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New to nano tanks

Hi!

I am not new to planted tanks, but I am new to nano tanks. My previous tank was 75 gallons, so nano is a big change for me.

I am looking to set up a new planted tank in a Fluval Spec III. It's 2.6 gallons, cube shaped, more or less. Occupants will be a few RCS. (Well, I might pick blue or yellow ones instead, but that species.) And maybe a horned nerite or two to take care of algae on the glass.

I'm thinking a low-light setup. With such a small tank, high growth rates would be a pain, and I'm lazy. So the LED light that comes with the tank, and perhaps a bit of Excel, no CO2.

I like those spider wood "trees" with moss tied to the limbs. They look like Dr. Seuss trees. But what kind of moss? Java moss seems like it would grow too fast. Christmas moss? Flame moss or weeping moss, maybe? Is there any moss that would look like a weeping willow when tied to branches?

I'm planning to use dwarf hairgrass and "petite" anubias as well.

What substrate should I use? I was going to use Eco-Complete, but dang, that's a huge bag. Would Tahitian Moon look better? It's finer, so maybe the scale would work better for a nano tank?

Also, any sources for driftwood that's suitable for a nano tank? I want the so-called "spider wood." Looks interesting without taking up too much volume in the tank. I usually buy my driftwood off eBay; I like that you get the actual piece pictured/described. But most pieces I see there are too large for a nano tank.
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He he, I got the same set up as you're planning.
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Fluval stratum, spider wood from the reptile section of the LFS, weeping moss. This is my nicest moss.

PS generic RCS, they love the moss and moss ball, they also graze on the substrate

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Hah! I'm going to put a moss ball or three into mine, too. I haven't had much luck with them in high-light tanks. I know others have, but mine don't seem to like all that light. So I was going to move them to the new nano tank.

Nice tank. The weeping moss looks fantastic!

Unfortunately, there's not much of a driftwood selection at my LFSs. I'm going to have to find mine online.
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Good luck with the driftwood search. What I have in this tank was originally once piece that I cut into two.
I think the Marimo does quite well in low light. I have them in another Spec (5 gal version) and the lighting on that one is even lower light than on the Spec 3. That particular specimen is very healthy and has grown.
PPS the moss was Tropica brand weeping moss, tissue culture

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So you're using the light that came with the tank?

Plants look to be doing really well!
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Yes, all the equipment is stock except for a 10-watt heater in the power head compartment.

I dose flourish comp and excel once a week at WC. I should probably dose a little more frequently but WC day is pretty much when I remember. Eh, less trimming this way. I get some algae on the glass but a quick scrape on WC day takes care of it too. Gotta leave some for the shrimp, so I don't scrub too close to the substrate line.

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can you pull a marimo ball apart and attach it to wood..ive never had any in all my years in planted tanks so i figured i would ask.

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There's people on this forum who have done that.
Also seen it laid down on to stone or substrate.

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I tried growing marimo onto a piece of driftwood. I ended up with a pile of algae that I'm still trying to get off of that wood
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My oldest algae ball was about 15 years old. It was softball sized, and hollow inside, as they get when they're bigger.

It was okay when I just rotated it where it was, but when I tried to move it to a different place in the tank, it kind of collapsed into a mess. I've been tried to reshape it back into a ball, without much success.

The inside, which was brown-yellow, is greening up nicely, though.
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Okay, I've got my driftwood. Found what I wanted by searching eBay for "red moor wood." Or "redmoor wood."

I've also decided on Eco-Complete. I remembered what a pain a fine sand substrate can be, and decided to skip the Tahitian Moon.

But how deep should it be? For a big tank, I'd go 4"-5". But that seems too much for a nano tank. (Even though the Spec III is high for its footprint.) The only rooted plant I'm planning to grow is dwarf hairgrass. So how deep a substrate do I need?
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I'd suggest 1.5-2 inches deep, maybe 2.5 inches at the back. Anything deeper and you loose too much swim room. Basically, whatever will give your DHG enough depth to root properly.

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IME, dwarf hairgrass grows pretty deep roots. But I don't know if it has to.
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