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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-16-2005, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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Plants for a 2.5g hex

I have a spare 2.5 gallon hex tank laying around at home that I want to turn into a shrimp tank (Cherry Reds). I am putting in a 15 watt florescent bulb, screw in type, for lighting, florite and tahitian moon sand or silica sand for the substrate and a small piece of driftwood. I am debating on heating it because my office is hot every morning till I open the window and cool it off some. I'll probably pick up a Azoo palm filter and use Seachem's Excel inplace of co2 (plus the rest of their line of ferts), but I'm at a loss for plants.

I can't remember where I read how light breaks down in smaller tanks, so I don't know if this is low, medium or high lighting. I was thinking if some ricca or pellia and a type of hair grass would be nice and simple. If I go this route, I might put in a few endlers or featherfin rainbows.

What would you put in the tank?
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I am not an expert, but I think the lighting would land you in the low - medium range.
Ricca, I'd say have a 50/50 chance. I'd was wondering how are you going to carpet the ricca? Hold it down with a steel/stainless steel mesh? If so, how will you trim them?
As for fish, I think a pygmy cory would be nice. Cherry, bumble bee, tiger, rainbow or even a rhino shrimp will work too.
Endlers are pretty small.
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I'd say your around medium. If you have no idea what type of plants you would like take a look at other members tanks. If there is something that stands out just ask what it is and go from there. Also browse LFS to see what they carry and see if there is something that stands out and ask about it, then do a search on it at home to get more info on its requirements and idea on how it grows.

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A few of the diffrent types of plants I was thinking about are:

Ricca
Hemianthus Callitrichoides
Elatine Trainda
Heteranthera Zosterifolia
Hygrophilia Corymbosa
Cabomba Furcata

I would attempt to hold the ricca down with either string or a hair net. I havent decided if I'll put it on a piece of driftwood or a rock. I'm still working the aquascaping out in my head.
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Definitely not high, maybe medium, but on the low side at that. If you're going screw-in type, use a 19w day bulb from home depot instead, that'll definitely put you in the medium range.

I'd say that APP or riccia might work, the HC probably not. APP tends to like less CO2 so it should do well there. If you go riccia, try fish line to tie it.

edit--> Monosolium Tenerum is a nice and easy plant to grow. The demands submerged are a lot less than riccia's, and it sinks instead of floating, though it doesn't attach like mosses do.
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greenmiddlefinger,
I went and bought the 19w day bulb from home depot but it is 4 watts more than the recommended wattage. The light fits with out a problem and is super bright, but there is a slight humm comming from the fixture. Is this going to cause a problem?

What is APP? Sorry guys for all the noob questions. I want to try and give it a good effort in starting the tank up instead of a rushed job. Thanks.
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