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Nano aquarium choices..any recommendations?

Hi, I am a newbie to planted tank. I am trying to buy a nano and want to see if anyone can advice me to see which tank would be more successful if I want to start a nano planted aquarium. Any recommendations is highly appreciated. Thanks Brandon

Here is what I looking at:

1) 6 gals -Fluval Edge Aquarium with LED Light
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...KIKX0DER&psc=1

2. Tetra Cube Aquarium Kit, 3-Gallon
https://www.amazon.com/Tetra-29095-C...0073b1cf98b2e5

3. Aqueon Evolve LED Aquarium Kit
https://www.amazon.com/Oceanic-Syste...73f6a69233fa29
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I'd go with the fluval 6 gallon. Gives you the most water to work with
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Are you really limited in space? The equipment required for a 5 gallon planted tank is the same as a 10g tank so I would recommend getting a 10g. You'll probably run an aquaclear 20 or 30 and the CO2 is most likely a paintball system using a 24oz tank. The lighting is also probably the same for 5 or 10g tank.


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That first Fluval looks nice, but since it's sealed might be a pain for access if your going to do an aquascape. i agree with the others, especially if your new to this bigger is better (more stable.)

If you want the look of a rimless you could follow that link that @xmas_one provided to buy the things separately.
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The Fluval Edge might be hard to aquascape in. I haven't owned one, but the small opening might make it difficult. I have a Fluval Spec V and it's great! 100% recommend it, especially for a beginner.

It's recommended to by the "biggest" tank you can afford, however larger tanks aren't as clean, simple, and all-in-one as some of the smaller ones. My advice, pick the tank you'll be able to do the weekly maintenance on. With smaller tanks it's important to keep on top of water change (depending on how heavily you stock them), but they are really easy, -one gallon out -one gallon in. 10 min, done.

Last little note: be sure to cycle your tank well. small all-in-one aquariums need a well established filtration system to not be overrun by new fish / increased bio loads.

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Hi, I am a newbie to planted tank. I am trying to buy a nano and want to see if anyone can advice me to see which tank would be more successful if I want to start a nano planted aquarium. Any recommendations is highly appreciated. Thanks Brandon

Here is what I looking at:

1) 6 gals -Fluval Edge Aquarium with LED Light
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...KIKX0DER&psc=1

2. Tetra Cube Aquarium Kit, 3-Gallon
https://www.amazon.com/Tetra-29095-C...0073b1cf98b2e5

3. Aqueon Evolve LED Aquarium Kit
https://www.amazon.com/Oceanic-Syste...73f6a69233fa29
i would get neither of these kits. they will limit you like the narrow opening on the top of fluval edge. since you're in SF, go to the store on 6th ave or j town and pick up a all glass tank for $30-$100. a hang on back filter for $20. a led light for $30-80. some dirt,rocks,wood and plants and you're good to go. CO2 will be your next step into the game
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Fluval spec V can be found on sale for around $55-80 and is a complete kit. Or a Fluval flex for larger volume.

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My Fluval Edge is by far my favorite tank I own. That being said, is is without a doubt the most difficult.

The small opening is just half of the problem. The other half is the lighting. Due to the tank configuration it is practically impossible to throw light to all corners of the tank (even with the newer led version). You'll find most people that successfully make it into a high-tech planted tank eventually use another light in front of the opening, which essentially negates the cool look of the tank.

I ended up embracing the light/dark areas of the tank instead of fighting them. I swapped out the existing lights with a few Cree LED's on a dimmer. Demanding plants get a central spot and the outlying areas get scape and plants that prefer less light. It actually can work out nice, but in the end it is work. I love it because to me it's half aquarium, half art :-)

With all that said I'd get the biggest nano you can get (as others have said). A 10g is now considered a "nano" by many, and you can do little things like de-rim the top to make it unique. Hard to beat a cool looking tank for $10 and a half hour of time. Doing the same with a 5g is awesome too.
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https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/15...uval-edge.html Not sure how close this is to you.

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Here's another choice. Depending on budget and space it's available in 8.5g, 16g, and 23g. Come with Aqua Clear filters, LED's and heaters

https://www.amazon.com/Fluval-Vista-...s=fluval+vista

https://www.amazon.com/Fluval-Vista-...s=fluval+vista

https://www.amazon.com/Fluval-Vista-...s=fluval+vista

The 16g and 23g have stands available also

https://www.amazon.com/Fluval-Vista-...s=fluval+vista

https://www.amazon.com/Fluval-Vista-...s=fluval+vista
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Marineland Portrait 5.5 gallon is taller, but pretty nice...

Marineland portrait on Amazon

I picked mine up for $40 shipped on the prime day sale, but they are currently at $66.49. The light is passable for lower light plants, but since it comes with a glass lid you can put nearly anything on it, I built an LED setup for it that rocks.

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They make a shorter 3 gallon version of it too.
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I second any one of the kits. I have the fluval spec v, myself, and it taught me basic aquarium keeping. I grew tired of it's shape, however. And the stock equipment. But I would have never guessed how to start and with what equipment without a kit.


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The spec is a nice start and is mod friendly, so you have room to tinker and learn about filter and lighting.

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Don't get any of those sets. I would recommend starting with something like this:

https://aquaforestaquarium.com/colle...k-light-filter

Since you're in SF, just go to Aqua Forest Aquarium since they carry it in stock and see it in person. You'll be inspired after seeing their nano planted tanks. With those other sets you listed you're limiting yourself to what kind of plants and fauna you can keep in them.
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