I started this 2.5 gallon nano after buying a "test" red cherry shrimp from the local fish store to see if my big fish would eat them -- they did eat the one "test" shrimp, but I found babies in the filter when I cleaned it and decided to use a 2.5 gallon tank I had bought as a small hospital tank to create a nano. When that sprung a leak, I got this 2.5 gallon teal Mini-Bow. The hardscape is inspired by the Sillyscape Contest on this forum from fall 2004.
Here are the specs:
Tank: 2.5 Gallon All-Glass Aquariums teal Mini-Bow (acrylic)
Filtration: Red Sea Nano filter
Light: 10 w compact fluorescent
Heat: Hydor 7.5 watt under-gravel heater
Substrate: Black Gravel
Hardscape: Easter Island guys
Dosing: Flourish Excel + Greg Watson ferts & occasional Jungle plant fizz tabs
Inhabitants: Single male dwarf puffer fish (P'Diddy) and red cherry shrimp
Bacopa monnieri (??? The stuff in the back left corner)
2 anubias petite nana
Brown wendtii cryptlets
I'm battling green spot, greed dust, and thread algae but with good success so far -- everything is in retreat. Still working on how I want this tank organized -- focusing on good growth at the moment.
Long-term, I want to get a 5 gallon for the puffer and use this exclusively for shrimp. I'd love any feedback or ideas for the tank.