Low buck Nano...all in one or piece together (non AGA tank)?
I see a lot of you have both ADA/DO!Aqua tanks as well as all in ones by Fluval and the like. I know many people start with the all and ones and then go the ADA route but I also see the opposite.
I want to do some type of nano in the future. However, I am a bit low on cash. I don't mind piecing something together but I don't plan on an all ADA tank or anything.
I already have all the CO2 stuff so my budget is small but it doesn't have to be low tech. One of the big reasons I would like to do another nano is I have the CO2 in order and that is the expensive part. I have some Flourite laying around that I would likely use. I have an AC 20 that I would use for the time being if I didn't go all in one. Lighting is the only thing I really lack but I could do a CFL fixture as a temp solution.
I figure I could either do a Fluval/Aqueon/Eheim tank for dirt cheap. I see them on sale all the time. Or I could get a DO!Aqua. I only can do 16-18 in wide where I want it, preferably smaller. AFA is close enough where I don't have to pay a big premium to get my hand on ADA/DO!Aqua and outside of the lighting (which I would consider upgrading on other tanks), the price isn't much difference from the other offerings on sale (but more costly than clearance which is much harder to find).
Just wondering if I am overlooking something. I don't want a money pit of a tank. I am not yet convinced I even want another tank yet. I don't plan on going with a canister or really nice light. I just want something attractive enough that I can keep some plants I already have and some shrimp or baby guppies I will inevitably have. I don't want to cheap out on an AGA tank because I do want it to look good and the smaller the tank with an AGA, the worse it looks. I am thinking that DO!Aqua is the way to go, again, just wondering if I am missing something.
My other idea is getting a 10 gallon and doing a 10 "deep". I would just use a standard 10 but have it sideways. I think it could be cool and have a lot of perspective, or be really ugly lol.
I know it's just me being indecisive but I am just wondering what others would do.