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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-08-2013, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
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HELP: evolve 8 vs nuvo nano 8

I am looking to build a fresh water planted. I would like to carpet with dwarf baby tears. Which tank would you pick? Do either of these require mod lighting? Which mod lighting would be needed?

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I am looking to build a fresh water planted. I would like to carpet with dwarf baby tears. Which tank would you pick? Do either of these require mod lighting? Which mod lighting would be needed?

Thank you all!

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I know I'll probably catch slack not directly answering your question, but here we go. The nuvo nano 8 for example is 15 inches tall. Thats 15 inches of water to penetrate, with the weak light it comes with I doubt you'd have any success growing baby tears. That system also costs 200 dollars. Hear me out here, for less (probably 20-50 dollars) you could get a 10 gallon which is only 12 inches tall and but a t5 light from Catalina aquariums for a great price. That would give you a much more solid shot ad growing what you want to grow. Also remember the bigger the tank the easier it is to maintain. Its only a 2 gallon difference but better than nothing! Good luck!

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If you want a "plug and play", I would go with the Aquastyle 6. I am having luck growing pretty much whatever I put in there. Good light, good filter, beautiful glass tank.

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If you want a "plug and play", I would go with the Aquastyle 6. I am having luck growing pretty much whatever I put in there. Good light, good filter, beautiful glass tank.
I second this!

I personally have a Evolve 8...which I had full of hemianthus micranthemoides. But I had to swap out the useless stock light to grow anything. I also find the sump area a waste of space and not very intelligently laid out. Furthermore, the outlet for the waterpump/sump is not very adjustable and quite focused. The pump is overpowered as well. And and and lol its acrylic so prone to scratching. OH and my lid has hazed from the heat of the more powerful light. Seriously, it basically sucks lol

The gf just bought an aquastyle 9. The light is very very bright, the filter works very very well and is sized perfectly for the tank, flow wise. It also has a secure compartment inside for housing media of your choice. Nice thick solid glass and no wasted space for a sump! I personally prefer this to the evolve without a doubt.

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I have an Evolve 4, and cannot wait to kick that thing to the curb. The reasons are very well outlined above.

I also have the Aquastyle 6, and I love it to pieces. Truly a tank I can see keeping my whole life.

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I have a Evolve 4 running. For that size the lighting seems adequate although you would want to upgrade eventually. The pump will also need to be replaced unless you want to hear the thing running. For what I paid (like $40 for the 4 gallon) it is fine. The Nuvo is a much nicer setup it just costs significantly more.
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i also have an evolve 8. severely dissapointed when i opened it up to see how much space the rear chamber takes away.

i will say that my pump does not give me any issues. it is a little strong though. mine is quiet.

BUT...it is my second pump (exchanged the first one at petsmart) because the first was obnoxious and rattled.

Had to switch out the light as well. Using a Wavepoint 8w micro sun high output LED
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Thank you all for the advice, I think you swayed me to the Aquastyle, just one question.... Out of the box you are happy with it?
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100%. I find the light is perfect on the 6.

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post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-10-2013, 08:06 PM
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I remember that a YouTube got an Aquastyle, I think the 4... But she's successfully growing baby tears with the stock kit. Why pay for a tank then have to replace all the parts. That's why I stopped buying kits.

I think her YouTube name is ThereThereTBKON

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