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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 09-18-2008, 01:45 AM Thread Starter
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Talking 2.5 nano Update

here is my new scape. i dont know what i should do. i am open to suggestions.





and i dont really like the shrimp to much. i know im going to get yelled at for that lol. but i was thinking of getting some nano fish, any suggestions?

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I would start by moving the grass to the back and breaking up the HC and planting it in smaller groups in the front. Planting it in smaller groups will help it spread faster.

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I don't see any shrimp...?
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I think I see one hiding on the lump of moss.


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NINJA SHRIMP.

*hides*

I swear it wasn't there a second ago.
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lol yeah there are three of them in there. yeah but i heard if i break it up i cant plant it cause it needs a fine gravel to take hold. is this true? i really like the shire 2.5m, its amazing. that would be my dream nano tank!
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lol yeah there are three of them in there. yeah but i heard if i break it up i cant plant it cause it needs a fine gravel to take hold. is this true? i really like the shire 2.5m, its amazing. that would be my dream nano tank!
Eh, it's true. Your substrate looks fine enough for it to eventually root. Won't be very quick though.

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/pl...-update-4.html

^ that one?

Are you serious about it becoming your dream tank? It's entirely possible...let me know if you really want it, and I'll make some recommendations.
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yeah im serious. it is amazing! i never thought you could fit that much into a 2 and a half gallon tank. i really like the wood he used, it really does look like a tree
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I'm going to give suggestions for quick setup. You can find all this stuff cheaper if you want for deals, collect it yourself, etc. I usually don't have the patience to do so.

Hardscape:
1) Get a 3L bag of ADA AquaSoil (I like I, some like II): http://www.adana-usa.com/index.php?m...products_id=97
2) Get some ADA old black wood: http://www.adana-usa.com/index.php?m...roducts_id=301
3) Get some ADA stones. Pick what you like, I like Maten, Shou, or Seiryu. http://www.adana-usa.com/index.php?m...uct&cPath=7_14

Equipment:
1) What lighting do you have? Recommend you get a Coralife Mini-Aqualight 2x9W, or even a Coralife 12" 2x18W fixture.
2) DIY CO2, or pressurized if you have the funds. Do a search on here for either. Get an appropriate glass diffuser.
3) ZooMed 501 canister filter. http://www.reptilesupply.com/product...roducts_id=404

Stick it all into the tank.

Get some plants. Some that would look nice in a small tank:
1) Dwarf hair grass
2) HC
3) Anubias nana var. petite
4) Pellia, mini pellia
5) Subwassertang

Just a few suggestions, there's a myriad of plants out there that will work nicely in a tank that size.

Here's another great looking 2.5g nano by a member here, guppy: https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/pl...ted-7-4-a.html

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wow thanks a lot. i have the homedepot light. do you still think i should get the other light? i think i will start buying this stuff and slowly start doing the setup. im so excited cuase i had no idea i could do that setup, it doesnt look like it will kill my wallet either!
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The 27W Hamilton Bay light will suffice. The 2x18W will give you much more growth though...you can stick with the Hamilton Bay light and see how it goes.
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hey i have some eco complet laying around. would that work, or should i buy the ada aqua soil?
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ADA soil is the better choice. If you want to save some cash, eco complete would do. The cycling of the ADA soil is going to take some time though, you'd have to relocate the shrimps for about a month.
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hey i have some eco complet laying around. would that work, or should i buy the ada aqua soil?
That will work. I like ADA AS better.

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ADA soil is the better choice. If you want to save some cash, eco complete would do. The cycling of the ADA soil is going to take some time though, you'd have to relocate the shrimps for about a month.
Using the ShrimpNow method, it's possible to drop ammonia levels to 0 in about 11-13 days. Massive water changes is key...which is more than easily done in a 2.5 gallon tank.
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ok thanks. you guys have been a lot of help. i cant wait to start. im going to start getting everything together
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