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post #16 of 134 (permalink) Old 12-29-2008, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
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Here's a pic with the water not so cloudy, I'm thinking of scraping off some of the black paint behind the archway to give a bit more dimension.

Jumping can be a problem, although the surface area of this tank is large enough to house such fish (I've been over to the CPD forum).

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I went into a pet shop today that had a petite nana with eight leaves (I counted them) for 29.99. I laughed at their insanely priced plant. I got the nana above for 9.99.
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Phoenix can you take a shot from the above? like a birds eye view?
and also a side view. thanks. love the driftwood.
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I can do that no problem! I'll take them tomorrow...can't go in that room right now cause that's where the parrots sleep and they get angry if I wake them before dawn. Giggle. I'll also drag out the tripod so I can take some 'no flash' shots.

I pawed through a HUGE box of wood at the fish shop looking for those two pieces. Then I boiled them for hours while my husband looked at me like I was insane.

This is the parrot, Saba, and from this picture you can see why she is to be obeyed at all times.

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It put a little life in my tank, two little cherry shrimp. One of them is berried, has anyone had good fry from buying berried shrimp or does the stress of transport upset them? They have been in the tank about 12 hours and are swimming around and eating. They are so much fun to watch. Here's a pic of the non berried one munching on the single fish flake I placed in the tank.

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Really like your tank. I have the same one in my office full of Red Cherry Shrimp. I know you'll find them entertaining as I do, and if you can get a few more, you'll have a nice breeding colony in no time!
(BTW, very jealous of how nice your pictures turn out!!)
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Thanks! One of the shrimp is heavy with berries if they don't hatch I'll get a pair of males (I ended up with two females).

I LOVE watching the shrimp, I sat there for two hours last night just watching them effortlessly zooming around the tank.

The photos are taken without flash on a tripod with the lights in the room turned off and a Nikon D40.
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I added a sponge over my intake cause I'm afraid that if my berried cherry shrimp does hatch her little ones that they'd all get sucked away and chopped up.

I'm also putting one on the filter in the ten gallon where I plan to start breeding Galaxy Danios from a already captive bred source. I'm so taken by this fish that I want to help the captive bred population to hopefully reduce it from being snatched from the wild.
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Wait is the tank cycled?

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Looking like A good start just one thing that bugs me is I think the DW is just too big for the tank standing vertical like that. The wood on the right looks like it has some interesting holes did you try laying it horizontal?
One more thing I'm surprised nobody mentioned is don't bury the rhizome of the nana like that or it will rot with time. You can bury the roots however.


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I used mature water from a friend of mine's tank for most of the water. So don't worry about two little shrimp spiking my tank.

I'm going to be removing the nana and placing it on driftwood in the ten gallon.

I like the oversized wood.
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Mature water doesn't mean a tank is cycled. A matured filter from another Tank would be the only way to avoid a cycle on a tank. Mature water is just dirty water added to a clean tank. 90% of the bacteria a tank needs is either in the filter, or on the surfaces of the tank, plants, wood, etc.

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True, but I have lots of plants and such with a nice crop of bacteria on it.

Have I done this 'textbook'? no. Will everything be okay? Most likely.
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your birds eye view made me laugh until i scrolled down some more. thanks.
i just wanted to know how curved the bow of the tank is. nice bird.
the shrimp looks verry red.
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