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I'm in a boarding school right now but our deans allow us to keep aquariums :icon_surp The problem is at night the deans shut the power off from 10:30 Pm-6:00 Am, which I'm afraid will cause some problems. Our school is located in a California Mediterranean climate so it isn't horribly cold though. I'm not planning to get any fish though just a few hardy plants (anubias, java fern, etc) and maybe some shrimp, as I'm only getting a 2.5 gallon aquarium. I would really like to make this work, anyway I could?
 

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Shut off the power from 10:30-6:00 AM? Wow. Is it a university? That's crazy.

I think it could work, but you would need a filter that wouldn't need to be reprimed every morning (assuming you decided to use one.)

EDIT: just noticed that you said boarding school. That makes a little more sense :tongue:
 

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they shut off the power? how does anything work if they shut it off? strange.
anyways most filters are self priming now anyways so that shouldnt be a concern. and with a tank that small you'd probably want those nano HOB filters. so to prime it, you'd just probably pour water back into the filter. you could also TRY an internal filter as well. and yea those plants are pretty good. java fern looks really awesome when it fills out and doesn't need much light either
 

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Having a filter on/off everyday doesn't seem to affect the tanks I'm having. (I pin them to the light timer cos the tanks are in my bedroom room and the filter makes a little noise). However as stated it might not be good for the filter to have to switch on/off everyday. Unless your tank is extremely small, having a filter or pump for circulation is much healthier for the plants.
 

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Why not use a sponge filter with a battery airpump? It'd only be on for 8 hours a day and you could use rechargeable batteries to save on cost.
 

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I have a 2.5 gallon nano going with a toms mini internal filter from amazon for under $20. As long as it stays submerged it will kick on without a problem. I cant say how long it will last with daily on/off cycles but I unplug mine pretty frequently for cleaning etc.
 

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I would worry about losing your cycle if the filter is down that much, so I agree that filterless is probably a good idea.

Cali does get cold for part of the year, even if it's just a week or two. I think the water temperature is going to be a major problem for any livestock. Especially if the temperature swings a lot during the course of a day. You might need to have something super hardy, like opae ula shrimp.
 

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I would worry about losing your cycle if the filter is down that much, so I agree that filterless is probably a good idea.

Cali does get cold for part of the year, even if it's just a week or two. I think the water temperature is going to be a major problem for any livestock. Especially if the temperature swings a lot during the course of a day. You might need to have something super hardy, like opae ula shrimp.
My planned stocking list,
Anubias
Java Fern
Dwark Hair Grass
Dwarf Baby Tears
I might get some fish like Neon tetras or a Betta

Will these survive wiyhout a heater at night?
 

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Bettas need to be in 78-80 degree water, preferably. Down to 76 is OK, as is up to 82, but it really isn't optimal for most bettas.

My tanks tend to run at or just below room temperature, with no heater. So, if it is 65 out, your tank will be too cold. Same problem can exist on the other side, if temperatures get too high.

The other issue is the daily temperature swing. More than a few degrees difference per day stresses the fish. This can wind up shortening their lifespan. In the wild, they can move around to modulate their temperature. Not so much in a small tank.

People definitely keep bettas in a huge variety of conditions. Some folks have great success far outside optimal parameters. I am kind of cautious when it comes to living things, so I would roll with just plants and snails.
 

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I would go without a filter as having one getting shut off daily is asking for problems. If you are only doing plants, it's not bad at all.

You may be able to get away with some shrimp if you do want to keep some. Where are you in California exactly? Will you have any heat or do they actually shut down everything? I have had a few Cherry Red shrimp in very small containers (under 1 gallon) with no issues but that is with heat. Without heat, not such a great idea where I live but there are plenty of places that would be fine in CA however.
 

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I would go without a filter as having one getting shut off daily is asking for problems. If you are only doing plants, it's not bad at all.

You may be able to get away with some shrimp if you do want to keep some. Where are you in California exactly? Will you have any heat or do they actually shut down everything? I have had a few Cherry Red shrimp in very small containers (under 1 gallon) with no issues but that is with heat. Without heat, not such a great idea where I live but there are plenty of places that would be fine in CA however.
I'm in the Bay Area....you just reminded me of something. Our school does turn on the heater during the winter, thanks!
 

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In CA Bay Area, in a boarding school, all power off at night, on TPT at 2am. What is the rest of the story?

A lot of people trying to help, on two different threads ... all confused and in the dark.

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just make a wabi kusa! i have one and you can do alot with one. no heater, just good soil and 8 hours of light. good luck on your journey
 
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