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post #1 of 35 Old 02-02-2009, 02:35 PM Thread Starter
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unusual small tank stocking

Hi! I have a 2.5 gallon that i'm thinking of setting up, trying to decide between a fresh and salt water setup. i've done freshwater before and i don't want to do another tank with guppies or platies or the like, i want to do something different if i go freshwater. does anyone have any suggestions?
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post #2 of 35 Old 02-02-2009, 02:45 PM
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planted with shrimp ??
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post #3 of 35 Old 02-02-2009, 02:47 PM
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i think that would look fantastic.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #4 of 35 Old 02-02-2009, 02:58 PM
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Black background, red cherry shrimp and lots of plants.

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post #5 of 35 Old 02-02-2009, 03:01 PM Thread Starter
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i tend to kill plants of the aquatic kind(get me outside and i do fine, but i have no green thumb under water :( )
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post #6 of 35 Old 02-02-2009, 03:27 PM
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have you ever used silk plants,i have used them in the past,
and found i liked the way they moved in the current.
and the best thing is you don't need extra lights. :)

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #7 of 35 Old 02-02-2009, 05:21 PM Thread Starter
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have you ever used silk plants,i have used them in the past,
and found i liked the way they moved in the current.
and the best thing is you don't need extra lights. :)
no, i haven't used those.....they sound cool!
i've found three things so far that i kinda like the idea of-
one really little(ie dwarf, 2.5in>) cichlid
a 'lobster'(aren't they really just crayfish?)
dwarf gourami
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hi
not really for that size of tank to be honest with you.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #9 of 35 Old 02-03-2009, 06:49 AM
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None of those will work in a 2.5 gallon. There's simply not enough room for a freshwater lobster or a dwarf gourami. There's also not enough room for a dwarf cichlid in addition to that small a water volume being just too unstable for them. At that size you're really looking at a betta or shrimp.

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None of those will work in a 2.5 gallon. There's simply not enough room for a freshwater lobster or a dwarf gourami. There's also not enough room for a dwarf cichlid in addition to that small a water volume being just too unstable for them. At that size you're really looking at a betta or shrimp.
But dwarf gouramis are the same size as bettas and their both labyrinth fish
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