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post #136 of 172 (permalink) Old 05-26-2013, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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Now I'm back to contemplating shrimp. Thinking about removing all or most of the PRLs from the tank and introducing about a dozen CBS from my 12gal, which has for some reason seen a lack of Crystal breeding the past year.
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post #137 of 172 (permalink) Old 05-26-2013, 09:56 PM
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Looks great man, what lights are those again? 2 seems to work well.
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post #138 of 172 (permalink) Old 05-26-2013, 09:58 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks - they're just super-cheap BeamsWork LEDs from eBay. Probably the best "cheap" fixture I've ever purchased.

Haven't been able to find them since I bought them (think they sold out?) but searching for "led clip light aquarium" brings up a ton of possibilities for cheap.
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Must have been a fun evening in all of my shrimp tanks. Every single one has dozens of shrimp swimming around like crazy and tons of them are berried.

Guess it really is that time of year.
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Loving that these cheap LEDs are brining out the browns and reds of both the Crypts in this tank:



Shrimp seem to be loving everything. Nice bunch of new Ramshorn babies, as well.

Thinking about swapping these PRLs for some PBLs.
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ive been really inspired by all of you tanks, i find the layouts to be very eye-catching.
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Thank you!

While I don't believe my tanks are the most attractive on this forum in any stretch of the imagination, I do believe they're proof that one can make a tank look pretty good while keeping it manageable, lush and livestock-friendly.

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ive been really inspired by all of you tanks, i find the layouts to be very eye-catching.
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I know I shouldn't complain about moss growing quickly in a low-tech tank but... that's exactly what I'm doing.
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Not sure how they got by me but I'm noticing tons of juvenile shrimp in the 45-F and quite a few babies.

Must have been a productive couple of months for these little critters!
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Complete Veggie feeding time:





Found a bunch of new babies I wasn't expecting, as well.
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Still too lazy to use the DSLR but here are some updated cell phone shots:







Should still add a mountain of C. parva but I'm really happy with the tank. Definitely need to trim some moss to show of those red and brown Crypts a bit more.

Proof you can have something that doesn't look absolutely terrible with little effort.
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Something in the back right corner is needed..maybe your parva mountain idea?
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It's tough to see in the images, as the pre-filter sponge is in the way, but there are some Crypts filling in that spot that are getting quite thick.

My general idea/plan was to position Crypts in such a way that I'd get the best viewing angles from a chair positioned near the tank. As the various groupings of Crypts grow, they're making the sponge less noticeable.

Counted my spare C. parva plantlets and have a few dozen, so I think I'll try to add some to the tank this weekend.
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Just swapped out the five filters in my RO/DI unit at home. I think I might die. Who the heck engineered such difficult to open pieces of equipment?

Thank goodness this only has to be done about once per year at home.
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