Rob's office 2.5g nano
Planted Tank Forums
Your Tanks Image Hosting *Tank Tracker * Plant Profiles Fish Profiles Planted Tank Guide Photo Gallery Articles

Go Back   The Planted Tank Forum > General Planted Tank Forums > Planted Nano Tanks


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-08-2013, 08:18 PM   #1
mobruler78
Algae Grower
 
mobruler78's Avatar
 
PTrader: (5/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Falls Church, VA
Posts: 45
Default Rob's office 2.5g nano

Just started up my 2.5 gallon desktop tank a few weeks ago, hope to add a few RCS by end of this week. Need to add some moss to the driftwood for them to pick at.

Tank: Deep Blue 2.5 gallon 12x6x8
Filter: Deep Blue BioMaxx nano
Lighting: Desk lamp w/ 60W plant bulb
Substrate: Amazonia II
Flora: Blyxa, Crypts
Fauna: RCS x 6
Dosing: Macro/Micro Mix from AquariumFertilizer.com - 1/2 pump per day

Questions:
- Am I facing an algae nightmare w/ this lighting and dosing regime?
- Do I need to add CO2 or will Excel be efficient?
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	2013-07-08_12-22-18_717.jpg
Views:	118
Size:	67.0 KB
ID:	171713  

Click image for larger version

Name:	2013-07-08_12-23-48_560.jpg
Views:	100
Size:	41.5 KB
ID:	171721  

mobruler78 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-08-2013, 08:24 PM   #2
CheyLillymama22
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
PTrader: (8/100%)
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Lubbock, TX
Posts: 587
Default

That's a really nice little tank! Looks bigger that 2.5 gallons with how you scaped it.
Is it cycled already?
CheyLillymama22 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-08-2013, 08:30 PM   #3
mobruler78
Algae Grower
 
mobruler78's Avatar
 
PTrader: (5/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Falls Church, VA
Posts: 45
Default

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...
mobruler78 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-13-2013, 12:44 AM   #4
aluka
Wannabe Guru
 
aluka's Avatar
 
PTrader: (22/96%)
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Boston, MA
Posts: 1,374
Default

Quote:
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
__________________
aluka is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-08-2013, 09:27 PM   #5
CheyLillymama22
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
PTrader: (8/100%)
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Lubbock, TX
Posts: 587
Default

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.
CheyLillymama22 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-10-2013, 03:25 AM   #6
Patson
Algae Grower
 
Patson's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 105
Default

Quote:
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
Patson is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-08-2013, 09:32 PM   #7
Joe_G_Davis
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: IL
Posts: 43
Default

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.
Joe_G_Davis is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-09-2013, 07:16 PM   #8
Jdiesels
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
Jdiesels's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 316
Default

The desk looks naked with just that, add a mini totem pole or something next to the tank


DBP Member 003
__________________
Jdiesels is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-09-2013, 08:35 PM   #9
mobruler78
Algae Grower
 
mobruler78's Avatar
 
PTrader: (5/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Falls Church, VA
Posts: 45
Default

I was thinking about starting a wabi kusa and sitting it on the same desk
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jdiesels View Post
The desk looks naked with just that, add a mini totem pole or something next to the tank


DBP Member 003
__________________
mobruler78 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-09-2013, 09:51 PM   #10
somewhatshocked
Obsessed? Maybe
 
somewhatshocked's Avatar
 
PTrader: (401/100%)
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Louisville, KY
Posts: 10,684
Default

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)
somewhatshocked is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-10-2013, 01:21 PM   #11
mobruler78
Algae Grower
 
mobruler78's Avatar
 
PTrader: (5/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Falls Church, VA
Posts: 45
Default

Quote:
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.
__________________
mobruler78 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-10-2013, 01:27 PM   #12
somewhatshocked
Obsessed? Maybe
 
somewhatshocked's Avatar
 
PTrader: (401/100%)
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Louisville, KY
Posts: 10,684
Default

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.
somewhatshocked is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-10-2013, 01:49 PM   #13
coolnick
Planted Member
 
coolnick's Avatar
 
PTrader: (8/100%)
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Posts: 184
Default

I sprayed the back mine with black plastidip, it peels right off if you decide to change up the look.
__________________
More kids than time
coolnick is online now   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-10-2013, 08:09 PM   #14
redtxn
Newbie
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Texas
Posts: 4
Default

ditto on the plastidip, except I painted it on.
redtxn is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-14-2013, 10:31 AM   #15
vasol
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: mid atlantic
Posts: 39
Default

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
vasol is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 07:25 AM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright Planted Tank LLC 2012