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Fluval Chi
November 27, 2010
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I've recently bought a Fluval Chi tank, and am delighted with it. At the moment I've got 3 Platies in and they're using all areas of the tank but don't appear to have a lot of room, so I was thinking that once its really mature, (it's only just cycled) I'd try something smaller in there, the size of the tank is 10 x 10 x 16ins high and although the tank is 25 litres, there is actually only 21 litres in it.

So, I was wondering what small fish would use all the tank, would Microrasbora or Boraras be OK or even Ember Tetras. With the tank being so tall, I would like all areas covered.

November 27, 2010
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With those dimensions, the only livestock I would be happy putting in there are shrimp.

November 27, 2010
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Shrimps aren't really an option, the Fluval Chi is an open top tank with a fountain effect filter at the top, the water level is very high about half an inch from the rim, also the bottom of the filter box is under water so shrimps would be able to climb onto and into the fountain area.

Fluval designed this tank, I've bought it, surely there must be some fish suitable for it /rolleyes.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" />

November 27, 2010
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I kept a single Polycentropsis abbreviata in a tank with a similar footprint for a couple of years without problems. *shrugs* Like Bully says though it's probably best not to put a group of active, schooling fishes like the ones you mention in such a small space unless it's a temporary measure for breeding purposes.

Cake or death?
December 1, 2010
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I had a small group of five Eyespot Rasbora (Brevibora dorsiocellata) in a tank smaller than that - no problems.

December 26, 2010
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QUOTE (Bully @ Nov 27 2010, 02:33 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
With those dimensions, the only livestock I would be happy putting in there are shrimp.

A single male Betta maybe. Other than that I'm not sure I'd want to house anything long term in there.

On a side note, I really hope that these tiny tanks don't become fashionable as they're not really suitable for fish. /sad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":(" border="0" alt="sad.gif" />

December 28, 2010
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too late Jared - nano tanks are all the rage i'm afraid.

December 28, 2010
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Last spring I have a bought a 20 litre Dennerle nano tank to house a very small group of Paedocypris carbunculus ( http://www.rmbr.nus.edu.sg/rbz.....15-422.pdf ) and the tank dimensions are chosen especially for these fish (they perish in larger tanks). Other than that I indeed wouldn't use such a small tank for anything other than shrimp or rearing fry.

December 28, 2010
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QUOTE (Bluedave @ Dec 28 2010, 07:29 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
too late Jared - nano tanks are all the rage i'm afraid.

I know. I know they have been for a while, but most were bigger than the chi. What I really mean is, I hope we're not beseiged with sub 20 litre nanos in the future.

Sign of the times I agree... /sad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":(" border="0" alt="sad.gif" />

December 29, 2010
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Ooh do you still have the Paedocypris Stefan?

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December 29, 2010
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QUOTE (Matt @ Dec 29 2010, 02:28 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Ooh do you still have the Paedocypris Stefan?

I still have to get them from Paris.

January 10, 2011
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My problem is that I like small tanks /blush.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blush:" border="0" alt="blush.gif" /> I used to breed Bettas and had quite a few small tanks for males, over the years I've replaced the cheaper ones for the new 'designer' ones, normally just keeping Bettas.

Unfortunately I don't think a Betta would be suitable for the Chi, its an open top with quite a high choppy surface and most Bettas would jump out sooner or later. I've still got the 3 Platies and 2 Nerites in there and they seem happy enough, as soon as I turn the light on they all come to the corner where they know there food will be and they don't seem to struggle with the height of the tank, its only 16 ins. Its just that the tank is so narrow /unsure.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":unsure:" border="0" alt="unsure.gif" />

With hindsight, the tank was a mistake, but its a nice looking tank and all my visitors pass comment on the fountain on top, even my husband likes it /rolleyes.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" /> which is more than he does any of my other tanks

I've said I won't buy any more small tanks, but my sister bought me a nice surprise for Christmas - a 25 litre AquaEl 37 bowl. Not what I wanted, and not what I'd have chosen but you can't look a gift horse in the mouth /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" /> Again this tank isn't suitable for a Betta as it has a top filter which gushes water back into the tank, but it will be ideal for shrimps

Just thought I'd show what the Chi looks like now, complete with Platies and Nerites

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