How are you keeping the shrimp out of the back compartments?
Easy fix, buy a cheap small net at Petco, get the one with bigger netting not the tight netting, bend the net at a 90 degree angle and it will fit in the intake of chamber one and two. The nets handle rests on top of chamber 2. I know some people just clip of the net handle at the base but its not nessarsary. Also keep in mind I've removed the tab inbetween chamber one and two to help flow.
It's too late to take a picture tonight so if you want I can post a pic tomorrow?
Also a side benifit the net stops plant trimmings and other stuff from going into chamber two.
Ok it's been a while since I've updated this project so it's been just over a year since I've started this tank and now I have a Fluval Spec 2g also and now just starting another build my 28g Metaframe tank.
I've added java moss that has exploded in the tank and removed plants that got to big like the Trident Java Fern that was in the front left. Now I have some crypts there. Also you can see the Anubias has really filled in the tree stump too.
Here is a close up of my Sakura Cherry Shrimp (taken a month or so ago):
Rainbows showing off (taken last fall):
FTS (Taken this winter after a major trimming):
Other than adding an Amano Shrimp recently and a little bid of a thread algae outbreak all is well and this tank is thriving.
I am going to have to go through your thread again and re-do my Biocube. You're tank is awesome.
Hey thanks man, I didn't do anything too special, just went with what I liked and a style/form I was trying to capture. I wanted to do all this with stock equipment to show it could be done. The only thing added is a few ferts and the natural Co2.
On a sad note I lost my fish two days ago to a Purigen accident.
Long story short I most not have removed all of the chlorine from the Purigen. I have done this before and it worked fine but what I found out is use a dechlorinate like Prime, I used what I had which was Tetra Aqua-Safe and that my friends is a deleted dechlorinator (which I found out too late). Anyway the shrimp in the tank and snails are fine so for now it's my shrimp sanctuary.
I'm toying with the idea of adding a Panda Loach to this tank and a amazing pair of Killifish...just not sure which ones yet. The American Killifish Association 2013 Convention is in Portland next month.
The Nutrafin Mix was terrible, mine is much better and cheaper.
Here is what I do...
1. fill to the first line with sugar.
2. Then add 1/2 tsp dry active yeast.
3. Then 1/16 tsp baking soda. (I went to the store and bought a 1/16 measuring spoon, easier than guessing)
4. Add water to top line and stir, simple!