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After my recent puffer experience, I thought I'd never come back to puffers. Well, I'm back in business. This tank will have pretty slow progress, as my reef is my main priority. A more detailed and thorough post will come tomorrow. This is just a tease B)

Planted or not? All opinions welcome. CO2 is not available. Other options?

Edited by iball1804, 15 January 2012 - 03:30 PM.


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fake and gay.

jk, you should drill it though. :D

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Low tech planted.

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Low tech planted.

Elaborate! :D

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Low light plants, no co2 low wattage lighting.

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plants + flow + bubbles = low tech planted.

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Low light plants, no co2 low wattage lighting.

Exactly what I'm looking for. Recommended plants?

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Anubai's (sp?) Most of them are hardy and low light needy.
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Coolio. Any more?

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could try some crypts, anubias, java fern, few mosses...
just my 2 cents :)

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could try some crypts, anubias, java fern, few mosses...
just my 2 cents :)

What about the balls of algae?

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could try some crypts, anubias, java fern, few mosses...
just my 2 cents :)


^ yep those.

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The Marimo balls! Yeah that's why they're called. Could I get one?

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The Marimo balls! Yeah that's why they're called. Could I get one?

^

What light fixture would you guys recommend?

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Something along these lines

http://www.marinedep...TFILDFX-vi.html

FWIW only put 1 DP in there. They will fight to death if more then one is in a tank smaller than 10g

Java fern and crypts are good choices and stay low.

Cabomba and wisteria are good choices if you don't mind weekly trimming. (They are really tall but will fill the tank quickly, which DPs love

EDIT: Take a look at my DP tank in my sig. I miss them terribly. I may get some more eventually.

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Yes, only 1 DP. I've had them before, but had to move. :(

Thanks for the link! Do you have any recommendations for a fluorescent or PC fixture? I'm trying not to use LEDs on this one. I love the 6500K look CFs give off :wub:

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I don't have any links for a PC fixture, but you would want to go with a single bulb PC fixture. I know fluval makes one in the $40 range and JBJ makes a "macro-glow" that fits the bill.

Here we go!

http://www.marinedep...-FIRFRL-vi.html

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Thanks! Isn't 15w too much over a 2.5G to technically qualify for the "low tech" name?

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Watts per gallon works well for tanks 10-100 gallons, but isn't the greatest for outside that range

This link works well for FW planted tanks
http://www.plantedta...-t5-t12-pc.html

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I'll have to thoroughly read the whole thing later on.

Would pool filter sand (rinsed and cycled) be suitable as a substrate?

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yes

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Cool. So I've got this little filter in mind.

I'll look further into the fixtures you recommended me. Anything else?

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Filtration in a 2.5g is tricky. That filter should be able to handle it if you keep feedings light.

Everything looks good. Can't wait to see it all set up!

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Yes I'm excited as well. Glad to see another planted dood here. Come to think of it, I've browsed your thread multiple times!

Oh, how thick can the sand substrate be? 1" at max?

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Sand question still stand ^

Buuuut, I'm quite the DIY guy. Could I simply use a 13w 6500K CFL over the tank? I'll rig it so it looks pretty fresh B)