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My 2.5 gal ATTAKGARDEN!

Alllright. So this is my second attempt at a planted tank. My first tank was a 10 gal that I did with little research. This time around is different. I want to grow glosso and or HC the emmersed way. So they are grown and everything before i fill it up with water. Then i would like to put some kind of lite colored moss on the driftwood. any suggestions? As for a light its a 10w 5100k bulb. and Im not sure if i want diy co2 or not....i think ill just see how my tank grows without it and go from there.

Now some questions:
1. I am going to use florite. Is this a good idea? or should i have a combo of sand and florite?

2. I am never good at hardscapes, but these are 2 that i like



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I really like the first position for the driftwood.
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i like the hardscape the second way, i think it adds more flow that way. the hc or glosso sound like a nice idea, but you will need quite a bit more light then what you have already. 10W isnt alot of light really, maybe look for a 13W to put over the tank too. i would want to add a taller background plant behind the wood as well. maybe somehting like a nice red rotala? all in all sounds like this could be nice.

oh and as for a moss you could try weeping or christmas moss.
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Tied at one a peice. haha

Yeah I thought 10w was a little lacking for glosso. So 20w-25w is a good amount?

As for the backround plant red rotala is a great choice, but kinda want to keep this a green tank.....or maybe it'll look good behind the drift wood as you wouldnt see it right away, but it'll still add a nice color.

Oooooo. Both christmas moss and weeping moss look good. I think that'll depend on what i can find first haha.

Ill prob put in some RCS when everything grows out and looks greeen.

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ya 20-25W maybe even towards the 30W range to keep hc or glosso carpeting.

and a nice red behind the wood would maybe blend in, maybe a more subdued red. i think every tank needs a little red in it. lol
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A single 13-16 watt spiral fluorescent bulb would be sufficient to grow HC in a 2.5 gallon tank. HC is not a light demanding plant, I'm growing a nice carpet of it in a 10 gallon with two 13 watt spiral bulbs now, and it grows quickly, and right along the substrate. Be careful what advice you take from forums, not everyone speaks from experience.


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from my own experience I have been able to grow HC with 24w CF over a 2.5g. I have not been able to grow it with 12w or 15w spiral screw in. You may first want to grow it emmersed then slowly fill it with water over the corse of a few weeks after it is grown in.

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I had trouble growing glosso in a 2.5 gal with 13W of CF lighting. You might want to up the watts to get a good result.
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Alright well ill see how my glosso grows (if i can ever find any!) with the 10w, and if it is crappy, then i will get a bigger wattage bulb.

Everyone reccomends zoomed 501 for nano tanks, but i ask why? Isnt it for a 30 gal tank? That seems like overkill to me. But then again planted tanks are demanding so ill have to see.

All i need is to find some glosso to get this tank rolling. So if you have any let me know!

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haha ok cool. i think I am gonna buy glosso from them. Since no one on here seems to have any haha. But Im not sure how much I get. haha cause its like .57 cents for one...one pack? one stem? one leaf? haha we'll just have to see I guess.
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They're sold in bunches, just like common bunch plants found at your lfs.
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haha ok cool. i think I am gonna buy glosso from them. Since no one on here seems to have any haha. But Im not sure how much I get. haha cause its like .57 cents for one...one pack? one stem? one leaf? haha we'll just have to see I guess.
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Don't know much about glosso, but I wanted to vote for the wood being the second way. I agree it adds more flow, and to me more depth to the tank.

As for filtration, I've never used the Zoomed 501 (i think that's the mini canister?) but when I was looking for filtration for my 5g i looked into that one and asked about it on this forum, the consensus I got was that some people love it and some people thought it was terrible, I got more consistantly good reviews of the Red Sea nano HOB filter (or the Azoo palm...i think they're the same thing bascially) But if you'd prefer a canister type filter, the one comment that was pretty consistant was that while it's rate for 30g, most people said they didn't think it was enough filtration for more than a 5 or 10g on it's own, so it's probably not as much overkill as it seems to be But again, the only one I have experience with his the mini HOB and i really like it.


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