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post #1 of 70 (permalink) Old 12-09-2009, 02:30 AM Thread Starter
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40 gallon breeder - CRS tank

Had this up and running for about 2 yrs now, there is a hardscape in there somewhere, just really hard to see.

40 gallon breeder
current 2 x 96 watt PC (dual daylight)
xp3 - powers co2 reactor 1 bps - 2 outputs on each side if tank
modified intake (sump foam covered w/ filter sock - keeps shrimp out of filter)
RO only
shirakura line of food
mosura mineral and food

It is a very fun tank as it is little in the way of daily routine. I feed, I watch, I trim. Growth rate in the tank is amazing and the colors are intense - fun to know this can happen in a CRS tank -





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Wow that's a very nice tank with a lot of CRS!

Could you provide us with a plant list?

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Plant list is funny... I use this as my dump tank - gets a bit of everything.

As far as clumps of plants in there

from left
Ludwigia arcuata
Hygrophila guinnea
S. porto vehlo
Few eriocaulon species (mostly e. goias, aquaticum, and a shadded old matto grosso - needs some love)
Ludwigia brevipes
mosses - have flame, willow, peacock (sp?), java, christmas
diplidis diandra
ludwigia inclinata verticillata - cuba and araguaia
polygonum sao paulo, porto vehlo, ruby, kawagoeanum
rotala macrandra green
rotala macrandra

Know there are more, just not off the top of my head.
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WOW!!! I am sooooo jealous....i wonder how many CRS you have in there $$$$
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that is alot of crs in there how many u think is in there
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wow,thats alot of CRS...that must have cost you a fortune

Hey,any of you happen to be/or know someone that are Crystal red/black shrimp breeders and stay in Petaling Jaya,Selangor,Malaysia?
if so,im looking for some decent shrimp and im hoping to get some...if so,pls pm me..thx ^^
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LOL, originally I went through a few batches... then they found their happy place. Close to 300-400 in there w/ more on the way (like 10-15 pregnant again).
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Nice tank in shrimp. Do you add ferts to this tank?

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LOL - you won't believe me...

shrimp food, shrimp pooh, 5 WPG PC lighting (6700/10k), slow co2 w/ reactor - 1 bps 24/7, 2 bulbblers in back, occasional dose of mosura calcium supplement (gh to 5-7), xp3 filter, r/o only, occasional iron when plants show signs of red loss, and only occasional K when i'm seeing leaf changes. India almond leaves for the babies. Inline heater (hardly used), inline UV sterilizer (24/7 but old bulb by now), and a chiller that pegs the temp at about 72.

I'm guessing my phos is off the charts (shirakura shrimp powder which I overfeed on purpose for the plants and shirakura shrimp pellets). My nitrates are low but when I push the food or hack out the plants I'm sure it spikes some (see some of my older shrimp pass on )
Plant load and bio load seem to handle it.

OH, and no water changes (last one I did was like march I think - I'm lazy like that) I do them when I hit a bump with the CRS - until that I just top off daily losses when I can hear my water running. As far as shrimp the most important 2 things I have noted would be the addition of higher O2 sat (lower temp and bubblers) does seem to keep them happy and the breeding rates were much higher w/ the mosura calcium and the almond leaves.
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Great work

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So just wondering if anyone else stays away from water changes with their CRS. I haven't even washed the filter for a long time but have noted a big decrease in flow so it is coming soon. Always bad mojo for me on that one...
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Very nice CRS tank. I was wondering what mosura calcium and the almond leaves provide for the shrimps, and where do you get the mosre calcium? Thanks!
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calcium helps with their molting/shell
almond leaves provide food for the babies and sometimes adults.

can find the mosura locally here in phoenix but can get through shrimptank online store (local member of plant club runs that one)
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wow..... very nice tank! and very nice crs there too!!!



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thanks,
this tank still survives despite neglect ---- I must have some hardy CRS cuz I didn't touch this tank for like 3 mo - had stems growing about 6 inches out of the top. Just started to rework the tank 2 wks ago. Still have about 200 CRS in there.
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