Wow, that is an awesome whirlpool! How did you go about cleaning the tubing and pipes.
For the vinyl tubing, I used a simple coil brush. Something similar to this
The lily pipes were a bit trickier for me. Since I have such narrow lily pipes (9mm), it was tough getting the brush throughout the entire lily pipe.
I scrubbed what I could reach, then I soaked the lily pipes in a thin bleach solution.
I shook the container around gently to get the bleach to penetrate every surface of the lily pipes until the algae turned white and fell off.
Afterward, I rinsed the lily pipes thoroughly and soaked in water with some Seachem Prime.
Again, I shook it around gently to let the Prime do its work.
15 minutes later, I put it back in the tank and prayed all the bleach was gone, lol.
Awesome photos too! I'm envious.
Are you blocking the intake via sponge somehow for CRS babies, or just leaving it be?
If I notice my CRS are beginning to berry, I have a Fluval Edge Pre-Filter Sponge laying around just in case.
I've been keeping a close eye on my CRS. None seem to be berried.
I'm afraid I may have gotten all males or all females.
Does anyone know how to determine the sex of CRS?
I know how for RCS, but I don't know how for CRS.
Any advice would be helpful.
I bought my CRS locally on another forum. Got 12, split it in half with a friend of mine.
His CRS have eggs, but his water parameters are whack compared to mine.
So, I'm confused as to why his are breeding and mine aren't.
The only idea that I could come up with is I have all males or all females... or my CO2 injection is messing up their breeding.
I know I have good water quality and I change the water once a week.
I even add Indian almond leaves, but no go.
My friend and I got our shrimp from the same guy, but his are breeding and mine aren't.
Now, he's poking fun at my tank.
Ha, I posted another thread about this because I hadn't read your journal. Great minds, etc. I guess. Love your scape. I'm putting up a 90p within the month. Still not all that fond of how much light spills out into the room so I'll be customizing the light a little more as well.
Thanks! I hope all goes well with your 90-P!
You're right that a ton of light spills into the room.
I've gotten used to the light spilling. In fact, I kinda' like it. My room's too dark to begin with, lol.