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Low Tech Nano Ideas????

So as a present I want to give someone a nano tank that they can put in their office at work. I haven't done a nano so I was wandering if anyone has a list of good, small, low tech plants and fish/inverts that i could put in it.

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Fluval Spec is a nice tank, add small 10w heater, substrate, a couple small rocks and/or driftwood, crypts, anubias and java fern (or java moss), plus mystery snail, a few ghost shrimp and a pretty betta and you're good to go! Makes for a nice low upkeep desktop nano setup.
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a few ghost shrimp and a pretty betta

Tried adding ghost shrimp to all my Betta tanks and had no luck.
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tried adding ghost shrimp to all my betta tanks and had no luck.
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I think it depends on the betta. I've had some eat shrimp and some that didn't.
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I think it depends on the betta. I've had some eat shrimp and some that didn't.
True. Also depends on the size of the shrimp and whether they have good hiding places. (They should with enough plant life)
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If the office keeps to a reasonable temperature range (and most do), a planted vase is pretty much as low tech as you can get. No filter, no heater, just needs a once a week 10-20% water change and a regular desk lamp with a high lumen bulb. Supplies are limited to food for the stock, water conditioner, a jug and a bit of air line hose to do the water changes.

With the close-up nature of a desk tank, the inhabitants can be quite small and simple and still have a big impact. Snails of every sort, shrimp and endlers are all good choices. Neocaridina propinqua are my favorite for planted vases--the orange color stands out against the plants so they're easy to see, they tolerate a huge range of water conditions and-best of all-won't breed you out of house and home like cherries do.
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^^ Agreed, although temps depend on the geographic location. In Arizona and SoCal, probably no issue with an unheated tank, given the right species. (My betta had no heater in his little bowl and lived 7 years!)

In other parts of the country, that have real winters, that can be a problem. Weekends with no AC or heat are the issue. In an office building in part of the country with real winter and no heat on weekends, temps can get low enough to kill most things.
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