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12-31-2013 07:39 PM
mobruler78
Update 12.31.13

Sorry for the cell phone pics...

S. Repens has grown in quite well, this is after a small trim, need to get some curved scissors to trim again.

Crypts were overgrown so I yanked out about 5 plants and moved them into my 25g at home

Blyxa is nice and bushy.







07-25-2013 04:40 PM
mobruler78
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Originally Posted by vasol View Post
get a 6500k CFL bulb, theyre cheap...will give off less heat. move the light a bit higher if you can, i think its a bit strong for a small 2.5g. DIY co2 will definitely help, if not just keep dosing flourish excel liquid co2 everyday, shouldnt be too expensive with such a small daily dose for a 2.5g. DIY co2 can make your desk look cluttered
Swapped out the light for a 6500K CFL bulb, wow is it bright. Uploading pics today.

RCS shrimp are loving life, already molting.
07-14-2013 11:31 AM
vasol get a 6500k CFL bulb, theyre cheap...will give off less heat. move the light a bit higher if you can, i think its a bit strong for a small 2.5g. DIY co2 will definitely help, if not just keep dosing flourish excel liquid co2 everyday, shouldnt be too expensive with such a small daily dose for a 2.5g. DIY co2 can make your desk look cluttered
07-13-2013 01:44 AM
aluka
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Originally Posted by mobruler78 View Post
I pulled the AS out of another tank that had been running for a few months with no ammonia and solid 6.5 PH level so I should be all set to go. Need to add some Purigen to the back of the filter, a little space available behind the sponges so it should fit.

Praying the Blyxa hangs in there, haven't kept it in a tank without CO2 before...
i have blyxa in my no tech tanks, they grow fine without co2 =D
07-10-2013 09:09 PM
redtxn ditto on the plastidip, except I painted it on.
07-10-2013 02:49 PM
coolnick I sprayed the back mine with black plastidip, it peels right off if you decide to change up the look.
07-10-2013 02:27 PM
somewhatshocked My favorite thing to do with little tanks is to place some construction paper or poster board behind them in various colors to see what looks best. Easy to swap out when you feel the urge, as well.
07-10-2013 02:21 PM
mobruler78
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Originally Posted by somewhatshocked View Post
Your tank looks great. Have you considered adding a black or dark background of some sort? Would really make things pop and disguise the filter a bit.

Since this is Aquasoil, you honestly won't need much more than light ferts if you maintain low/moderate lighting. You say the bulb is 60w - is it incandescent or did you mean it's a 60w equivalent CFL?

As far as being cycled… how much ammonia can the tank process? Have you tried, just to make sure the bacteria load is sufficient for livestock? (Either way, probably won't be an issue with six shrimp, as there's likely plenty of bacteria on the tank's surfaces and in the substrate to handle their tiny bioload)
Thanks! It just kind of came together, not much planning involved since its in my office and I dont have much time to work on it. I've never had a dark background tank, always left them clear. I'll give a try and see if i like it!

Its a 60W incandescent so it does give off quite an amount of heat, the office is cool though but I need to check the temperature. I leave the light on from 9am - 5pm.

Not sure how much ammonia the tank can process, I guess I have some work to do if I decide to add a betta.

Thanks for the input, I will add some photos once the RCS are added.
07-10-2013 04:25 AM
Patson
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Originally Posted by CheyLillymama22 View Post
I just asked because I've heard its hard to cycle anyrhing under 5 gallons.
i was considering a 2.5 gallon for my kitchen, with shrimp.

I love blyxa. All mine always dies though.
I do diy co2 and i guess thats not enough for it.

Hehe i just did a month ago! ...got a mini s in my kitchen, no shrimps yet only staurogyne repens and christmas moss
07-09-2013 10:51 PM
somewhatshocked Your tank looks great. Have you considered adding a black or dark background of some sort? Would really make things pop and disguise the filter a bit.

Since this is Aquasoil, you honestly won't need much more than light ferts if you maintain low/moderate lighting. You say the bulb is 60w - is it incandescent or did you mean it's a 60w equivalent CFL?

As far as being cycled… how much ammonia can the tank process? Have you tried, just to make sure the bacteria load is sufficient for livestock? (Either way, probably won't be an issue with six shrimp, as there's likely plenty of bacteria on the tank's surfaces and in the substrate to handle their tiny bioload)
07-09-2013 09:35 PM
mobruler78 I was thinking about starting a wabi kusa and sitting it on the same desk
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Originally Posted by Jdiesels View Post
The desk looks naked with just that, add a mini totem pole or something next to the tank


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07-09-2013 08:16 PM
Jdiesels The desk looks naked with just that, add a mini totem pole or something next to the tank


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07-08-2013 10:32 PM
Joe_G_Davis Makes me think of a bonsai tree, features of a much larger aquarium captured in a smaller aquarium... i might try this in the future.
07-08-2013 10:27 PM
CheyLillymama22 I just asked because I've heard its hard to cycle anyrhing under 5 gallons.
i was considering a 2.5 gallon for my kitchen, with shrimp.

I love blyxa. All mine always dies though.
I do diy co2 and i guess thats not enough for it.
07-08-2013 09:30 PM
mobruler78 I pulled the AS out of another tank that had been running for a few months with no ammonia and solid 6.5 PH level so I should be all set to go. Need to add some Purigen to the back of the filter, a little space available behind the sponges so it should fit.

Praying the Blyxa hangs in there, haven't kept it in a tank without CO2 before...
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