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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-11-2013, 03:22 AM Thread Starter
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JBJ Shrimp Pico… Hopefully

Hello all. I recently re-set-up on an old 3 gallon JBJ pico tank I had lying around. I am really wanting to put some tiger shrimp in it but have somewhat of a dilemma. One of the pieces of the wood in the tank has some "rust" on it as can be seen the picture below. This is from a stupid decision to hang it with suction cups and nails in an old tank (didn't think to use stainless nails at first ). I don't think my amanos or bamboo shrimp had any problems with it in my 55 but this is a much smaller tank and I am not sure if this could be harmful to small shrimp!!! I am thinking of drilling holes in the wood here or replacing it if need be but I kind of like the piece as is. Tell me what ya think or if there is anyway to test the water to see if the metal is harmful…

The "rust"


Tank so far


Tank has stock light, deep blue nano filter, and no heater.
Plants thus far:
Dwarf chain swords
Crypt Nurii
Bucephalandra Catherine
Bucephalandra Black Kedagang
Petitie Anubias
…looking into some good low tech ground covers, suggestions welcome.

Sorry for the crappy cell phone pics!

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-16-2013, 03:39 AM Thread Starter
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Still debating on whether to risk putting shrimp in the tank or replacing the wood. In the meantime anyone have good suggestions for a low-tech groundcover? Not planning any CO2.

Thinking of get the finnex fugeray r for the tank too, anyone have this light and like it?

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I'd say replace the light. I got nowhere with the stock light. Mine has two 13 watt cfl bulbs in cheap desk lamps. FYI you can buy a better bulb but I'd just replace the whole fixture.

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Light has been replaced with finnex fugeray-r. Drilled out the wood to get rid of rust and added some plants and rcs. Think I am gonna get some glosso and move the s repens more in the back right.
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