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Fluval EVO 13.5 filter mods?

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I'm fixing to set up my first saltwater nano, a used Evo I picked up at the shop. It has the stock pump, hood and light but no other filter stuff. Thinking of just improvising some live rock rubble and filter floss in the back middle compartment, and heater in the same section as the pump. I'd like to get it set up ASAP, so if anyone has mod suggestions, DIY ones are preferred. I have decent access to parts, and I've seen egg crates mentioned a lot, which I have a few of. Also, while I'm at it, are there good upgrades to the stock pump that are appropriate (and cost-friendly) for this size? I've tested the one I have, and it seems to work ok, but it doesn't seem to have the world's strongest flow. And possibly a good nano-skimmer that would work if I needed it?

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I have this tank and run two InTank media baskets in chambers one and two, with the third housing my return pump and heater. You can easily build media baskets using egg crate. In chamber in one I am currently running filter floss on the first shelf and a bag of ChemiPure Elite (really any carbon will do) in the bottom shelf. I use the media basket in chamber two to run a mini-chaeto fuge with a small LED plant grow light velcro taped to the glass. I upgraded the stock return pump to a Sicce Syncra 0.5. You have to shimmy it in there at an angle, but it fits. I use a 50W Cobalt NeoTherm for a heater because I like the low profile it has.

 

I think using rock ruble in the back chambers would just end up becoming a detritus trap and a pain to clean, so it may not be worth your while.

 

Also, if you plug the hole in the middle of the false wall you will get much better flow through the rear chambers.

 

I hope his is helpful and let me know if you have any other questions. 

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Sure, I’m away until Tuesday though and dont see any on my phone. 

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