2x the Swimspace of my nano! From 2.5 Gallon to 6+ Gallon!

Ginger2209

Hey guys!

Im about to head to Petco (we dont have a lps here, and they know me well) to go buy a second 2.5 gallon rimless tank while theyre on sale! In addition to this, I'm headed to Lowes to grab some clear PVC pipes (hopefully 3 in diameter) and some elbow joins to make a water bridge between the two tanks!

I've done a good bit of looking around on how to set this up as quickly and effortlessly as possible, but I do still want any pointers from the community! As of right now, water bridge is my last step. First I need to establish the new tank, which will be planted. To help with this, I'm going to do a 50% "water change" on my original tank that goes right into the second one. Im going to use a mix of established Gravel and new gravel to help boost it aswell, and possibly transfer one of my decorations.

As for the pipes, is there any pre-care I need to do aside from washing them well? Ive never dealt with something like this, as Im fairly new to the hobby.

Any input is appreciated, and I'll keep you guys updated throughout the day! I also threw in some attempts at decent pictures of whats in there now, and my baby guppies!
 

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PlantedCommunityTank132

I have no idea about water bridges, but I would say make sure that the edges of the PVC pipe aren't sharp. What kind of snail is that?
 

DoubleDutch

 

Ginger2209

I have no idea about water bridges, but I would say make sure that the edges of the PVC pipe aren't sharp. What kind of snail is that?
Its a bladder snail! I was going to buy shrimp, but it's doing so well that I couldnt bare to get rid of it. I named him Herold, and he keeps laying eggs everywhere (that I immediately get rid of).
 

PlantedCommunityTank132

Just make sure that he doesn't turn into a army of snails :)
 

ruud

I think its fun for ...a day or two. I would rather purchase a 6 gallon.
 

Ginger2209

I think its fun for ...a day or two. I would rather purchase a 6 gallon.
How so?
 

Ginger2209

Hey guys! NEW UPDATE!

I just got finished setting everything up, and I'll be honest... I may have went overboard

What I ended up buying:
5.5 gal Rimless
More wood :p
Plants!
A dinosaur skull, because I felt like it
New filter
A tiny rock gazebo

So all that's left is the water bridge!
Pictures incoming after I test the water and check for issues!

P.s. I made a mini tank in case I find more snail eggs. Kind of wanted to see if theyll hatch!
Water test results immediately after set up!

2.5:
Nitrate: between 0-20 ppm
Nitrite: 0 ppm
GH: between 75-150 ppm
Chlorine: 0
KH: Between 120-180
pH: between 7.8-8.4

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5.5:
Nitrate: 0
Nitrite: 0
GH: 75
Chlorine:0
KH: between 80-120
PH: between 7.2-7.8

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Spontaneous Snail Tank:
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 0
GH: between 75-150
Chlorine: 0
KH: between 80-120
PH: between 7.2-7.8

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PlantedCommunityTank132

Nice. If you're talking about bladder snail eggs, You usually don't want any bladder snail eggs since they turn into a pest very fast. I started with two bladder snails, and didnt think about it a lot, and now the tank is full of them.
You can definitely keep the snail. Im just saying, try not to end up with an army of them.
 

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