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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-06-2020, 03:09 PM Thread Starter
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Fluval Nano 3.0 Light Dispersion?

I'm setting up a 9 gal nano - 45cm x 17cm x 30cm (about 17.75 " x 10.5" x 11.75").

I guess this is just a bit smaller than a typical 10gal.

Wondering if the Fluval Nano will distribute light evenly? Anyone using it on a non-cube setup like this?
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I'm using two lights on a 24g setup (120x40x30), and I've previously been deliberating if I should get a third one. It depends on the scape, I want some shades and variation in the tank (otherwise I'd gone with the full lenght light) and as long as you plan the scape to account for the light disbursement I think it's fine. Hope this can give you some idea if it's enough or not. As always depends on how demanding plants your aiming to keep, I got a carpet of HC Cuba with CO2 going with less demanding plants along the edges.

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Not sure how much this will help but, another member sent me this picture to show how it would light an 18” cube.
I was light shopping for the same cube and he happened to have the same and a nano 3.0 that he kindly swapped from another tank to give me an idea of how it would do.
Keep in mind that the scape shown wasn’t being grown using the fluval nano
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Thanks @Hujeta and @jinx© - both helpful.

I’m attempting to balance the needs of the tank, somewhat unknown scape plans (setting up hardscape this weekend) and the aesthetics of the entire setup, which will be in a well trafficked living space and need to feel like an indoor garden and “not another fish tank.” :-)

I was looking at a twinstar, but would rather avoid a light that stretches the length of the tank and look like a big handle on top of a glass basket.

Maybe my best next step is to do the hardscape and see what possibilities that presents. Kinda thinking I can figure out a way to use the Fluval.
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