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So, I decided to start a 2.5g planted tank awhile ago. It has undergone many different iterations now, and it seems to always change every 6 months or so.

Needless to say though, I tore down the tank completely in January 2010, and replanted it completely. Around the end of January, I got 12 RCS (now, I have more, since a few of the berried females have already given birth).

Here's a picture of it as of February 24 2010.



The HC was planted near the end of January as well (shortly before the RCS were introduced), but it still hasn't taken off at all...

Comments/critiques are welcome!
 

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Thanks for the comments!

Yeah, the heater was cheap, so I bought it. The mini heater you linked to (I think Hydor makes a similar one) would have cost me double what I paid for this one so....

Besides, when I take pictures, of course I would take all the equipment out of the tank :) I was just lazy this time around.
 

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Yeah, I know exactly what you're talking about. I think I have the same heater, heh heh. What are the plants in the background? Are they Blyxa japonica? What are you fertilizing this tank? It inspires me for my 6 gallon eclipse. Right now I can't decide on whether to make it into a shrimp tank or a coldwater biotope.
 

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Yeah, I know exactly what you're talking about. I think I have the same heater, heh heh. What are the plants in the background? Are they Blyxa japonica? What are you fertilizing this tank? It inspires me for my 6 gallon eclipse. Right now I can't decide on whether to make it into a shrimp tank or a coldwater biotope.
The plants in the background are indeed Blyxa japonica. I am fertilizing the tank following the EI regime.

Here are some specs on it:

Current setup is:

Lights: 2x 6500K 13W CFL bulb

Filter: Red Sea Nano Filter

Substrate: Fluorite Black Sand substrate

CO2 setup is:
10 lb tank
Victor HPT272-350B regulator
Parker solenoid
Swagelok B-SS2-A metering valve
JBJ bubble counter
with bubble rate at ~1 bubble every 3 seconds (gives a nice green on my 4 dkH drop checker)

Current flora include:
Dwarf Hairgrass
Anubias barteri var. 'nana'
Blyxa japonica
Hemianthus callitrichoides
Fissidens fontanus
 

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Some updates for February 28 2010

Adjusted the hardscape a little.

Before:


After:


Excuse the fact that I didn't bother taking a picture without all the equipment. I had just moved everything around, and didn't want to wait for the dust to settle. Perhaps next week :D

Finally, a picture of my attempt to grow HC emersed. It looks like it's doing quite well (better than my submersed form).
 

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Your tank is looking nice. How are your shrimp doing?
Sorry for the late reply; I don't normally check these forums ;) Anyway, the shrimp are doing great!

Updates for March 21 2010

Here's an angled shot of the HC carpet that I have. It's slowly starting to carpet, but it's taking a lot longer than anticipated. It's been nearly two months, and it hasn't really taken off yet :mad: You can probably see some of the BBA that's on there as well (trimming it as we speak)



Full tank shot:


My emersed HC experiment. It isn't really taking off either, but it's slowly spreading.


Finally, a picture of the shrimp. I have so many babies now, every time I do a water change, I wonder how many of them get sucked up and get dumped.
 

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Updates for March 28 2010

Excuse the GDA on the glass, I didn't bother cleaning it off before taking a full tank shot. Oh well. There's some BBA that you can see on the rocks as well, ugh. I'm trying my best to keep on top of (it's on some of the HC, and the Fissidens as well)



And here's my HC emersed "experiment"



Shrimp pictures to come in a bit!
 

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Here are some updates for April 4 2010

Full tank shot, with all equipment removed from the tank:


Here's an from above tank shot to show the progress of the HC carpet:


Thanks to most people, I think the algae that I have is BBA. It's growing in little tufts, so I'm thinking of blasting it soon with some glutaraldehyde (Excel). I would imagine I would spot treat according to the instructions for a tank my size, and go from there?


A shot of my emersed HC experiment. It's really starting to take off now.


And finally, some shrimp pictures:


They're going crazy over it!
 

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Updates for April 10 2010
I've been spot treating with Excel for awhile now, and it seems to be killing off the BBA. However, at the same time, it seems that there was a mass RCS die-off as well, so I'm going to stop for now (> 10 shrimp dead). The problem with Excel in a nano aquarium is that it is very hard to measure out the proper dosage (I am already using a syringe to measure out 200 microlitres).

Also, I haven't really done any maintenance on the tank in a long time, so excuse the overgrown look of the tank.



On another note, the emersed HC is doing quite nicely



Finally, the RCS that are remaining (there's still at least 20 or so):


Note that they aren't as red, etc. I guess that is all due to the Excel.
 

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Updates for April 18 2010


Compare with February 28


My emersed HC experiment is doing quite well:

Comparison with February 28


And a little surprise:

Oh no, the horror! You can also see how many shrimp I have in my 2.5g nano (I counted ~25)

So, I decided to rescape the entire 2.5g nano, as I was getting bored with the current scape. It went from the current scape to something a little more sparse.

I'm not really aiming for Iwagumi, but it definitely has that feel to it now.



Here it is just before filling:


And more pictures to come tomorrow after the dust has settled.
 

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Hi Darkblade48! WOW the tank was looking amazing before you broke it down! I loved the overgrown look of the fissidens. Great selection of plants for a nano. This gives me inspiration to get my 2.5 up and running. Been thinkin of it for a while now! I can't wait to see how your new layout looks.

I am curious what are you using to diffuse the co2?
 

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The dust has settled a bit, so I snapped a quick picture. I was too lazy to take out the equipment; also excuse the bubbles.

 

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Hi Darkblade48! WOW the tank was looking amazing before you broke it down! I loved the overgrown look of the fissidens.
Thanks! Personally, I think the Fissidens was way too overgrown. I got lazy and haven't been trimming it for a long time, and some BBA started to build up on it, so blech.

This is a practice run for my Mini-S ;) I'm waiting for a light I purchased to come, and then I can start growing an HC carpet (dry start method) in it. After it has established itself, I will switch over from the 2.5g to the Mini-S....

Perhaps I'll fix up the hardscape in the Mini-S and take a snapshot of that sometime this week :D

Great selection of plants for a nano. This gives me inspiration to get my 2.5 up and running. Been thinkin of it for a while now! I can't wait to see how your new layout looks.
Glad to be of some inspiration! Most of the plants for a nano aquarium are your standard fare (Blyxa, HC, Dwarf Hairgrass, etc). I've been looking for some UG, but it is difficult to find it.

I am curious what are you using to diffuse the co2?
It is a glass diffuser with a ceramic disc.
 

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Tweaked the positioning/angle of the rocks on the right a little.

Also didn't bother taking any of the equipment out :p

 

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Updates for April 25 2010

Plants are doing pretty well even after being uprooted. The Blyxa japonica is melting a little, but that's expected since it was uprooted. The melting isn't as bad as the first time.

It also turns out that the Red Sea Nano filter is a great shrimp killer. Even with the yellow sponge over the filter intake, it managed to to suck up 4 shrimp overnight...I was working last night, and heard this grinding noise from the filter. Turns out it was the sound of a RCS hitting the impeller :mad: ... So I tried to turn down the filter, reposition the sponge, etc, but still managed to get 4 more shredded shrimp this morning. :mad:

Tank pictures:


The emersed HC


And finally, the RCS. Not to worry, I still managed to count 15+.
 
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