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November 22, 2008

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Good advice, Mike.

I think you might want to elaborate on water changes and topping up the tank with freshwater. In my experience, nano tanks can get seriously out of whack if you aren't organized and careful. Weekly specific gravity checks are a must, no?

If you're using one of the commercial all-in-one nano aquariums, you shouldn't have much of a problem with evaporation, as these aquariums have tight fitting lids. There isn't enough evaporation out of my 8 gallon bio-cube to necessitate a freshwater top-off between water changes.

If you have a less enclosed system it would be much more important to monitor water loss.

What is the price-range one could expect to pay for a pre-fab with the additional equipment? Are there any ways to cut corners and not compromise the integrity of the tank?

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