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2 Gallon office tank

So I have a little 2 gallon tank at my desk at work. Currently the only inhabitant is a betta... Well after seeing sooo many awesome looking little nano tanks... I really want to convert it to a lowtech planted tank with my betta and maybe some shrimp?

I will get a photo up of it here shortly, but the only lighting other then office lights is a little LED strip under the glass top which is painted black currently.

I know I will use blackdiamond for the substrate, but what plants? Going to run a small sponge filter, but need a super quite air pump.. suggestions welcome!!
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My Betta mangled a small herd of ghost shrimp. Be careful if he's the aggressive type.
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He doesn't seen to be aggressive.... Pretty lazy really.

I know the Nana stay small, do the above listed stay fairly little?
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My betta leaves my ghost shrimp alone, they're too quick and good at hiding for him to catch. Then again, this is a heavily mossy 10 gallon I'm talking about. Probably won't be so lucky in a 2 gallon.

Crypt parva stays small and grows sloooooow. Good for a nano. Java ferns get big but it takes forever and a half.
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DIY light strip? Pretty cool. I like the low profile of the hood.

Mosses are like a matt of plant mass and can be separated or trimmed as needed. Java ferns and anubias grow pretty slowly.
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You're going to have a hard time finding a quiet air pump and the sponge will take up a lot of room. Petsmart sells Tom's mini internal filters which are really small and very quiet. Also, both my bettas lived many months without ever touching my shrimp (both ghost and red cherry) and then they both eventually developed a taste for them and wiped them all out in a day or two.
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You're going to have a hard time finding a quiet air pump and the sponge will take up a lot of room. Petsmart sells Tom's mini internal filters which are really small and very quiet. Also, both my bettas lived many months without ever touching my shrimp (both ghost and red cherry) and then they both eventually developed a taste for them and wiped them all out in a day or two.
I second this comment. I tried out a sponge filter + air pump set up and regretted it. I'm going to look into Tom's mini internal filter. It looks like it might work for my 2.5 betta tank!
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http://Truaqua.com/aquatop-internal-...sf-xy2830.html
I was looking at this sponge as it is made for nano tanks. I have a little filter thats about 2"x1" but even turned down all the way it was making a lot more current then my Beta liked.

The light strip is ordered and comes with the mounting clips etc, all I had to do was hook a converter to 12v :-)
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I was looking at this sponge as it is made for nano tanks. I have a little filter thats about 2"x1" but even turned down all the way it was making a lot more current then my Beta liked.

The light strip is ordered and comes with the mounting clips etc, all I had to do was hook a converter to 12v :-)
I still think that the sponge will be too big and that you won't find a quiet air pump. I have the same 2.5 gallon aquarium that you have and have used the Tom's in it and I would have to check it often to make sure it was still working b/c it was so quiet. It can be used with or without the spray bar (I used mine without), and it has a flow control on it. Once you get more plants (put one with height in there) and a rock or piece of driftwood then that will also break up the flow to make your betta more comfortable.
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That will still be run off an air pump so you'd still be dealing with the same pump noise. I'd also say to take a look at the toms mini filter as it should be quieter.
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OK OK I will go check it out haha
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