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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 10-25-2012, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
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DoubleT's Evolve 8: SuperTiger Shrimp Tank

Equipment:
-Aqueon Evolve 8 (has built in filter)
-Fluval Mini PC (13watts)
-50w heater
-Aquasoil New Amazonia

Fauna:
-7 SuperTiger shrimp
-15 Orange neo shrimp

Flora:
-Crypt Pygmaea
-Crypt Wendtii "RED"
-Crypt Walkeri
-Mini Xmas moss
-Crypt Nurii


Current FTS(7-10-2013)

FTS(1-23-13)


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post #2 of 36 (permalink) Old 10-25-2012, 11:53 PM
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I have the same tank. I really like. I currently have about 35 Cherry shrimp in mine.

What do you plan on doing to the filter intake to keep the shrimp from being sucked in.
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I was thinking about getting ss mesh and cutting it to fit behind the grates and behind the small hole on the back, what did you do for yours?
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I hope mods don't mind posting links, but pick up one of these...

http://www.amazon.com/Fluval-104-Foa.../dp/B0002567U0

It fits perfectly between the stock filter cartridge and the inlet slits. I haven't had a shrimp behind the wall since I put it in.

If the link gets removed, it is the Fluval foam filter block for 104/105s.
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cut a sponge and press it up behind the intake.
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I was thinking about getting ss mesh and cutting it to fit behind the grates and behind the small hole on the back, what did you do for yours?
I did the exact same thing with one exception. Get rid of the stock filter cartridges. They don't allow you to fill the tank all the way up. If you do, too much water by passes over the filter media. I also closed off the slot on the side and drilled holes in the bottom of the media chamber. I then placed a course foam block all the way in the bottom then a bag of charcoal, finaly a fine bock of foam on the top. Now the water is pulled down through the filter media. It filters much better and doesn't allow any by pass. I allso put some bio bags in the the large chamber (chamber with the pump) just to add to the bio filtration.

A link to my tank is included on my signature line.

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This is what I think I might do, is cut a piece of acrylic to fit snuggly in the filter slot, drill a bunch of holes in the bottom(of the acrylic),put some ceramic rings in the bottom in front of the acrylic, some filter floss on top and then a course sponge on top of that behind the grates. And then on the other side put some ehiem bio balls then put some purigen on top of that.

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great idea!
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This is what I think I might do, is cut a piece of acrylic to fit snuggly in the filter slot, drill a bunch of holes in the bottom(of the acrylic),put some ceramic rings in the bottom in front of the acrylic, some filter floss on top and then a course sponge on top of that behind the grates. And then on the other side put some ehiem bio balls then put some purigen on top of that.

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Are you talking about sliding a piece of acrylic in the slot where the current cartridge goes?
What I did was pull that cartridge out. I drilled holes in the very bottom of the media chamber then clued a small piece of plastic over the slit on the right each. Then stuffed that entire chamber full of filter media. That way water has no choice but to be pulled through the filter media and out the bottom. I but a bunch of Bio balls in the second (big) chamber with the pump. If you decide that first chamber in half its going to reduce the size of your filter media. I drew you some pictures but can't upload them from work.

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Also unless yours is different then mine, the media chamber doesn't go all the way to the bottom like your drawing.
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Are you talking about sliding a piece of acrylic in the slot where the current cartridge goes?
What I did was pull that cartridge out. I drilled holes in the very bottom of the media chamber then clued a small piece of plastic over the slit on the right each. Then stuffed that entire chamber full of filter media. That way water has no choice but to be pulled through the filter media and out the bottom. I but a bunch of Bio balls in the second (big) chamber with the pump. If you decide that first chamber in half its going to reduce the size of your filter media. I drew you some pictures but can't upload them from work.
Yes. I like your idea, but I am a little confused about some things....I'll just wait until you upload the drawings later.

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Also unless yours is different then mine, the media chamber doesn't go all the way to the bottom like your drawing.
You are right, I just realized that.
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I hope these help explain what I was talking about.
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Thanks I get it now I like your idea way better!
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No Problem. I thought you might!
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Added some mini x-mas moss to the manzanita wood

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