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post #61 of 95 (permalink) Old 06-16-2013, 02:25 PM
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I didnt catch what lighting fixture you are using. I read you were thinking of changing it, but not sure what you ended up going with. Im guessing you don't dose any fert right?
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16" Finnex Fugeray. Pretty unhappy with it but it does the job decently. (Details about it here in my 45-F journal.) I built a DIY LED fixture but just haven't gotten around to putting it on the tank.

Nope, no ferts. I've tried ferts in the past with mosses and Fissidens with no real noticeable improvement over time. The only time I see a benefit is when using pressurized CO2. Other than that, it all grows really well with just some lighting and clean water with lots of shrimp to keep it picked clean.

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I didnt catch what lighting fixture you are using. I read you were thinking of changing it, but not sure what you ended up going with. Im guessing you don't dose any fert right?
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It's official: I'm tired of the water company's disgusting water. It's never consistent. This week, it's been non-stop 3PPM ammonia and even nitrite. GROSS!

Finally switching this tank over to RO/DI water remineralized with Shrimp Mineral GH/KH+.
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nice shrimp tank and those rocks are awesome!
id like to see this tank when the moss is fully grown in!

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Thanks!

Ha, "fully grown in" = about a year. But I'm excited to watch as things progress.

In the process of removing all the Cherries from the tank, adding more Tigers and potentially some darker form of Neos.
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Nice tank! I've been thinking about adding some sort of tiger shrimp to my 20L.
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im thinking of replacing my red ifres with tiger shrimp, any advice on keeping them?

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Just try to mimic the parameters of your source.
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Young Ramshorn & Pond Snails:



If you look closely, you'll see super-young Cherries:



Earlier in the thread (and directly above), you saw how light the Cherries look when on the pool filter sand.

Here's how they look the moment they hit the lava rock:




The tank from slightly above:



Dim front:

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It's official: I'm tired of the water company's disgusting water. It's never consistent. This week, it's been non-stop 3PPM ammonia and even nitrite. GROSS!

Finally switching this tank over to RO/DI water remineralized with Shrimp Mineral GH/KH+.
Probably water from the river if I'd have to guess. Yuck.

Also I was somewhat considering getting a 12 inch fugeray and getting more back into the game but I guess I should probably look into other options.

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The 10 & 12 inch units are fine. It's the 16" unit that's basically a rip-off - even if it's just a few more bucks - because there's all that dead space. The 20" is also pretty nice, even if colors are a bit washed out.

Yep - definitely from the river. And from the awful water company that pretends to have amazing water. (While folks all over the city regularly detect 80PPM nitrate and 3-5PPM ammonia)
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Yep - definitely from the river. And from the awful water company that pretends to have amazing water. (While folks all over the city regularly detect 80PPM nitrate and 3-5PPM ammonia)
I wouldn't be surprised if our water in lex has really high nitrates too. It's been years since I tried but I never could get red plants. It was very frustrating.

Also made it hard to breed shrimp.

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Interesting observation: during water change yesterday (with RO), the Cherries and Tigers all shifted colors a bit... for the better.

There's gotta be something disgusting in this tap that I can't detect with my geekery. Gonna have to turn to my neighbor with a lab for details because it's irking me to no end.
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Complete Veggie feeding time:







Even the Malaysian Trumpet Snails came out for dinner.

Time to do a trim this week.
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I like how the moss is mixed into the fissidens. But I suggest you cut the longer strands.
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