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luke2214
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PostPosted: 2013.05.09(Thu)19:04    Post subject: planted 2.5 gallon Reply with quote

My neighbor just gave me a 2.5 gallon. I reallly want to make this a mini planted tank. I was thinking a dirt or sand substrate but I have no clue of what kind of light I need. The tank came with a hood so I really need suggestions on what kind of light bulbs I need, LED? Also any suggestions on plants, I currently have dwarf hair grass in my 30 gal. but I was thinking somthing else, like moss. Any information or suggestions/opinions would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks, Luke
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PostPosted: 2013.05.09(Thu)20:19    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ooh, this could be fun. Smile

I've never tried to plant anything that small. The smallest tank I've ever live-planted was actually twice that size. Personally, I can vouch for sand. I've never tried dirt, mind you, so I have no idea if one is better than the other.

What sort of hood is on the tank? Florescent or Standard? Your light level depends a lot on the height of your tank and the plants you favour.
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PostPosted: 2013.05.10(Fri)4:58    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi
Anubias nana would look grate and it stays small, it is a slow grower thou.
I'm not sure witch light you could use as the tank is very small.
As for substrait, put in dirt and than cap it with sand.
The hair grass and anubias would look grate.
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PostPosted: 2013.05.10(Fri)14:42    Post subject: Reply with quote

The light in their now is just a standard light- not ment for growing. The tank itself is 9 inches tall. Will plants be OK in sand, and if I were to have dirt, how deep should the cap be? Thanks!
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PostPosted: 2013.05.10(Fri)23:12    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sand would be fine, and three or four centimetres thereof should be sufficient. I've been reading on soil/dirt tanks myself, and I'm not so sure the depth should be different.

Your best bet for growth is a broad-spectrum bulb such as a Life-Glo or Flora-Glo. I know for certain that the Life-Glo (Hagen) is available in a CFL bulb, though a florescent light would be better.
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PostPosted: 2013.05.11(Sat)21:55    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks! Ill hopefuuly get this set up by the end of the month.
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PostPosted: 2013.05.20(Mon)14:25    Post subject: Reply with quote

Java fern is a fun plant for nano tanks especially if you have limited light. I grow it on driftwood in a couple of 2.5 gallons; usually when you buy them they are big plants but if you cut all the leaves off, attach them to driftwood, and let them re-grow the new growth will stay small to fit the small tank.
Dwarf sagittaria, anubias nana petite are some others. Very Happy
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PostPosted: 2013.05.20(Mon)16:12    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks I got a full spectrum bulb today but its 40 watt. Would that be to much ?
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