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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-27-2007, 11:52 PM Thread Starter
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First 2.5 Gal Nano.

I'm gonna be starting a 2.5 gal tank soon. I'm planning to use a soil substrate in this tank and I'm contemplating do this completely El Natural. The only problem I'd have with the El Natural is that I have no place to put the tank so it would get natural sun light. I'll probably have to use a CF desk light. Anyone have any experience with a tank this size done in this manner?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-28-2007, 03:22 AM
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I've started a 2.5 with a 27w desk lamp and Oil-Dri (from automotive section, used for cleaning oil spills but made by the same company that makes turfmaster product). So far so good. You can see a picture in my thread:
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How is the Oil-Dri working for you in that tank? In reading your description of it I was thinking that I could mix it with some Peat. That sound viable?

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It's working great. Water is crystal clear, plants are thriving. I'm definatley thinking this is a good idea. I added flourish root tabs, about 5 of them, to make up for what the oil-dri is lacking. But 5 bucks on root tabs beats a lot more on fancy substrates.
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I have three El natural tanks 2 get direct sunlight and 1 doesn't, I have 36 watts of T-5NO lights on a 25 Gal tank and it works fine. you should be fine with out direct sunlight, might just need a little more light.
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I'm extremely interested in the whole "OIL-DRI" concept. You havent had any ill results yet? What's the longest you have had the OIL-DRI in a tank? I'm worried that because it's clay based that it might break down over time. However, the website says it wont dissolve in water.
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