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Live Plant in a 2.5 gallon tank?

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Live Plant in a 2.5 gallon tank?
Old 07-19-2008, 11:41 PM   #1
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Live Plant in a 2.5 gallon tank?

i don't have a live plant in my tank, but i've been considering it.
is that too small to add a live plant? and would i need a filter?
here is a pciture of my tank:



i would like to replace one of the fake plants with a real one. but i'm hesitant because i don't know if it will work.
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Old 07-21-2008, 05:54 PM   #2
 
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Size isn't the problem- there are plenty of small plants that would look nice in your tank. The thing you'll need to figure out is if you have adequate lighting for the plant.
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Old 07-21-2008, 09:41 PM   #3
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hmm...i'd need a lid and lighting of decent watt-age. do plants require filters as well?
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Old 07-22-2008, 12:16 AM   #4
 
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You would need a lid and light yes, but you don't really need a filter, infact plants help filter your water. And you wouldn't need a big light or anything. Like I wouldn't use anything more then a 5 watt bulb for that.
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Old 07-28-2008, 03:27 AM   #5
 
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IMO id get a filter just to stir the water around alittle more then being just stagnant and if that tank hasnt cycled yet it will speed up the process alittle bit..
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Old 07-28-2008, 05:11 PM   #6
 
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You don't need a filter for plants, but your fish would certainly appreciate one.

As for lights- you won't have a hard time finding one. You could get something like these two:
http://www.thatpetplace.com/pet/prod/215711/product.web
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...54&pcatid=8154

Or you could even get just a normal clip-on desk lamp, and change the bulb out for a compact florescent of the proper spectrum. It may be a little bulky though, I like the ones I linked b/c I know they're waterproof and will clamp onto the tank properly.
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