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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-07-2013, 10:21 PM Thread Starter
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Hello!
So I have a bunch of tanks, but the questions I have only involve 3 of them.

20g tall - 24" dual T5 - 14watt colormax and 14watt 6,700k bulbs, floramax substrate, lots of low to med light plants, Orange Eye Blue Tiger Shrimp and Red Cherry Shrimp. Air powered sponged filter. DIY co2 yeast bottle fine bubble airstone difusser.

20g long - 30" dual T5 - 18watt colormax and 18watt 6,700k bulbs, floramax substrate, lots of low to med light plants, Cyrstal Black Shrimp and Blue Velvet Shrimp. Air powered sponged filter. DIY co2 yeast bottle fine bubble airstone difusser.

30g (24x24x12) - 24" dual T5 - 14watt colormax and 14watt 6,700k bulbs, floramax substrate, lots of low to med light plants, Blue Velvet Shrimp. DIY co2 yeast bottle fine bubble airstone difusser. Air powered sponged filter.


The shrimp and plants are looking great! However I just added all the shrimp to these tanks and they haven't started breeding yet.

I really would love to keep the co2 on these tanks but I've read that the co2 isn't good for breeding shrimp, and that is the real goal of these tanks. I really want to keep the plants but if i need to ditch them for java moss (which I already have) for the good of the shrimp I will.

I know that brine shrimp and fairy shrimp can't have the fine airstones if you want them to breed because the bubbles are too fine and kill the babies somehow. Does this happen with the kind of shrimp I have as well?


Thanks!

P.S. - any ideas for places that host pictures so I can post some on here? I tried dropbox, but it didn't work.
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i would stop the co2. what all plants do you have? chances are you wont even need it. as for the shrimp the oebt are easy to get bacterial infection so keep an eye on the temps in that tank. keep it no higher than 70. i lost my whole colony last year. and the cbs/blue velvet tank might not work. cbs need lower ph no higher than 6.8 in most cases and the velvet's are a neo so that might be to low for them to breed.
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i have a 20g tall with co2. no problem breeding pfrs/crystals. tank over 1year old and no problems.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-08-2013, 02:04 AM Thread Starter
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Plants in my tanks: (as best as I can recall)

Hairgrass
Dwarf Hairgrass
Hygrophila Corymbosa Kompakt
Guppy Grass
Telanthera Cardinalis
Water wisteria
moneywort
Few differnet kinds of swords
Anubias Nana
Anubias Congensis
Anubias Afzelli
Anacharis
Narrow leaf java fern
windolev fern
water sprite
java moss
red wendtii
bronze wendtii
green cryptocorynes
caboma (carolina fanwort)
marimo balls
corkscrew vallis
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My swords, Anubias, and ferns don't seem to be doing much with or without the co2.

These however,
Hygrophila Corymbosa Kompakt
Guppy Grass
Telanthera Cardinalis
Water wisteria
moneywort
Anacharis
water sprite
java moss
red wendtii
bronze wendtii
green cryptocorynes
caboma (carolina fanwort)
corkscrew vallis
have looked MUCH better since the addition to co2. Will they be ok without it? If so, which ones? If not, what should I take out?
Im not using any fertilizers due to the shrimp and my lighting is in the post above.
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