Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
I guess I'm gonna get back into it! =] Questions about a 2.5 gallon
Well since my puffer died, I'm thinking that I'm going to turn his tank into a planted tank. It did have plastic plants, but upon rediscovering this forum I have caught the planted tank fever again! I had a planted ten gallon last year but was forced to take it down and give my fish to the LFS because I got so behind on it when school started. Then I got this 2.5 gallon and told myself just plastic plants and a puffer, but here I am. I can't stay away! Hopefully since its smaller it'll be easier to keep up with. Plus this time I know what I'm in for!
Okay so here are my questions, my memory is rusty since I've been out of the hobby for a long time, and its not like I was that knowledgeable when I was in it. =P
1)What kind of lighting would you recommend for a 2.5 gallon? I want to use a desk light, but I don't know what kind of CFL to use. What wattage and how many lumens does it need to put out?
2)Part of my downfall last time was what I think was hair algae. It attacked EVERYTHING. I took my beautiful tank and suffocated it. I'm terrified of algae outbreaks now. How do I ensure that this doesn't happen again? (I was neglecting the tank too, so I'm sure that played a key role in this outbreak) If it does, how do I get rid of it? (Are you beginning to see the immense depth of my knowledge? hahaha)
3)I'm a little confused on how to regulate home made CO2 and how to know how much to use. I know it has something to do with how much light you have but I'm just not clear on it. People told me to use a bottle of yeast, sugar, and an air stone, and I saw people doing that who had beautiful tanks so I know it must work well.
Thanks in advance for all your answers!! =] I'm going to petsmart and walmart tomorrow (So I hope someone responds in time) to get all my stuff, and I can't wait!