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I've seen that a few people have unfiltered nanos and I'm looking for input on this. I have a 2.5g with a handful of cherries (three juv, two babies). I have two reasons for not wanting to filter it. (1) I would like to take it into the office this summer. They allow betta bowls, but not fish tanks. I can disguise this as a betta bowl with shrimp instead of a betta, as long as I don't have a filter. (2) I recently acquired a nifty floating plant. It's small and would not take the water movement well.

I think that with twice weekly water changes, I could maintain this with no problems, as long as I keep the number of cherries down.

I'm looking for input on this. I attached a photo. The lighting is a 15W spiral in an architect's lamp. I don't dose ferts regularly. I replanted it a couple days ago, but it has been setup since Jan as a guppy fry tank.

 

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Sorry for the ignorance, but ... why would they not allow a filter? Noise issues?
I don't think it's the noise. It's that they don't really look that good. The office must look "perfect" at the end of the day. Maybe I could hide a small canister filter under the desk or behind my computer monitor or make one in a decorative container... Hmm...
 

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You should be fine with no filter. I have a 2.5 gallon with two male endlers, 30 small cherry shrimp, and no filter or heater. The only equipment the tank has is a 20w scew in CF bulb. I change the water about once every two weeks or when I think about it. I would recommend more plants if you go without a filter, mine is stuffed full.
 

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You should be fine with no filter. I have a 2.5 gallon with two male endlers, 30 small cherry shrimp, and no filter or heater. The only equipment the tank has is a 20w scew in CF bulb. I change the water about once every two weeks or when I think about it. I would recommend more plants if you go without a filter, mine is stuffed full.
Is the profile photo the most recent? Or do you have another? I'm curious how "stuffed full" it is.
 

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Just because it is how I am..... set up a 55 gal with no filter. When there are objections let the 'powers that be' see the azoo. I am pretty sure they will give the ok.
Yes, but a 55 gal is OBVIOUSLY a fish tank. The 2.5 is more easily disguised as a betta bowl
 

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Is the profile photo the most recent? Or do you have another? I'm curious how "stuffed full" it is.
It looks nothing like that anymore, it was the only pic I had of the tank to put into the profile. I'll try to get a current picture tomorrow. Stuffed full to me means there is no more room for plants. I might be able to sqeeze something into the foreground, but it is pretty full as it is.
 

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cjyhc4- If you show them the sleak look of the azoo palm filter then you may get away with it. From reading other sites I believe its a quiet filter. IMO it should be on every nano just for appearance.
I have a black Red Sea Nano that I could use if need be. Suggestions for an intake pre-filter/sponge/covering? I typically use quilt batting, but it's white and ends up looking really nasty after a week or so.

Also, any suggestions for keeping my floating plant floating? The only tanks I ever manage to keep floating plants in are unfiltered (and uninhabited, except for snails).
 

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It looks nothing like that anymore, it was the only pic I had of the tank to put into the profile. I'll try to get a current picture tomorrow. Stuffed full to me means there is no more room for plants. I might be able to sqeeze something into the foreground, but it is pretty full as it is.
Look forward to seeing your tank

I had a few extra stems of Bacopa australis and Rotala rotundifolia that I added, as well as a couple tiny E. somethings (possibly Echinodorus parviflorus) and Dwarf Sags. I'm going to give them a few days to settle in and decide where to go from there. The Wolfiella sure has taken off.
 

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You should be fine without a filter. I'm trying my 2.5 on weekly 25% water changes. Its doing fine with some rotala rotundifolia, blyxa japonica, and java moss and a trio of Rasbora Hets. Eventually the fish are going into my 5.5 and the 2.5 will be shrimp only. I'm using 18W CF (CurrentUSA), and dosing Excel and Flourish.

I have a planted betta bowl (~96 oz) at my office. Our rules are we cannot have anything we plug in. The moss and fern seem to be doing alright with ~20% water changes 2x weekly.
 
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