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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-16-2011, 11:53 PM Thread Starter
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Probing the waters of a nano tank

Hey all,

I have been looking into starting up a planted nano tank as my venture into converting my 50 gallon into a planted aquarium has proved to be quite costly and rather frustrating.

In your experience, what is the best way to get started here? Looking around petsmart and my lfs, there are plenty of kits available, but are they any good?

Do any of the kits include a good filter or lighting for keeping a planted tank?

I figured that if I'm going to be upgrading all the parts anyways I might just get the petsmart $12 5-gallon tank and freestyle it from there, although I do like the aesthetics of some of the kit tanks.

Thoughts? Is there a cheap-ish LED lighting solution for planted nanos?

Thanks,
John
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Depends on what you want to grow I guess. Out of aesthetics for an all-in one, I'd go with and EcoPico or one of the new small Eheim tanks. I've seen some fairly nice planted setups in either without equipment mods.

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Two words, Fluval Flora. It is a very nice 7.8 gal. kit. It comes with just about everything you would want. I however upgraded the lighting and co2 system because I wanted to grow a few plants that would not grow well with the stock lighting. But the stock kit is very good.


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Fluval EBI and Fluval Flora both rock. The only downside to the Fluval Flora is that you can't reuse the CO2 cartridges so in the long run it costs more than if you bought a regulator and a larger refillable CO2 tank. Even so, the Fluval CO2 system is better than DIY. I have two nano tanks set up right now a Fluval EBI and a pieced together 10g. The EBI was $85 as a package and came with a few useless things (their version of a GH booster, their version of a dechlorinator, the rock background, and an ugly thermometer)
the 10g was $8 for the tank. $18 for substrate. $25 for the light. and $45 for the canister filter. Which totals $96. I got a better light, my choice of substrate and a better filter.

If you look at technical details the 10g is a better tank, but the EBI is well crafted and looks much better since everything was designed to go together.

If I had it to do over, I'd start with an ADA 30-C nano and freestyle from there. You can also get one one of the Fluval kits and upgrade as you go.
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well, tell me this then: is it possible to slap a better lamp in the included fluval fixtures, or do you have to get an entirely new lighting solution?
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well, tell me this then: is it possible to slap a better lamp in the included fluval fixtures, or do you have to get an entirely new lighting solution?
The fluval lamp is just a clip on 13watt CFL there is no actual fixture to it. You can just buy another of the many clip on lights.
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i would suggest an ADA mini-m------ HAHAHAHAHHA JK i mean, id suggest it, would be cool. but expensive. lol.

if you have the money for a canister, i'd suggest an eheim 22133 for something around the size of a 10 gallon. i have 2 13 watt cfls. thats my low budget solution to lighting.

i would definitely piece it together. if your feeling adventorous, you could de rim a 10 gallon. that looks nice. and then make a diy light stand and/or a diy with to hang from the light stand. im making on right now, im using aluminum conduit for it.


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