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post #16 of 25 (permalink) Old 01-13-2013, 01:23 AM Thread Starter
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Update 1/12/13
Have 4 Red cherries saddled but still none that are berried yet. Have been like this for about 2 weeks. One of the females I received berried laid its eggs and now the shrimp are gaining confidence and showing themselves around the tank regularly. I still need to figure out how to efficiently dose this tank with the EI method, because I am starting to grow a bit of algae.


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post #17 of 25 (permalink) Old 01-15-2013, 02:02 AM Thread Starter
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3 out of the 4 females are berried as of this afternoon with the 4th looking to be so as well. Soon I will have an army.

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Tank is looking good, wish you luck with the berries
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post #19 of 25 (permalink) Old 01-27-2013, 03:36 PM Thread Starter
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A 2 week update everything is growing like crazy did my first big trim on this tank. Here are the before and after pictures. Please excuse the trimmed photo as I had just added a water clarifier.

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post #20 of 25 (permalink) Old 02-18-2013, 02:11 AM Thread Starter
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Its been a while. My tank is now officially infested with red cherry shrimp. Not only that but my females are berried again. I need to figure something to do with all these shrimp besides make shrimp scampi. Growth is great here is a picture.


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post #21 of 25 (permalink) Old 03-12-2013, 05:52 PM
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Lighting

It appears that you've updated your lighting, what are you currently using? I have the Fluval V and am not thrilled with the lighting.
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post #22 of 25 (permalink) Old 03-16-2013, 08:25 PM Thread Starter
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It appears that you've updated your lighting, what are you currently using? I have the Fluval V and am not thrilled with the lighting.
I still had my aquatic life t5ho 30" fixture from when I sold my 29 gallon. Its a lot of light all be its truly only 24" inside the casing. I have my timer spaced out 3 times a day and only about 6 hours of total on time. I dose heavily and have CO2 pumped in and I still have a decent amount of algae growth every week. Is what I have ideal no but it does the job and my plants are growing like crazy. Ill upload a recent picture soon. Good luck with finding an alterative light fixture other members on here have been using Finnex products.

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post #23 of 25 (permalink) Old 03-24-2013, 08:55 PM Thread Starter
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post #24 of 25 (permalink) Old 08-26-2013, 06:41 PM
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Hi! your tank really impressed me and now I'm starting something similar!

Took the plunge, starting a 5G iwagumi

I plan on keeping the HC growing for a while under direct sunlight, won't flood the tank until I have an almost-complete carpet.

I'm worried about the ferts, what is your experience on dosing before and after flooding? I'm currently using only API Root tabs but they don't seem to have much in the line of micros.

How did the EI method worked for you?

Thanks!

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Hi! your tank really impressed me and now I'm starting something similar!

Took the plunge, starting a 5G iwagumi

I plan on keeping the HC growing for a while under direct sunlight, won't flood the tank until I have an almost-complete carpet.

I'm worried about the ferts, what is your experience on dosing before and after flooding? I'm currently using only API Root tabs but they don't seem to have much in the line of micros.

How did the EI method worked for you?

Thanks!
thank you, Unfortunately the tank doesnt look so good anymore. I ran out of co2 and stopped doing regular maintenance on it since moving to my office.

For dosing I used dry ferts from greenleaf and from past experiences on a larger tank I would just eyeball the amounts. But wasnt really more than a pinch out of each bag. You can also use the flourish series but it get expensive in the long run. In my experience you will need a stronger light, during the dsm if you place it outside you may get some good growth but Ive never had good luck with a tank receiving light through window. good luck with your tank.

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