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post #1 of 55 (permalink) Old 03-02-2013, 10:26 PM Thread Starter
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2.5g Chocolate shrimp/ Update!

So this is my first tank dedicated solely to shrimp. Its been running about just under a month now, and has had 11 chocolate shrimp (courtesy of speedie) since wednesday. I've decided to let algae take over the side and back walls of the tank along with the slate and I have a tiny DIY co2--unesescary I know, but I had everything already made, so why not--and a azoo palm filter on the tank. Its at about 75F and pH of 6.5-7.0.

Substrate is actually activated filter carbon. I was setting up the tank and realized I had no gravel, but I did have a big carton of filter carbon and thought I would try it out. So far it hasn't affected pH, and looks really good (shrimp seem to like picking up pieces of it too). The only slight problem was that I had to wash it out for a while and it made my water grey for 2-3 days, but its crystal clear now!

I'm hoping once the shrimp get bigger they will start to breed and, hopefully, Ill get a few blue guys (if you dont know what I'm talking about theres a pic of one of them here: Speedie's Shrimp Pix Collection pt. II **NEW SHRIMP PHOTOS - 8/28/14** ) and I can start selective breeding.

Any thoughts of what I should add?

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post #2 of 55 (permalink) Old 03-02-2013, 10:27 PM
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just a tip: activated carbon has a habit of absorbing toxins and leaching them back into the water at a later point. i dont know how good of an idea using it as a substrate is
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2.5g Chocolate shrimp

Never ever ever in a million years would I use carbon as a substrate. I can't put my finger on it, but I smell a red flag there. Maybe someone can better explain that one.

I'd add real gravel, some driftwood.

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I'd be nervous with CO2 in a 2.5g tank myself. So easy to over gas.

On a positive note, you look like you have a beautiful dark chocolate on your side wall.

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I'd be nervous with CO2 in a 2.5g tank myself. So easy to over gas.

Thanks! I've taken the CO2 off-- it doesn't do much anyways. And Ill probably re-scape the whole thing next weekend, so I could probably add some gravel and get rid of the carbon. THe only problem I see with that is that it could reset the cycle, and I wouldn't want to lose these shrimp.

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On a positive note, you look like you have a beautiful dark chocolate on your side wall.
Thanks! I'm really excited for them to get a little bigger.
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those are quite cool looking.. does the algae stick to the slate well?
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I think by redoing, you are doing the right thang. I wouldn't worry about a recycle as long as your filter is seeded.

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those are quite cool looking.. does the algae stick to the slate well?
It just started growing on it, and I didn't do anyhting about it. I really like all the green in the tank.

The filter is seeded, so I should be fine.

Any suggestions on a substrate, or would a regular inert gravel be fine?
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The algae growth may have something to do with activated carbon leaching phosphate, just my guess. Chocolate is a nice choice, I also recently got some and see what I can do with them.
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Inert for neos should be fine for ya.

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right on. You think I could use a lighter substrate to highlight he shrimp color, or would they lighten up too much.
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Switched out carbon for gravel

I had some free time today, so I decided I'd switch out the filter carbon for some gravel. Since I emptied the tank I figured I might as well fix it up a bit. I cleaned up all the algae on the walls and found a nice piece of driftwood and some small rocks. I took some HC, a lotus bulb, DHG, flame moss, another moss, Glosso, and microswords form my 10 gallon and planted them in here. LEt me know what you think. Shrimp are super active too! Also what kind of moss is that in the 2nd picture, and is the last shrimp (sorry about the bad pic) a chocolate shrimp or a cherry shrimp (looks awful red to me).
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It's looking good... I wouldn't remove the algae wall as shrimps (adults and babies) love to graze on the algae, but at least you can see your shrimps from all sides now ;-)
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Chocolates may have been derived from regular Cherries so the reddish ones are just a biproduct of the different shades of color these shrimp produce. Check out this picture I took a while back of my chocolate colony. You can clearly see the different shades.


Glad to see they're doing well for you. Give them some time to grow and color up as adults.
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Thanks! I found another teeny tiny one hiding in the moss while I was taking them out (that makes 12!). I just wanted a second opinion on the red guy.
I'll probably let some algae grow in.
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