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Old 01-08-2011, 10:15 PM   #1
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Paul's 2.5 tank startup!


So today I visited my LFS and saw a nice little planted tank, and i remembered that i had a 2.5 gallon tank leftover from when I began to get into fish, and I now I would like to set up a nice little planted tank of my own in my 2.5 gal. tank. I do have some experience with planted tanks because i set up one for my school and it has been running great, I just don't know about one which is so small. I am planning on putting a little piece of Drift wood in there as my center piece, decor-wise, but am unsure about which plants to do. I am also thinking of putting in a pair of endler's livebearers for my fish, and maybe a couple fish and have that be it for livestock. Please reply with any input, past experiences and any other ideas! Any help is greatly appreciated, and thanks in advance!!!
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Old 01-08-2011, 10:48 PM   #2
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I love little tanks. I am far from an expert, but keep things in scale. A little piece of driftwood, smaller leafed plants, etc. Low tech plants like java fern and java moss that do well without any special treatment. As for livestock, I think that's where your challenge comes in, there aren't many that would fit well in that small of a tank. You could do a nice little shrimp tank though. I don't have a lot of experience with different types of fish, so I'm sure others can help more in that department. Good luck!
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Old 01-08-2011, 11:11 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply tinker! I will keep that in mind, the reason I am thinking of endler's livebearers is basically because they are basically the smallest fish i can think of. but any livestock recomendations would be greatly appreciated
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Old 01-09-2011, 12:14 AM   #4
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also, my biggest question is do i need CO2?
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Old 01-09-2011, 11:10 AM   #5
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If you want carbon source for cheap, check out DIY co2 using yeast or excel/metricide. Also depends what plants you will put in there.
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Old 01-10-2011, 12:31 AM   #6
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endlers are small, but probably not small enough for even a pair in the 2.5
if you can get a hold og a scarlet badis and make a cave thing for him in the tank to make him feel secure, you can try that one i bet. the male has a very impressive red coloration. only one. generally no fish is small enough for its entire life period to live in such a small tank, or if they are, they need to be in schools that wont fit in this tank, so youre extremely limited in terms of fish. You may want to consider snails(nerites) and shrimp choices, or an african dwarf frog (this requires manual feeding)
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Old 01-10-2011, 01:15 AM   #7
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thanks for the suggestion, I will look into that!
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Old 01-10-2011, 01:30 AM   #8
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I QT'd 9 full grown endlers in a planted 2.5g for a month with zero problems. They loved the little tank. Constantly swimming in and out of the leaves and begging for food when I came close to the tank. I did WC's weekly for the most part, but that was strictly for piece of mind.

I think you will be more than fine with 2 endlers in there. Especially if they are both male.
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Old 01-10-2011, 02:36 AM   #9
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if you do that, make sure you cover the tank.in 1 month i doubt you would see a difference, you should be planning long term for this tank.
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well, then i will then idk, which would go best with CRS, endler's livebearers, or scarlet badis? also Newman, why would i want to cover the tank, are they jumpers?
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Old 01-10-2011, 03:37 AM   #11
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I wouldnt put CRS in a tank that small because of the shift of water parameters. I would do some RCS though and they would do great.
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Old 01-10-2011, 03:55 AM   #12
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alright sounds good, honestly i was trying to choose between CRS and RCS so I'm fine with either!
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CRS wouldnt be ok even with a good water change schedule? I also need to know because I'm planning adding crystals to my 1 gal shrimp bowl eventually...red cherries certainly will do fine, and they do great in the 1 gal bowl...
all fish would eventually jump out of the tank. it may take an hour, it may take a year, but when you lose them its devastating...
livebearers in general like to jump a lot, especially when spooked.
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I like tanks to be full of fish! I had about 15-20 fish in my 10g and they thrived fine and that was without plants. I wouldn't overload the tank but i think you could fit about a pair of Endler's. And of course throw in shrimp too! If you go by the 1" per gallon rule you could fit a couple endlers for sure but we all know thats a VERY rough guide... And i agree, cover the tank... just in case!... I went on a trip one time and came home and my Bala shark was gone, i don't know if he jumped or what...
I have never had CRS but from what i've researched, thats to small for them... and from what i've seen they're way to expensive to experiment with! xD
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Old 01-10-2011, 11:43 AM   #15
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Alright, so get a cover, and try to find a pair of enler's live bearers, btw this tank is only going to be set up this weekend with plants so this livestock dilemma still has probably 3 weeks to play out
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