Do you mean that you use another additional EA to set your Break Even setting? If yes, then do consider also adding Trailing as additional trade management tool.
30 pips is fairly good for some amount of breathing space if your EA has high/good entry accuracy (yet that depends on your overall trading strategy).
For a high entry accurate EA, 30 pips is enough room for normal ranging mode (may not be sufficient for highly volatile market). Taking into consideration that you are using a 5min chart, with a reaction time of every 5min interval, a trailing EA will help your EA be more responsive to any sudden fluctuation. Given a choice, I rather set a 30 pips trailing than a 30 pips Break Even cos one is static while the other is dynamic (trailing). As the saying goes, let the Profit run, when you set trailing at 30 pips, you already lock in your "Break Even" but yet at the same time you allow your SL to be dynamic and let you take advantage of capturing any other additional profit along the way.
How to improve your existing Strategy further
1. Do use the Fxblue service to gather your trade performance metric.
2. Use the filter to view a) Entire strategy's performance or b) weekly performance, I use both methods.
3. Look at your weekly performance and understand the characteristics of your strategy, ie. is it a ranging EA or a breakout EA? For example, if this week is a ranging week, I look at which are the top performance EA and I select these EA and use them as Preset Indicators to further improve/fine tune them. If the trading week is a Breakout week, I select the top performing EA as Preset Indicators to further improve/fine tune them. In this manner, I can distinctively develop 2 unique and diverse set of strategies for my overall portfolio management.
4. Lastly, I also look at my overall (entire) performance to select the best overall strategies for the entire period as preset indicators (3 mths onwards etc).
So even if you think your list of collection is bad, you can still select from the list, those EA that are either (a) (b) or (c) below and set them as your Preset Indicators
a) The EA with the best overall performance
b) The EA with the highest number of trade and overall has a some net profit (cos this EA just need to add additional rule to filter out the bad trades to improve overall trade).
c) The EA according to market types, ie. ranging or breakout/trending EA.
Lastly, it's my own personal opinion, I would rather use 1min time chart than 5min time chart. There again it really depends on what types of EA you are searching for and your trading preference.
Note: Attached is a trailing EA that I often use.
Here is the link to the website with many different types of trailing EA for free http://www.kimiv.ru/index.php?option=co … t&id=4