First - ignore the dirty glass. Thought I'd update these three tanks.
The cherry tank is going swell. Dozens of berried shrimp. All those white specks? They're apple snails.
The Akadama tank:
I think I'm bringing home about 10-20 CRS for this tank and will order additional shrimp from a couple other sellers to beef up the gene pool.
And my tiny little moss tank is growing in like woah:
All those Ramshorns have laid eggs so I'll be moving a bunch to my balcony container pond in a few weeks. It's had about a dozen Apple Snails and a few female Endlers in it all winter (it's heated) so these will be a nice addition.
Not sure why people are harping so hardcore on Fluval Shrimp Stratum lately. I'm beginning to believe it's just groupthink/people freaking out over what they've heard from someone else who heard something. Complete silliness.
This is my 9th or 10th time using it and I have at least 100 juvie Cherries. In the CRS tank I've got at work, I counted easily 40 juvies. People must be doing something crazy with this substrate to have had less than solid experiences.
Just wanted to throw that out there for folks who have been reading negative reviews. Take them with a grain of salt.
As for the Akadama tank... it's been flooded for two weeks. I'm going to run it for at least another two weeks before adding snails. Then I'll bring home some CRS and maybe order some to beef up my blood lines.
Thanks! Unfortunately, this is just part of one rack. There are ten other tanks running here at home. And... so many in my office that I won't offer a number. Multiple Tank Syndrome is a serious disease.
The floaters are: duckweed, giant duckweed, salvinia, frogbit, some riccia here and there.
Just checked on the Cherry tank to find about a dozen juvies hitching a ride on an Apple Snail. And about 20 baby Apple Snails hitching a ride, as well. It's great when a tank finally gets to that point.