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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-31-2012, 08:55 PM Thread Starter
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Newbie interested in low tech nano tank needing suggestions

Hey everyone! I've been lurking for a couple weeks and finally joined, and was wondering if you all could help me out with some suggestions.

I currently have a betta and 2 RCS in a 2 gallon heated, filtered, bowl. I'm looking to upgrade their housing, but due to limited space am considering a nano tank. I really like the look of the finnex 4 gallon, and have read some great reviews on it from people on here.

I've never had a planted tank before, and would like to keep it as low tech as possible (I'd like to avoid co2 if possible, and little or no ferts). For plants, I'm thinking java fern, java moss, and maybe anubias. I read that they don't really need co2 and ferts if raised in low lighting. So low light sounds good. I'd be open to surface plants that cut down light.

So my biggest question is what light do I get? On ebay I've found a few different options for finnex lighting, filter, tank packages:
13watt flourescent
26watt flourescent
21 LED cliplight
60 LED cliplight

I prefer the sleekness and energy efficiency of the LEDs, but would go with the other options if they're better.

Also, for the plants mentioned, would I have to use aquasoil or something similar as substrate? I think the plants I mentioned don't really dig into the soil, but would the prescence of such nutrients still be necessary?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-31-2012, 09:08 PM
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I'm running LED on my tanks and anubias, java fern, mosses, and hydrocotyle leucocephala grow great! No need for soil. I'm my Edge tank they are doing great with gravel and no ferts. In another tank I have ecocomplete and I can't see any difference in growth.
The lights I'm running on my bigger tank are the 45 cm archaea LED lights from Adana.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-31-2012, 09:11 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks! Oooo, those LEDs are slick looking!

It's cheaper if I get the bundle, and the lights I mentioned all come in bundle packages with the tank itself. The 60 LED is my favorite of them all, but I'm worried it will be too much light for low tech.

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I suspect you'll be fine but I'm eager to hear what others think too.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-01-2012, 08:40 AM
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On one of my tanks I use haloclips with these led spots. (2w, 6000k, 20)

The 20 spread means that it is possible to mount them 30-50cm above and even a little of to the side of the tank where you don't really notice them. I have them on a bookshelf next to the tank.

I stay away from those led fixtures where you can't replace the leds because of their inflexibility.
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i use led's on my nanos only because they came equipped as such. LED's look great and keep the heat down relatively however when one or two stop working, they sort of stop looking all the great. exactly what m8e raised...

The finnex 4g was one of the tanks i considered before getting my setup. I prefer the HOB filtration and colored lamp (covers) but be aware they use proprietary bulbs so you may not find a direct fit at lowes/homedepot without some modification.

13watt flourescent might be more than what you need and some floating water lettuce or duckweed will certainly cut down the stress on your betta and rcs...

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