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Originally this was combined in my Twin 10G Shrimp Tanks thread. Pretty much this tank was used to grow out extra mosses, stem plants, and floaters to sell. I used dividers that I made to separate the tank so that the mosses wouldn't mix. After my RCS tank's population started to explode I began culling the non-PFR's into this tank. However, with no filtration and large water changes due to ferts, they would all die . So I decided to completely redo the tank!

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Tank Specs Progression
Equipment
  • 10 gallon glass tank (pretty standard)
  • Glass Cover
  • CFL bulbs: 6500K 15W
  • Aquaclear 20 Filter with intake modification
  • Dividers created with large ziplock bags and suction cups
  • 2" of seachem flourite black gravel
Flora
  • Round Pella
  • Java Moss
  • Anubias Petite
  • Hygroryza Aristata
  • Random Stem plants
Fauna
  • Red cherry shrimp
Most recent picture of the grow out tank as of 07-14-2012.


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Tank Progression

Progression shots. Most recent shot at the bottom.


Initially, this started from a single jar for extra moss.



And then this turned into multiple jars for different types of moss.



However, I noticed that the mosses didn't grow as well in stagnant water (might just be my experience) so I decided to set up a spare 10G tank with dividers. Initially I just threw the jars in with a long bubble wand for water circulation. However, the water wouldn't actually circulate into the glass jars, for obvious reasons. Thus, I changed it to dividers.




This was my first attempt so the dividers were made out of cloth mesh from Walmart and suction cups. The holes within the cloth allowed for water circulation. The long bubble wand was still present. This setup had great moss growth, but there were several problems.
  • the moss would grow attached to the cloth mesh, becoming very hard to take off
  • the cloth dividers began to smell really bad, maybe due to fert-saturated water column




So I decided to redo the dividers. This is how the cloth dividers looked after ~2 months.




Now, for the new boundaries. Made with cut up ziplock freezer bags (thicker). Also cut holes in them to allow for water circulation. For those wondering, a ziplock freezer bag is the PERFECT size for a divider in a 10g tank.





And finally, I started to cull my cherries into this tank. Moss was doing great, but the cherry culls... not so much. The water was really dirty with the snail/shrimp poop. So the shrimp I threw in would all slowly die over a week. We're talking 20+ shrimp dying. So obviously something was wrong. Decided to redo the tank completely, add substrate (thanks to xenxes's idea), and a filter as well.






All new updates will be here -> http://shrimpery.com/forum/photo-jou...hrimp-tanks#65

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Opted for tube over PVC in the end?

You should go dirt + more nematodes. Never have to vacuum! It's just like garden composting, break down dead matter into substrate to be reused.

What are you growing all this extra moss for?? You will need to dose Excel here, moss won't compete with algae, unless you heavily plant some stems along the sides.
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Opted for tube over PVC in the end?

You should go dirt + more nematodes. Never have to vacuum! It's just like garden composting, break down dead matter into substrate to be reused.

What are you growing all this extra moss for?? You will need to dose Excel here, moss won't compete with algae, unless you heavily plant some stems along the sides.
Yea the plastic tubing is smaller than the 0.5in PVC. And I already super/hot glued the SS mesh into the PVC connector lol. Works out anyway.

I have plenty of nemotodes in my flourite already :X!

Growing the extra moss to sell baby. Yea I do dose excel, 1/2 strength in all tanks.

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I like the evolution, good documentation!

I will have to try the ziplock barrier at some point.
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I like the evolution, good documentation!

I will have to try the ziplock barrier at some point.
Exponential growth in the beginning lol. Jars -> Tank lol.

Ziplock barriers work very well! Moss can't adhere to it . Shrimps can swim through the holes though, if they are smart enough

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How is this coming along?
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Yeah why aren't you updating any tanks anymore... oh, did the platy I send you eat everything? :/
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Yeah why aren't you updating any tanks anymore... oh, did the platy I send you eat everything? :/
I see a thread in SnS so.......I assume everything went quite well LMAO
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How is this coming along?
Hm.. I did take some pictures but never bothered to upload haha

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Yeah why aren't you updating any tanks anymore... oh, did the platy I send you eat everything? :/
They definitely ate a lot of my yellow shrimp babies :\. But now they are all dead

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I see a thread in SnS so.......I assume everything went quite well LMAO
Yeah, I wish people would buy some moss off me. Definitely need to clear it out :\

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Tanks are both doing well. Took out all the platies as xenxes and I found out they do indeed hunt down shrimp babies. Didn't really matter for RCS but I noticed not many yellow babies were making it to adulthood. Malawas are breeding like rabbits at least


You can see the abundance of malawas compared to yellows. I sent xenxes 11 yellows as well, but hopefully enough remain to restore their population now that the fish are gone.




And some closeups of the malawa's to show their coloration diversity




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