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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 10-08-2004, 12:42 AM Thread Starter
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My new 2.5 planted nano tank!


Home to just 2 killie's for now
Thinking about adding cherry shrimps
just a single 10W CF in there from walmart with a DIY hood from home depot
I'm thinking I need a black background or something
Currently in there is dwarf hair grass, java ferns, and Xmas moss


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post #2 of 37 (permalink) Old 10-08-2004, 01:52 AM
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That is REALLY sweet-lookin'! I completely redid mine..and the hairgrass is actually taking off. You can see the runners along the glass sides. It's really cool! I'm waiting for some java moss to show up at my doorstep.
Anyway, back to yours...make sure you keep us updated. Any filtration going on there other than the plants? (Black background would look really cool...I'm gonna do a metallic blue on mine.)
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O yeah, its filterless
Pondering the possibility of getting a small filter


10G, 2x13W PC AH retrofit, Hagen CO2 Taken down
29G, 1x55W PC AH retrofit, Flourite, DIY CO2 Taken down
10G, 2x10W PC Walmart Screw-ins Cherry Shrimp Tank
29G, 2x65W PC Coralife, Flourite Taken down
2.5G, 2x10W PC Walmart Screw-in Taken down

75G, 2x54W T5, 90lbs Flourite

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One alternative to a stick on background, is just to keep a wall of plants back there. I usually use baby's tears grown vertically in the back of my small tanks as a curtain effect to hide the filter intake and the little C02 diffuser plate. They seem to be fine in any reasonable amount of light, they just grow slower in lower light. Plus, I think they look really good.
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post #5 of 37 (permalink) Old 10-20-2004, 04:28 AM
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Nice indeed.
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post #6 of 37 (permalink) Old 10-26-2004, 09:42 PM
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Really good tank! One suggestion: try a black background.

Trying to set up a nature tank at the moment, will be busy for a while...
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Update:

Added a red sea nano filter, removed the killies and its a shrimp tank



10G, 2x13W PC AH retrofit, Hagen CO2 Taken down
29G, 1x55W PC AH retrofit, Flourite, DIY CO2 Taken down
10G, 2x10W PC Walmart Screw-ins Cherry Shrimp Tank
29G, 2x65W PC Coralife, Flourite Taken down
2.5G, 2x10W PC Walmart Screw-in Taken down

75G, 2x54W T5, 90lbs Flourite

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I've got a very similar set up to yours. 2.5 gallon, 18 watt Mini-Aqualight, Red Sea Minifilter. I've grown a dense carpet of hairgrass. Some slate rock on one side, and a lone Japonica shrimp. Also i'm using distilled water due to bad tap water. I've had little to no algae growth, and i attribute that to the distilled water. I'll post pictures soon.
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post #9 of 37 (permalink) Old 11-01-2004, 09:51 AM
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I have the same type of set up i love these little 2.5 tanks. I too use the red sea filter and lamp. The plants take off and i do at least a 50 percent water change once a week everything grows its best in that tank. Wish I could get a bigger variety of plants to grow in it and make it look like a amano tank.
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What are you using for a the lamp? I was looking at some odd sort of air pump powered Hagen filter unit rated for like 2 to 8 gallon tanks.
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I'm using a 15w screw-in fluorescent and DIY hood on my 2.5g. I'm not using a heater, but the bulb heats up the water to about 80F during the day, and at night it falls to about 70F...is this ok? Can i minimize the heat transfer to the water somehow?
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I bought a ~$6.99 heat from walmart, isn't glass heater has no temperature controls but supposedly is sized for 2 to 5 gallon tanks. Need to see how well it does.
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I also have a DIY hood and have a 10W screw in CF bulb.


10G, 2x13W PC AH retrofit, Hagen CO2 Taken down
29G, 1x55W PC AH retrofit, Flourite, DIY CO2 Taken down
10G, 2x10W PC Walmart Screw-ins Cherry Shrimp Tank
29G, 2x65W PC Coralife, Flourite Taken down
2.5G, 2x10W PC Walmart Screw-in Taken down

75G, 2x54W T5, 90lbs Flourite

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For A heater I am using a 6 inch mini heater, I think it might be a hagen. I buried in the substrate at the back of the tank making it invisible. So far it has worked great for about 4 months. I also have a redsea nano filter and a miniaqualight. I love my 2.5, it is my cherry shrimp farm. Even with feeding them 2-3 times a day I only get a little bit of green algae.
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Urk- on the packing of heaters it tells you not to let the heater come in contact with the gravel, let alone burying it...is there any truth to that?

The 15w bulb is my heater, holding the temp. from 70 at night to 80 during the day...that seem alright? I have 4 dwarf frogs in it atm...will probably transfer them to my 20g tank when it's cycled, and then start a cherry farm or something cool like that...
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