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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 11-21-2007, 08:20 PM Thread Starter
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Dirk's 2.5g Office Tank (56K warning)

Hello Everyone,

I'm new to the forums, and have had my 2.5g nano set up in my office for about 9 months or so. I'm converting it into a planted tank for some clown killies.

My tank:

2.5 gallon
Red Sea Decco Filter
Coarlife 2x 9w

I took some photos today and will upload them tonight. Today I took it all down, and added in some Aquasoil and rescaped my current setup. Its still a bit cloudy, but I know that's normal. I think I need to add more Aquasoil

Current plants:

1.5" hexigonal Java Moss tile
Baby teardrops
some sort of crypt I think

I know a lot of you guys here use the Red Sea nano filter, but have any of you done any customizations to it? I quickly added a 2nd finer sponge filter pad and have been using that for the past 9 months. I've been thinking of dropping in some of those ceramic biomedia cylinder things. Anybody ever done this.. or used any other filter media other than the standard sponge it came with?

The Tank:


One of my Clown Killies w/ snail behind it
http://www.spritelander.com/miscart/IMG_3278-2.jpg

Red Sea Nano Filter w/ biomedia (anybody else done this?)
http://www.spritelander.com/miscart/IMG_3279-3.jpg

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I love that lil killie.

I put rings in my nano filter plus a small bag of Ehfisubtrat for my q tank if I ever need it.


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I did something similar with the filter on my 6.6 gallon. I found a small bag of bio media and put it behind my mechanical media. With the rings in a mesh bag, I figured it would be less of a headache when it came time to replacing the mech. media. I think it's cool that we're all on the same page, too.
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i was going to put biomedia in my red sea nano but i got the rapids mini canister and it had a ton od tubes like that in it, and decided just to put some purigen in the red sea,

your tanks looks nice too!


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With my current lighting (coralife mini 18 watt) Is my setup considered high or moderate lighting?

Also, any suggestions on which plants to add? I'm thinking of HC for the groundcover (assuming I have enough light) and maybe a petit anubia.

Last question.. how many cherry shrimp could I maintain in the 2.5g tank?

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For a 2.5G, it is consider high power lighting. I use the same lighting fixture and aquarium as you, and I am satisfied with the performance of the Coralife Mini-Aqualight. You can grow anything with that light, if you keep up with the fertilizers and CO2.
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Ok here's an updated shot of my tank:



Added 3 plants:

Some unkown bulb[left side [center left in front of wood]

1 Sagittaria Subulata (narrow leaf) [Left side behind wood]

1 Small crypt, bronz?. [left side foreground]

My snail chewed up my baby tear drop over the thanksgiving holiday, as you can see on the far left. I'm sure it will grow back, but Brutus will be moved to my 30g tank at home. (much to the dismay of co workers)

I plan to put some Xmas moss on the top of the main driftwood piece, and maybe a petite nana in the lower areas in front of the same piece.

I have a few questions for keepers of nanos (esp 2.5g like me)

I want to start dosing ferts, but I don't know how much/how often I should for what I have.

I picked up some Flourish, and Excel, but don't know what else I would need.. or how often I should dose. Let me know what you guys are doing with your 2.5 systems.

Also, since my large snail will be leaving, I'm thinking of adding a dwarf crayfish (to appease the co workers) Anybody keep these, and would they be ok in a planted tank this size?

More updates to come.

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Your killies are really cute!


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Have you gotten any ammonia spike since the AS change over?
I read about AS leeching ammo in new setups but I don't really know about an established tank change over, one person in my club is doing it but its only been as long as your tank had the change.

BTW your tank looks VERY deep, did you photo shop that last pick? lol I can hardly see the equipment in the back.


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Yes, I did get an ammonia spike, and am doing daily 20% water changes to keep it in check.

As for the "deep" tank, no photoshop, just a short focal length lens. I can't use my normal lenses without a tripod. I'll probably have to do that though so people can see the full tank without it blurring out.

Come to think of it.. I'm gonna move that thermometer probe to the side and behind the wood on the left.
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that is one big ole snail! your tank looks really nice too.

how big do clown killies get?


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Hi,
I'm kinda new here but I love my little tanks and I've sunk into being even more of a planted tank addict lately...
Anyway, to answer your question, as an AKA judge, I look for clown killies (Pseudepiplatys annulatus) to be about an inch on the male (inch and a half including a nice tail & spike), females are usually about 3/4" (maybe up to an inch including tail). They are easy fish, but lay tiny, TINY eggs that will drive you nuts if you pick them. Fry are almost impossible outside of a natural setup.
Very nice looking tank. I'm about ready to redo my 10 gallon (I know, not really nano) with a new piece of driftwood and a new clay creation.
Hope that helps with the killies anyway (nice fish!).
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snail will crawl out without a lid....
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Beautiful killies....tank looks great....

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Looking good!

Haha, will the snail really crawl out? Once it realizes there's no water elsewhere, it'll crawl back in.
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