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post #421 of 521 (permalink) Old 02-24-2013, 01:29 AM Thread Starter
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They're from my own stock of various shrimp. Have bunches more but guess I need to start photographing them more.
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Just cleaned out more than NINETY shrimp from the canister filter. It's official - nothing works. Not sponges, not stainless mesh, not pantyhose. Nothing. Works.

On the plus - I have more shrimp than I thought.
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Just cleaned out more than NINETY shrimp from the canister filter. It's official - nothing works. Not sponges, not stainless mesh, not pantyhose. Nothing. Works.

On the plus - I have more shrimp than I thought.
That's very confusing... How would something that completely covers the intake not keep them out?

I haven't gotten any in mine yet, but mine is probably better protected behind a giant wall of sponge. (Modified Fluval spec)

How do you think they keep getting in?

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I've tried all kinds of sponges. Fluval Edge, ZooMed, Swiss Tropicals, all kinds of stuff. Guessing there's always a hole large enough for babies to get through.

Next time, I'm gonna try about a bazillion layers of pantyhose layered with sponge to see what happens.
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Dang 90? That's crazy.

I never had any problem with my fluval edge sponge though.
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Do you clean your filter often? I noticed a couple of shrimp in the output spray bar the last time I turned the filter off for maintenance. Maybe that's how they are getting in?

The tank is looking good! I'm always a little jealous of people who can grow mm.
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I only open my Eheims up about once every 3-4 months to check things out and make sure there's nothing up with the impeller and such. They're probably only cleaned once a year.

Definitely not entering via the spray bar.

Now I'm gonna try sponge layered with a super-fine mesh media bag and filter floss layered with sponge. It's gonna require me to clean the pre-filter more than once per week but maybe this will work.

Typically, sponges keep things down to just 2-3 shrimp in a filter here and there. Not sure what it is with this tank, though. Must be something extra special in the filter that they want to get at.
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The tank is looking good! I'm always a little jealous of people who can grow mm.
Ha - thanks! It's not so much growing, as it is... just creeping. It's taken a year to start really looking like it's about to take off.

The next time I go low-tech with Marsilea minuta, I'm gonna let it grow in for a few months prior to flooding.
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Guess I'm never getting rid of the hair algae, no matter how high this fixture is suspended above the tank:



All the PFR juvies lately are super-red, like this one:



Moss has finally pushed this Anubias nana 'petite' out of the way:



Time to move it to my new 45-F.

Itching to add a black background to the tank. Think I may do so sometime this week. Probably gonna have to do it in sections, though, so I'm hopeful it doesn't look too janky.
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For real - the hair algae is never going away. Removed what I thought was 100% of it and it's back with a vengeance.

I've been eradicating it for at least two-thirds of my life so this is going to be a fun battle.
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Now on the fourth and fifth generations of PFRs in this low pH tank.

With previous generations, they weren't fully coloring up until well into adulthood. Now? They're quite red in the early juvenile stage:






Have finally decided to add a black background to the tank for a more dramatic effect - and to match the tanks on the opposite end of the room. Will also likely (finally) ditch Bacopa australis to be replaced by C. wendtii.

Still spend probably an hour a day watching this tank when I'm home. Usually sit down on a bench in front of it while listening to music. Huge part of my life.
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I keep Frogbit alive in this tank with tons of surface agitation by sticking it behind the spray bar:



It sends out runners that hang on and do really well in the high flow as long as the mother plant is anchored in the back.

This old Ramshorn is more than two years old:



Didn't add this moss to the tank, so I have no idea how it exploded so quickly:



Gonna have to remove it ASAP.
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Jake's Mr. Aqua 12gal Long/36" Shrimp Tank (pic heavy)

AWESOME snail. I love it lol. How have you kept track of it?

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I track all my tanks with a Google spreadsheet.

This snail was moved over from a 40B where I breed random Ramshorns.
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Beginning of an Om Nom Nom/Complete Veggie feeding frenzy:

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