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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-28-2013, 08:35 PM Thread Starter
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Ugliest 55g Shrimp tank of all time !

So a couple months ago on a whim I decided to buy a large tank and purchase shrimp around the same time so I setup my tank for about a week before the shrimp came(If anyone remembers that fiasco). I started with 20 and ive now got over 100 probably around 110 in what in my opinion are..... against the grain conditions for CRS. My PH is 8.6 @ 266 ppm. I have had 1 death that im aware of and it was one of the large original shrimp that came I assume it was old age.

So not only are the parameters crazy but its probably the ugliest tank ever




And yes that 55g shrimp swamp is sitting in the middle of me and my gfs small 1 br apartment lol so if anyone has any inexpensive ideas on how to make it a little more attractive im open to suggestion.
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-28-2013, 08:45 PM
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Ugliest 55g Shrimp tank of all time !

Put a background on it. That could help a lot. Even if its just black. I feel like that makes it easier to see the shrimps and hades the job filter and cords I think that's all you need. Do you have wood in the tank? The water looks a little brown? Like tea.


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Moss.... Lots of moss and driftwood. Once the driftwood fills in it will look good

That tank really tied the room together
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Or, put background around the whole tank and the picture side out ;-)

Seriously, a tank with 100+ shrimps in it can't be ugly.
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put some nice pieces of driftwood in and get a good lighting so you can see them...lol!

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my moss isnt growing...... like at all the only thing that seems to grow in there ist those skinny .... seaweed looking things which I just snipped off at the top and tossed them into the sand to see if they will grow probably not but I had to trim them anyway. Anyone have any secrets to getting moss to grow faster?
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Your gf must be a very gracious woman if that thing is in the middle of your apt!

I would recommend planting some stems that are easy to grow and form a bushy look - rotala rotund. for example. Seems like you need some more light.

EDIT: looks like you already have some stems. Cut them near the bottom and replant them in the same area. You can even split them up in multiple spots for faster multiplication.

In any case, you are doing something right with the shrimp growth! good job!

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Get a bunch of driftwood, tie the moss to the driftwood. Can also tie anubias and java ferns to the driftwood too. Java ferns are a super easy way to get a lot of plant matter in a low light tank. Stem plants are going to be more trouble than they are worth, IMO, for this particular setup.

What the heck is what white fungus looking thing?
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Get a bunch of driftwood, tie the moss to the driftwood. Can also tie anubias and java ferns to the driftwood too. Java ferns are a super easy way to get a lot of plant matter in a low light tank. Stem plants are going to be more trouble than they are worth, IMO, for this particular setup.

What the heck is what white fungus looking thing?

Every other week I give them an entire lettuce leaf that has been boiled they usually kill it in 3 days (I know this is against conventional wisdom) also the snails eat it.

On a side note a week ago out of no where I found trumpet snails and I havnt added anything to that tank in over 2 months. Are there any lighting solutions that are inexpensive? And how do I acquire drift wood in NY this time of year or is that a wait and get it thing?
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Dang! You got 100 CRS to breed in 8.6 pH? We need that hardyness trait to carry on in CRS.

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Dang! You got 100 CRS to breed in 8.6 pH? We need that hardyness trait to carry on in CRS.
The guy I got em from has been breeding them for years I guess in high PH he doesnt do it for money when his tanks get crowded he sells them on aquabid with no reserve I guess I got lucky
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The guy I got em from has been breeding them for years I guess in high PH he doesnt do it for money when his tanks get crowded he sells them on aquabid with no reserve I guess I got lucky
Getting CRS to breed IME, is lucky enough. xD
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Getting CRS to breed IME, is lucky enough. xD
I'm glad your shrimp are doing well.

I honestly have no idea how to encourage their breeding or anything I just look around for ones that are berried and they have eggs the only downside which I assume could be PH related is the time they spend berried seems to be about 20% more I have tried at a variety of temps they seem to prefer around 74-76F and are berried around 34 days
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