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Zaxol's 2.5g Nano

I was thinking about starting a 2.5 gallon nano and wanted to make sure I was getting the right things. I plan on getting a 2.5 aga soon and then some gravel for it. I will use a 20 watt desk lamp for the time being. I plan on getting a filter after I get a couple plants in it just to keep it clean. I wlil work on finding rocks and sorting them to make a nice aquascape while I save up for some plants/a couple neon tetras. Does this sound like a good plan?

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Sounds like what i did....
Good luck =)
What the desk lamp a screw in type bulb or the long type?
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well I have one thats a bulb and one thats aabout an inch long kinda thing. The second ones real tiny.
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hm
any order are you going to purchase them?
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Well first I am going to get the tank and gravel. Put the gravel in the tank and add water. Then while I save up for a filter, new lamo, excel and plants(in that order) I plan on looking aound for soe rocks and getting them placed in there just right.
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Sounds great im using a desklamp type(well not quite i ripped it out of the cieling)
i plan to use a socket splitter and use two of those bulbs insted and be cheap on my part lol.
Filter reccomendatioon wise i would go red sea nano or elite mini, both are great... elite mini is an internal filter though.
You could also try topfin/whisper/aquatech 10.
Quite cheap filters.
Any tetras in particular you like?
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I have two of the red sea nano filters and I really like them!
In a tank as small as this you might prefer to not have an internal filter wasting space.
You might have to watch with the tetras, they kinda school and because of the tank size you would be limited in the school size.

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The rock is cool, I think your gravel is a bit big though. I'm sure it'll work (depending on plant choice) but it is a bit big.

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Yea I was thinking about possibly switching it out later. Was the smallest I could find at petsmart. Would it work ok with HC? I really want to add some HC in the future.
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Yea I was thinking about possibly switching it out later. Was the smallest I could find at petsmart. Would it work ok with HC? I really want to add some HC in the future.
No, those gravels are too big. You should start with something like Flourite or Aquasoil as they are the best substrate for plants. HC does best in Aquasoil.
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For light, I personally use Coralife Freshwater Mini-Aqualight, which is 2 x 9w on my 2.5G. It grows HC very well.

If you are on a budget, you can use GE screw-in compact flourescent bulb 6500K. There are many choices for the power (15W, 27W, etc..) Keep in mind that they are not as efficient as a light fixture such as the Mini-Aqualight because it is in a spiral shape and a lot of the light energy is reflected.
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Okay well would this be enough for a 2.5?

http://www.adgshop.com/product_p/104-033.htm

So a normal bulb desk lamp would not work then?
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Heya Zax, there is a guy selling portions of aquasoil on here...
you could also use a small amount of SMS (soilmaster select), someone could probably sell you enough for your tank (they come in 50pound bags so it'd be best to just get a lil from someone else), I have their charcoal color but the normal color is a reddish.

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Okay I don't really want to buy new gravel so this is what I am going to do. I am going to measure each peice and if it'slarger then 4mm I will get rid of it. This will probably take some time and will really suck if when I finish I don't have enough but I have time on my hands.
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Okay well would this be enough for a 2.5?

http://www.adgshop.com/product_p/104-033.htm

So a normal bulb desk lamp would not work then?
Yes, the 3L bag of Aquasoil is enough for two 2.5G aquariums.

I recommend the Amazonia II. This one has the most nutrient.

I haven't tried those SMS yet, but I can tell you that you that Aquasoil and Flourite are better.
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