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post #1 of 12 Old 06-10-2008, 06:19 PM Thread Starter
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My 2.5 gallon low tech planted tank

I am very new to this and thanks to a friend on another forum who helped me with the aquascaping here is

Lighting- 15w CF

plants- waterspite, wisteria, petite a. nana, dwarf sag, lace java fern, java moss

substrate- bailees better bottom



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Any comments, suggestions are always appreciated
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post #2 of 12 Old 06-11-2008, 12:20 AM
Looks great! Nice job. Any CO2 added? How many gallons?
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post #3 of 12 Old 06-11-2008, 12:58 AM
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2.5 gallons.

What sorts of critters are you gonna put in there? Curious to know because I've got a cycling 5.5g that I don't know what to do with yet.
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post #4 of 12 Old 06-11-2008, 07:18 AM Thread Starter
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No Co2 yet, but I have a glass infuser on order for a IY system. I only have a betta, and an apple snail. The tank was established prior to the planting, so I was already cycled. Good luck with your cycling
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post #5 of 12 Old 06-11-2008, 05:52 PM
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Was it one of those mini diffusers from ebay? I ordered one and couldn't get enough pressure for it to work with my diy system. I ended up just putting the co2 output tube into my filter input.
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post #6 of 12 Old 06-11-2008, 07:01 PM Thread Starter
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yes it was, I had one and I broke it before I ever got a chance to try it out, so I ordered another. They are pretty inexpensive so I am going to try again. If it doesn't work I guess I will try something else. I can't run it into the filter as all I have in an airstone for an under rock filter.
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I love it, nothing like a ton of plants in a tank to make it look huge regardless of the actual size. I love the look.

Just a couple things. The wisteria and water sprite will change drastically as they change to their submerged form from their emersed forms that they are in now. Watch for the new leaf structure and trim off the old when you geta lot of new growth. Remove the old growth also at it will eventually die off and could cause water problems but only after it has a significant amount of new growth.
The lighting look more than sufficient, but there is a shadow on the right side that might cause some of them not to do so well. If this is intentional then just ignore me. lol

What type of light do you have on there?

Keep the pictures coming, it will be very interesting to watch the tranformation as the plants change to their submerged forms and to watch it all fill in.
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post #8 of 12 Old 06-11-2008, 08:24 PM Thread Starter
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I love it, nothing like a ton of plants in a tank to make it look huge regardless of the actual size. I love the look.

Just a couple things. The wisteria and water sprite will change drastically as they change to their submerged form from their emersed forms that they are in now. Watch for the new leaf structure and trim off the old when you geta lot of new growth. Remove the old growth also at it will eventually die off and could cause water problems but only after it has a significant amount of new growth.
The lighting look more than sufficient, but there is a shadow on the right side that might cause some of them not to do so well. If this is intentional then just ignore me. lol

What type of light do you have on there?

Keep the pictures coming, it will be very interesting to watch the tranformation as the plants change to their submerged forms and to watch it all fill in.
Oh thats a great tip. I will be watching closely. I noticed the darker spot too and its due to the slightly off center placement of the light in the hood. Since I took the pics I taped some foil to the opposite side of the hood and it is helping. Thank goodness the lower light plants happened to be on the right side. ( I didn't plan it that way) I am using a compact fluorescent 15 w. I do have a 18w available but I didnt want to over do it.
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post #9 of 12 Old 06-11-2008, 09:00 PM
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I don't think it will matter much especially when you get the CO2 going. You should be able to get plenty of pressure if you get everything sealed really well. Teflon tape on the threads, bulkhead fittings in the lids and just make sure that you have everything airtight. I actually plan to use Lock & Lock containers if I try DIY CO2 again or some sort of self sealing easy to close container.

http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXG849

I would still run two 2 liter bottles for best production, reliability and stability. It also offers the best way to switch out bottles with limited loss of CO2 concentration. CO2 levels going up and down a lot can cause worse algae than not using it at all. Not to mention that 2 bottles will double your potential pressure in the sytstem.
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post #10 of 12 Old 06-11-2008, 09:18 PM Thread Starter
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Good link. My friend has a huge panted tank and her husband is a mechanic, he made her co2 bottle with something like that. He used a type of radiator sealant on the 2 liters. She simply throws them out and makes a new one each time, then connects it to her system. I will have to try to get a pic next time I am over there.
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