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There quite a few nano kits out there. What some of the better ones for planted tanks? Looking for opinions. Thanks.
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I've had a 6 gal Fluval Edge running for over 6 years. Mine is all stock, but you can modify them in many ways. There is a huge thread dedicated to them here called the Official Edge Thread.

It's still my favorite all-in-one tank.
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I think Fluval Spec III and V are some of the best entry level all-in-one kits for a planted tank that you can get for more reasonable price (the Spec III are going for only $43 bucks right now on Amazon) Their stock lights are strong enough to grow low-mod light plants so you don't even need to think about lights unless you want one of those Iwagumi scapes. Just add heater (if your stock needs it) and you are done. I have a III dirted for a betta and snails and it has been growing many easy to care plants including Staurogyne repens, Dwarf Sagi, Anacharis, Crypts, Pennywort. Of course stuff like Anubias and Java Fern are thriving too. I even have some Telanthera cardinalis I got from those petsmart packaged plants that are blooming. The only one that I don't see much growth is dwarf hair grass, which I am guessing the light isn't strong enough for a lot of growth, it needs CO2, or it just needs more time to acclimate; although it's not really dying either, it just sits there for the most part.
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I was looking at the Dennerle Scapers tank at store the other day. It's a 10 gallon and it didn't seem to have enough lighting.
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I have a spec v right now. If I could do it over, I think I would have gone with the Spec 16 gallon I have seen around. I think they just came out this year. It’s badically a re-purposed Marine Evo. The size would definitely give me better stocking options for plants and fish.
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I was looking at the Dennerle Scapers tank at store the other day. It's a 10 gallon and it didn't seem to have enough lighting.
Dunno. I really didn't care for the looks of the filter and the light seemed iffy for that price point.

I'm always looking for another nice kit under 10 gallons...
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I use an Aqua Culture 5 gal kit, with and extra LED light strip. Works well for me, plus itís real cheap.
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I've been perusing the Show Me Your Spec v thread the past couple of days. Quite a few good looking tanks!
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If you can find them locally the Aqua Japan all in ones are very nice. I have a spec V and an AJ-50 which is about 15 gallons. The Aqua Japan is a much better unit. They have smaller ones too.
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I think I saw some Aqua Japan at Nature Aquarium in Culver City.
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This thread started me researching Spec III and I just bought one plus a heater from Amazon...
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I think I saw some Aqua Japan at Nature Aquarium in Culver City.

Thatís where I bought mine about 3 years ago. Comes with everything but a heater. I donít heat mine as our house never gets too cold. Light has worked great for low tech low light and the lid is nice too.
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This thread started me researching Spec III and I just bought one plus a heater from Amazon...
Those are neat little tanks! Enjoy!
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