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Aqueon evolve 4

New to the forumn getting back into planted tanks after crossing over to nano reef tanks for the last couple years. Here is my attempt with a planted tank. The first pic is so you can see the layout i know its really blown out but the light is really bright.


This one is the actual color of the rocks.


Waiting on some plants (hc forground, aunbias nana petite and pygmy chain sword for the back) right now but I'm running a boost led 6500k 5x3 watt par38 bulb, it should last awhile hopefully because they dont make the color combo anymore.

I plan on going full on high tech for this setup hopefully it will turn out. I forgot how cheap planted tanks/freshwater is compared to salt. If you have any questions let me know.

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Nice Setup!!! I'm glad people are jumping on the Aqueon Evolve.
I have a 8G that's going to be setup tomorrow.

I had to seal the rear bottom portion to prevent the sump from leaking into the tank, this way filtering would not be a problem.

hope it turns out well.
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I'd like to see more evolve setups as well, thanks for sharing

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Great looking rockwork. I can't wait to see this planted!
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Oooh, diggin the rocks.
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Looking forward to see the progress. I have an evolve 4 that I will be setting up soon.

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Nice Setup!!! I'm glad people are jumping on the Aqueon Evolve.
I have a 8G that's going to be setup tomorrow.

I had to seal the rear bottom portion to prevent the sump from leaking into the tank, this way filtering would not be a problem.

hope it turns out well.
Jamesyu, how did you seal up the bottom portion?
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Love your rocks.
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Nice hardscape! I've been eyeing these tanks. They look pretty nice. I might have to pick one up.
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Looking forward to see the progress. I have an evolve 4 that I will be setting up soon.



Jamesyu, how did you seal up the bottom portion?
I took DAP 100% silicon sealant and just spread it to the bottom rear part of the tank.

I then took a fan and had it on for at least 35 hours so the silicon will cure, now there's no leak from the sump to the tank.
If you head to my journal, look at the 3rd picture, you can see the silicon seal right behind the driftwood.
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Got my plants in the mail and went to town planting. Decided to do the DSM see how that goes the HC should fill in pretty fast not much room to fill anyway mostly the center and some on the right that you can't see in the picture.
Not sure if I'm really liking other plants but I'll give them some time and see if they grow on me. Let me know what you guys think.


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jamesyu...just saw your post guess I should have filled and checked first oh well to late now. I switched up the filter a little bit anyway so will see how it works. Are you running the stock pad?
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jamesyu...just saw your post guess I should have filled and checked first oh well to late now. I switched up the filter a little bit anyway so will see how it works. Are you running the stock pad?
yup running a stock pad and an extra pad from my previous 5 gallon aquatech setup.

my water is filled up to the brim and the heater is in that compartment, the aquarium shows little to no water movement from the overflow, but it's doing its work.

I also got my co2 setup today and just tested it out, no leaks =) happy happy person right now. cannot wait until I get to work tomorrow to put it in.

my colleagues at work think i'm nuts =)
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Well its finally flooded waited about a month did the DSM method and I think it turned out well. Super easy didn't really do to much except an occasional misting and after about a week the HC took off. Right now the CO2 is cranked hoping to avoid any melting crossing my fingers but so far so good.
AS you can see below the HC is pearling like crazy and is coming in thick.

Its hard to see but the pygmy chain is really taking off since I flooded the tank. It grows a runner a day with two or threes leaves.
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Well its finally flooded waited about a month did the DSM method and I think it turned out well. Super easy didn't really do to much except an occasional misting and after about a week the HC took off. Right now the CO2 is cranked hoping to avoid any melting crossing my fingers but so far so good.
AS you can see below the HC is pearling like crazy and is coming in thick.

Its hard to see but the pygmy chain is really taking off since I flooded the tank. It grows a runner a day with two or threes leaves.

+100000 nice looking setup! glad you filled it in!
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