseneck in #2 and my Tunze ATO and return pump in #3.

They do make a media rack specifically made for this tank to fit chamber 1, I'm sure you could google it


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static916
05/24/2017, 04:12 PM
Here is how the top of my tank looks. I wanted to keep the clean look of the tank. I honestly really like the original design of the tank.

static916
05/24/2017, 04:14 PM
Two of the hoses are for the in/out on a canister filter.
One of the hoses is for the out for the ATO.
One another hose is for the out for the algae reactor.

hipertec
05/24/2017, 05:04 PM
Two of the hoses are for the in/out on a canister filter.
One of the hoses is for the out for the ATO.
One another hose is for the out for the algae reactor.

Looks great!

Whats the canister filter for and the algae reactor? How are you feeding the water out to the tank....is it an external pump?

static916
05/24/2017, 05:20 PM
I'll post a pic of that tomorrow.
Using a Fluval 106, that pulls water from the tank and pushes it back to tank and also to a Phosban 150.

It feeds from the 3rd chamber. In the 2nd chamber I made it that it forces all the water through my a filter floss, then carbon. This didn't quite work as well as I wanted because it slows water flow a lot from chamber 2 to 3 between filter/carbon changes. This is making the 3rd chamber not reliable for ATO. I'll need to keep tweaking things.

hipertec
05/24/2017, 11:33 PM
Would love to see how you mod'd the equipment. Very interesting.

Does anyone know how to remove the black honeycomb on the outside of the glass? Looking to remove them from the back of chamber 1 where I have chaeto algae led light.

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Sobos Reef
05/24/2017, 11:38 PM
Would love to see how you mod'd the equipment. Very interesting.

Does anyone know how to remove the black honeycomb on the outside of the glass? Looking to remove them from the back of chamber 1 where I have chaeto algae led light.

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I'm pretty sure you can just get a razor and peel it off but don't quote me on that lol


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hipertec
05/24/2017, 11:47 PM
I'm pretty sure you can just get a razor and peel it off but don't quote me on that lol


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I'll give it a try tomorrow. Hopefully that will work.

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static916
05/26/2017, 01:56 AM
I've had a lot a bit of the honeycomb come off by mistake. Should be pretty easy to razor off.

Here is a pic of my pump, chaeto reactor and trying to grow phytoplankton. I'm not having much luck growing either. Chaeto is dying sadly. I might want to increase the flow or change lights.

slackertime
06/03/2017, 04:53 PM
So I changed the setup and having the filter pad in chamber 1 made such a great difference. It's collecting all the over food and debris before going thru all the chambers.
I had to make an egg crate stand for chamber 2 skimmer to raise the skimmer about 1.5" higher.
Highly recommend this mod. Hope you guys like it. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170509/bc585c551cf01acc35cc1beb81bedc92.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170509/efd94445acb1af6c7865d5738080766f.jpg

What did you use to hold the filter in chamber one may I ask?

BeachVacationer
06/03/2017, 09:20 PM
How does one force clowns to host a BTA. Can you do it while they're in the tank?

hipertec
06/03/2017, 11:41 PM
What did you use to hold the filter in chamber one may I ask?
It's an old intank media basket that I bought used. I had to mod it and it fit well. I paid $10 for it.

I believe their new one for our tanks is $$ which is way too much... I would suggest to make it out of square crates instead.

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Sobos Reef
06/03/2017, 11:43 PM
InTank makes media baskets for chambers 1 and 2... chamber one is around $65, and the chamber 2 one is $40 right now if you preorder it before it's release


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hipertec
06/03/2017, 11:45 PM
How does one force clowns to host a BTA. Can you do it while they're in the tank?
I caught the anemone and clowns... Put them in a clear container... Had to get them close so put a red drinking cup to confine them closer together.

This allowed the clowns to touch the anemone. After a few hours... They started to swim in them. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170604/9aa5f798925384120fb80565c3c636f1.jpg

hipertec
06/12/2017, 08:49 AM
Here is a picture of inside my hood for the addition of the blue light bars. Ive always thought the stock light was too white. I was able to adapt two blue led bars inside the hood that I got off amazon.*

It added some nice blues and worked well with the stock hood and light.*

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170612/fcdd2fedad2bcf455f03d3aea22b0bc5.jpg

static916
06/19/2017, 01:30 PM
Looks quite nice. How did you like the results? I feel mine is very white too.

hipertec
06/19/2017, 03:28 PM
Much much better than the stock light. The blue bars did really help out alot. Highly recommend. You will need two bars.

Heres a link:
https://www.amazon.com/s?field-keywords=B00YHDQVBS

Alvin555
06/20/2017, 03:24 PM
Hey how did you hook up the lights to the power source or how are you powering the lights?

Alvin555
06/20/2017, 03:28 PM
Also how are the fans working for you? can you post the link for the fans as well. Thank you
really like your build

hipertec
06/20/2017, 04:31 PM
The Blue Light bar is powered by its own AC Adapter that you have to purchase. Make sure its at least 2A - DC12V. This is the one I purchased and wired it directly to the Light Bar:
https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Delectronics&field-keywords=B0713QWX3L
The rest is simple.

As for the Fans, they are awesome. I have it hooked up to a temp controller and it will bring down 1 degree (this is the trigger point to turn on the fans) - in a few mins. The only thing is that it will evaporate your water faster but I have Hydro ATO that works well with the setup. Much cheaper than a chiller.

Here is the link to the 3 fan model:
https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=B00M9UV9LI

Cartoonkitty
09/08/2017, 03:33 PM
Would you be able to detail how you did the fan mod on your lid? I will need to do something like this for tank when it comes in because it is very warm where I live and some help would be amazing :)

hipertec
09/10/2017, 02:45 PM
Get the 3 fan from Amazon. Trace the outer dimension of the fan, on top of the hood and cut out with a dremmel.
Once cut, tape the fan to the cut hole and make sure everything fits well. To not make the hole too big as you have to screw to each of the 4 corners.
From there, drill a small hole from inside of the lid to secure the fan to the lid using small screws.
Then get a temp controller and plug in the fan. That's it. Works really well and maintains the temp set.
Ps- the water will evaporate much faster and it is a good idea to get an ATO. I used the hydro ATO and works well with my tank.

MuscleFish
10/03/2017, 07:51 PM
Great tank, great mods!

hipertec
10/11/2017, 11:33 PM
Great tank, great mods!Thanks!