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A couple of Nano related Q's

So I am starting my DHG and HC tank in my standard 2.5 gal as a dry start but I want to plan out my setup once its grown in and flooded. I've spent some time looking for answers but I figured TPT had my back!

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1. New filter or not? I have a red sea nano but it kind of ugly with my sponge filter and its not producing the flow I want. Can I do anything to increase flow? Any good canister recommendations for such a tiny tank?

2. Fake or Natural Light? Its currently on a window sill and seems to get enough light but would a fixture really help me that much?

3. To dose or not to dose? Once I flood should I dose flourish excel or will DHG and HC thrive without additives?


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I tried (and failed miserably) to grow both HC and DHG in a 2.5 gallon tank in my office last year. I'm pretty sure it's because the 10 watt CFL I used wasn't enough. The windowsill might work, but you'll have a devil of a time with algae. You probably will need Flourish.

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I tried (and failed miserably) to grow both HC and DHG in a 2.5 gallon tank in my office last year. I'm pretty sure it's because the 10 watt CFL I used wasn't enough. The windowsill might work, but you'll have a devil of a time with algae. You probably will need Flourish.

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I have also failed once with DHG but I have had success with it emersed so I am hoping that If i grow it emersed long enough that it will have a good root structure and wont fail me.


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the only way to increase flow on a filter is to unobstruct the water path, with the foam over the intake, you are losing flow right there, I have heard that a lot of people like the zoomed canister filter as it is small and not too bad to use, do a search for nano canister filters. Natural light is gonna be an algae magnet, I would definitely go with your own light, so you can regulate the time on and off and adjust as necessary. dosing is never a bad thing as it keep the correct nutrients ready for the plants to use, just make sure you dose correctly with such a small water volume, you can get free syringes at pharmacies to help you dose small amounts correctly


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Do you think I will be fine to do natural light for my dry start and then switch to powered light once I fill? And I have looked into every possible nano canister the finnex p360 and zoomed501 seem to be the best but I am unsure of how I feel about canisters since I have never used one. I like the thought that I can not have so much clutter on my tank. I will have to look into getting syringes to dose. Thanks for the input!


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For the dry start, the window will be fine... after you fill it, it becomes pea soup. I have the p360 and I really like it, a bit harder to hide on a 2.5g but I have mine on my 5 gallon, you can read about my experiences with it in my 20 liter jungle nano jouranl in my sig.... I think it would be about right with a prefilter on a 2.5g


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For the dry start, the window will be fine... after you fill it, it becomes pea soup. I have the p360 and I really like it, a bit harder to hide on a 2.5g but I have mine on my 5 gallon, you can read about my experiences with it in my 20 liter jungle nano jouranl in my sig.... I think it would be about right with a prefilter on a 2.5g
Thanks Ozy. I will have to look into a good fixture.


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