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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-04-2015, 04:46 PM Thread Starter
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Hello TPT people!
Currently own a Fluval Spec V. High-tech and heavily planted, six fish and three amanos. It was an experimental tank to see if I can manage the bio-load and maintain a healthy environment.
To sum it up: SUCCESS for almost three months.
Now on to my next venture...

I want to start a new and legit planted nano tank.

1. I currently have two bio-bags in the filter.
Can I use a bag to quick start a new tank?

2. I am looking for a setup for a betta and want to carpet A LOT of monte carlo on the bottom, so I'm going high-tech again. I DO NOT want to spend a lot of money and also don't have that much space. Probably looking between the 2.5 - 5 gallon range.
I have done some research, read a bunch of forums and reviews and found some tanks on amazon. Any thoughts?
3. Has anyone ever used a Finnex Stingray for plant growth?
I know it is not as good as a planted + but would like to hear your experience with it and co2.

I appreciate the time that it took for you to read this and thank you in advance for your response. Thanks
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-04-2015, 05:30 PM
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All those tanks are expensive to me. I'd just go to Petco or Petsmart, one of the big pet chains, and pick up a small tank for much less. A finnex stingray will be plenty of light for a nano tank and many people have success with them. The Planted+ puts out a lot of par when you are talking less than 12" of height. Probably too much for a nano in most cases. You can seed your new filter with established filter media and if you keep the bio load low, stock almost immediately. A single beta will most likely be fine with a portion of your old media added to the new filter.

What method of CO2 do you plan on using? Pressurized, DIY, excel? I'm interested because that will likely be the most expensive portion of this tank and determine your limit on lighting.

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I'll continue to use a DIY system.
What filter would you recommend?
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