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So after finishing my first shrimp tank, this 12g long
, (check it out if you would like, I try to keep the photos organized and recent
)I decided to move my CRS to their own tank. I like how their colors pop so much against a dark substrate, and even better, my mom and sister like them too so they let me put it as an accent piece on one of the cabinets in the house.
Size: Aquarium Masters 2 gallon
(12" x 6" x 6")
Small Sponge Filter
Heater: Archaea 25W Mini Aquarium Heater ***HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS HEATER FOR THOSE WITH SMALL TANKS***
13W CFL 6500K Bulb
Fluval Shrimp Stratum with Osmocote Plus Fertilizer
Small Manzanita Tree, Red Lava Rock
Crystal Red Shrimp (C/B to SS+ grade), Hitch-hiking Ramshorns Snails
Fissidens, Mini Fissidens, Eleocharis acicularis
Just put in substrate and ferts. Keeping the tank moist for now
Initial scaping thoughts. Didn't think about filter and heater yet. Created the Manzanita by gluing two pieces together with Super Glue.
Put in the sponge filter, heater, and pico thermometer. Rearranged the 3 rocks on the left hand side of the tank. Also planted the Eleocharis acicularis by the base of the Manzanita, and planted Hydrocotyle tripartita by the rocks. I have my Danio helping me cycle after using TSS and floaters to help out. He cycled for a good 2 weeks and now is back with his buddies in my 10 gallon community.
Close-up of the tree
Close-up of the rocks
I had second thoughts about carpeting, but picked up a ton of glosso from a member here. Planted the whole tank over. Took out the manzanita and the lava rock to try to grow fissidens on it.
Trying to grow moss on the red lava rock. What I learned was you need to use tank water and use a thinner layer. Right now, am redoing this step. I'll update with the results
Livestock in the tank. The rocks are in the regrowing stage for mini fissidens this time. Misting with tank water once a day and leaving the ziploc open for about 5 minutes a day for gas exchange. Also you can see all the fissidens on the floor. The shrimps peeled it off the tree. Guess the tree will stay bare!
My two initial explorers to make sure the water was good. They were great and perfectly fine. The rest of their friends were moved over that night
Have some babies that I found in my 12g that I transferred over. 2 pics of the same little shrimplet
Lower grade CRS milling about
CRS with a baby in the foreground
Feeding Time! I really like the feeding trays. I have glass and plastic ones which I use in both tanks. I might RAOK 1 and maybe sell the others, but that will have to see on how my shrimp adventures go
Another berried CRS! There is actually one more but she is hiding more than the other 2.
More Updates as things happen! Stay tuned! Feedback, questions, inquiries are all welcome