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Onenobee 10-27-2011 12:30 AM

My 2.5 Gallon Tank
So I started a 2.5 gallon tank. I going to try and make this a shrimp only tank. Maybe 1 otto for algae. Substrate is Flora max but will probably add some Fluva shrimp substrate on top. So far I have HC, M.Minuta, and DW lettuce. May switch out the lettuce for Salvinia Minima (thanks chris.rivera3 for the raok). Have some rocks and wood. I am thinking of taking out either the rocks or wood or both and replace with chola wood instead. Using a Toms mini internal filter and for now a fluval 13 watt compact clip on light. I will be switching out this light with an indescent light strip but with a 10 watt flourescent 6500k bulb when it comes in.

Just planted top view:

Side view:

Side view filled with water:

I put aged tank water and some gunk from an established tank to help with the cycle. Once it gets cycled and I get the parameters to where I want it, I will but the shrimp in. Probably will go with RCS. Will provide updates as time goes on.

Any comments, suggestions, advice are welcomed! :biggrin:

dsmdylan 10-27-2011 01:44 AM

ridiculously huge pictures are ridiculously huge

DishyFishy 10-27-2011 01:56 AM

What are you talkin about? The pics are fine, I enjoyed 'em. You make me want to start a shrimp tank!

Newman 10-27-2011 02:00 AM

slope that substrate...
there are ways you could improve this scape.

Onenobee 10-28-2011 04:38 AM

Ok made some changes. Removed the rocks and added some slopes. Moved a few things around. Added Blyxa Japonica, a little of DHG, and some moss on the wood. Will stack a few cholla wood back left hand corner between the DHG and HC once it stops floating around. Shrimp should love that. I think it looks alot better.

Light bulb came in today but not the light strip. Ordered both at the same time from Petco but mailed form 2 different locations. I think the strip might be lost some where because other than the package being accepted/picked up on 8/25/11 (Priority Shipping), no other updates. :icon_neut

Still need to get some Fluval Shrimp Stratum and a small heater that I can adjust the temp on. Any suggestions on the heater? :help:

cableguy69846 10-28-2011 04:56 AM

Good lookin tank so far. The Tom's Mini Filter is amazing. I have one in my 2 gallon hex, and it is the best thing ever. As far as the light, I use this one on my 2.5 and it is great.

Something to consider for the future.:icon_wink

DishyFishy 10-28-2011 01:03 PM

I have that Toms in my 5.5gal, I love it too!

Newman 10-28-2011 01:40 PM

that does look good now =)
as for the heating issue, you wont need a heater unless your room temps go below 70F or above 85F, or if they swing a LOT during the day/night...shouldn't really be happening if there is a reliable heat source for your room.

Onenobee 11-12-2011 12:32 AM

Update to my 2.5 Gallon Tank 11/11/11
Received the light strip I was waiting for in but did not like it much when I installed it. The light bulb placement in the light strip was way off to one side and only gave light to that side of the tank so I returned it. I got a Catalina light house fixture and a 13 watt 6500k bulb. It looks much better and has a better light spread in the tank.

Got the Fluval Shrimp Stratum top off, the cholla wood pieces and the 4 inch heater in the tank. Got some nice juvie RCS as the new inhabitants.

Updated photos: Yes I know, tank glass needs cleaning. Thinking of putting an otto in to keep algae in check.

Thanks for looking! :fish1:

cableguy69846 11-12-2011 01:26 AM

Looks good.:icon_smil

Geniusdudekiran 11-12-2011 01:56 AM

I agree! Nice!

Onenobee 11-14-2011 06:44 AM

New creatures/bugs
Well found new inhabitants in my tank........I think they are copecods/cyclops bugs:

I guess it is a sign my water is good and from what I have read they are pretty much harmless but eeeewwwwww! I was trying to keep it mostly a shrimp tank but I guess will try and put some fish in there in hopes they eat them up or at the very least keep them in check.

Any one had any experience with pseudomugil gertrudae fry and if they will eat these cyclops/copepods? Otherwise, what other small/nano size fish will eat them and not bother baby shrimps?

h4n 11-14-2011 06:42 PM

holy picture size!

SgtPeppersLHC 11-22-2011 03:49 AM

Where did you get the fixture for your tank/how much was it?

allaboutfish 11-22-2011 04:03 AM

only thing i dont like is the cholla wood. not a big fan of it. but awesome looking tank!! but plz dont put ottos in this tank, 1. its too small, 2. theyre social and need a minimum of 3 to a group. maybe a nerite snail instead.

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