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Starting a Nano tank, questions

Hello,

Well, the last time I went to the LPS, I was soo close to getting a 2.5 gallon, but (Like a lot of other times, I got discouraged; kinda getting discouraged as I am typing now :P) didn't.

Now, I am hopefully going to get it, but I'm not sure what I am going to stock it with.

Also, would this type of lighting (MarineLand LED Aquarium Light) need CO2? It's approximately 4.62 watts and 310 Lumens. If it does require C02, is there a fixture that could would (For a 2.5 gallon) that would not need co2?

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I'm no expert but will give a suggestion or two. I had a 2.5 gallon for years and i finally found the trick for me was low light, easy plants and religious water changes. Since it was so small I used a turkey baster to empty and fill when changing water as it sat on my desk and was fun to do. I only kept cherries in it. I am not sure about aging water but I do make up my water after each sunday water change. I have (3) 2.5g blue drinking water jugs that then sit until the next top off or water change - maybe that's what they mean?
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I have a 3 g JBJ Picotope at work with a small 11w light on it. No CO2 and low light plants, religious water changes 2x weekly about 50%. Other than a small diatom outbreak I have not had issues in six months.

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I currently have a 2.5 that houses my Betta. I have a regular 12" incandescent fixture with a 10 watt mini CFL bulb in it. I found the bulb at Wal-Mart and love it. I have HC and some Java Fern that are doing very well. I don't run CO2, just Excel every other day. I am also running a Hagen Elite Mini power filter and no heater. I get algae blooms that I am sure would be really easy to take care of if I upped the Excel to every day. I don't have any LED experience and I would steer you more toward a low wattage CFL light. They are much better in my opinion and as far as I know, you would need the double bright LED lights to get plant growth. But not for sure on that one. As far as keeping something without CO2, go lower wattage on your light and low light plants.

And aging water means leaving it in an open container for 24-48 hours so all the chlorine and other chemicals that a water conditioner normally take out, become inactive naturally. Good luck.


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Thanks everyone for the input!
I am wanting to put a female betta in and possibly some shrimp but I'm not sure. Going to petstore friday, wish me luck.

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I have a 2.5 gallon with 36 watts over it and DIY CO2 so that I can grow whatever I want. If you are careful to keep up with your water changes every week and you dose ferts VERY sparingly you shouldn't have a problem. Just make sure to put one of those little nano filters on the back to keep the water flowing.
I just add a drop or 2 of trace to my tank after water changes and don't dose anything else. It is way too easy to overdose a small tank like this.

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For ferts, I use a 1cc syringe. 1cc = 1mL, and most of the directions in fert packages are in mL. Do a little bit of math and you can dose your nano according to the fert package.

As for aging water, a bottle of Prime will last you years for the 2.5g alone. 1mL of prime treats 10 gallon. As a rule of thumb, 20 drops per 1mL. You will be using about 3 drops per water change if you do 100% changes. 4$ for a 50mL bottle of prime goes a long way for a 2.5gal and it will also save you time and space in your house that is taken by containers of water

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Thanks!

Thanks for everything everyone!

I am now wanting a 2.5 gallon tank badly. And yes, I will have a filter. I am hopefully going to the petstore tomorrow.
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I love the 2.5 and am actually thinking of doing a second one. They are amazing tanks and fit almost anywhere. I have mine on a bookshelf so I can look at it everyday from my comp chair. You will not regret the purchase of that tank. And, just think, if you muck it up, it will be relatively cheap to redo. (That is what happened to me.) Good luck.


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