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AquaKai' 2.5g Betta Tank

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Hello! I have a 2.5g tank that's ready for a revamp! This will be my first great attempt at planting a tank, so be prepared there will be lots of questions:) It'll be the home to a betta and probably a snail as well, maybe even a few shrimp.

Specs:

Tank: 2.5 Mini Bow
Lights: x1 15w Compact Flourencent
Substrate: Currently Gravel
Filter: Some Tiny Air Pump Filter
Heater: Um... Still need to get one...
CO2:DIY? I'm not sure- questions will come!
Ferts: I've looked for excel but I cannot find it anywhere, any other ideas?

Here's a Picture of the tank currently:


Here's where some questions come in:)

1. I have Miracle Grow Potting Soil, I know that I can't just stick it in the tank, but I've read that if you bake it and sift it for all of the fertalizer that it can work. Is that true? The stuff that I have says that it can 'keep plants fertalized for 6 months' is that bad?

2. If I can use the Potting Soil or some how convince my mother to get the organic kind, how much, or how deep should it be? And the sand that goes on top as well? I think that I've read about and 1/2" to 1" of each. Is that wrong?

3. I have a 15w Compact Flourecent light over the tank. I've read lots of things about plants and lights but what does that all mean? It's about 2" from the water line if even that and the water line is about 7-8" off of the substance, which will be getting deeper (the substance I mean).

4. Ferts. I have little knowledge on ferts. I know that I need NO3 and Fe and K? Is that all? What brand of these are good? I have PetLand, PetCo, PetSmart and Jack's Pets around me and all of them have a very small collection of plant stuff. So would I need to buy it online?

5. CO2. If I did any CO2 I would do DIY. But I've read that it's tricky and I really don't want too tricky. Is it even worth doing DIY CO2 on a 2.5g tank? Would I be needing a drop checker? I've seen them online and they're $15-$20, so that's a tad bit out of the price range right now. So, the bottom question for this is: Should I do CO2?

6. Plants. I have java moss, marimo moss balls, and anubias afzelii. I'm thinking maybe some kind of carpet, if possible, moss, and some kind of plant for in the back. Any suggestions? I'd love to have Dwarf Sag or Blxya Japonica, frogbits, riccia or maybe HC, but those are all probably not good in my tank.

I think that's all for now. I know, you're all probably saying to yourselves, yay, she's done asking things! Thanks for reading this and hopefully answering some questions!
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I haven't heard/seen much (if any at all) success using an HOB to diffuse their CO2. I assume that the waterfall output of the HOB releases most of the CO2 into the air.

Tank looks good. Have you looked into rootcaps/substrate fertilizers? Also, check out RootMedic OneStep. It's now 14usd for 500mL, not sure on the shipping. Seachem Flourish is about 10-13usd at most large retail store.
 

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I plan on using fertilizers, they're also on my to buy list. I'll have to look at the RootMedic OneStep. Haven't heard of it. But thanks!
 

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I haven't heard/seen much (if any at all) success using an HOB to diffuse their CO2. I assume that the waterfall output of the HOB releases most of the CO2 into the air.

Tank looks good. Have you looked into rootcaps/substrate fertilizers? Also, check out RootMedic OneStep. It's now 14usd for 500mL, not sure on the shipping. Seachem Flourish is about 10-13usd at most large retail store.
The co2 bubbles get sucked up the intake and chopped up by the impeller. When I look inside my filter, I don't see any bubbles rising to the surface.
 

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Ok, so I need to add CO2 soon! It's a algae-y currently in the tank! The plants have really grown, but my betta knocked out some of the HC which I need to replant! Here's a picture of how it looks today:


Also for the CO2, should I use the limestone diffuser or the filter intake? I'm a little confused on that!
 

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Ok, so I need to add CO2 soon! It's a algae-y currently in the tank! The plants have really grown, but my betta knocked out some of the HC which I need to replant! Here's a picture of how it looks today:


Also for the CO2, should I use the limestone diffuser or the filter intake? I'm a little confused on that!
For the limewood airstone you would need to replace it every 3-4 weeks. Also, the filter intake method only works with filters that have impellers, like the aquaclear ones. The one you have right now is air powered, and wouldn't diffuse the CO2; there is no impeller to chop up the CO2 bubbles.
 

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The airstone I'd have to replace? Sorry, but the whole CO2 thing is fairly new to me and I seem to have not read enough on it because there are so many contradicting things out there! Thanks!
 

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Ok thanks! Hopefully the limestone diffuser will last long enough for me to find a regular diffuser. Going to set up the CO2 today:D
 

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you dont want limestone in your tank. limestone is calcium carbonate: CaCO3
CaCO3(aq) => Ca+2 + CO3-2
the CO3-2 (carbonate) ion is what you measure when you test kh (along with the bicarbonate ion HCO3- which is the complementary acid of carbonate).
bettas like low kh (as do many plants).

you want a ceramic diffuser. in my 7.5 gal i use this one: http://greenleafaquariums.com/co2-diffusers/co2-diffuser-1000-nano.html
 

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ooooh. im sorry, i thought you said limeSTONE.
im not sure what limewood is, but im guessing its wood, not rock. so it should be almost entirely fiber, and not dissolve carbonates.

that should be fine. never used it, but it says its ceramic and made for CO2, and fluval is a pretty good brand.
 

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It's all good, I don't think I specified what thing I had gotten:). So how am I supposed to keep it from floating up? I'm not sure how to do that!
 

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Yes there is CO2 production:). It's been going here since around 6pm, (3pm your time). It's been going good since then, a nice little fine mist is coming out of the block.
 
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