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2.5 Mini Bow Nano (2nd Update)

I bought a 2.5 Minibow, comes with 15w incandescent and UGF. I installed a 10w 50/50 and removed the plastic bulb guard to maximize lighting. Iím running a Hagen Elite Mini internal filter; itís basically a power head with sponge filter, 30 gph. Iím running it on the lowest speed. Highly recommend this filter.

Using pea gravel, because I didnít want to buy a large bag of the good stuff and not use most of it. Conditioning with Tetra AquaSafe and fertilizing with Tetra FloraPride. No C02 at the moment, though Iím leaning towards DIYC02 because Elite has a venturi so I can run a C02 line directly into the filter.

Planted with Cryptocoryne walkeri, Hydrotriche hottoniiflora, Ludwigia repens, Rotala rotundifolia. Piece of drift wood.

Setup is 2 days old. Some hitchers include 4-5 pond snails and algae. Early stages, but looks like the Ludwigia brought some staghorn over. Cycle is under way; water has already turned a little white/cloudy.

Thereís not much of a scape or theme, just plants that I could get locally and looked healthy.

Pics will be up shortly.

Fish suggestions welcomed.

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A trio of Endlers Livebearers would be great in that tank.

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Are you still using the plastic top the setup comes with? if you are I'm giving you a warning with a more powerful light it could start melting or warping. Mine did so I hope yours wont!

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The new bulb puts out less heat than the original, but I'll keep an eye on it!

Here's some pics, again of the new setup. Added an Oto and new plant, Hydrocotyle leucocephala - Penny Wort. There's space in the front left view, I'm waiting for some moss to arrive at my LFS to fill that spot. Will moss cover the hardscape too.

Total cost for this setup (since many people ask).
Tank $30
Light $13
Filter $12
Extra Media $4
Gravel $4
Oto $2
Plants... 5 pots/bunches... ~ $18
Water Conditioners & Ferts $7
Snails - Free
Algae - Free
C02 - DIY coming soon... $6?
Total = $96

My LFS has a great shrimp selection. Okay to mix them? Would like to Mix Amanos, Red Crystal, and Bamboo... Endlers would look nice... anyone suggest any small killis?


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A trio of Endlers Livebearers would be great in that tank.
Haha, that trio will turn into about 30 endlers in a month or two! I started out with 6 endlers in my tank (3 male, 3 female) and after about two months and three drops later, I now have a good 50 or so endlers swimming around in the tank.
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Haha, that trio will turn into about 30 endlers in a month or two! I started out with 6 endlers in my tank (3 male, 3 female) and after about two months and three drops later, I now have a good 50 or so endlers swimming around in the tank.
Yep, the endlers will overcrowd the tank very easily. Heck, it will fill up any size tank given enough time. I started with a pair, but the female was a fat and mature one -- dropped 25++ fry on me in less than 24 hours. 4 weeks later she dropped another batch, this time there seems more. Her belly is getting big again, she'll probably drop another batch next week or so....

So, if you can, get all male endlers. 3-5 should be fine as long as you feed very lightly.

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Got it. I have swordtails in my 55gal, I'm well aware of livebearer behavior. Anyone have anything on mixing diff shrimp together?

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For a small color full killie, i suggest clown killies.

Don't mix shrimp of the same genus, Neocaridina shouldn't mix w/neocaridina, but they are fine with other caridina, just for the sake of hybrid protection.

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I would agree with male endlers only.
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Me also, you can probally get by with 6 endlers, some shrimp, and an oto.
if you keep waterchanges up.

Btw: if you're planning to get females just to see what breeding them is like, it's overated, you'll get sick of thousands of fry

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Slight changes.

Swapped out the 10w 50/50 for a 14w 5500k. I miss the blue look but the plants should enjoy the extra wattage.

New critters: 2x Amanos!


Completed: DIY CO2, tomorrow I'm going to run the airline into the filter intake

I need to put a background on.

Water is cloudy/milky again, hope I didnt cause a mini-cycle by moving plants. Did a 25% water change and am hoping everyone makes it through the night.

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Any time you move plants, especcially with plant substrates(Not pointing any fingers**flourite**), you'll get clouded up water.

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Would you be able to post a pic of the underside of the hood please? I am considering getting this same tank and so I appreciate looking at your tank for ideas
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If it had a 15 watt incandescent, then why replace it with a 10 watt, and why a 50/50? I would go with one of the 15 watt T2 CFs from 1000bulbs.com, they go up to 5000k, which would be a more usable temp for plants than a 50/50, and they put out more lumens that a standard CF. This is what I did with my gf's 5 gallon minibow, which I believe has the same light fixture. Works great.
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