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Old 12-20-2011, 11:43 AM   #1 
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Is 2.5 gal too small for NPT?

I'm going to be doing a NPT with my 5 gal, but before I go get supplies, I was wondering is a 2.5 gal heated and filtered too small ?? I intend to gather all info before I proceed, if it is possible, what should I have to be successful?
Any and all advice is welcome Thanks guys!
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Old 12-20-2011, 11:45 AM   #2 
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Nah, it should be fine :) My anubias actually do better in my 2.5 than in my 5 gal... :P
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Old 12-20-2011, 11:53 AM   #3 
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I wanted to have a whole load of stuff in there
micro swords
java ferns
anubias
anacharis
and possibly java moss and cambomba
so I hope that should be good
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Old 12-20-2011, 12:23 PM   #4 
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a few extra stems plants (cabomba) couldn't hurt. I have some doing quite well, even with minimal lighting.
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Old 12-20-2011, 12:34 PM   #5 
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The thing with swords is they will get to big after a while.
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Old 12-20-2011, 01:01 PM   #6 
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I have several 1-2 gallon-dirt based NPT's, however, I don't use any added filtration or water movement in them....just the plants as the filter...I do have to make more frequent water changes on the smaller NPT's than my larger filtered and unfiltered NPT's....(see pics in my album)
Once mature (about 3 mo) I make at least one monthly 50-60%...plants work great as filters provided that you have enough of the right species and they are actively growing

With your plan I would recommend more stem plants and some floating plants...naja grass, rotala, ludwigia, wisteria work well in the smaller dirt based NPT's...I like water lettuce for floaters....

What kind of light do you have, age of bulb, kelvin, watts and photoperiod.
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Old 12-20-2011, 09:52 PM   #7 
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With your plan I would recommend more stem plants and some floating plants...naja grass, rotala, ludwigia, wisteria work well in the smaller dirt based NPT's...I like water lettuce for floaters....
wisteria? really.. I only question this as the wisteria I bought for my 20 long grew up & out of the water in just a few weeks (they started a couple inches below the surface). One of them got transplanted to my 29g & its not far from the surface there. It just seems like wisteria would grow too tall too fast to be worthwhile.
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Old 12-20-2011, 09:57 PM   #8 
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wisteria? really.. I only question this as the wisteria I bought for my 20 long grew up & out of the water in just a few weeks (they started a couple inches below the surface). One of them got transplanted to my 29g & its not far from the surface there. It just seems like wisteria would grow too tall too fast to be worthwhile.
Wisteria can be trimmed though and either make new plants or you can just toss it. Some plants can be trimmed some can't just gotta learn about the plant. Mine grows like crazy and I should cut it soon. Wisteria is a super easy plant though.
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Old 12-20-2011, 10:18 PM   #9 
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Wisteria is a super easy plant though.
For sure have to agree with this one.
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Old 12-20-2011, 10:42 PM   #10 
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Search for other sites for all your NPT needs my friend. Plenty of people there have 2.5g tanks. Most run shrimp though. It seems most who do bettas in an NPT doa 5.5

My fave and most inspiration 5.5g planted betta tank: [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvPZ2sIYQYE"]5.5 Gallon Planted Betta Extravaganza.mp4 - YouTube[/ame]

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