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Low maintenance/cost nano tank for college freshman

I'm moving to an out of state college in a week and a half and I am wanting to set up a low cost and maintenance nano tank in my dorm. The smallest tank I am thinking about is 1.25 gallons and the largest is 4 gallons. Does anyone have any ideas or advice on a set up that would meet my needs. I really like shrimp and would love to have them.

55 gallon - Oscar named Ajax
29 gallon - 15 breeding multifasciatus shell dwellers, 1 or 2? bushy nose plecos
10 gallon - Planted tank, 8 tetra, 2 amano shrimp, 5 otocinclus
10 gallon - Breeding tank, 1 fan shrimp, Red Cherry Shrimp soon
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I have a super low maint Nano tank. I bought a glass cube at a craft store for $20, a hampton bay light from Home Depot (full spectrum) for $25. The a small filter for $15 and heater for $15 at petsmart.

I am currently growing Dwarf sagetaria, Rotala, a Crype and java moss on some pieces driftwood. I have 1 Hybrid Endler and an ever growing cherry shrimp colony. I remove 10 juvenile shrimp every 2 weeks and take them home to my other tanks!
I have lots of duckweed floating on top to help cut the lighting back a tad.

I done with 5 Drops Metricide 2 time a week, 5 Drops API LeafZone once a week, and 2 Drops Flourish once a week.

My blog (Below) has an updated pick if you want to check it out. I am considering adding more dwarf sag. to make a small carpet, but not sure yet....
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OH SNAP! Just realized you are From Utah Aquatics! HELLO! Thanks for that Substrate, I have put it in several Nano tank at home for breeding shrimp and a few plants. Still have a bucket full for some other tanks in the works
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Hi there. Thanks for buying it!

55 gallon - Oscar named Ajax
29 gallon - 15 breeding multifasciatus shell dwellers, 1 or 2? bushy nose plecos
10 gallon - Planted tank, 8 tetra, 2 amano shrimp, 5 otocinclus
10 gallon - Breeding tank, 1 fan shrimp, Red Cherry Shrimp soon
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2.5 gallon tank (petsmart/petco)= $10-13
Azoo Palm Filter (drfosters) = $8.99 (on sale today for $6.30)
Desk lamp with cfl bulb = ~$10 plus couple more for bulb.
steal some substrate from your other tanks or get some play sand and that should about do it!
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2.5 gallons seems like it would be the perfect size. Too bad that I have already sold/given away all of my aquariums. I will have to go the play sand route.

55 gallon - Oscar named Ajax
29 gallon - 15 breeding multifasciatus shell dwellers, 1 or 2? bushy nose plecos
10 gallon - Planted tank, 8 tetra, 2 amano shrimp, 5 otocinclus
10 gallon - Breeding tank, 1 fan shrimp, Red Cherry Shrimp soon
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2.5 gallons seems like it would be the perfect size. Too bad that I have already sold/given away all of my aquariums. I will have to go the play sand route.
I can sell you some of your substrate back (cheap)... we can discuss this on UA (pm me) if you are interested.
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What do you think about this tank and filter?

http://www.amazon.com/Finnex-Gallon-...442727&sr=1-39

I really like the clean look of the tank.

55 gallon - Oscar named Ajax
29 gallon - 15 breeding multifasciatus shell dwellers, 1 or 2? bushy nose plecos
10 gallon - Planted tank, 8 tetra, 2 amano shrimp, 5 otocinclus
10 gallon - Breeding tank, 1 fan shrimp, Red Cherry Shrimp soon
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That fiter looks pretty sweet, never used it though. I am using these mini filters on my mini tanks:

http://www.amazon.com/TOM-Aquarium-I...5&sr=1-1-spell

http://www.amazon.com/Elite-Underwat...0&sr=1-1-spell

But I also like these a lot:

http://www.amazon.com/Nano-Hang-Filt...443336&sr=1-14
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What do you think about this tank and filter?

http://www.amazon.com/Finnex-Gallon-...442727&sr=1-39

I really like the clean look of the tank.

No clue on quality or anything, but it looks pretty snazzy!
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The third one looks nice. The more I think about it. I should wait until I move into my dorm and see if I have room for it. One thing I'm concerned about is when I leave school for 3 weeks to visit my parents. How would I feed the shrimp?

55 gallon - Oscar named Ajax
29 gallon - 15 breeding multifasciatus shell dwellers, 1 or 2? bushy nose plecos
10 gallon - Planted tank, 8 tetra, 2 amano shrimp, 5 otocinclus
10 gallon - Breeding tank, 1 fan shrimp, Red Cherry Shrimp soon
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The third one looks nice. The more I think about it. I should wait until I move into my dorm and see if I have room for it. One thing I'm concerned about is when I leave school for 3 weeks to visit my parents. How would I feed the shrimp?
There are inexpensive electric feeders you can use ;p
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You could yes ^^^ I feed my shrimp pellets that could be easily loaded into an electro feeder. I never go out of town for longer then a week so i never worry about it.
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I have one of these. You can buy the glass tank (vase, candle holder) at a number of craft stores for $10-$15. You can use a desk lamp for lighting, but I just keep mine near a window.

No filter, heater, CO2, nada. Doesn't get much smaller or simpler.

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Topping off for evaporation might be the biggest problem when you're away. My 3g would be close to empty.
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