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2.5 Gal Nano Journal: Step by step (56k warning)

Well I finally got is started.
Tank is 2.5gal
Lighting: 18w PC 6400K
Substrate: Organic garden soil first layer. (no additives) Gravel top layer
Filter: Red Sea Deco Art Nano Filter

Here's the Solid Black Background applied using Petroleum Jelly.


Next I added a 1" layer of 100% organic soil.


After Adding the soil I planted 3 C. wendetii 'Green'


I then added a layer of small brown gravel to hold the soil down.


After adding the gravel I then planed a few E. tenellus


Fill 'er up!


Placed in permanent location.


Added Filter


Future inhabitant.


I've still got more plants that I want to add to the tank. I have the E. tenellus in there but I also added a few sprigs of Hairgrass to see if I can get that to go instead. I would much rather have the hairgrass than the tenellus. I may add a small bunch of Ludwigia repens to the back right corner. Also I'll be using the same CO2 method that cashman is using in his 2.5

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Nice job on the little tank. How exactly did you apply the background with petroleum jelly?
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Spread a thin layer of the jelly on the back of the tank and then using a squeegee and a credit card I worked out all the air bubbles. The back of the tank actually looks like it is black rather than looking like there is a background taped to it.

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Most people just spray paint the back black.

That gravel is a tad too coarse for plants.

Not a bad begiinning.
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I too was confussed about the jelly. So you have the jelly holding what a piece of paper on the back of the tank. Wont that eventully slide off fromt he heat and cooling and what not. Definatly go with the spray paint.

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Most people just spray paint the back black.

That gravel is a tad too coarse for plants.

Not a bad begiinning.

You're a tad too critical for just showing up here dobie. This is the second thread of mine you've critisized.
That gravel is just fine for plants, I happen to have a soil first layer, the gravel is mearly a second layer to keep the soil down. Read the posts.

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I too was confussed about the jelly. So you have the jelly holding what a piece of paper on the back of the tank. Wont that eventully slide off fromt he heat and cooling and what not. Definatly go with the spray paint.
It's not paper, it's regular black background. The tank is unheated and the background doesn't really weigh much, not enough to slide anywhere. Anyway it's a little late for spray paint guys, the tank is set up and running.

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Maybe my english isnt so good.

I like the Betta you choose.
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Not a problem dobie. I don't mind helpful tips, I know I don't know everything and anything I can learn is always a plus. I'd love to see some pictures of your tank(s).

I really can't wait to see this Betta after a few weeks on New Life Spectrum. If it helps him like it helps all my other fish he is going to be absolutely stunning. He has some of the most incredible finnage I've ever seen. His tail is easily as long as his body and the dorsal fin is about the same.

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Thought it was about time for an update. Tank has been running for 17 days.
Here's the tank. I removed the E Tennelus and added the Dwarf Hairgrass and one piece of Blyxa japonica.
Here's the tank.


Here's a better shot of the betta.

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Looks good Gold Barb, I thought of using jelly to apply my background but never got around to doing it lol. Its good to know that it works as well as it did. Looking forward to seeing the hairgrass fill in. Keep us posted. By the way, the 125 is really looking good too.

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Thanks John. That hairgrass has already started to spread in just 2 weeks, in fact it is growing better in my nano than it is in my 125. This tank cycled in just 17 days. I used the soil straight from the bag, no prep at all, my ammonia spike lasted 1 or 2 days and then I did small water changes to keep the nitrite level down and now it is all set. Now that it is set I need to get my algae crew going. I'll probably do 1 or 2 Otos. That's probably all I have in there.

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Fully cycled in 17 days, not bad, you got lucky there. You think the soil helped speed things up? What are you going to do with the Ludwigia, limit it to the corner or spread it out a more?

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I'm almost positive the soil helped out. I probably won't spread the Ludwigia out at all. I'm going to have enough to do keeping it trimmed to that corner, I don't want to have to trim it all the time. I may completely remove it if it gets to be too much trouble.

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update time again. I added a heater to the setup.



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