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post #31 of 145 (permalink) Old 09-05-2012, 12:36 PM Thread Starter
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Maybe i should just raise tangerine tigers in this tank, since they are more temperature tolerant than crystals.

Does anyone on this site sell top quality TT?

Tanks is still showing ammonia, so it will be a while before i get any shrimp Patience is important :P
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Check with shrimpnmoss or mordalphus for more tt's ^^
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post #33 of 145 (permalink) Old 09-05-2012, 10:41 PM Thread Starter
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thank you, I will.

Going to upgrade my T5 light into an LED light from Finnex. The shimmer effect will be welcome in my tank.

If anyone wants to buy my 30" Coralife T5 light, let me know, I will be selling it very soon.

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post #34 of 145 (permalink) Old 09-10-2012, 11:41 PM Thread Starter
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I upgraded my fixture to a 20W LED one. very nice and bright. much better than the T5 visually. light is 7000K so plants should respond well. FTS has been updated. Duckweed is being used as the floater.

My 30" T5 is now on sale if anyone wants it.
Still waiting on this tank to finally cycle :P
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post #35 of 145 (permalink) Old 09-13-2012, 04:57 PM Thread Starter
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Going to go with Tangerine Tigers and either Orange/Chocolate/Green Babaulti shrimp. Not sure yet. Don't know if the other shrimp can handle softwater and low pH. The tigers should have no problem though...right?
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They should be able to handle it, but whether or not they'll breed as prolifically is probably up in the air. Nice start to this one Newman, ya know...I always wanted a 20L. I already have too many tanks going already though I think.
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Glad you dropped by. Yes I am unsure about the neos, but the tigers should like this.
my new parameters, since i am using tap water now are:

Temperature: 76F
pH: 6.6
TDS: 300

I will be starting with chocolate shrimp here first, wish me luck =)
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So the tap raised your PH up a bit eh? I'm sure the neos will be just fine @ 6.6ph. Maybe over time your substrate won't buffer quite as much allowing you to get back up to around 7 or so for the tigers?
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yes, hopefully they all like it in the end.
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Let us know if that light works out or if it is too bright. You are not running co2 correct? The blyxa looks good.

40 Breeder in progress...
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Looks like a Finnex Ray II? Those look nice!
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yes, it is a finnex ray II. the light is quite nice. it is very bright, but hopefully it will work fine. i'll keep you guys updated.
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Ok I tested all parameters and here they are, up to date.
Also put in some fresh active carbon in the filter...

Temperature: 75F
pH: 6.5
TDS: 270ppm (tap water is normally 400TDS)
GH: 11 dGH (tap water is normally 25 dGH)
KH: 0 dKH? (tap water is normally 8 dKH)
Ammonia: 0ppm
Nitirite: 0ppm
Nitrate: 15ppm

Obviously things have changed a bit. KH went back down to undetectable. probably the substrate's doing. pH went back down to 6.5...a bit low, but hopefully the cherry shrimp can deal. it looks like the substrate lowers the tap water's KH GH and even TDS...crazyness.
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The blyxa looks to be growing well, I see growth! How close are you from cycling this bad boy?
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