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Old 11-20-2013, 09:04 PM   #1
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If YOU were building a new nano, what would you do?


I'm interested in setting up a new nano planted tank in the 5-12 gallon range (prefer the higher end, but whatever works) to sit on a night stand. Here are the requirements I'm looking for:

1) I'm looking for a unique tank, not a normal 5 or 10g rimmed tank. Something rimless or perhaps a premade "cube" type of tank, a Fluval Edge perhaps?

2) Must be LOW TECH and heavily planted (as in, a tank that is always looking overgrown)

Price is not a major concern, I'm just curious what some of you might offer as ideas for said tank. I'd love as much detail as you are willing to run your imagination with: type/size of tank, substrate, lighting, plants, hardscape fish... shrimp?

PS - This is not me being lazy, I have done tons of research and know what I'm doing. Think of this more as me crowd sourcing for finalized plans.
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Old 11-20-2013, 09:16 PM   #2
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I have a fulval edge 12G and a 5g chi (which a caniser filter).. which are cool little tanks.

I also like the look of the Spec V
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Old 11-20-2013, 09:26 PM   #3
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I would go with a truaqua 5.4 gallon tank
A fugeray-R
A small canister filter like a 2211, or maybe an ac20
Aquasoil new

Find some really cool looking wood then go to town with crypts ferns and mosses
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Old 11-20-2013, 09:37 PM   #4
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I would go with a truaqua 5.4 gallon tank
A fugeray-R
A small canister filter like a 2211, or maybe an ac20
Aquasoil new

Find some really cool looking wood then go to town with crypts ferns and mosses
Interesting, I had never heard of the TrueAqua tanks... this is why I wanted to make this thread I like that.
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Old 11-20-2013, 09:48 PM   #5
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Oh, I had your perfect tank.

Aqueon Evolve 8 gallon, with stock filter and lighting. I added a small 25 watt heater. Substrate is the finest grains of eco complete, over an inch of MGOCPM. It was inhabited by 3 sparkling gouramis.
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Old 11-20-2013, 10:38 PM   #6
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Give the Schuber-Wright (Finnex) 9g a look. I picked one up a couple of weeks ago, and am very happy with the purchase.
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Old 11-20-2013, 10:44 PM   #7
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If price isn't a concern? Get an Ehiem Aquastyle 9G (or larger). I adore mine.
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Old 11-20-2013, 10:53 PM   #8
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check on amazon they have some nice nano sut ups >$120
Amazon.com: Schuber Wright Mini 66 Rimless Aquarium, 4-Gallon: Pet Supplies Amazon.com: Schuber Wright Mini 66 Rimless Aquarium, 4-Gallon: Pet Supplies
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Old 11-20-2013, 10:57 PM   #9
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i would look into sparkling goramies the cutest little fishes with tons of personality
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Old 11-20-2013, 11:20 PM   #10
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I'm picking up a 5g Chi (with no equiptment) in about an hour for $10
So I'll be watching this thread for ideas too
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Old 11-21-2013, 04:52 PM   #11
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I would go with the Cadlights Zen series. Affordable high clarity rimless tanks, I believe they come with a glass lid as well. 3g, 5g, 7g, and 11g if I remember correctly.
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Old 11-21-2013, 04:59 PM   #12
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If I had to do my nano over again I'd go with dirt substrate, low tech, and a school of less common nano fishes. Cubes are cool but hard to scape for me, I go with a rectangular rimless.
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Old 11-21-2013, 05:02 PM   #13
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The Schuber Wright 9g is looking like a solid contender for tank for me:



EDIT:

So, I'm starting to shape it up a bit... Here's what I'm partial to right now:

- The above Schuber Wright 9g tank
- FugeRay - R
- Aquaclear 20
- Hydor Theo 50w heater (because it can fit inside the AC20)


I'm still open to suggestion, that's just what I've come up with so far based on what I've read and researched. As for substrate, I'm still not sure. I think I would like to do a nice base of Miracle Grow Organic with some red clay beads mixed in, but what should I cap it with? I see that Eco-Complete now offers a "fine" version, my current tank has the regular version which I feel like is too big. But I was thinking of doing a different color than black this time around, perhaps a reddish/brown substrate?
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Old 11-21-2013, 05:44 PM   #14
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Is the FugeRay-R really enough light for a ~10 gallon tank? Trying to find some info but the information seems mixed about whether it's adequate.
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Old 11-23-2013, 08:00 AM   #15
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Mr. Aqua 12G Long. Quite easy to do low tech as it's only 9 inches high. Also gives you good options on fish as it's 35" long. Nothing better than seeing my schooling cardinal tetras race back and forth. I have a ZooMed 501 and the spray bar works wonders fyi.
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