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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-19-2006, 11:36 PM Thread Starter
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My 2.5 gallon dorm room nano

Hello everyone,
Might as well intoduce myself first. My name is Matt and I am a junior studying landscape architecture at SUNY Environemntal Science and's on Syracuse University's campus

I've been a member for a while, but going from college to home hasn't really given me time to set up a nice aquarium. This is a 2.5 gallon tank in my dorm room. It only has christmas moss.....and a bunch of algae, but I like how it looks. Unfortunately as of now it does not have any fish in it. The only residents are some snails.

let me know what you think! Hopefully the pictures are working.....

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looks neat! i like the wood... algea isnt great.... get a few shrimp for it and the algea will be gone and you will have one heck of a conversation piece


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Interesting is the first thing that comes to me. You can go very many different ways with this set up. It reminds me of a painter sitting in front of his canvas that has only one tree and green valley painted on it but the artist is not finished with his masterpiece!!! Maybe the painter is going to add some mountains or rock formations (hint). Or maybe the artist will be painting some shrubs with some red color in them (hint). Or maybe the painter will only add wildlife to the painting (hint). So many ways the painter can go with his masterpiece and in the end will be admired by all that see the finished painting.

Personally I like a smaller piece of wood in such a small tank. But I have seen many small tanks with large wood once completed look very nice. It is just the way everything is tied in so the eyes are constantly scanning the complete aquascape and not get stuck on looking at a large piece of wood.

Also if you start trimming the moss so it is more like grass lawn. Cut it short and see what it looks like. It will always grow back.

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I like it. Your pictures would turn out much better with a glass cleaning and the water topped up though. Do what you wish. It matters not what the people on this forum think anyway, so long as you like it. What kind of lighting do you have over it?

What I like best though is the cinder block dorm furniture, hehe.
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looking good nitecrawlr2...some cherry shrimp would really "pop" in there...

is Mr. RoboCop (peter weller) teaching in the architectural dept. up there?
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Nice little set up. I never met anybody that would major in landscape architecture so this is a first.

I'm a college student myself, dual-majoring in Finance and Economics so it can get a bit stressful. This hobby definitely gives me a chance to relax the mind while aquascaping or breeding my shrimp.
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I really like it. When the moss starts growing, you can trim it into a nice hedge, assuming that's your prerogative. Neat little setup you have there. I have one suggestion, though. I noticed your lights are much longer than the tank. Wouldn't it be much simple to just buy a larger tank say a 5.5 or a 10? You can continue the 'scape to it's full advantage.

In no aquariums for a while.....
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Yeah I actually am trying to get some cherry shrimp for my tank, but for some reason I always just keep a few dollars in my paypal account. Then I have to transfer funds and wait 3-4 days..... Hopefully I'll get some cherries soon, because I think the red would contrast nicely with the plants.

The way I set up the Christmas Moss is that I tied them down onto mess with fishing line, and cut a hole in the mess for the wood. Trying to move things around would cause me a head ache. But maybe I could try it. first I need to trim the moss. For some reason I always liked setting up the aquariums more than just having them finished.

oh yeah.....and there was an article in Syracuses News Paper "The Daily Orange" a couple weeks ago.....Robo Cop did teach here. He taught Greek and Roman culture in Film. Right now he is on a break, but I think it would be cool to have Robo Cop as a teacher
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This is really interesting - that little lawn and that nice piece of wood has great potential. Any more stats about the tank and future plans?
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