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Old 03-21-2011, 04:37 PM   #1
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Any thoughts/comments on Fluvals "Chi" 5g kits?

I'm looking to rehome our beta (with a shoal of something + plants) in this kit and wondered if anybody has it, used it or possible suggestions on an alternative. A standard aquarium won't fit size or decor wise, so that's why we're leaning towards this one.

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I'm also thinking of getting one of these as a beta tank in my room. I dont know if I would put companions with a betta with a 5 gallon.
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What is your budget for this project?

I think the tanks look really nice... obviously from the other threads you know the stocking choices will be very limited. The main complaints I have heard on the system: 1. The filter is not great. 2. The stock lighting is somewhat insufficient for growing most live plants.
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I have the Chi and Fort is 100% correct. I literally threw the light/filter away.
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Old 03-21-2011, 04:59 PM   #5
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I'm also thinking of getting one of these as a beta tank in my room. I dont know if I would put companions with a betta with a 5 gallon.
Yeah, been debating that with my GF, but she wants Elvis to have some groupies to keep him company .

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What is your budget for this project?

I think the tanks look really nice... obviously from the other threads you know the stocking choices will be very limited. The main complaints I have heard on the system: 1. The filter is not great. 2. The stock lighting is somewhat insufficient for growing most live plants.
No real limit (happy beta+happy GF=happy me). But I can't see spending $300 on the designer one I've seen (can't remember brand).

Between what you said about filter/LED's and a couple reviews about the open top causing high evaporation and fish jumping out, I'm wondering if there's something better on the market.

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I have the Chi and Fort is 100% correct. I literally threw the light/filter away.
What did you replace them with?

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do!Aqua cube glass Mini M -- $50

aqua forest aquarium

Archaea Clip on 13W CF Light -- $38.99 (you could upgrade for a bit more if you want more light)
aqua forest aquarium

Azoo Palm nano HOB Filter -- $8.99
Power Filter for Small & Desktop Aquariums: Azoo Palm Filter

TOTAL: $97.98 + some shipping

The do!Aqua cube gardens are almost as good clarity wise as the regular ADA cube gardens and are comparatively cheaper. The Archaea lights like I linked to are a little pricey, but sharp looking. If you live anywhere near San Fran or ever go there, you could pick the stuff up from Aqua Forest... otherwise there would be some shipping costs involved. All in all, this would be a great setup for a low light tank... Just some suggestions.
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What did you replace them with?

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I'm not currently using it. I was considering using it as a pico reef, in which case: an AquaClear 20 and a Par 38.
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do!Aqua cube glass Mini M -- $50

aqua forest aquarium

Archaea Clip on 13W CF Light -- $38.99 (you could upgrade for a bit more if you want more light)
aqua forest aquarium

Azoo Palm nano HOB Filter -- $8.99
Power Filter for Small & Desktop Aquariums: Azoo Palm Filter

TOTAL: $97.98 + some shipping

The do!Aqua cube gardens are almost as good clarity wise as the regular ADA cube gardens and are comparatively cheaper. The Archaea lights like I linked to are a little pricey, but sharp looking. If you live anywhere near San Fran or ever go there, you could pick the stuff up from Aqua Forrest... otherwise there would be some shipping costs involved. All in all, this would be a great setup for a low light tank... Just some suggestions.
15 minutes north of SF, so.... road trip!!

I like the rimless look and size wise, it's perfect.

Thanks fort!

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Or you can get a Fluval Edge. The lights on this will probably still have to be replaced if you want plants though but it comes with an AC20.

I just realised you are from N.Cali...so am I!
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