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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-03-2005, 03:36 AM Thread Starter
 
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Update (7/16)-- 2g display tank

This is a new tank I set up today-- there were a few things I wanted to experimented with, so I decided to start a new tank.



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Substrate: 1.5" Eco-Complete (underneath), 1.5" Red Sea's Flora-Base (top).
Lighting: 38watts flourescent 6700k
CO2: I will find a way to get that in there . . .
Plants: Limnophila, Rotala sp. Najenshan, Hemianthus micranthemoides, Glosso(I'm impatient), Hair Grass, Anubias nana "gold", Java Fern "thin leaf", Taiwan Moss, Crypt sp., Naja sp.

I think that's it. A friend of mine tipped me off that flora-base, which is soil-based is better than gravel-based substrate like eco-complete or flourite for planting, and that it reduces stress to crypts from transplanting. I used a bottom layer of eco-complete to get my bacterias going faster though. It's hard to tell from the photo, but a fourth or more of the tank's depth is devoted to substrate. I hope my glosso gets going quickly.

If someone has a way of getting CO2 into such a tiny tank I would be very much obliged to know how.

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Looks cool to me What are the fish that are going to be in there?

Seachem's Excel for the carbon source you need? And there's always the (expensive) ADA mini C02 dispenser with a diffusor.
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I'm thinking just red cherry shrimp . . . maybe fish some day but I'm thinking shrimp only, especially in a tank so small.
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Nice tank Have you ever considered flag fish? They eat hair algae big time. I have some red snails I am willing to give you. They would eat algae off plants and glass. Just a idea- why not add a red or brown plant in the left front corner to add contrast?
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Nice tank, that eco and flora base will end up mixing up if thats what you want.
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fishmaster-- I've been meaning to try flagfish, but might this tank be too small? Plus I'm sure they'd eat my red cherries. I've seen smaller killies than them eat the wild-form cherry shrimp (meaning they are brown/clear) we use as feeders where I am. By red snails do you mean red ramshorn snails? I am raising those as well in the 20g I've devoted to raising shrimp. They are very nice. Behind the anubias in the back-left corner is where the micranthemum micranthemoides is planted . . . I might be able to get away with jamming a small crypt in front of them though to the left of the anubias . . . or maybe just mix in a few strands of rotala wallichi (when I see it next) with the micranthemoides . . .

Jdin-- If they mix, that'll be part of my experiment. I'm trying to be neat though.
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I will trade you some wallichi and one small red crypt for some of the wild shrimp you are talking about. Pm me if this sounds good to you.
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Update, July 16

It's been what, about 2 weeks since the set up? Glosso is starting to send out runners, and is showing some new growth. Most of the plants are doing well, though my rotala najenshan isn't growing back well from it's neglect in its previous tank . . . I added some didplis diandra, as well as some riccia tied into the old hair grass. Hope that shoots out nicely. Update photos:







I only have 2 red cherries in the tank, but I think I have a pair. They show the normal physical/behavioral differences of a pair (the "female" is larger, more colorful, and grazes while moving steadily, while the male is smaller, less colorful, and swims frequently). Hopefully they get a jump start soon.
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Very nice, where did you get that rimless 2 g?
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What kind of light fixture do you use for this 2g tank? I know you said it is a 38W. Flou.6700K. but I don't see where it's coming from.
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turtlehead-- it's something my LFs sell

vitarte-- It's a DIY type set up using 19 watt spiral bulbs from home depot
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greenmiddlefinger, I live in hawaii too, do you live on oahu? if so, what lfs do you use?
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Could you go into a little more detail about the light fixture? Maybe take a pic of it? Im working on a 2.5 gallon of my own and am brainstorming about how to get some good light over it. Thanks!
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