Long story short: in its past life, this Tetra brand plastic 1.5g cube was an emergency QT for an X-ray Tetra. But in the long run, thatís no good, of course. So, behold, in all its unflattering plasticness, the 1.5g budget shrimp cube. . .
We picked up five ghost shrimp as sort of a fun experiment. We've had them for three or four weeks; each seemed small when we got them, save one with a green saddle. Theyíve all molted, the gal that came saddled is now buried and the others seem to be getting bigger slowly.
Iím new to shrimp and have an interest in Cherries Ė so Iím doing my homework slowly but surely. Meanwhile, Iím keeping it super simple with this one. Just about everything inside was grabbed from an established 29g:
-1/4" PFS sand
-floating: anacharis and three, literally, DWLs
-x-mas moss (attached to Manzanita bits, slate)
-no filter (removed the stock Tetra internal that came with the cube because it vibrated the cube just right enough to eventually irk me to no end)
I just got a KH/GH test kit (API liquid) and I'm getting interesting results Ė interesting to me anyway. I welcome your input. (I have a TDS meter on the way.)
Home tap water is a little hard, with high nitrates (20+ppm): 11-12dkh, 9-10dgh, pH 7.4
Work tap Iíve been using because of the minimal nitrates (0-5ppm): 3dkh, 3dgh, pH 7.4
Shrimp cube: 3-4dkh, 4-5dgh, pH 7.0 (can two small pieces of Manzanita account for the pH drop?), nitrates 10ppm (ammonia/nitrite = 0ppm)
It just occurred to me that I havenít checked the GH/KH test kit against distilled water or such; itís a new kit, one bottle is dated 1/2017, the other 10/2014.
Finally some pictures, newer and older:
(A few weeks ago)
Recent "FTS" - Kitchen view
Dining Room view
Thanks for looking.