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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-19-2013, 06:01 PM Thread Starter
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Eheim Aquastyle 4

Currently I'm keeping about 20 shrimps in a 2gal cylinder and I thought they need a new home, so here comes the Aquastyle 4

Beautiful Tank! It sits on top of a mini Fluval edge stand. I saw a picture a while back of someone doing a stair with his tank and liked it so much that I decided to copy


Substrate: eco complete $31! none of the local fish stores had it so I had to drive 30 miles to get it .. didn't want to wait for shipping

Rocks: $1.99 for big piece of slate and broke it in small pieces for the stairs

Plants: Anubias tied on rock, Dwarf Hair Grass from PetSmart (got a bunch left for my Fluval Edge tetra tank)

Driftwood

Aquatek Mini CO2 regulator is on the way


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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-19-2013, 06:28 PM
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Nice!

29g heavily planted SA: driftwood, Ram, Angel, Tetras
10g Tang: rock w/anubias, Caudpunk trio
8g Nuvo: Cherries, driftwood, java moss and fern
10g 3x divided Betta planted

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Can't wait for the DHG to grow in.

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10g RCS and show guppies

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Nice!
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Can't wait for the DHG to grow in.
They're doing good so far with just Excel dosing .. should have CO2 setup by the end of the week and maybe then it'll speed up the process.

I also have some Staurogyne repens ordered to fill the areas around the anubias & the diftwood
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Staurogyne repens will look nice in there.

110g Tropical Community & Sakura Shrimp
55g BN Breeding Grounds, Peacock Gudgeons, Panda, Pygmies, & Smudge Spot Cories, Rili Shrimp
10g RCS and show guppies

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post #6 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-06-2013, 08:27 PM Thread Starter
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Couldn't keep the Staurogyne repens planted in the substrate so I stuck it in the little crack on the driftwood.
(There's also a nice stream of bubble coming up from the anubias leaf!)




Also Tank progress after 3 weeks:



Starting to see some algaes in there, so many it's time for some snails or maybe a small algae eater .. hope the DHG don't get uprooted
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I like the pathway? It is a nice start.
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I like the pathway? It is a nice start.
Thanks!
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FYI Floramax from Caribsea is almost identical to EcoComplete (it's just dry vs wet, and the particle size can be a wee bit different), and PetSmart often has it on sale for 7$ a bag.
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post #10 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-07-2013, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
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Could've saved me a lot of money!
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Maybe hide the filter...
Otherwise looks great!

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Maybe hide the filter...
Otherwise looks great!
Any suggestion on how to hide the filter? (I still want to be able to use that Filter

I have some stargrass growing behind the tree so hopefully it'll grow out enough to cover it
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Any suggestion on how to hide the filter? (I still want to be able to use that Filter

I have some stargrass growing behind the tree so hopefully it'll grow out enough to cover it
If you put a black background (ie. black paper), then the filter will look much less substantial.


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some stems like rotala could also hide it.
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post #15 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-21-2013, 10:44 PM Thread Starter
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*** Update 02/21/2013 ***

DHG growth:


Happy shrimps


Tank shot from above:


Are these PFR or just regular RCS? LFS sold to me as RCS but they're super red



There were 2 deaths but water parameters tested out ok. Hopefully the berried RCS will replenish the population.
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