ive been looking into nano tanks lately and was wondering the best one for the money? My LFS has both the fluval EBI and Flora on sale for 50 bucks a piece, but i heard the equiptment isnt the best? What about do-aqua or ADA? Anything else, other companies?
The best all around option would be a mr. aqua 11.4 gallon rectangle. It gives you the option of space in a smaller tank with good viewing dimensions, but it all depends on what you want. The 11.4g mr aqua rec would be more if you're into amano style though.
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I'm not a fan of the EBI.. I have one, I found it was just too deep to work with easily, and I personally hated the lack of clarity in the glass... I always felt like the tank looked dirty, even when it wasn't (and I really don't like the FSS either, but that's another issue). I moved on to a low iron schuber wright tank and different substrate for my shrimp and I'm much happier with it.
I have two of the zoomed 501's - they work great and they are cheap but honestly I like the Finnex 360 better.. I think it's easier to customize the media, and the extra 16gph seems like much more.
Personally, for about $150 shipped I'd get the 9g schuber wright + finnex 360 + ray 2 LED set
I think the nuvo is missing the starphire glass, has a weaker light, and it's more expensive. Not sure what the advantage is. There's almost no reviews on the CAD but it looks like they fixed the one negative point that kept popping up which was the removable filter area. Now it's all sealed up tight and cemented in there. Not much of any drawbacks now as long as they keep up with quality control.
Over at the reefing forums, I kept digging up threads with contradictory information about CAD tanks. Some threads went on and on about how CAD customer service/workmanship wasn't the best, while others say they had a great experience with it.
I'm trying to figure out how I would run CO2 with the CAD tank (with a NUVO, I could just use an in-line atomizer like oldpunk does).
Those reef threads were about the old version of the CAD tanks, I've discovered. When they used cheap plastic inserts, the manufacturing process was hit or miss.
The new version seems to be getting high marks and the ones I've seen lately are way nicer than the Ebi and other AIO tanks I've had. For the amount of what you get - regardless of manufacturer - it's pretty cheap.
With a CAD, you could do something in-line with a hose from the pump to the outflow. Since the tank is so small, it might even be easily just to place a diffuser under/beside the pump intake in the rear chamber.