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Fluval Chi Planted

Howdy all,

I'm new here. It's been a while since I've done a truly planted tank. I've had this Chi setup at work for about a year, with some Cardinal Tetras and some anubias on driftwood. The light/filter cube ended up failing recently, and instead of replacing it with another, I figured I'd put my ZooMed 501 to use (it's been sitting in a box for years), buy a new light, and go fully planted.

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Tank: Fluval Chi 5g (Low Tech)
Filter: ZooMed 501
Lighting: Deep Blue SolarFlare 15w (bought this because it was cheap and available; spectrum probably isn't right, but we'll see how it does)
Substrate: Seachem Eco-Complete
Heater: Cobalt Neo-Therm 50w, set to 76 degrees
Ferts: Flourish tabs, Flourish, and Flourish Excel
Flora: Marsilea Minuta, Anubias nana 'Petite', Peacock moss, Rotala rotundifolia
Planned Fauna: Endlers, Otocinclus, RCS

I borrowed a friend's camera to take the pics, I'll have to take my DSLR up to work soon and take some better pics. I just planted several days ago, so it will take a while to fill in.

Enjoy!
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Looks nice! I'm not sure what the spectrum is on that light but I use a reef spectrum on my CHI and everything grows just fine. I might be alone in this but I like the crispness of the 10k white/blue combo.


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Thanks!

The fixture has 2 x 3w 10,000K, 2 x 3w 6700K, and 1 x 3w "actinic."

I see that you're using the Ecoxotic EcoPico light. That was my plan originally, however, I couldn't find one locally and Aquarium Adventures had a coupon for 35% off one item. Even though they have a high markup on most of their items, the fixture ended up being $40 (cheaper than I could find online), which I thought was pretty reasonable. We'll see how well it does.

And you're not alone, I ran a marine LED fixture on my cichlid tank because I prefer how the colors pop under "marine" spectrum. Just wasn't sure how this spectrum would affect overall plant health and growth. Glad to hear that it's working for you!
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I'm probably using the same LED! I have a Marineland Reef Ready over my 40 gallon. I like it but I'll probably be changing it soon as I bought it for a smaller tank and when I upgraded I just hung it above the 40, I need to get something that will give a better spread over the width of the tank.

Keep us up to date, I'd love to see the progress.


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It's been a while since I've posted here, but I recently purchased a Nano Box Flare from Nano Box Reef (http://nanoboxreef.com/shop/products.html) and thought I would post some updated pics:




Absolutely loving the light so far, and if you're looking for a planted spectrum LED for your nano, I highly recommend looking into one. Dave hand builds these units and can customize quite a bit.

Updated tank specs below:

Tank: Fluval Chi 5g (Low Tech)
Filter: ZooMed 501
Lighting: Nano Box Flare
Substrate: Seachem Eco-Complete
Heater: Cobalt Neo-Therm 50w, set to 74 degrees
Ferts: Flourish tabs and Flourish Excel
Flora: Marsilea Minuta, Anubias nana 'Petite', Peacock moss, Rotala rotundifolia
Fauna: Celestial Pearl Danios (2), RCS (6 + babies), Amano (1), Rili Reds (2)
Future Plans: GLA CO2
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