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Hey, I'm new to nano planted tanks, but I'd like to set up a tank for college and can't do anything but nano (dorm rules). I've done planted tanks before, but nothing smaller than 20g. I have no idea where to start. These are my primary questions:
--Rimmed or rimless? My larger tanks are rimmed, but I like the appearance of the rimless nano tanks.
--What lighting system should I use? I'm debating between Finnex FugeRay Planted+ and Archaea Slim-Pro, but am open to other options.
--I don't really care to spend the money on a full out paintball CO2 system. I saw this kit at PetCo that attached to those really small CO2 cylinders. Would this work for a nano tank?
--Finally, I'm considering doing a small Iwagumi aquascape. As far as I can tell, the only real place to buy rocks is from ADA. Is there a cheaper place, or should I just accept the $40 (for seiryu stones) and move on with my life?
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you could go rimless on a nano as there is less stress on the glass joints. I used dirt for my nano capped with 2mm gravel.
Different currency i know but i paid
70 for the aquarium, light, heater and powerhead
15 for plants
10 for fish
4 for gravel
3 for dirt
I had a snails in another aquarium so i moved some of those for free.
The wood for the aquascape i already had too
so thats just over 100 for a full setup

Depends on what type of thing you fancy. Low tech is normally cheaper but depends on the circumstance.

40 gallon dirt tank
5 Gallon planted bonsai dirt tank
1 Bearded Dragon ''Spyro''
Normal Leopard Gecko ''Shadow''
Super hypo tangerine baldy carrot tail leopard gecko ''Moon''
2 whites tree frogs ''Ying and Yang''
1 Royal Python ''Neptune''
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I definitely think Rimless looks nicer on small tanks, as the rims start to look a lot more distracting in the smaller space. As for lighting, I've had a ton of luck with Finnex, so I can definitely recommend them, I haven't had experience with the other. The smaller Co2 definitely does work, but over time the cost of cylinders starts to add up, so it's really just long term vs. short term costs there. And finally, there are a couple great sellers for Seiryu stones on these forums, so you can either do ADA, or go to them. I expect you'd get better service from a fellow forum member though

Hope that helps! Welcome to the world of nanos!


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For a nano tank you should look into DIY CO2 using yeast and sugar, cheaper thank those little cannister with less waste, works well enough for a little tank
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The Petco 3.7 and 6.25 gallon "Arc" tanks are really nice for the money. It is rimless, with a built in filter.
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The co2 system in the white box? The regulator/valve is terrible. The check valve/diffuser is kind of good. Between the kit and extra tanks you're adding up to what you can pay for a high end paintball kit and unless you want to waste most of the co2 you'll be turning it on and off manually every day and spending 20 minutes getting the right amount going.
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I recently purchased the Finnex 7.5 setup….

http://www.aquavibrant.com/aquariums...-5-gallon.html

Light is very bright, surely get you at least medium light if not medium-high. And the glass is extremely clear. I am still cycling mine, but so far I am very happy with the purchase.
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The co2 system in the white box? The regulator/valve is terrible. The check valve/diffuser is kind of good. Between the kit and extra tanks you're adding up to what you can pay for a high end paintball kit and unless you want to waste most of the co2 you'll be turning it on and off manually every day and spending 20 minutes getting the right amount going.
Thanks for letting me know. I've never done anything but paintball before.
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The Petco 3.7 and 6.25 gallon "Arc" tanks are really nice for the money. It is rimless, with a built in filter.
Can you provide links? I can't seem to find them.
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