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2.5 gallon put to good use *56 K event*

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.

Equipment:
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

Substrate/Hardscape:
1" medium/fine Quickrete brand silica blasting sand
2 small coral skeletons with java moss attached

Plants:
Rotala rotundiflora
Rotala sp. "green"
Ludwigia repens
Egeria densa
And some riccia up top for a nutrient sink

Animals:
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.

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It looks like a great start. Keep us posted on it's progress.
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Day two
Added a twig of guppy grass and two riccia rocks that need a trim.
Started DIY CO2:
20 oz bottle into hob filter
2/3 cups sugar
1/8 tsp yeast (yes thats alot of yeast. Looking for high bubble count for 5 days from bottle)

Better pic now that everything is opened up


Pic of one of the ghosties for posterity. If I can get the CO2 as high as I'd like he might not be in here very long.


Yes my camera skills suck. But I make a mean pork BBQ, so it all evens out.
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