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My proceeds from breeding crystal red shrimp have finally piled up enough to pay for my second tank, and I'm looking for an integrated system so I can put it on my desk without having to hide a mess of tubes and wires. It's also gotta be rimless, and preferably between 10 and 20 gallons.

My top candidate at the moment is Innovative Marine's Nuvo Aquarium Nano 16 [spec sheet]

Questions:
  • Will the included lighting support a variety of freshwater plants? Specifically thinking about trying for a lawn of Eleocharis/dwarf hairgrass, but I'd like the freedom to experiment.
  • In case I ever get more serious, is it at all possible to add a CO2 system to one of these things?
  • What other options should I look into? I heard a rumor about a new line of Fluval cubes coming to the US soon, but I can't find anything about them online.
Thanks for your help!
 

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Thanks to everyone who's responded so far! The drawbacks of an AIO system aren't lost on me, but I'm still pretty set on it because of the office setting — even if it does mean buying my own lights (and I like Blink's idea of selling off the stock lights.)

Extra thanks to dubels for the filtration warning. I think I can get by, since I'm pretty big on water changes and I'm not planning a lot of animal biomass (most of the fish I'd want would obliterate my shrimp.) Any tips for getting the most out of the limited space, though?

The Nuvo costs $350, by the way. Definitely not cheap, but it's within my price range, and looks do count. That said, if I could find something comparable for a lower price then I'd have that much more to spend on plants and stuff!

The Fluval Edge is cool, but since I'm breeding shrimp I'd frequently have to get in there with a net to do my culling. Seems like that'd be extremely painful with the Edge's limited access.

As for the Fluval Ebi and other smaller tanks, I just really like having a bit more space for aquascaping. My grass will need a lot of pruning in the 16-gallon, but in a 7-gallon I think it'd end up just looking like a jungle.

I've also looked at Coralife's AIO tanks, by the way, but the bowed front and heavy plasticky rims just aren't what I'm going for.
 

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The Coralife and JBJ AIOs look pretty clean when they're de-rimmed and they are pretty easy to pick up from the salt crowd when they realize that they want a super mondo 200+ gallon reef as a step up from the dinky 14 gallon AIO lol

I've seen the Nuvo lights go for $100 each locally and IIRC the 16 gallon has two of em, prices may differ in your area of course, but that makes the tank downright reasonable.

Other than the Nuvo, Nano-cube and Biocube I can't really think of any all in ones that fit your size criteria, there are plenty of nice looking rimless ADA style tanks out there that might work but then you have to deal with equipment sprawl again.
I'd actually never heard of de-rimming before... very interesting! Still, all the rimmed AIOs I've seen also have the bowed fronts, and most of them are too big or too small, so I think I'm about ready to pull the trigger on this Innovative Marine thing.

If my LFS guy asks nicely, do you think IM would be willing to package the black-backed tank with the 10,000K lights that normally come optional with the white-backed model? Or should I stick with the 14,000K ones anyway, since they'll be easier to resell?

After reading into the challenges of spreading Eleocharis, I'm now leaning toward Glossostigma... but it's starting to look like I'll need that CO2 system before I'll be successful with any kind of carpet. I'll head over to the Plants forum and seek further advice.
 
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