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post #1 of 66 (permalink) Old 08-18-2010, 09:17 AM Thread Starter
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My mini M shrimp tank "The Treeless Mountain"

Tank specs:
ADA Mini M
Archaea 27w fixture
w/10000k bulb
ZooMed 501
acrylic Lily pipes from fishman9809
9oz co2 paintball tank
Azoo Regulator
ADA Amazonia II
seiryu stone
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Well after about a week of messing with my stones this is the best I could come up with. I'm still not sure if I'm happy with it but I got inpatient and planted the HC anyways what do you think? Any suggestions?
This will be home to 30 CRS that are on a express plane to Hawaii as we speak.
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post #2 of 66 (permalink) Old 08-18-2010, 09:32 AM
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Stone placement looks nice. Sucks how some parts of the rocks might get covered by the HC after it grows out. Also, I know this is gonna be painstakingly borring... separate your hc clumps into individual stems. It looks like you have enough HC to pretty much have a carpet if you seperate the clumps into couple of stems.
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yea as I was breaking up the HC I got lazy and just started tossing large clumps in there. The pictures doesnt show it well but the upper left corner has a solid 2x2 portion of HC. It was the last piece I put in. What can I say, It was getting late(11:40pm) I decided screw it will all grow in eventually lol
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crazy set up...
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it'll be very nice I think as long as you trim well to keep the rocks visible with the HC between.
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Looks nice. I'm with you on the planting of that stuff though. If it's not a dry start I'd keep it in clumps too. lol

Question on the Archaea, are the thumb screws inside or outside the tank?
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the screws are inside.
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Did you cycle the tank already? The ammazonia will def have an ammonia spike which will probably be a death sentence for the CRS. They are pretty sensitive to water conditions.
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the screws are inside.
Thanks, I don't understand the reasoning. I thought maybe mine was built wrong.
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Well done layout. You however will need to look for a second home for the CRS if they thrive in your tank. Those guys breed like crazy!
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This should turn out nicely, I like it.
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Thanks, I don't understand the reasoning. I thought maybe mine was built wrong.
I was thinking the same thing it would have looked much nicer if the screws were hidden on the back side
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Did you cycle the tank already? The ammazonia will def have an ammonia spike which will probably be a death sentence for the CRS. They are pretty sensitive to water conditions.
no I did not cycle the tank but I am using recycled soil from my other tank and the filter has been in constant use from another tank as well. I guess I better check the ammonia levels before the shrimp go in. How many shrimp can I safely keep in the Mini M before they get over crowded?

thanks for the nice comments everyone.
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I was thinking the same thing it would have looked much nicer if the screws were hidden on the back side
You can switch it. I did it for mine. If you flip it over you'll see a couple of small screws that attach the arms to the clamp. Undo those, flip the arms around, and you're set! Careful not to lose the little washers though. There's one on each screw.
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I like the slopping elevation you have there. It'll be great if you can maintain it from leveling off.

Planting an HC carpet properly is like watching paint dry. I ran out of patience halfway into it and did what you did with the large clumps.


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