My first EBI tank arrived cracked so I was excited when the second tank arrived in good shape.
I glued fissidens to a piece of slate and to an aquarium ornament I had that happens to match the back wall of the tank. The ornament has two hiding compartments.
I bought the piece of wood on aquabid this spring and have been looking forward to having a tank to use it in.
This tank is for some crystal shrimp someone gave me. My water is very hard so they have had a hard time so far. Now that they are in a smaller tank I can hopefully keep the water parameters closer to what they prefer.
I will be putting some crs in mine as well... Im probubly going to put an HOB filter on it as Im afraid for fry getting into the filter it came with...How long did you cycle before you put that little guy in?? Did you do anything about a heater???
I have had a dirty filter in the tank since I added water about 2 weeks ago (dirty filter removed for photo ops), and when I first filled it I used water from existing tanks. Since then I added 50% RO water.
I tried adding a 25 watt heater but it was keeping the water at 75 on the heaters lowest setting of 70 and without it the water is between 69 and 71.
Hence this is my test shrimp to see how it does with the flux in temp. Currently my crystals are in a tank where the temp is a constant 71 degrees.
For the filter that comes with the EBI I am going to try what BigBoij suggested and stuff that first chamber with filter floss to keep baby shrimp from getting in to the filter.
Right now baby shrimp are not an issue so there is no floss in the filter.
Edit: Oh and I also thought about maybe gluing a thin piece of sponge over the filter intake... but I'm not sure about that yet.
Good thoughts on the filter with floss...Im going to try a fluvale 50w heater & see what that does with a constant temp...I have one in with my fire reds & its maintaining 78 degrees...the one in my crystal tank is a 50w marineland stelth & im probubly going to change that soon as they have had some issues with the bigger ones...Mines been cycling about a week with one water change & I seeded with a sponge from another tank so Ill take water samples tomorrow...
Ok so I stuffed the first chamber with filter floss and the filter made "noise". I left it in there for over an hour and it was too noisy for me. So I removed the floss and stuffed sponge in there. The intake grid is now blocked so baby shrimp (that I look forward too) will not get sucked into the filter and the filter is not making any noise at all.