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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-28-2016, 06:48 PM Thread Starter
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Modified Fluval Chi

Hey everyone, new here. I bought a little 5 gallon Fluval Chi back in April, and of course by the end of June the LEDs on the filter/light cube went out. I admit, I left it that way until last week, when I decided enough is enough. Tossed the whole cube and upgraded to a clip on light and old school under-gravel filter.

No fish at the moment (I originally got the tank because I inherited a friend's old betta, but he passed in August), just ghost shrimp and a horned nerite snail. Debating another betta or a few little nano fish, to change things up. Also, will add a few more plants as well. Anyway, here's my after pics with the new filter/lighting setup. I though some people might like to see an alternative to the standard Fluval Chi cube.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-29-2016, 08:24 AM
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Looks great! I always hated the Fluval Chi design, and this is way better.

I would recommend a betta again. There aren't many fish that like that sort of layout. Maybe get some more java fern to add some more cover by attaching it to the back of the wood. Only other suggestion would be to push the driftwood forward a little bit and slope the gravel up towards the back a little, if the filter allows that. Your anubias is looking super happy in there!

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Thanks for the advice! I read somewhere that for an under-gravel filter it was best to keep the gravel relatively thin, but surely if I only have one area of the tank where it's a bit deeper, it should be ok, right? That would add some dimension to the tank. In the last three months that the light was out, my old java ferns started to melt, but since I've installed the new light, everything has perked right up. Definitely will get some more java ferns. The anubias is really growing up towards the surface now, and I spotted some new shoots yesterday. Woohoo!
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Love that light. What is it?
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Originally Posted by TItaniumOrchid View Post
Love that light. What is it?
Looks like a finnex clip.
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