I figured my LFS was lying or perhaps the sales guy just wanted to sell me something expensive. I tried to take out the current bulb this morning and it came apart so now I have to unscrew the fixture and take it out with a pliers. I'll go with the 11W CF and we'll see what happens. I'm away for Christmas so hope to set the tank up over New Year's.
One more question--I want a good substrate, I had thought ecocomplete--what are the pros/cons of laterite vs. ecocomplete? I can get both, I thought the ecocomplete looks nicer than the laterite.
Do shrimp need a heater? I'm hoping to go without a filter or heater to save space, 2.5 gallons is not much space. My house is generally 65 degrees or so in the winter.
Looking forward to this project, I have 2 other small tanks--a 5.5G planted (just plain gravel and a regular lamp, but the red melons swords and anachris love it) that holds a betta and 3 white clouds, and a 10 gallon planted (also gravel with a 20W plant light) that holds 2 fire belly newts.
We're moving in 7-8 months cross country so everything will be broken down. When I start up again I hope to upgrade all my substrate, including my 55G which I recently did an AHS retrofit on to upgrade the lighting to 2wpg.
I'll try to post pics when I can get some good ones.