help with choosing a nano. + nano wanted

Discussion in 'Boyu TL450 and TL550 advice' started by Furbz, 15 Mar 2009.

  1. Furbz

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    hi guys, i'm looking to delve into the art of keeping a nano tank.
    i'm on the hunt for a tank this very moment...
    but i'm going to need some serious help in making this decision!!

    i can currently get a 12g boyu nano. however it doesnt have a skimmer which worries me! it is also lank small. is think a wise investment?

    should i go for a slightly bigger nano? say the boyu 450 or 550?

    also, if anyone is selling or looking to sell their nano pls contact me!!
    i'm open to any type of nano!
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    Furbz - I would say to MUCH rather get a nano like that of Dallas'..... That is the absolute BEST way to ensure success in the long run!
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Hey,
    U can come past and have a look, can make them for about R1100.

    Thanks jacques :)
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    dallasg, could you pls post some pics of the nanos you build in this thread? also, do they have skimmers other equipment for nutrient extraction?
    a stand? how do they look astatically? ( i like the look of the boyu due to the simpicity and neatness.
     
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    I think to have them built is a whole lot better than a premade one as you can have it built to your specifications with a sump, skimmer and better lighting than what comes with the tank. It's also a whole lot cheaper.
     
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    understood. but the skimmer etc. that would have to be bought separtely, and the lighting. i'm willing to pay to have it look neat and tidy...
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Have a look at my nano thread, its a nice project, I got a ts1 skimmer, lr chamber and a dsb and RO topup chamber.
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    what would be included in the price of the build?
     
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    what are your thought on nanos without skimmers?
     
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    ;) No probs mate.... At least your nano have a sump, and you can EASILY put a skimmer on it/in it!
     
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    Nano's without skimmer can have FAR TOO MUCH that can go wrong, FAR TOO QUICKLY.... And the maintenance on a skimerless nano is FAR TOO important.....
     
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    agreed. so i'll only look at the nanos that have a skimmer!
    heard of a few easy mods to help these skimmers out. :thumbup:
     
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    Care to elaborate my friend?? I'm also keen
     
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    Matt, long time! what are your thoughts on keeping a nano?
     
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    well ine has the following setup, as soon as my tank are ready i am going to redo them, so you are all more than welcome to come and see it apart.

    the top tank, DT, has a c2c, thank is about R150, that over flows via 2 25mm and 1 32mm pipes to the second level tank, also R150, here i have is space for a skimmer and heater, this tank is divided in half front to back, left has skimmer and heater, and 2 durso overflows down to dsb, and right half is auto topup section with ATS

    the dsb, bottom tank, R150, is divided in 70-30, with the 70% being a dsb 15cm deep and cheato, the 30% is the return split in half with the pump on one side, and other using eggcrate as a divider is LR.

    these are normal daro tanks, and if made i am sure would be a little cheaper, so tanks are R450, pump is about R400, about R300 for plumbing but there are better ways.

    gimme the dimensions and literage u are looking for and i am more than willing to design u a system far cheaper than a boyu
     
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    Furbs. Just be careful of those nanos that come with skimmers. More than often they don't work too well. I remember a few years ago buying a hang on filter with a built in skimmer and UV steriliser. It housed the heater, some floss and surface skimmed. I payed R500-00 bucks and the skimmer worked well considering and it started up itself after a power outage.
     
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    how would one get rid of that oily layer on the surface? i've seem many nanos with that and it doesnt look great. those skimmer they come with i have heard are less than effective. but would they be able to get rid of that layer at the very least?
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Furbs, i built an external skimmer for mine, much better...

    if u want to hook up for a beer let me know...
     
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    sounds sweet! :peroni:
    but in the middle of year tests at the moment... :(
    only time i'm going to have will be april! this REALLY blows.

    i'm going to go to a couple of stores and fish around with ideas.
    may even kick the whole project out and buy a nice few pieces of coral! :whistling:
     
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    Hi Furbz - just a huge water volume turnover, in the form of some decent in tank water flow.... this will "get rid" of the water surface oily layer.....Which is being caused by DOC's....
     
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