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Awesome progress. The diffuser as an airstone is a great idea. On picture #5, there are white "dots" on one of the branches; any idea what those are?

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dxiong5 - Yes, the dots are nerite eggs. I took that root from my other tank to provide some biofilm for the shrimp. I would have scrubbed them off other wise! The diffuser does work nicely as an airstone.

Vanessa! I would have loved to post your translation of the german link. Instead I will post the link:

Everyone - if you are interested in Sulawesi shrimp, Vanessa is translating a very informative trip report from the Malili lakes from the original German, Really cool.

I have not seen the video, but I will today!

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Thanks for the video, Orlando, but Bill and I were talking about this kind of video (scoll down to lowest third of the page):


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Orlando, I love that tank.

GLA needs to cary a rimless cube ( with out a tempered bottom ).

Here is a translated page of the video Vanessa found

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Cool. And there you have the shrimp in the tank too. I am sorry I missed did you mention what kinds of plants you got?
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Holy god sir, i love that tank, its quite a beauty. Props to you for many years, lol I'm just getting into shrimp myself.

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What an awesome biotope! Kudos to you for putting so much time and effort into your research and building the biotope.

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Really amazing job! I especially appreciate the innovative filter intakes you put together.
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Update April 21st

OOPS! - Sorry folks, I have been preoccupied and not following my threads.


The tank has changed a bit.

I lost my first batch of Sulawesi shrimp. This is discussed in another thread but basically I had a painful learning experience.

The tank got a few more plants and a few new residents - Threadfin rainbows and some Red Neon Gobies. These are both cool fish and pretty shrimp friendly. I put some wild type Neocaridina in the tank too and they bred like crazy!

Here is a full tank shot from a couple months back (Feb)

My goal was to keep things going and try to import some more Sulawesi shrimp in the spring. After my first experience, I did not want to put all my eggs in one basket so I added two 10 gallon tanks - one is a self contained 10 gallon with inert sand and pebble substrate. It has a sponge filter and I made sure there were no snails to compete with the shrimp.
A pic:

The other ten gallon is attached to the 60 gallons filter system. I wanted to create a small environment where I could control the supplemental feeding and keep better track of the shrimp. BUT, I still wanted to have the stability of a larger body of water. My original design had a third outlet from the main filters that was not being used. I drilled a hole in the bottom of the ten gallon and put a sponge on a standard 1 inch strainer to diffuse the flow. On the opposite side of the tank, I created an over flow by drilling through the side wall at the top of the tank. This keeps a constant water level in the tank. Effectively, the 60 gallon serves as a sump!.

Some pics:
The tank showing the sponge diffuser for the inflow.

A broader view showing the over flow into the 60 gallon

A close up of the 1 inch overflow. The tank has a measure 102 gallon per hour flow through it with very little current. This is due to the sponge inlet with essentially a 360 degree directional flow through a 1 inch pipe.

I also wanted to isolate the ten gallon from any pathogens in the big tank so a 15 watt UV system was put inline just before the ten gallon:

The two ten gallons are side by side and share a 2 bulb 24 inch Fish Need It T5HO light:

The 60 gallon got a slight up grade to the chemical filter. I was able to create a fluidized Purigen reactor. This allows the water to come in contact with more of the resin and improves efficiency. I wanted to remove organics as quickly as possible:

The 60 gallon - right side

Left side

The middle (I dare you to cross the line...)

Some of the new residents

White Orchids (from Lake Poso I believe)

Cardinals - C. dennerli, from Lake Matano

Blue Dot Red Lines - a variant of C. striata, from Lake Towuti

An unexpected stowaway in the White orchids, C. longidigita, a filter feeder from Lake Poso

Knock on wood. So far things are going well. I have white orchid and Blue Dot Redline shrimplets (berried females when I got them). I also have two Cardinals that have become berried in my tanks.

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