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I was thinking of getting a plain 'ol 2.5g glass tank, gravel, a piece of driftwood and some moss and putting a few yellow or blue shrimp in....maybe a floating strand of anacharis or 2. Is that too simple?

Also, what would you suggest for filtration? I'm not trying to breed or anything, but I would feel a wee bit guilty if they got sucked up. Sponge filters seem so huge, and I wouldn't know how to cut the glass on the cover to fit one of those Red Sea HOBS.

Thanks for any input!
 

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Cut a small piece of filter sponge and fit it over the intake of one of those nano HOB's or a mini cannister filter intake. I use both of these type filters in several 2.5's and the sponge works great to keep little ones out & doesn't take room away from the tank like sponges or submersibles do.
I didn't cut the covers on mine, just offset it a bit.
 

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You could get a really cheap submersible filter. These almost always have sponges as the first layer (mechanical) of filtration. Compared to the HOB filters I have used these seem to have a much less severe current.

My 2.5G uses a Hagen Elite "Stingray." I paid $12 after tax for this filter and it seems to be great so far. I originally used it on my 10G to be a DIY CO2 diffusor, but have since switched to a ceramic disc.

The filter is rated for 5 gallons and seems like just enough. Be sure to turn the output into the glass behind the filter so there isn't a strong current pushing across the tank. I also used a dissected sponge media to cover the two small gaps on the back casing of the filter.

http://www.petdiscounters.com/c213/Elite-Stingray-5-Underwater-Filter-p5092.html


My bigger 5.5G shrimp tank uses a Marineland Duetto 50. This particular filter can have its flow rate turn down so you could consider this as an option. $22 after tax is what I paid.

http://www.thatpetplace.com/pet/prod/198199/product.web


I don't have any experience with either site linked, they're just linked for specs and reference, I bought both of my filters locally.
 

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My bigger 5.5G shrimp tank uses a Marineland Duetto 50. This particular filter can have its flow rate turn down so you could consider this as an option. $22 after tax is what I paid.
About how many shrimp can a 5.5G tank safely handle? I am breeding some right now in the same tank but only have about 30 currently. I will be taking them into my LFS as credit.

Thanks,

Josh
 
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