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post #16 of 49 (permalink) Old 12-12-2009, 03:07 PM
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Good news! Between the Excel, the H2O2, the blackout, dropping K/FE, and adding the shrimp, all of the algae is gone. Whoo hoo! Python, thanks so much for suggesting direct application of H2O2 - watching the algae literally fizz away was one of my most satisfying moments as an aquarium keeper. I'm impressed that the H2O2 nailed the algae but didn't seem to bother the HC.



I added three cherry shrimp and one Amano, and I've got three more cherries waiting to join the crew sometime next week. I trimmed the scraggly Rotala down and stuck some of the bushier tips into the substrate to fill in the gap. Also added some Subwassertang on the driftwood and in the corners.









I'm thinking of getting a bright red stem plant to go in the center back.

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post #18 of 49 (permalink) Old 12-18-2009, 10:01 PM
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very cool. do you have any co2 running in there? and how many WC do you perform a week? Looks good to me, can't wait for it to fill out in a few months. BTW, what's that wrapped around the driftwood? Is it string?
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Congrats on eradicating the algae. Looking forward to seeing some of the growth fill in (I'm assuming thats moss tied to the tree?)
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Matt724 - No CO2, just Flourish Excel as a carbon source. I also have the venturi valve on the filter set to constantly aerate the water, which may help add a bit of CO2 to the mix.

Water changes are once a week, ~50%. The plants, especially the Mayaca and duckweed, do an amazing job of keep the nitrates low. I've tested water quality after a week, and nitrates are near zero, despite all the shrimp poop.

It's cotton thread wrapped around the driftwood to hold the Subwassertang on.

tuonor - thanks! I'm glad the problem algae is gone. Now all I get is a little bit of regular green spot algae, no big deal. And yep, that's moss and Subwassertang tied to the driftwood.

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One of my female cherries is berried. Those guys got busy fast! I only had them in the tank for about 2 weeks when I noticed one of the females with eggs. And I just caught the other female mating with two males yesterday, so I may have yet another berried female.

Here are a couple of tank progress shots:

December 29


Yesterday. The filter intake is covered by a nylon stocking in anticipation of shrimp babies.

Speaking of shrimp:









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Update: ~*babies*~

Yep, there are baby cherry reds in my tank. Success!

It took me several weeks to notice them; at first, I thought the berried female's breeding attempt was a dud. The shrimplets stayed hidden in the moss and Subwassertang until they hit about 1/4" long, and then a few started venturing into the open at night. I've counted at least 6 out and foraging at one time.

I'm excited. I'll probably hold on to a few -- I need more adult females because I only have one at the moment -- and the rest I'll sell off, lest the tank get too crowded.

Here are some recent shots:






Big Mama herself.

TANK PROBLEMS (help me troubleshoot please!): The HC is getting a bit scraggly. The old leaves, especially around the base of the stems, are slightly yellow and have brown dusting around the edges. What could be going on? I don't *think* I'm under-dosing ferts.

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post #22 of 49 (permalink) Old 01-31-2010, 04:12 PM
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I can't help you with your HC problem, but this tank is adorable!! I've been considering adding a pico to my 'collection', and this made the decision easier Great job!
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wow, this tank looks really good, i'm so mad i havent seen it before! haha... congrats on your babies, i've always thought RCS are cute lil things

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post #24 of 49 (permalink) Old 01-31-2010, 05:42 PM
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great setup!

i'm surprised no one has asked..
1. where'd you get the light?
2. what do feed the shrimp?

oh, and i believe that HC problem is dubbed the "toupee effect"
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/pl...-gallon-9.html
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Amazonfish - thanks! Glad my tank was an inspiration. I think little tanks are a blast... as long as you can avoid algae and water parameter problems, of course. Little tanks can be unforgiving.

demosthenes - thank you, I'm flattered you like it. I'm happy it came together well. When I set it up, I did so with little forethought for the design. I threw plants in where I thought they'd look good, and I got lucky that they filled in nicely.

hyunbaw - thanks! In answer to your questions:

1. The lamp is a $9 clip lamp from Staples with a 15W Daylight CF bulb.
2. One day of the week, I give them a tiny chunk of an Hikari Algae Wafer. For the rest of the week, they're fending for themselves, eating the (quite abundant) algae in the tank.

Aha, that looks like what's going on with my HC. Thanks for the link. I'll give the HC a trim next water change.

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I saw your post on another thread re: how much excel in a nano. I have a 29g planted set up with yellow shrimp. There is much controversy over excel, dosing and shrimp. I see you're shrimp don't seem to mind the excel, as they are producing. I have started dosing excel in my 29gallon. A week later I found one dead shrimp. Sigh...not saying this is the reason for the shrimp dying. Just wondering if you've seen any deaths since dosing excel.
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Great little tank! It makes me want to try doing a pico tank again, but a slightly larger one than my 4" x 4" cube that I tried last time

As for excel, I've not had trouble with it and shrimp in any of my tanks

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londonloco - Only one death a few weeks ago; an adult female. I'm not sure why she died. I'm inclined to say she had trouble with a molt, but there's no way to know for sure. Other than that, everyone seems to be in good health. The babies are growing up and mama is berried again. I'll be sure to keep you posted on any future deaths (I hope there are none!) I'm sorry to hear that one of your shrimp didn't make it.

Karackle - Thanks! Heh, I feel your pain. I tried a 4"x5" pico in a glass vase... it lasted all of one week before it got smothered by algae. I think 1 gallon is the limit of my pico skills.

actioncia - Thank you!

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Um, I forgot about molting...maybe it was not a death, but a molt...omg...what a dweeb I am!
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