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Current Nano or Fluval

Promised the girlfriend a nightstand nano tank after we moved and now we've moved... Trying to decide between the Current Nano and a Fluval Spec III. Despite the volume difference, five gal. Vs 2.6 respectively, they have similar dimensions. Looking for input from anyone that has owned either tank. Thanks in advance.
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I like my Spec 3, very easy to maintain and the filter is super quiet (but you knew that!). You would have seen a photo of it on Neatfish's Spec 2 thread, btw your Spec 2 is sweet!

I think ultimately it comes down to whether you want to try something new? The Current has flashy lights, and you're already familiar with the Spec. I'd be tempted to try the Current just for that LCF with the lights.

Ugh, I just noticed "nightstand" so noise may be an issue? Ah, if you go with the Current and the noise is bothersome (I don't know if it is noisy) you can switch tanks round, put your Spec 2 in the bedroom.

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I have the Flora (same as the Ebi). It is an attractive tank, but the original equipment. That came in the kit was sub par. I upgraded the lighting, and added a mini canister filter..it is still my favorite tank.

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I like my Spec III.
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Spec all the way =)
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I guess my biggest question between the two is stock lighting. Anyone have experience growing under either? I can't seem to find lighting specs for the Current but the Spec seems very low light. My second issue is the stock filtration. I know the Spec do very well and even better with some mods. Does anyone have first hand experience with the Current?

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Went with the Current because of the higher lighting. Skipped the sand substrate offered with the kit and went with Eco Complete to allow for future platings. Also replaced the charcoal filter with Matrix. Just finished cycling and she's chosen to stock the tank with guppies. The filter does a good job and is completely silent. The tank doesn't come with a heater which may need to be added as seasons change. Photos to come.

Any suggestions on low growing, low tech plants for a nano tank like this?

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For my low tech low light tanks I have had success with these-

Anubias nana and nana petite
Moss- Java, Christmas, spiky, weeping. I like the spiky and weeping the best. Christmas moss was blah.
Hygrophila difformis (water wisteria, easily accessible)
Bacopa
Brazilian pennywort - fast growing for sure, I like the look
Cryptocoryne becketii petchi
Nymphoidea 'Taiwan'

For your size tank I would recommend the Nymphoidea if you want something bright and dramatic green. One would be plenty for the tank, then some other smaller leaved plant like Anubias nana petite or Bacopa. Even Staurogyne repens. Might even succeed with Alternanthera reinickii mini.

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