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okie dokie, it sounds like im gonna need to start cleaning alot then! thanks Tappy4me, i'll message you sometime to let you know!
 

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You really don't need a filter in a 2.5 as you will still have to do the same amount of water changes as that volume water is difficult to cycle properly.

Far as the light, just get yourself a desktop light that stands on the side and hangs over and just add a fluorescent bulb. There are some decent desktop lights at walmart for under 10 bucks.
 

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So im trying to aproximate the price of the tank, if i forget anything, misestimate the price if anything or could save money anywhere please please please let me know.
Tank 12 bucks petco
Substrate 5 dollars
heater 10 dollars
internal mini filter 16 dollars
would this light (20 bucks) work? Amazon.com: TOM Aquarium Perch-Light Fixture 9W w/Compact Flo Lamp, 6400K D: Pet Supplies
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total 80 ish bucks
All of that should work.

You can always skip the filter for now, and go barebottom (no substrate) if you want. As long as you have a heater and keep up with the water changes, you can go filterless. Biggest things you need are the heater, a few hiding spots and your light if desired. :) Oh, you'll want to get a thermometer too to monitor water temperature.
 

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if i went unfilterd what would my water change schedule have to be like, also are there any other ways to save money?
One 50% and one 100% change a week is bare minimum, whether you have a filter or not.

You could always get one of these kits, that has a light. (3 gallon)

Tetra Crescent Desktop Aquarium Kits at PETCO

Should come with a light and filter. You just need to get water conditioner, the heater, food and your decorations. That would save you some money. (maybe plastic canvas or something to make a cover with if it doesn't come with one. Plastic canvas is a nice cheap option you can cut to size for a cover.)
 

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Most lights I've seen run around 15 bucks at the cheapest. As mentioned previously, you might be able to find a desk lamp of some sort to use.

Have you looked around on ebay? Theres lots of different type of clip on lamps out there.
 

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Depending on plant type they require different lighting. As a beginner go find Java Fern or Java Moss as they do fine with low light and are also hardy.

As a lighting solution on your 2.5 gallon. Get a glass top and pick up one of these from Walmart. http://www.walmart.com/ip/Lights-of-America-24-Fluorescent-Grow-Light-Fixture/16879945

That link is a 24 inch flourescent grow light fixture but they also sell 13 inch ones which is a perfect length for your 2.5 gallon. Lay this fixture on top of the glass hood. Java Fern or Moss will fluorish with this setup, just give them 10+ hours of light a day.

Am a big fan of Java Moss, http://www.bettatalk.com/java_moss.htm
 

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Depending on plant type they require different lighting. As a beginner go find Java Fern or Java Moss as they do fine with low light and are also hardy.

As a lighting solution on your 2.5 gallon. Get a glass top and pick up one of these from Walmart. Walmart.com: Lights of America 24" Fluorescent Grow Light Fixture: Decor

That link is a 24 inch flourescent grow light fixture but they also sell 13 inch ones which is a perfect length for your 2.5 gallon. Lay this fixture on top of the glass hood. Java Fern or Moss will fluorish with this setup, just give them 10+ hours of light a day.

Am a big fan of Java Moss, java moss
could i make a java moss bedding?
 

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just get yourself a desktop light that stands on the side and hangs over and just add a fluorescent bulb. There are some decent desktop lights at walmart for under 10 bucks.
Bingo!

I just posted this advise on another thread. Plus you can reposition your light to get interesting photos or to concentrate on one part of your tank for growing stuff.
 
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