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SWEET. Amazing looking hardscape, really. Can't wait to see this baby grown-out.

Thanks which one lol the HS on the shrimp tank is my favourite so far

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I was referring to the 120g since it is the main subject of this thread, but that shrimp tank is killer.

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I was referring to the 120g since it is the main subject of this thread, but that shrimp tank is killer.
Thanks, I have been unsure of it but I am sure when it is grown in if it goes to plan it will be fantastic

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Here is how I hung the shrimp light with steel cable,



You need 1.3mm steel cable as long as you need, that cost me £0.99pm in B&Q and got 3m. I had everything else apart from the latch bolts and bigger washers.

I made some crimps out of small pieces of metal I had in the shed. Bit of a dodgy pic though sorry.

and some small washers I had in the shed

And to keep the light wire in place and stop it pulling on the light

Bit basic but does the job and looks great.

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The shrimp tank last night,

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That's some great looking pieces of wood.
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Thanks, it is 3 pieces I have had for about 4 years. I was going to sell them before I decided on using them in that tank lol

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Nice rock scape!
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Thanks,
Noticed a couple of free riders today, some nice baby red ramshorn snails Hopefully they will eat the mulch off the Glosso from it being posted...


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Getting a fair bit of new growth from the Phyllanthus Fluitans and the Aponogeton Natans are growing insanely fast!! Currently 5 shoots on their way to the surface from two of the 5 bulbs!



Approx 11" shoot

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That's great to see your plants growing fast.
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Quite a few things to update so here goes,

Plants are on the increase, I now have;
Java fern and moss
Taiwan moss
Vallisneria gigantea var rubra ( growing )
Crypts
Nymphaea rubra
Glossostigma elatinoides ( initially almost all melted but new growth coming through )
Aponogeton natans ( growing like crazy )
Phyllanthus fluitans ( starting to grow )
Miniature water lettuce
Amazon frog bit
Salvinia natans
Riccia fluitans


The Nitrite has gone up and is now on its way back down in both the main tank and shrimp tank, both are at the same level of approx .4ppm and I hope will be clear for fish by the weekend

A few updated pics for you of both tanks,

Both tanks

main tank surface

main tank







Shrimp tank with Taiwan moss and something else






Think that is it up to date

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Also a new lighting schedule,

2 bulbs 9am-12pm
4bulbs 12pm - 5pm
2hrs off
2bulbs 7pm-11pm

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