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2.5 Gallon Tank

I got a new rimless tank, I'm not sure how many gallons because I measured it quickly but it's about 2.5-3 gallons. It's about 11.5 long 11 tall and 5 wide.

Light: 12" finnex stingray OR 13W fluval light. I think it's about 6500K
Flora: anubias Nana petit, Dwarf Hairgrass and some other more easy plants (not sure)
Fauna: Betta
Substrate: fluval shrimp stratum
Ferts: Either exel or seachem flourish comprehensive and root tabs.

I have a few questions.
1. Which light would you guys recommend? Both are around the same price. Will this be too much light?
2. How much should I dose?
3. Any aquascaping ideas for these weird measurements
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What filter will you be using?

1. I'd go with the stingray.
2. Ferts? There's directions on the bottle. It's usually a capful for like 50 gallons or something. You can figure out how many milliliters that is and then divide that by 20 for how much you should use.
3. Some manzanita would look awesome if you can find a long and thin piece that'll fit. Maybe round river rocks?


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What filter will you be using?
Not sure. Was probably thinking this;
http://www.amazon.com/Fluval-A455-Nano-Aquarium-Filter/dp/B004BZKDZC
Thanks, in Canada our wood is very limited
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Not sure. Was probably thinking this;
: Amazon.com: Fluval Nano Aquarium Filter

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Stingray wild work well, also I believe Finnex has a clip on planted plus light for nano aquariums. Just look up "planted plus clip light" on amazon.

Personally, for very small nanoscapes, I think plants that will rise out of the water look awesome. But then again floating plants also look very cool. Because with nanoscapes, they're usually placed at table height which means a lot of the time you'll be seeing it from the top. Therefore, it's a good idea to plan a good "birds eye view" scape as well. I think driftwood that comes out of the water is perfect for this, or if you can find aquatic plants that actually come out of the water too.
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I got a new rimless tank, I'm not sure how many gallons because I measured it quickly but it's about 2.5-3 gallons. It's about 11.5 long 11 tall and 5 wide.

3. Any aquascaping ideas for these weird measurements
That's real tricky for dimensions. Basically it's half of a cube, right? So you get a square view up front, but there's hardly any depth.
I'd suggest a slope, left to right, tallest spot on the back left with a dip in front of it, lowest spot right front. Or vice versa. If you can get some rocks to shore up the slope, that would help to bank it up.

Then keep it simple with maybe three groupings of plants. Larger stem plants on the right back side, make this a larger grouping of one plant type. Short foreground plants like small crypts in the front left, either one or three small groupings which can extend close to or even past the centre, and maybe a clump of higher light stem plants back left. You can keep this trimmed to desired height.

You can attach the light closer to the back since you're planning on a clip light.
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That's real tricky for dimensions. Basically it's half of a cube, right? So you get a square view up front, but there's hardly any depth.
I'd suggest a slope, left to right, tallest spot on the back left with a dip in front of it, lowest spot right front. Or vice versa. If you can get some rocks to shore up the slope, that would help to bank it up.

Then keep it simple with maybe three groupings of plants. Larger stem plants on the right back side, make this a larger grouping of one plant type. Short foreground plants like small crypts in the front left, either one or three small groupings which can extend close to or even past the centre, and maybe a clump of higher light stem plants back left. You can keep this trimmed to desired height.

You can attach the light closer to the back since you're planning on a clip light.
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It's not really a cube, I'll post a pic. Also I like your idea, but I plan in using anubias nana petit between the rocks. I'm not sure what kind, maybe lava rock or seiryu stone or dragon, no idea. I'm thinking 3 rocks in the left side with lots of tall plants on the right behind then. Bettas need some place to rest and hide. I'll put some anubias nana petite in between the 3 rocks. The a carpet of DHG and some other type of plant at the back.

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Idea, but I'm not sure about which rocks. And no rocks on the left as it takes too much space.



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Stingray wild work well, also I believe Finnex has a clip on planted plus light for nano aquariums. Just look up "planted plus clip light" on amazon.

Personally, for very small nanoscapes, I think plants that will rise out of the water look awesome. But then again floating plants also look very cool. Because with nanoscapes, they're usually placed at table height which means a lot of the time you'll be seeing it from the top. Therefore, it's a good idea to plan a good "birds eye view" scape as well. I think driftwood that comes out of the water is perfect for this, or if you can find aquatic plants that actually come out of the water too.
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Really nice tank! Wherre did you get it? (brand?)
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Really nice tank! Wherre did you get it? (brand?)
Thank you! I actually don't see a brand name.. It has a small sticker saying the address of where I bought it and that it has 1 year guarantee (in Polish) but no brand.

Sorry!
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Oh, a betta! Love those fishes.
Whatever rock you choose, make sure it is smooth so no dragon stone or lava rock recommended. The fins may get damaged by rough stone. The anubias nestled between them sounds great!
Ludwigia repens for the back? Will give you a change of colour and texture from your other plant choices.

I'm excited for you, this has lots of potential.

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I got a new rimless tank, I'm not sure how many gallons because I measured it quickly but it's about 2.5-3 gallons. It's about 11.5 long 11 tall and 5 wide.

Light: 12" finnex stingray OR 13W fluval light. I think it's about 6500K
Flora: anubias Nana petit, Dwarf Hairgrass and some other more easy plants (not sure)
Fauna: Betta
Substrate: fluval shrimp stratum
Ferts: Either exel or seachem flourish comprehensive and root tabs.

I have a few questions.
1. Which light would you guys recommend? Both are around the same price. Will this be too much light?
2. How much should I dose?
3. Any aquascaping ideas for these weird measurements

where did you get this tank? I have been looking for something with those dimensions!
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Very nice tank, I like tall and long. I would suggest either a rock formation building towards one side or the other.

OR

Stepped levels, steppign up to one side. Each step containing same or different carpeting plants.

OR

Tall Plants on one side, short plants on the other


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Very nice tank, I like tall and long. I would suggest either a rock formation building towards one side or the other.

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Stepped levels, steppign up to one side. Each step containing same or different carpeting plants.

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Tall Plants on one side, short plants on the other
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where did you get this tank? I have been looking for something with those dimensions!
Truaqua has two with similar dimensions, but they are expensive:

http://www.truaqua.com/high-clarity-...ish-tanks.html

(Nano Sky High ones)

I would probably put a stingray on this one and do low-ish light plants... the stingray is really thin.
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where did you get this tank? I have been looking for something with those dimensions!
Sorry, missed this completely. I actually got this in some store in Poland, sorry. I Can't find a brand on it either. I bet if you really wanted one you could get it built. I'm surprised to like these dimensions! They're challenging!
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