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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-11-2009, 03:53 PM Thread Starter
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New to nano planted aquariums

Hello, I am just about to start my very first planted aquarium. I have had many fresh water, marine, and reef aquariums. I have had aquariums from 2.5 gallons all the way up to 75 gallons with just about every size in between. Three weeks ago I lost all my fish, corals, and inverts because of being without power for two weeks. So, I have decided to try something new. I have a spare 2.5 gallon that I would like to make into a planted aquarium for a batta. It will be the only fish in the aquarium. I have about 10 lbs of eco complete substrate that I am planning to use. I am wanting any help you can give. How many watts of light should I use. I have a custom canopy made for the tank, so I can retrofit about any amount of light. I was thinking about 20 - 30 watts of 6500K Compact Fluorescent lighting. If this is to much I could go with about 10 - 20 watts. I am not really sure how much I need. I was also thinking about using Turbo CO2 Bio-System. I thought for filtration I would use either a small internal filter, or a small hang on filter. I have not decided all the plants I would like to use. I am of course looking for very small plants. I would appreciate any help you could give. Thanks
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From my experience, 15-20w is pretty good for 2.5g. Some preliminary plant suggestions (for your research and the such): rotala indica, microsword, HC, dwarf hairgrass, anubias nana, and mosses.
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There are several plants you can get but the best bet for this is to go to you local pet stores and tell them about your setup so you can see what they have available. The only other choice would be to order on line. No point in recommending plants you can't find at the store! If you go for an online source try; the other option is fake plants.

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