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post #46 of 61 (permalink) Old 01-20-2012, 09:16 PM Thread Starter
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I can see the stuff at the back of the aquarium again! It is clearing up a little.
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post #47 of 61 (permalink) Old 01-22-2012, 10:49 PM Thread Starter
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Major improvement! It has cleared up considerably. I also took out that cruddy wood I had and added some pots to break things up vertically. This is, by no means fancy aquascaping but it will be tons of fun to watch the shrimps running around on all of this!

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Very nice, should clear up fully fairly soon. Any other plans on the tank?
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post #49 of 61 (permalink) Old 01-23-2012, 01:16 AM Thread Starter
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Well, basically I want tons of plants.

I will drop my 4 headlight/taillight tetras and my guppy in there. I may get a couple ottos. I am even considering getting a few small tetras (cardinal or neon), I love how they look when they school. I really really really don't want to overpopulate though. I figured a total of 10-12 tiny fish in a 40 gal tank with my hardscaping should be ok right?

Aside from that, it is going to just be a shrimp playground!

Since I have so much vertical space and areas to chill, I've halfway considered getting a crawfish, but I'm afraid it would still just be to damn mean.
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I found a way for you to upgrade your lighting cheap if you want to, you'd need a glass top or something though. I was at a hydroponics shop today and picked up a sunblaster 24"T5HO fixture/lamp for $30. It's a 24 watt bulb and linkable, it also seems to give light all the way down to the substrate. I'd expect it to be cheaper as you live in the states, maybe $20-$25 for the fixture. 2 of these should be able to get you into a medium light category without breaking the bank on an expensive fixture. Other than that sounds like a decent plan, lots of plants are good. And yeah you could probably even go with a larger school of like 20 total, but I'd say stick with a smaller number, and if you stay with smaller ones get a nice colony of shrimp going.
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everything is cleared up nicely.


I got my shrimp and one of them is berried!
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Just an update. Everything seems pretty healthy. I currently have 10 neon tetras, 3 cory juleii, a guppy from an old tank and a bunch of cherry red shrimp.

I'd really like to just re-scape it to be more to my liking. Right now it looks like an herb garden!

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Just completely reshaped! water is dirty and I've decided I need better lighting, but so far I'm much happier with it.
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Just ordered a zoomed t5ho dual bulb for this. That should push a few more photons to the bottom! Got 10,000 and 6,500 bulbs to start with.
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Nice, how much did it cost?
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I actually kinda liked the potted herbs look! It looks very nice now, though!

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finally got my zoomed dual t5ho in. Huge difference! (culling some duckweed helped too)
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Did you ever get a new filter or is that why your water level is still low?
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post #60 of 61 (permalink) Old 03-14-2012, 01:21 PM Thread Starter
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I still have the HOB filter. I just kind of like the water that low. there are a lot of reasons, such as having space for my water lettuce, being lazy, and the fact that my center brace is long gone.
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