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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-12-2012, 09:07 PM Thread Starter
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New to planted (thinking 2.5g)

Hey everyone.
I am new to planted tanks and was thinking about starting a 2.5 gallon. I have had freshwater tanks and currently have a saltwater tank but was always interested in keeping live plants. I'm not sure where to start so any advice would be awsome. Overall I am just looking to keep small plants with a couple shrimps and small snails and maybe a small fish like an otocinclus.

Heres what I have so far:
-2.5 gallon tank
-Lighting--Coralife mini t5 fixture 2x 6watt bulbs 10k and actinic
-Filters--Red Sea nano filter or Whisper 5-15
-Substrate--Gravel
-Air pump (if needed)
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-12-2012, 09:36 PM
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I have a 2.5g planted and it is great! I think your lighting is a bit too high for freshwater plants. Try something in the 6500k range. I think that your tank will look great look through some of the threads on here for ideas it's great!

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Welcome to the world of planted aquariums, let's dive right in and see what we can do for you.

Air pump - no need since plants use Co2 and then produce the oxygen in the tank.

Filter - I'd go with the Red Sea nano filter, since the flow rate of it won't destroy the substrate, and plants.

As for gravel, you'll need to use root tabs under the gravel for the plants.
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I would suggest miracle Gro organic potting soil(about 1") and then a top layer of gravel (about 1/2") which would cover the nutrition of the plants. Otherwise if you're gonna keep the 10k lighting get a good amount of floaters to diffuse the light a little and good luck!

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[QUOTE=AquaKai;1770033]I have a 2.5g planted and it is great! I think your lighting is a bit too high for freshwater plants. Try something in the 6500k range.

--Could I use a standard cfl bulb that is 6500k? Or can you recomend a specific fixture? Thanks for the info.
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xxUnRaTeDxx--Thanks I'll go with the smaller filter and ditch the air-pump.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-12-2012, 11:21 PM
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Yeah, I use standard cfl bulbs on most all of my tanks. They work great and they're cheap too!

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xxUnRaTeDxx--Thanks I'll go with the smaller filter and ditch the air-pump.

No problem, and I agree w/ AquaKai 6500k CFL bulbs work perfectly for planted tanks.

What I'm using for my 2.5 gallon setup is a Finnex Epoch Clip Light, I've had great success with these lights on nano tanks.


http://www.finnex.net/index.php?page...hk=1&Itemid=61

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