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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-23-2013, 12:18 AM Thread Starter
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2.5g Planted tank?

Thinking of starting a 2.5G planted tank once i finish cycling my 25g


Diy fixture cfl swirl bulb 9watts
sponge filter? or what kind of filter?
will i need a heater? or will the bulb heat up the water?
co2 dosing
miracle gro organic leftovers
how much shrimp can i fit in there?

suggestions? and is it difficult?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-23-2013, 01:18 AM
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Depends on high up the light fixture is. It might heat the water only couple degrees F + your room temp.
I have a 5 gallon with a small sponge filter to keep the water from being stagnant (prevents mosquito larvae).
I'm not really sure about a 2.5g, but I kept about 30 shrimp in a 5g. They don't produce that much bioload and the plants should create a natural water filtration.

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-23-2013, 01:52 AM Thread Starter
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what brand is your sponge filter? the light fixture wont be high, it will sitting on the tank
and what kinda of plants should i go with?

some that can carpet the floor?
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I have a couple. I used the AHSupply 13 W bright kits on then, just replaced one of them with an 11 W LED fixture I got from China. Red Sea Nano-Filter HOB.

LED looks like this one: http://zhgdled.en.made-in-china.com/...6W-8W-11W.html

Not that vendor though, I found that would sell single quantities

I just used black commercial aquarium gravel.

Anubius nana, Crypt. wendtii, dwarf Sagitaria.
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just bought a 108 led 7watts , hopefully that should do

it will probably be a low tech tank, but the organic soil should help me out alot i hope.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-23-2013, 02:23 AM
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you can get away with a modern desk lamp with a 13W or 23W CFL bulb, depending on how high off the substrate. I have a 2.5 with no filter and just a small heater. The plants are growing well and I have betta in there that is doing fine as well.
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My 2.5 has a 13 W CFL, ZooMed 501, no heater. Java moss, some crypts, java fern, grassy carpet thing that grows ever so slowly.
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My 2.5 has a 13 W CFL, ZooMed 501, no heater. Java moss, some crypts, java fern, grassy carpet thing that grows ever so slowly.
any dosing?
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