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Low Budget 2.5 Planted Cube

So I recently received a 2.5 gallon glass cube and I'm planning on converting it into a planted aquarium(duh). I have little previous experience in planted aquariums, or aquariums at all, only having a ten gallon vivarium previously. I looked into the costs, doing a lot of research, and I figured I can make this project go for about 40 dollars. However, I just wanted to check with you experts out there on this, and to see if I can do anything cheaper, or if I'm missing anything necessary. So for prices;
Tank-0
HOB, Red Sea Nan0-12
Heater-12
Play Sand-5
Fish(Shrimp?)-?
Plants-12ish?

So basically, I've done a lot of research, and I'm just wondering if there is anything else I needed to know before I do this? I was expecting the cube to be about 5 gallons, but it turned out to be less :/ so i changed my expectations a bit. Anyways, I'm in college and I want to go as cheap as possible, So thats where I'm at. Basically, any advice before I manage to kill everything? And any stocking advice? I was thinking crystal red shrimp, with maybe a bumblebee goby or two, but I know that I'm extremely limited by the tank size. I would like a dwarf puffer, but I would rather have a bunch of shrimp and one or two other fish, then only one puffer.

Forgot to mention: I have another 5000K 23W CFL left over from my .5 gallon tank, and that might be taken down, so I would have the lamp too. Regardless, the lighting cost at most would be the cost of a desk light, But I think I have an extra, so I'm going to go ahead and assume that this is zero.

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If your thinking of putting a dwarf puffer with shrimp in a small tank, it may not be a good idea. There is a good chance the Dwarf Puffer will eat your shrimp. My dwarf puffers would eat the smaller ghost shrimp at first and shy away from the larger ones. But they soon got over it and got brave enough to eat the bigger ghost shrimps.

Not sure if anyone has been able to keep dwarf puffers with shrimp in a small tank successfully; ff anyone has, please chime in.

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Everything I've read says you want at least five gallons per Pea Puffer.
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Well thats why I was considering just shrimp, or maybe a few other nano fish. I have a friend who kept one in a 3 gallon for awhile, and it did fine, until she wanted to get rid of it because of it's aggresiveness. I took it so she wouldn't just kill it, and tried to keep it in a half gallon because it would have become food in my other tank, but unfortunately it perished after several days, probably because of temperature fluctuations. Yes, I did perform daily water changes. But he was a lot of fun while I had him, and will hopefully one day have a tank that will be suitable for one.
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