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zeldar's 2.5gallon "cave"

Well, I was going to tear this 2.5gallon down, but just didn't have the heart to do it. I left the HC and marsilea minuta in there from the last scape because I was just going to use it as a emmersed setup to grow some plants. Then I had an idea to do a cave scape using some seiryu rocks from boink.

I added some clippings of mini pellia to the top of the rocks. I don't know how they will do since it dries out pretty fast but I am trying to keep it misted 2-3 times a day. Hopefully it will attach itself to the rocks in the next couple weeks. There is also MP lining the front of the rocks. I also threw some HM clippings in the back, behind the rocks. Hopefully, this will create a "forest" with the cave leading into it. I may move some Rotala mini Type 2 into here on the right side of the rocks; I'll wait and see.

On the right side of the scape is a nice HC carpet. I don't know if I am going to keep this as is or try to add a small manzy stump with lots of small branches coming off it.

I want to try a small canister filter on this tank. Either the Tom Rapids mini or the small Zoo Med. I have never used a canister before so I need some suggestions on which to use. Alright on to the specs and pictures.

Tank: standard 2.5gallon
Light: JEBO clip on 13watt
Fliter: tom rapids or zoo med
substrate: Aquasoil II and used Eco Complete on the bottom
co2: DIY with glass diffuser
Flora: HC, marsilea minuta, mini pellia, rotala mini type2, HM, more to be added
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you can kinda see the cave in the middle of the rocks




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Looks good so far!

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Nice rock(s). The HC looks good, too

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That is an awesome rock. I think it would look best placed just off center though instead of in the corner.


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omg i love that freakin rock! I just started up a 2.5 gal with some ug growing emeresed. You have quite a good start dude! cant wait to see it in a few weeks.

Also i recommend the zoo med, ive had it for almost a month and now its super quiet and works great.
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I think you should keep the HC carpet as is, the additional stump may take too much away from that awesome cave you've got as the focal point. Unless it's small enough to place close to the cave to accent it.
It really looks great so far!
Oh, maybe you could make it into a riparium for crabs! Or not...


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it looks great, the Marsilea may trouble the mini pellia if you are not careful. Personally I wouldnt include it where it is as it will visually block the mini-pellia a bit to much. It is going to be a lovely setup, a nice pair of CPOs would look great in that tank.
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it looks great, the Marsilea may trouble the mini pellia if you are not careful. Personally I wouldnt include it where it is as it will visually block the mini-pellia a bit to much. It is going to be a lovely setup, a nice pair of CPOs would look great in that tank.
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thanks guys!

sirkappa, devin dropped a new cd on 4/20 haha It is damn good too.

Yea, I don't know if I am still going to add the stump piece, just depends if I find the perfect piece.

marrow, that minuta has been growing at a snail's pace. It has been growing for at least 7 months and thats as far as its gotten. But I agree, it doesn't really fit in this scape.

becks, CPO's are orange dwarf crawfish. I have a pair in my 10 gallon and they are super awesome. I have counted 3 youngins in there as well and the female is berried again so I will prob add a couple to this 2.5gal. I just don't know if there are enough hiding places in here for them.


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marrow, that minuta has been growing at a snail's pace. It has been growing for at least 7 months and thats as far as its gotten. But I agree, it doesn't really fit in this scape. .
It is interesting that it is still in submerged state and hasnt switched to the clover form yet. Its always been a weed for me. I can just see a little pair of CPO's taking over the cave, having offspring, sending them to nursery school and then cray kindergarten, oh sorry I got ahead of myself there.
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I made some changes to the tank recently. THe marsilea minuta was taken out of here and replaced with more mini pellia. I've had some mini marsilea minuta for a while but it has never really taken off. I just threw some in the crack of the rock on the right to see what might happen. There were also several stems of rotala mini type 2 added behind the rocks. and some fissidens on the far left. I am ordering some staurogyne 049 and am going to put 3-4 stems on the right side of the rock formation

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close up of mini pellia


rotala mini type2


inside the cave


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lookin good! You have so much mini pellia!
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This set up is NICE!!!


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Awesome rock cave! I'd skip the manzy and just leave the right side open as you have it. I think it looks great as is.


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The rock used is amazing, really suits the scape


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