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tmz 07-19-2008 10:41 PM

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.

okiemavis 07-21-2008 04:54 PM

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.

tmz 07-21-2008 08:41 PM

hmm...i'd need a lid and lighting of decent watt-age. do plants require filters as well?

Little-Fizz 07-21-2008 11:16 PM

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.

onefish2fish 07-28-2008 02:27 AM

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..

okiemavis 07-28-2008 04:11 PM

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:

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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