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post #16 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-27-2012, 03:34 PM
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As far as how many plants to plant, I'd suggest planting heavily at first. I wouldn't be too concerned about exactly how many plants to get, just make sure you've filled the tank well. This will help with algae, especially if you use some fast growing stem plants like hoppy suggested - hygrophila especially.

One other item you've missed is fertilizers. With a non co2 setup you'll probably just need a good micro nutrient like seachem flourish comprehensive. And I'd dose once every week to two weeks.

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post #17 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-27-2012, 07:58 PM Thread Starter
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sunyang730 - Sorry, I was not clear, I have multiple tanks, so will breed the shrimp in a non-fish tank. As Hoppy mentioned, the plants I'll be starting won't require DSM.

raven_wilde - Interesting that both the species you mentioned are originally from Myanmar - but it did say they like soft water - pretty sure we have hard water around here.

exv152 - Thanks for the clarification on what heavily planted means. Regarding ferts, the logs I've read indicate that a low-light, non-CO2, MTS substrated tank won't require any ferts beyond potassium once in a while. Maybe with non-MTS you require ferts?

I went out to pick stuff up today. Clay, check. Dirt, check. Potash/dolomite, check, arrived in the mail today (thanks Nilocg!). However, the blasting grit I picked up was the wrong kind, so had to return it. This weekend, if time permits, I will start the MTS process.

I also stopped by Big Al's with my shopping list...and decided I'll have to source plants from local growers - the prices were 4x or more what I've seen online! Yeek.

They also did not have any RCS. Hm.

Hopefully I can find enough local growers to supply plants and shrimpies.
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post #18 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-30-2012, 03:48 PM Thread Starter
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Quick update...I'll be updating my tank log with anything further. Picked up the equipment from my friend, and there is a ton of stuff. The filter unfortunately looks like it's 50% the capacity I need (GPH-wise), so might be doing a sump setup (I know, 30G doesn't really benefit from a sump). I have a sufficient pump, just no appropriate filtration method.

The MTS is in the initial rinse cycle, so hopefully more updates in the next week or so.

Anyways, thanks for the input!
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