MY FIRST POST - VINTAGE 2.5 Gal. NANO
After a 20 year hiatus from keeping 20 - 30 gal. aquariums I've decided to get back into the hobby with a 2.5 gal. vintage tank. It's a Metaframe (stainless steel frame with slate bottom). I bought it at a garage sale years ago for a few bucks and forgot about it until a couple of weeks ago when I rediscovered it in a corner of my garage. I cleaned it up and tested it to see if it leaked. Amazingly after 50- 60 years the black tar they used to seal it is still doing the job. I compared it to a modern 2.5 gal. tank and mine is shorter, slightly wider, and the same height. The measurements I took of my vintage tank are 10.25" L X 6.5" W X 8.125" T and the modern tank are 12.125" L X 6.125" W X 8.125" H. So mine is about 2" shorter and 1/2" wider. If I use the formula L X W X H X .00433 I get 2.34 gal. for my vintage tank and 2.61 gal. for the modern tank.
Has anyone ever tried using Hydor's 25W Hydrokable to heat a 2.5 gal. tank? Hydor indicates it's for 10 gal. and over but 25W is what is normally used in a tank this size. I know undergravel heating is supposed to be good for plants.
I plan on using dwarf plants, some cherry shrimp, a couple of snails, and some Endler's Livebearers. The retro or art deco look of the tank is stunning in my opinion. I plan on using a TOM micro filter and no CO2 system. CO2 seems like an expense and hassle that I think I can do without. High CO2 levels don't occur in these plant's habitats and I believe it just makes plants, and algae, grow faster. If you have the correct balance of animals and plants then the animals should provide enough of the CO2 and fertilizer for the plants. I also plan on using eco-complete as the gravel and a piece of petrified wood.