I have quite a few of these little cheap Perfecto 2.5 gallon rectangles here from an old hobby and figured I'd try my hand at a planted desktop tank. This will be the tank I'm sitting in front of most of the time, so I'd like it to look decent and still allow a bit of tinkering.
2.5 Gallon Perfecto tank.
Red Sea 'nano' HOB
Odyssea 18 watt CF fixture with 10000K/Actinic 50-50 bulb
Gaudy stick on thermometer that I can't get to come off
1" medium/fine Quickrete brand silica blasting sand
2 small coral skeletons with java moss attached
Rotala sp. "green"
And some riccia up top for a nutrient sink
2 ghost shrimp
2 Malaysian Trumpet Snails
The money shot:
Will be dosing Excel and Seachem ferts, as well as DIY CO2 into the filter intake. No aquascaping as of yet, just trying to get the clippings to start growing. I used coral for the rocks just in case I get the itch to hook this up to a jug and blast the CO2. My KH out of the tap is 9.2, I curious to see how it rises (if at all) from the coral with only DIY CO2 helping to dissolve it. If all else fails I can keep snails happy in the 2.5 gallon liquid rock
If I can get it straightened out and doing well, the plan is for a few white clouds to go with the ghost shrimp. Hopefully I can deal with the 50/50 lamp, as replacing it would cost more than the fixture cost me, and I do like the look it gives the tank.
Based on the info given, anyone have suggestions for some small low maintenance plants I could use for a mid section? Once I have the time to root through my "floating plant mess" tank and dig out enough riccia I'm going to use it as a foreground, and would like to use the Rotalas and Ludwigia as background/stem bunches.