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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-07-2008, 03:36 AM Thread Starter
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2.5g "Elder Forest" Tank

So, today I finally settled on a theme for my 2.5g I currently have it planted with Laterite and sand, however I plan on adding some "Black Fine Riverbed Sand" by Geosystem. The sand I'm using right now is a khaki color, so it all works out to a medium brown.

Currently planted with Fissidens Fontanus, Sagittaria Subulata and Cryptocoryne Beckettii

I think i'll end up using some Java or Taiwan moss on flat slate or other rough stone on the bottom to provide a bit of a carpet.

The tank is also cycled (believe it or not) recieving 30% water changes weekly.

The plan, in the end, is to make a nice wooden stand to hold the tank, as well as making a wooden canopy to hold the PC desk lamp that is lighting the tank. The end goal there is to make a whole tank setup that looks like a nice piece of cabinetry that disguises the light, ballast and air pump for the filter (whisper 3i).

While yes, a canister filter would rock, I don't have the extra couple hundred kicking around to just up and buy one. nor could I find a suitable filter for a tank this small.

Any thoughts on other nano plants that would be suitable?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-07-2008, 03:48 AM
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you could do a zoo med 501 or a tom rapids mini canister filter. theyre like $20-30
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You could also get this Hagen Elite Mini Underwater Submersible filter, albeit it may stand out more in the tank. It allows for flow control from high to low.

http://www.smarter.com/aquarium-filt...pi-184008.html

I used in a 3 gallon planted tank that I set up last and it worked great. You can also easily modify it to accept DIY C02 tubing so it can double up as super efficient c02 diffuser if you ever decide to inject c02 to grow more demanding plants. Personally, based on my experience, if you are going 2.5 gallon, I would get this filter and go the low tech route with easy to grow plants and daily excel dosing for carbon.

If you decide to get this filter and want to modify it to double up as a c02 diffuser, this is an excellent step by step by Niko.http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/f...2-reactor.html
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A Tom's Rapids runs around $45-50 around here, same with the Zoo Med (although i'm considering the Zoo Med for my 5g)

I'm running the Whisper right now because the betta likes the low current and it will be shrimp-friendly in the future.
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Elite Mini's work great, i used one in my 2.5g ( well still using it, but my 2.5g is a wreck )
Keeps water flowing great, and there's a number of modifications available for it to perform at it's best.
Seeing as you're in Ontario, PJ's Pet's carries them for ~ $14 i think.


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... and there's a number of modifications available for it to perform at it's best...
Totally that is what I love about these. I was even able to get the benefits of Seachem Purigen media by getting knee high pantyhouse, placing about a teaspoon of purigen in the hose, knotting it and using it as part of the media in the filter. Lol, it worked great...can you say crystal clear water.
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Have an elite mini, found the current to be way, way too high. It was literally pushing the betta around the tank. (now it's seeing a second life injecting CO2 into another tank!)

I have Purigen on order, and i;m making my own cartridges with the pantyhose method when it arrives.
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You can trim down the impellers and turn down the flow.
It was perfectly fine for my betta after i did that.
Is your filter the whisper one that uses an airpump?


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