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2.5g Low-Tech Iwagumi

Well, I've finally settled on a hardscape, and I just finished planting and filling. Here's what I ended up with:




It's a standard 2.5g, with one of those 27w Lights of America desk lamps over it. I don't plan on adding any CO2 to this tank, as this project is all about finally making my foray into the low-tech world.

The rocks are Texas petrified wood. The substrate is 3M Color Quartz, T-grade. The plants are Marsilea minuta.

Tomorrow I will be sterilizing my Red Sea nano-filter and hooking that up. After that, I play the waiting game and see how things go from there!

Comments are always appreciated. Thanks for looking!

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Very cool! I will be keeping up with this. I just finished my own 2.5G, I will be starting it's journal this weekend when I get a chance to upload pics.

Are you planning to do stems in this tank? I was considering doing hygro in mine, but I'm not sure how they will look compared to the size of the 2.5.

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Eventually I will. But for now, just marsilea. I don't know about Hygro, because it really would be too big for this size tank. It would throw off the scale. In my past experiences with nano tanks, it's very important to use small-leaved plants. I'm particularly fond of the Rotalas. But also Ludwigia arcuata, Hemianthus micranthemoides, Didiplis diandra, among many others.

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i had liked this hardscape a little better...


but this one is growing on me

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I liked it too, but there was always something about it I just couldn't put my finger on. Then when someone mentioned that both rocks were competing for the focal point, it all made sense to me, and I had to agree.

These tiny tanks are tricky! You think you have a lot of room when you are staring at the empty tank, and even after you put your big rock in there as the focal point... but then the moment you start adding your 2nd, 3rd, etc., it dawns on you: Dang! There's only 6 inches of width to work with here!

Anyway, thanks for your comment. Hopefully this scape will grow on you, as I've already accepted it for myself. I like it, because there's more negative space now.
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man, awesome a 2.5. I was hoping to start a shrimp 2.5 soon, then modify a HOB to hide the heater and add some extra water volume. Gluck with this one.
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I liked it too, but there was always something about it I just couldn't put my finger on. Then when someone mentioned that both rocks were competing for the focal point, it all made sense to me, and I had to agree.
I see what you mean now... (i didnt know this was a 2.5). the pics make it look a lot bigger than it is :p

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^ Well I'll take that as a compliment!
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Glad to see Chris sent you awesome plants, too. He is amazing at growing them, isn't he? This will look amazing when it fills in.

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Indeed he is! I am fortunate that he lives so close to me, too. Thanks for stopping by!
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This is looking really nice, so far. I agree, the tank looks a lot larger than 2.5. That petrified rock looks awesome!


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Good start. I wish I knew you were thinking of HM, I just threw out a small batch that would have been perfect for you.
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^ Well I wouldn't have wanted to put it in this tank just yet anyway, so it's cool. I do, however, need some for my 45g, and my local aquatic nursery hasn't had any of it for a long time now, so let me know when you have your next batch of trimmings.

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got water in it yet? I'd like to see it. Cool 2.5 gallon.
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