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Old 02-23-2013, 07:41 PM   #1 
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Fluval Chi Comments?

Hello, I've been looking into buying a tank for my first Betta fish. I've been looking around at different starter kits, and the one that's really stuck out to me as the best for my money is the Fluval Chi 5 gallon. It's the only set that I've seen where people complain about the filter being too big/noisy or the tanks cracking.
http://www.amazon.com/Fluval-Chi-Aqu...rds=fluval+chi

Has anyone else used this tank? What are your thoughts?
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Old 02-23-2013, 08:43 PM   #2 
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I have one that I picked up awhile back - it's a fairly decent little tank, but there are a few parts that probably aren't the best. The filter isn't bad at all; depending on how you set decor up on top it's anywhere from nearly silent to a easily audible trickle. The light's ok, but I'm not sure how it would do if you want to grow live plants other than those that do well under low light. Fluval wired the filter and lights together so that you manually have to turn the light on and off, so timers are a no-no if you want to run the filter all the time (which you need to do if you plan to cycle the tank). I'm not very impressed with the filter media, but it's livable and it'd be easy enough to adapt other media to fit.

Another point to consider is that the Chi is taller than it is long and that bettas typically appreciate a tank that is longer and/or deeper than it is tall. Heavier finned males may have issues with this tank, which could limit you to females or plakat males.
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Old 02-23-2013, 08:57 PM   #3 
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I love love love mine. Very attractive and classy no noise or cracking issues so far. The only "noise" is the water flowing, which is nice and relaxing. You can quiet it very easily however.
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Old 02-23-2013, 09:15 PM   #4 
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Thank you for the responses :) I was considering a lower water line so hopefully he wont jump out of the tank.
I'd like to put a few live plants, maybe in the middle of the tank. I'm still doing research on that.
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Old 02-23-2013, 09:24 PM   #5 
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Get a top instead of the lower water line. The filter buzzes and strains when the water line is too low. Not an issue, just add more water. The top is tranleucent and fits on easily.
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Old 03-07-2013, 04:34 PM   #6 
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I have a 5 gallon chi. I have no issues with it and my betta seems very happy. As far as plants I have low lights plants doing fine. I also have banana plants in there. I believe the banana plants require moderate light and they're surviing just fine. I dose once a week with ferts.
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It looks great, but I don't like it because it's involved in Chinese mysticism with feng shui and universal life energies or w/e. >.>

it looks cool, but I suggest you research what "Chi" is before you buy it.
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Um... Ok then? I don't really follow those things but I believe flung shui is good. It's not like some sort of Chinese demon tank. I like mine cause it looks good.
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It looks great, but I don't like it because it's involved in Chinese mysticism with feng shui and universal life energies or w/e. >.>

it looks cool, but I suggest you research what "Chi" is before you buy it.

I'm sure those who own it don't care about the name...
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That's why I bought it. I thought it looked cool. It's just a fish tank. lol.
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