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Old 05-21-2013, 03:03 AM   #1
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I want to join the nano trend!


I have never tried this. I want to set up one or two planted nano tanks, maybe the fluval series? I would like to move my betta in, maybe some shrimp (can you do a betta with shrimp, or will he eat them? In which case it will be two tanks lol.

Need recommendations on nano set ups. I see a lot of brands out there, but I want one I can trust!
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Old 05-21-2013, 03:35 AM   #2
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Its pretty much a matter of your budget. A couple vendors here have some nice nano tanks. There have been a couple reviews here from members who have bought various nano tanks. Do a quick search and you should come up with a couple recent examples.
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Old 05-21-2013, 03:38 AM   #3
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ADA is probably the best, but expensive
DO Aqua is second best, and a little less expensive than ada
MR Aqua is affordable, and good quality, just not as good as the two
Fluval is good too but I find that setting up your own tank is more satisfying
And betta should not be put with shrimp. Betta personality are varies so you can maybe try one shrimp, and it depend on how well fed the fish too. Don't do this with expensive shrimp though.
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Old 05-21-2013, 04:09 AM   #4
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I think Aquatop has beaten Do aqua out for number 2.
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Old 05-21-2013, 04:26 AM   #5
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Finnex 4g tanks are nice also.

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I love my Mr. Aqua tanks. Next tank I get though will probably be an AquaTop.
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Old 05-21-2013, 06:42 AM   #7
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I love my Mr. Aqua tanks. Next tank I get though will probably be an AquaTop.
Yup, my thoughts exactly.

Also, I'm not a big fan of the all-in-one kits, piece out your setup and you'll be able to better tailor it to your growing objectives.
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Thanks! Guess my first step is research then!
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Really depends on whether or not you want a complete setup or not and your budget. Building your own gives you more flexibility, however being able to pull everything out of one box and set it up has its perks. If you look at this site, you'll notice most end up modifying their all in ones such as fluval series, aqueon evolves, etc. I picked up a fluval spec V. You will notice most at least change the lighting however I have kept mine stock and with a little bit of ambient indirect light through a window my low light low demand plants are growing very well. Since you are thinking shrimp you will most likely go low tech and may be a good option. I also don't recommend shrimp with a betta.
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I really enjoy my Tetra mini tank. It came with a filter and led light. The plants grow great and my snails enjoy it. Only $19.99 at Walmart.
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Totally depends on your budget, but I am really enjoying my Eheim Aquastyle..
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I think Aquatop has beaten Do aqua out for number 2.
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Old 06-02-2013, 01:42 AM   #13
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Just ordered my third high-clarity tank from AquaTop and have to say the tanks they acquire are on par with ADA quality (and I'm an ADA fanboy - complete with overpriced tools and goodies). I'd consider myself pretty uptight. Takes a lot for me to say something is nice.

Definitely check the tank journals out here on the forum. Tons of great small tanks from various manufacturers.

Want a unique shallow tank for shrimp? ADA. Want a great little cube or smaller rimless for a terrific price? AquaTop.

The trick to keeping "nano" tanks is to buy high-quality materials so you know you'll absolutely love everything. High-quality doesn't necessarily mean it has to break the bank, though. Just pick out a really nice tank that goes with your decor. Then get a light that looks good both in terms of lighting and in terms of aesthetics outside the tank. Use high-grade substrates - since the tanks are small, don't skimp out, it's affordable. Pick high-end, nice plants from other hobbyists. And then just focus on it like it's an evolving work of art.

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Really depends on whether or not you want a complete setup or not and your budget. Building your own gives you more flexibility, however being able to pull everything out of one box and set it up has its perks. If you look at this site, you'll notice most end up modifying their all in ones such as fluval series, aqueon evolves, etc. I picked up a fluval spec V. You will notice most at least change the lighting however I have kept mine stock and with a little bit of ambient indirect light through a window my low light low demand plants are growing very well. Since you are thinking shrimp you will most likely go low tech and may be a good option. I also don't recommend shrimp with a betta.
This is my point exactly. Most people who buy all-in-one kits end up changing their lights/filter, thus adding to the cost.

I agree with somewhatshocked, buy high quality all the way, these setups will last a very long time and you will be much happier in the long run.
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Old 06-02-2013, 10:57 PM   #15
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The new Mr. Aqua bookshelf tank (6.something gallons) is also on my shirt list.
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