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I know this has been asked before. I am starting a 2.5 gallon tank with eco complete. I am going to add HC (hopefully to carpet) and 10-15 RCS. The lighting is from a desk lamp with a 15 watt CFL also I am using a small HOB filter. My question is should I use a heater, my house stays between 68-72 also could I add 2-3 small fish to the tank?
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Shrimp Generally like the temps arond 74-76 degress. The smaller heaters that they sell dont have adjustable temps and most are set pretty high like 78-80. They do sell a heating "pad" that will raise the temperature by about 5 degrees. If this is an open top then it would be okay as heat will escape through the top.

I have a tank in my room that does not have a heater and it runs around 73 in my house and it keeps shrimp fine.
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sorry to tell you but your info about shrimp temp is wrong, thay like upper 60's and lower 70's not mid 70's

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so then between the room temp and the light I should be ok without a heater? What about the HC?
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I've been wrestling with the same issues with my 2.5 and this is what I've come up with: at night I use the Hydor 7.5W (under my substrate) and I turn it off when my light comes on in the morning. Temp stays between 70 - 76.

If you put a couple of small fish (like white clouds or glowlight tetras), I'd keep less than 10 RCS. I wouldn't put any fish in mine, and I only have 4 yellow neos at the moment. 2.5G is a small environment and it can go wrong quickly. I have no idea about the HC.

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cartersville where do you get your fish and plants I am in Waleska
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2.5 gallon tank is much too small for fish.

A 2.5 gallon is fine for a beta fish though.

I suggest keeping only shrimp in such a small tank.

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Don't heat that tank. Your RCS will be fine at room temp. I initially used that hydor pad heater 7.5w for my 2.5g shrimp the temp went too high when the lights were on. It will make your tank 3-5 degrees above room temp...with lights 4-6 degrees...might as well keep it at room temp + lights. Space is also a premium in a nano.
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I have a 25W Hydor Theo in my Spec. It's adjustable and keeps the water spot on where I've set it.


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