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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-18-2015, 03:23 AM Thread Starter
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Well kind of, my fluval chi had been neglected while moving and getting my frogs (other hobby) settled. So here is what I did with it tonight. I am basically a total noob with planted tanks. I was not anticipating keeping the finnex planted + in the picture as the light for this tank. Maybe I can use the stock light/filter for the chi? If not, I would appreciate some economical suggestions for filters and lights. Nothing too time consuming though, plug and play please.

Planting is Anubis nana, Bacopa caroliniana, Cryptocoryne wendtii "green", and a smidge of Java moss ( I might pull the moss out). Wood pieces are manzanita burl extras from a vivarium I built. Granite stones.

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Can anyone help me determine if the stock light will be enough for the plants I have to survive?
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You're growing undemanding plants so you should be okay. You should also be fine with the stock filter for the fluval chi as long as you keep the tank lightly stocked (if you plan to add any fish at all). Well done and welcome to the hobby!
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looks nice! I also have a planted fluval chi as well! As for the stock lighting/filter, I agree with what jasa73 said.

If you want some inspiration for not using the stock light/filter, I am currently using a "hang on back" canister filter and a Wave-point 12-Inch 16-Watt Daylight Micro Sun LED High Output Clamp Light.


There's a pic of my tank in here (the most recent post, but doesn't have pic with the new hang on back canister filter):

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...=369585&page=2
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Thanks everyone! I am already getting new leaves on the anubis and bacopa. I also have a 50 watt halogen desk lamp I am supplementing the tank with. I'll post more pics in a few weeks.

Bump: I like your setup mwei!
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Well my kid decided to see how tightly the plants were rooted in the substrate a couple weeks ago, so that gave me the opportunity to redo this tank.



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Ooooooh! I like the old and new setups!
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Did my first water change over the weekend and added two nerite snails, cool little critters eating the algae more slowly than I thought they would though.


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