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my 2.5g tank

Tank: 12x6x8 (2.5g)
Filtration: Red Sea Nano Filter
Heater:
[COLOR=Black] Tetra 50w Submersible heater
Substrate: Eco Complete
Light: Satellite 18w SmartPaq 10000K/460NM Actinic (Planning to change to SunPaq Dual Daylight 6700ēK/10000ēK 18W[/FONT])
Plants: Java Moss (planning to add HC)
CO2: Planning on using just Excel
Inhabitants:2 Glo Lites,1 Neon,and 1 Oto

My question is will i need DIY co2 or is Excel fine??

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Sounds like a nice little setup. Hope to see some pictures soon. In my opinion, if you have the option for DIY or pressurized C02, go for it. Exel works to a point, but is expensive. From all the threads I've read here, many people who start with a plan to use only Excel end up adding C02 later on down the road anyway.

Especially with the HC in there, it will really do well with C02.


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Sounds like a great setup, that filter is the best for such small tanks. And Excel will work for a tank that small but like Outlaw said, if actual CO2 injection is possible by all means go for it, AND supplement with Excel.
Only thing I'd say about it is dealing with the fish. I'm not aware of the glo lites behavior or things like that, but as far as the neon, if you have a bigger tank transfer him to that one. If you don't, get at least 3 more as they are a schooling fish and being by itself it's probably stressed out. To be honest if you have another tank the best idea is to move the tetras into there and pick up a couple more otos and maybe look into some nano fish in the sticky in this forum.


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This is the tank now, but without the HC because it started to Melt. Planning on adding Drawf Hairgrass. I've read it can be grown without co2. Do you think it will be possible to maintain the tank with just Moss and Hairgrass. The specs of the tank are in the first post.

And I have have white spots on the glass. anyone know what this is?
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Like it was said before, ditch the neon tetra for a larger tank. Take it back to the store and see if you can trade it for another oto, or buy a couple of celestial pearl danios or feeder guppies.
Also, 50 watts is way, way overkill on a 2.5 tank.
I use a hydor mini submersible heater (7.5 watts) in mine and it keeps it very stable. Unless you live in a fridge, 50 watts might boil your tank. That's never fun.
Marineland makes a 10 watt heater and many companies make a 25 watt heater.
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Its been about two months since my last post, and i change the livestock in the tank. Took out the tetras and in goes an Amano and two Galaxy Danios. The heater box says its rated for 2-15g tanks it keeps the tank between a 78 -80F and never makes the water warm.
Also recently came across the new Windows 7 and found a theme for my computer which is a XP. Never really liked Vista all the much looking forward to get the Windows 7. It comes with many HD wallpapers like these ones:




and now for the tank and the new inhabitants

A few days before I changed the livestock


Mr Amano




Mr Amano with the Galaxys in the back


the two Galaxys







Sorry if the pictures are a little bit blurry. Didn't focus enough on them and the Galaxys are quick! Call it Mr Amano but i dont know the real gender of the shrimp.

Here's a picture of the Oto in the tank
thanks for looking!!
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Nice tank. That poor amano looks like he's looking for a place to hide. He'd love a little pile of moss to play in, I'd bet...

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Time to densely plant: its a good size for your galaxy danios, but they love being in thickly planted ditches. Maybe build a forest, at least along the edges or in a corner or two...

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Nice tank. That poor amano looks like he's looking for a place to hide. He'd love a little pile of moss to play in, I'd bet...
Thanks strick theres a moss tree and the amano loves it right under the moss or its loves the crack in the driftwood right at the tip on top and it hides in there. Sometimes it spends its time cleaning and digging up the Eco.

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Time to densely plant: its a good size for your galaxy danios, but they love being in thickly planted ditches. Maybe build a forest, at least along the edges or in a corner or two...
What plants do you recommend??
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