Sorry, couldn't resist the title
i just picked up a 2.5G All Glass tank and glass hood, i want to challenge myself setting up a nanotank and thinking small, it'll likely be plant-only, maybe a couple of shrimp, but it'll probably be plant-only
a couple of questions;
how critical is heating going to be, i typically keep the apartment around 68-72 in the winter, summer will vary depending on ambient air temp. but it typically runs around 70'ish
how critical is filtration/water movement?, there'll be no fish in it, so there'll be no real need for oxygenation, right? the plants do that themselves, and since i'll be predomanently using the Flourish line of liquids, the detrirus in the tank should be minimal
i have a spare Aquaclear Mini and VisiTherm 50 heater, but i'd imagine that'd be overkill on a 2.5
as it stands right now, i'm running the AC Mini (to clear out any dust or crud in the gravel) and using the small gravel (2 mm or so) and i have a 20W halogen desk lamp supplying light, (i know WPG is really only for flourescents, but what's the approx. WPG for Halogen lighting?
ambient air temps are in the high 80's so a heater is currently unneccecary, that said, i'll probably end up putting in the VisiTherm 50 *if* i decide to put a fish (or snail or invert) in, i'll probably turn the flow down to minimum on the Mini, just to get faint surface motion
i'm trying to decide between smaller gravel (similar to the fine gravel in the 20L) or a small bag of plant-specific substrate (kitty litter, flourite, eco-complete, etc...) problem is, it seems to be a waste to buy a big bag of plant substrate that i'm only going to use a tiny percentage of the nanotank...
yes, i know i could use it in the 20L and gradually replace the gravel with plant substrate....
i have a Dwarf Chain Sword currently in the tank as the starter plant, and when i get back to the apartment, i'll add in some of my surplus plants to this tank