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post #61 of 363 (permalink) Old 05-03-2012, 02:47 AM Thread Starter
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The best thing about tonight (RO/DI unit drama aside)?

"DEPART USPS SORT FACILITY: LOUISVILLE, KY"

NERDING OUT. They'll be here tomorrow. Hopefully not cooked by the 90 degree temps.
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post #62 of 363 (permalink) Old 05-03-2012, 03:56 PM Thread Starter
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Current full tank shot:



Those crypts in the rear right still irk me. Likely to give them away.

Had to raise the light about an inch to hopefully combat the tiny algae problem (will add some more Ramshorns and Pond Snails to remedy the situation):

Also removed the glass cover to drop the temperature down a bit:



Removed the E. parkeri from my 12gal long and split them, now have ten total in this little tank:



The tiny bit of Fissedens I added has exploded and the moss has almost completely covered the gross super glue gel:



May end up raising the light a bit more. Turned out to be a great eBay purchase.

Still no response from my RO/DI vendor.

Really enjoy this tiny tank.
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looks gook jake. cant wait to see shrimp in it
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Thanks! I can't wait, either. Best impulse purchase ever.
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Had one DOA but five are alive and well. Decided to just go ahead and put them all in the tank.

Some are already starting to color up:








Here's hoping I get some offspring from this buggers!
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great little tank
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Okay, somebody needs to stop me from ordering a 45F to go along with this tank. I've fallen in love with the dimensions.

Some updated/rough photos!

Finally getting floaters to thrive:



The goldens:







Moss has grown in, everything has matured, E. parkeri are growing, yadda yadda. Loving it.
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Nice shrimp Jake. I'm not going to try to stop you from getting a 45-F -- definitely my next tank, absolutely beautiful glass-wise and dimensionally.

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." -- Steve Jobs
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Thanks! They're quirky little buggers.

The 45-F will maybe replace my Ebi some day soon. Gotta fight the urge.
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Got all kinds of messages and emails overnight asking about the Shrimp Sand and how much of it is necessary to fill a 20 gallon long tank. So many messages, in fact, that it's probably best I post my response here: one bag will cover a 3gal tank like this one. It would easily take 5-6 bags for use in a standard 20L tank. Honestly, I'd probably buy a couple extra bags just in case.

Would take about 1.5-2 bags for a standard 5.5gal tank 2-2.5/3 for a 10gal.

If you're considering this product, it's great. I really enjoy it. It's attractive and does its job really well. But there are cheaper and better alternatives. Just remember it all boils down to personal preference and your bank account. Buy what will get the job done and what looks best to you. Otherwise you won't be happy with the finished product.
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Jake,
Very nicely done. I love golden bees, though many people dont as you said.
They stand out more when contrasted against your bee soil. Did you put any additives into the soil before filling up the tank? Was a UGF considered as part of the build? Reason i ask is that many of the shrimp soils buffer as you mentioned but a UGF would help circulate the water through the soil to help with that buffering.

Im going to go branch hunting this week and see if i can stitch together a design like yours. very insprational work here!

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Thanks, all!

acitydweller: Didn't add anything to the substrate and didn't consider a UGF. There's so much flow from the AC20 that it'd be almost crazy to add more. My RO/DI water holds its own over time so I don't really need the buffering capacity of active substrates, honestly. I just chose it because I like the look.
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An updated FTS:



It's looking way better than I expected.

Some of the inhabitants:





Caught this one just after a molt:



It was way too quick for me to capture the process.

P.S. I think I want to add some Mischlings to this tank. Decisions, decisions.
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Love the tank size and light. The thermometer looks huge. Nice job.
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