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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 03-28-2013, 02:18 AM Thread Starter
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1g nano planted shrimp experiment

My gf got this little cheapo 1g tank to grow out some triops.




After they grew up and died, I convinced her that shrimp will be much more enjoyable. Although triops are pretty cool, you just can't breed them like shrimp, and they don't live nearly as long in captivity (at least we haven't been very successful at it).

Here's the tank cleaned and ready for substrate


MGOPM and some left over pool filter sand substrate in and planted with some clippings from my 45 DT.


After setting it all up, I realized that there isn't enough substrate. Shortly after planting, the plants came out. So out it goes and more MGOPM will go in. This is also a good time to find a darker substrate because the whiteish pool sand won't make the PFR's pop like I want them to. I really wish I could buy black diamond blasting grit locally. I'm going to try to locate some dark substrate to use. Or maybe see if (shudder) petco or petsmart has something that will work. The only other 'cheap' option I have is regular play sand which I don't think will be dark enough for my vision.
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Love the triops! How long did they live?

Looking forward to seeing what more you do to the tank. I've seen those Tetras cubes, their pretty nice for the price. How's that light doing with the plants?
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they have nice black sand at petsmart for $7.
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She just told me these last ones were about 3 weeks.

I have a feeling the lights won't be up to par (pun intended), but I have a couple low light stems in there that may be able to grow under them.
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First try flopped. I didn't go deep enough on the substrate and plants wouldn't stick. And I nixed the peat moss under sand substrate and just went straight black sand.


Planted tank substrate isn't an option for me at this time so I went with plain black sand. I think it would be fun to dirt this cube, but that will have to wait.



and its planted.


I'm hoping it cycles in quickly and is ready to house some new critters asap. I still need to find some hardscape of some sort I think. And probably a shrimp hide or some sort.
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Looks amazing!
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How funny! Im in the process of setting up a 1.5 gallon nano shrimp tank very similar to this one. And I went with plain black sand to lol.
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So are you adding ferts then if you are using plain sand?

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I stuck 2 root tabs in it. It seems that ferts aren't good for shrimp so I'm not worried too much about the plants. I just wanted something in there to make it less boring.
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How funny! Im in the process of setting up a 1.5 gallon nano shrimp tank very similar to this one. And I went with plain black sand to lol.
great minds think alike! lol you should post up a picture or 2
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I will take some pics as soon as I cann see in it again lol. The desk lamp I have on it is causong some major algae growth. I just threw in 40 or so week old apple snails to clean it up.
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I've got the same exact tank. I've been trying to find someone that has shrimp in theirs and see if I can do it as well! What plants do you have in there? Idk if the little led light would support some or not. Like you said just a plain tank would be boring. I've got a 10 gallon with shrimp that's doing well and wanted to drop a few in the small tank since its not getting any use. Ill have to try your method!
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I've got the same exact tank. I've been trying to find someone that has shrimp in theirs and see if I can do it as well! What plants do you have in there? Idk if the little led light would support some or not. Like you said just a plain tank would be boring. I've got a 10 gallon with shrimp that's doing well and wanted to drop a few in the small tank since its not getting any use. Ill have to try your method!
I had my doubts about the little LED light on it as well, but so far my low light weeds have been doing pretty well. Hygro Sunset and Limnophila sessiliflora are growing strong. The last picture was a little more that 2 weeks ago. Here is what they look like tonight.
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