Thread: AmyLynn's Fluval Chi
01-03-2012, 10:47 PM #1
AmyLynn's Fluval Chi
Thought I'd start this to actually track the progress since there seems to be a few interested in how the Chi works.
Tank was initially set up on 12/31/11 as a replacement for the small and very scratched 2.5 gallon hex.
Substrate is not Flourite, but rather a left over bag of Floracor red. Flora is one larger anubias nana, a few pieces of needle leaf java fern and what I believe is cryptocoryne undulata. If someone can ID it differently please let me know. Fauna is one female crowntail betta and one leopard Nerite snail.
Filtration and lighting is stock with no plants to retrofit unless necessary.
01-10-2012, 05:53 PM #2
A little less than two weeks in and not impressed. There is very little water movement so I have a slimey buildup on the tank walls and on my nerite snail and the tank kinda stinks a bit. Reports back on the lighting have not been promising. Anything directly under the little square of light grows ok, but nothing else does well. So, not sure what I'm going to do to modify or retrofit anything. I may start with putting my little palm filter on it to get some better water movement.
01-10-2012, 11:50 PM #3
ah thats too bad. I was looking at one of these. I guess they need some modding.20gal long planted community
01-11-2012, 12:11 AM #4
01-28-2012, 06:54 PM #5
My recommendation if you want to plant your tank is to not get the Fluval Chi. Plants will survive and grow a bit, but it isn't an ideal tank. Filtration is very minimal at best. It really performs more as a pump for a waterfall type effect. There is no room to add any decent biological filtration. Every now and then I see a bunch of "dust" floating around underneath the filter. Lighting is very narrow. Dark areas all around the edge of the tank. Plants seem to do find right under the cone of light, but obviously you would want to plant out more than that.
If you wanted a non-planted tank for a single betta it may do well enough. Hard to see your fish though if it's outside of the "cone".
Trying to decide now if I want to modify it (I've already added a second filter) or if i want to craigslist it and get something more suitable.
01-28-2012, 07:11 PM #6
That's a bummer it's not working out. I've been considering getting one myself since they do look sharp.Originally Posted by i_am_511