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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-24-2007, 03:22 PM Thread Starter
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2.5 gallons, what to do...?

One of my bettas just kicked the bucket and now I've got an empty 2.5 gallon tank. Its one of those black-framed Perfecto ones, with a glass lid. I'd desperately love to plant it!

I figure I'll snatch up one o' those Azoo palm filters and a mini heater. I'll dose Flourish Excel for CO2, and I've got an extra 20lb bag of EcoComplete laying around that I can use for substrate.

But I'm stuck on how to light the dang thing! What does everyone else use to light their nanos? Please give all advice. I'm still pretty new to planted tanks.
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You could use a regular screw in desk lamp with a large daylight CF, or you can use a pin-type CF desklamp either one. The Coralife mini aqualight puts 18w of CF over your tank and has dimensions 9" x 5" x 2". The AH Supply 13w Bright Kit would also fit, but you would have to build your own canopy structure of some sort. They do have some of the best reflectors on the market and might even get more light into the tank than the coralife.

PS, if your going planted, you may want a mini cannister instead of the Azoo HOB.
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if you click the link in my sig for the 2.5 gal you can follow it to other pics of the tank with shots of my DIY canopy. I have a screw in 10w CF bulb over mine with DIY co2 and the tank goes like crazy. I spent all of $15 on the canopy for everything.
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you can buy a Lights of America 27w quad PC desk lamp at wal-mart for 20 bucks. That's what I did. I've got the same tank. You can see the tank in my profile.
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Hrm, looks like the coralife is my best bet since I don't have any wood working skills, but how does is mount over the tank? Do I just put it on top of the glass?

Pardon my ignorance, but what is the difference between canister and HOB filters?
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okay pixie, I am not sure of the dimensions of the tank you have, but it very well might sit on the glass of your tank quite well. You could also try hanging it above the tank as a pendant.

The walmart light might be your easiest solution, because you will just adjust the light to sit over your tank.

A canister filter is external of the tank and pressurizes water through a closed system while a HOB (Hang On Back) hangs on the glass of your tank. The advantage of a canister is that it is a closed loop which prevents CO2 from degassing from your water. It also tends to lend a cleaner look to the tank. This unit is small and can either hang on your tank or sit next to it. I cannot really endorse the product, but I have heard that they work well.
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I have a mini aqualight on my 2.5 gallon and yes it just sits on top of the glass. with about 1.5 inch on each side and 1/2 inch front to back of free space
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