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Old 09-25-2012, 09:07 PM   #1
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Fluval Chi 5g (Photo intensive update 10.07.12)


I got a free fluval chi from a great Houstonfishbox member and decided to turn it into a planted nano. This will be my first planted and first nano. I'm still in the beginning process and any comments, constructive criticism, or suggestions would be great! I've already received a lot of suggestions and comments on HFB and just wanted to share with you guys.

Tank specs & equipment:
5g Fluval Chi (31.25 L x 25.4 W x 25.4 H cm)
Eco-Complete African Cichlid substrate
Manzanita Driftwood
Zoo Med 501 Turtle Canister Filter (Seachem Matrix, Prefilter sponge, and coarse sponge)
12.5" 6 watt Ecoxotic Stunner LED 18-8000K White 6-453nm Blue
90w Lamp (not sure of the specs on it)

Here are a few pics of it currently setup and the equipment. Livestock includes 2 Molly fry, 3 chocolate tylos, and 3 nerites. Molly are temporary until shrimp and livestock are added. No plants yet but I'm slowly gathering them. The light is not going to sit in the tank like that. I'm looking for a mounting clip to attach the stunner strip to.

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Old 09-29-2012, 04:09 AM   #2
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What kind of filter do you have?
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Old 09-29-2012, 01:51 PM   #3
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Take a razor are to the old filter mount. It should come off fairly easily when done carefully.
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What kind of filter do you have?
zoomed 501 mini external canister filter
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Old 10-06-2012, 07:47 AM   #5
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Take a razor are to the old filter mount. It should come off fairly easily when done carefully.
Thanks! Didn't think about it and it didn't bother me much but I will definitely do that!

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Way to go Kyle! I hope you have all the success you desire. Best of luck always.

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zoomed 501 mini external canister filter
^ this. Very well built filter

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I have more updated photos of how it looks now. I will post them later today

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Old 10-07-2012, 05:09 AM   #8
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nice setup. i have a fluval chi also that i am using to house the blue shrimps i got. its also my left overs tank, all my left over equipment, substrate, decor, plants, left over everything in that tank. cant wait to see wat you do with this setup.
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Completely forgot about the pics again. Here they are. WARNING Photo intensive!

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Some layouts before I settled on one.

























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Old 10-07-2012, 05:22 AM   #11
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Old 10-07-2012, 05:26 AM   #12
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Two videos. Sorry in advance for any sounds/music! They were not intended!

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Old 10-07-2012, 05:28 AM   #14
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I was given some shrimp that they said were Amano shrimp. Not sure if they were really Amano shrimp though. They all got fried this morning when the lamp fell in and electrocuted them all. Fish survived but no shrimp.

















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Old 10-07-2012, 05:29 AM   #15
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Another video

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