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Old 05-21-2012, 08:00 PM   #16
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Just to let you know Nano tanks are probably the most difficult and unforgiving tanks because of their size. They can get out of balance easier than a large tank and can be quiet a headache. I started out with a nano tank, I wish I got a bigger tank first lol. If you can you should get a bigger tank first, it would be easier.
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You beat me too it. I was going to definitely suggest going bigger than a nano for your first Aquarium unless you want a very difficult beginning.
Thank you. I've read that in several places, but as I am going to be moving possibly several times over the next few years I don't want to invest in something like a 29-75 gal.

I also thought about getting one of the Fluval Edge's but everyone seems to be ticked off about the little hole in the top. I don't have very large plans for it. Just some rocks, maybe anubis, and a few fish. I thought everyone started out with a beta in a fish bowl?
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Old 05-22-2012, 02:57 AM   #17
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I've had large and small tanks over the years and prefer nanos. My Picotope is the easiest of all to care for. I feed my Betta and top off his water daily with bottled spring water. It had just enough nutrients in the system to keep the plants happy and I dont have CO2 since its low light. That means I don't have to trim much. I clean the glass and rinse the filter media weekly but that's it. I did replace the bulb in the stock fixture and bought the Red Sea Nano filter. It's WAY better than the stock filter and still inexpensive. Honestly, it's my favorite tank. Yes, larger tanks are more stable but, if you are careful, even a nano can be easy to maintain.


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Old 05-22-2012, 03:44 AM   #18
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I had a thriving Petco 6.6 gallon bookshelf tank with cherry shrimp and celestial danios (took it down when we moved). Easy as pie to maintain. Added a Coralife fixture and an Aquaclear filter and did a small water change every 2 weeks. I didn't even have a heater on it. My plants went crazy and I had very happy shrimp and fish. Don't be scared of nanos, they're not so bad Just make sure you have really good filtration, add a bunch of easy to grow plants (I had tons of anachris and different types of moss) and don't overstock or overfeed and you'll be fine

I'm considering reviving the 6.6 (after we moved, I set up a 29 for the shrimp and fish), it has really nice dimensions.

I started out with goldfish in a bowl, then a 3 gallon, then a 10, then a 20, finally a 55...very addictive hobby!
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Old 05-22-2012, 08:48 PM   #19
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I wish I had splurged more on my nano tanks. I got 2 minibows and while they are cheap and readily available, they are, well, cheap. I enjoy looking at my standard 10 gallon tank a lot more. The 10 gallon is easier to stock, easier to decorate, and accommodates standard-sized equipment. I think a 10 gallon is a great beginner tank. You don't need to start with anything larger like a 29 gallon as long as you understand its limitations. IMO, a 2.5 is pretty small. Although if all you want is a betta, that'll work out fine. Maybe think about a 5 gallon?

Recently I've been eyeing the Eheim Aquastyle tanks. They come in 3 sizes: 4 gallon, 6 gallon, and 9 gallon. They look very nice and come with a lid, filter, and light. The light is an LED which should be sufficient for growing non-demanding plants and from what I hear, Eheim makes quality equipment so I assume their filter is pretty good too. It does not come with a heater. These tanks are a bit pricey but if you turn out like me, it'll be worth it to buy a quality tank once instead of a shoddy tank once and replacing it with another tank.
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Old 07-12-2012, 02:15 AM   #20
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What the newest, hottest mini kit?
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Old 07-12-2012, 02:36 AM   #21
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I just love the Fluval Spec w/ built in filter and light. I wish I could invest, but 5.5g at Walmart is only $10, I have 3.

Maybe if I got for a present it'd be worth the $40.
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