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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 09-03-2007, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
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What is best -all in one- freshwater nano tank?

Howdy,

I'm looking to start a nano tank that WILL grow plants.

I made the mistake of buying an eclipse 5 gallon tank and thought it would be bright enough to grow.

It has since been returned.

I just purchased the 6 gallon 18w jbj nano.
Does anyone have this tank?

Thanks

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dont have this tank but heard many negative things about jbj. your best bet i say is aquapod or best oceanic.
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I have the 12 gallon and I love it. Its a great set-up. It comes with everything you need expect the heater. Its a nice size shape for planting in. I wouldnt change a thing about it. It also looks pretty cool IMO

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I have a 6G Nano-Cube from JBJ and have never had problems with it, in fact, I own 2 of them w/zero complaints! These tanks are pretty nice all-in-one setups with decent enough lighting to grow plants. If you ever wanted to upgrade the lights, visit: http://nanotuners.com/ and buy a 18W upgrade kit. I upgraded to the 3x18W kit since my 6G is a SW reef setup, but 2x18W should be more than enough for a FW planted setup to grow most of the plants you want. Good luck!

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Depending on what you would like to keep and what lighting requirements you have I would look at one of the tanks from Nanocustoms.com. The upgraded lighting and cooling options are wonderful. As far as a specific make or model..I have had the nano cube and aqua pod and can really say that the aquapod served me better for a multitude of reasons, mostly to do with cooling and ease of use. Good luck.
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any additional lighting can be sunlight.. it's free.


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any additional lighting can be sunlight.. it's free.
That made me LOL, I forgot about the sun!

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all in one

I have the 2.5 gal Mini Bow tank... I upgraded the light (no modifications) using a CF 14w 5500k instead of the 15w heat lamp that comes with it... grows plants all day long. i also upgraded the filter, but that's not a requirement. tank is like $25-30 and light bulb is around $10-12.

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I have a 12 gal. Nano Cube DX. It has more than enough light. Almost too much. I absolutely love it and I plan to get rid of my 30 gal. tank to get more Nano Cubes. You won't even need a heater since they run warm anyway. I've never had a heater in mine. The temp ranges from 78-79.5 F depending on the lights on or off. My room temp is a constant 72F with the air conditioner on.
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I got the oceanic 8 gallon bio cube ($150.00)...It was cost a little more than the JBJ 6 (114.00) but the 2 extra gallons and the total capacity of 32W vs 18w was a seller.
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Honestly, if you really look at what they entail, I really don't recognize any points of differentiation between the three main nanocube manufacturers. They're all pretty much the same, the only difference being the lighting--but that's a regular versus deluxe issue, not a brand issue. I think all 3 of them would make decent planted tanks, though i've only used them for reefs.

I am pretty new on the planted side of things, but I think the relative value of the built in sump they have in the back is less valuable with FW than it is with SW. As a consequence, if I were nano shopping I'd save money by getting something like the Finnex 8G nano, which is $60 for tank and light. As a fan of open tops, I like the look a bit better and it's easier on the budget. Just my two cents.
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One of the big things with all those tanks is the heat factor though. Another option would be to order just the replactment tank from nano tuners.com 40-50 bucks, and then figure out your own lighting that allows for more air flow and cooling options.
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I have the AquaPod 12 G, and it runs HOT HOT HOT, as in 86 degrees in a 78 degree room with just the pump and one of the two lights going. I've since done the following:

1. removed the ribs in all the air vents over the lights and the ballast to increase air flow
2. installed a second fan
3. replaced the stock pump with a 9W MaxiJet

Now it's only 80 degrees, which is fine. I had no idea I'd have to do so much work just to make it useable, though.
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I love my NC12g DX!!

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I have the 6g JBJ and hate the water pump that is in that thing and the fan is loud. Shut it down after 6 months. Now it sits in storage collecting dust. I hate it cause it cost so dang much but that water pump just never worked right.
If I can find a small pump that would fit in that spot I'd set it back up.

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