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Love this scape. Very simple yet dynamic. I don't even notice the ugly crypts until you point them out lol.

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Now for the update:

I've been running the tank by just keeping the cycled bacteria alive (adding ammonia daily). Because I haven't been able to settle on the shrimp I want. I *think* want to house TTs but am leaning more and more toward just moving over some CBS or some of my PRLs.
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Finally broke down and am moving about a dozen Pure Red Lines to the tank. They're dripping now. They're hardiest shrimp I've got, so I guess it's not so bad. Even though I wanted some color. It'll be nice to see some white pops in such a dark brown and green tank.

Maybe I'll add some PFRs at some point. Or some other color of Neo.
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PRLs are coloring up and seem to be enjoying their new home:









These are just from my iPhone 4, so nothing special yet.

Safe to say the Crypts have exploded:




Looking forward to watching this tank grow and develop over the next year or so.
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Some random shots:













With the exception of two, it seems all of these PRLs are high-ish grade. It's always a bit of a crapshoot when netting them from a super-populated tank.
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Something must be really enjoyable about the tank because they're all starting to do the fancy dance.

Guess it's that time of year.
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Looking good, the moss growth and the wood emerging from the substrate are nice.
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The character of the wood you are using in this tank is really cool. Once grown in everything will be darn sweet.

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Posting this for the folks who continue to ask.

Left: Standard bag of Azoo Plant Grower Bed. Right: ADA Aquasoil Amazonia, 9L.



$37.98 to have Azoo shipped. Just under $50 to have the Aquasoil shipped.

As you can see, this is why I say there's no comparison.
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Added ten more PRLs today.

Crypts are loving the cheap LEDs (new growth all over the place) and the Christmas Moss looks crazy in this tank. It's a bit brown-ish but is growing like crazy.






Think the tank is pretty much stocked at this point. Maybe adding a few more shrimp in a couple weeks if breeding doesn't start but that's it.
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Kind of surprised that these cheap-o lights are growing algae:



Safe to say the moss is crazy:



And the Crypts will have to be thinned/moved around:




Love this little tank.
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Can't say it enough - Crypt growth has been nothing short of amazing in this tank:

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Just discovered some RGB SMD strips in storage. Thinking it may be time to play with some reds to see what happens with the various Crypts in this tank.
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