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New 2.5G tank at work

Until today, at work, I had Aqueon Betta Bow 2.5G. Lighting was rather inadequate and it didn't look great, especially after it got scratched here and there.

So, finally I replaced it last night with

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MHR8YGQ/
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GH9HRZ4/
http://www.amazon.com/Aqueon-06080-QuietFlow-Filter-100GPH/dp/B000SP65N8/
http://www.amazon.com/Fluval-Mini-Pressurized-20g-CO2-Kit/dp/B0049RL3H4/
http://www.amazon.com/AQUA-UA-025S-Acrylic-Diffuser-Small/dp/B00LO0LCJI/
Stock: 4 Cobra Endler guppies (down from 6)
Anubias Nana
Anubias Congensis
Java Fern
Telanthera Cardinalis
Bacopa Caroliniana
some Java Moss





I am not very happy with the Finnex 2.5G tank. It was a mess of smeared silicone everywhere inside and outside. And in one spot it wasn't properly glued, there was void in silicone maybe 5mm wide and 3/4 glass thickness deep. I had to buy extra silicone and patch it up myself. Hopefully it will not leak. Maybe I should replace it with something else, like Mr Aqua Joy 3G or Shuber Wright 4G?

The filter has pretty strong flow for such a little tank. But I couldn't find any better solution. I also had to cut the intake to shorten it because it was maybe 2cm too long for the tank. So I just cut it and superglued the bottom of the intake.

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Looks good. Will you be doing a carpet plant? I don't see any guppies? D: If it was me, I would add some shrimp.
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That's a lot of light for a tank that size. You planning on running CO≤ or anything?
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Definitely a cute little tank

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Looks good. Will you be doing a carpet plant? I don't see any guppies? D: If it was me, I would add some shrimp.
I think the guppies were either too fast for exposure or hiding. But they are there. They just swim around like crazy. They seemed to enjoy swimming against weak current of filter in old Bow 2.5. Now they are going crazy with the new strong filter. I think 6 guppies are plenty enough for the bioload in 2.5G tank ;-)

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That's a lot of light for a tank that size. You planning on running CO≤ or anything?
Possibly. I have a 88g Fluval set in my Fluval Edge 6G. So maybe something along these lines. Or even something smaller. Is there anything that works with 12g CO2 carts that are used for carbonating soda?
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New pic

This there are less bubbles now and the fish are less shy.

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the rhizome of Anubias and java fern should be above the substrate else it will rot
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Is the current not too much for the Endlers?

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the rhizome of Anubias and java fern should be above the substrate else it will rot
All rhizomes are above the substrate. Superglued to rocks.

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Is the current not too much for the Endlers?
They seem to enjoy it. There are quiet places in the tank. When they want to rest they stay below the filter or in the spot on the left next to the Java Fern where I put a stone to block the flow. But they usually just chase each other in the current.
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Looks great! I had the same issue with the filter in my 3g. I ended up taking the stem off altogether and stuffing a piece of sponge in the end. Helps slow down the flow for now.
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Heh, these filters are $9.99 on Amazon, so I think I will "experiment" with mine.
I consider inserting a little bag with ceramic donuts for more surface for the bacteria in the filter. And maybe hack most of the stem off and use metal mesh for the intake?
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If you just shot silicone into that gap be careful, silicone will not stick to cured silicone.
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little update

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I am down to 4 Endlers, one died and one is MIA (if it jumped out it is not anywhere near my desk).

Also, I have added two stems of Bacopa Caroliniana and http://www.amazon.com/Fluval-Mini-Pressurized-20g-CO2-Kit/dp/B0049RL3H4/ with http://www.amazon.com/AQUA-UA-025S-Acrylic-Diffuser-Small/dp/B00LO0LCJI/.



Also, I have noticed the evaporation from the tank is insane. Everyday I have to add like a glass of distilled water to make up for it.
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Plants look good

<3 gallons are so hard to scape!

Everything should take off with the addition of c02
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