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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-16-2012, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
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2.5 gal tank

i just got a 2.5 gal tank (long and narrow) and want to do natural plants ...

would i be better going dirt or no dirt?
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-16-2012, 10:58 PM
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I'm not too sure at all, although I am pretty positive it would depend on what type of plants you would like to get.
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Honestly, I am a fan of sand, no dirt...all the plants I keep grow great with just sand that's just me, though...you could do dirt if you like the look
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sand sounds nice... what type of plants... ideas...

remember it's only 2.5 gal so something that filters it well and keeps my water nice and clean...
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post #5 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-16-2012, 11:59 PM
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Here is a picture of my 2.5 gallon tank. This is an older picture and I have since add a filter that I put behind the pink decoration and a small heater on the back wall in the middle. The plants I have are supposed to be easy to care for, one of them is an Anubias but I forget what the other plant is. Sorry! But I thought you might like to see what it could look like with the plants.



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do you have sand on the bottom or gravel?
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post #7 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-17-2012, 12:18 AM
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I do dirt in my 2.5 gallon. if you keep it shallow most of the plants will be stunted and remain smaller. I recommend a fine gravel cap. it will hold down plants better in a shallow soil setting. I have sand and it's a pain to get anything to stay down sometimes.

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I do 100% water changes all the time and i don't have filters . How you do 100% water changes with sand? I always had rocks because it easier to clean, just rinse. How you get all debris out of the sand? Sound complicated for me.
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you don't do 100% WC with a planted tank. probably just 25% a week if it is NPT , maybe even 50% a month...
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post #10 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-17-2012, 10:35 AM Thread Starter
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okay what type of dirt? i have to buy some...

plant suggestions.. its a long narrow tank... so he has room to swim...

i have i big clump on anacharis already ... i know i want a moss ball (my daughter want shrimp - aka betta food) and a snail of some sort for alge eating... i want to get the shrimp, plants, and snail soon and i'll add the fish in 2 weeks or so...

(and some wine for me, shrimp and snails make my skin crawl)

now if i could just find a fancy betta... hmm then i'd have 2! :)
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