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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 07-05-2009, 10:04 PM Thread Starter
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Smile 10 Gallon Iwagumi Red Cherry Shrimp Tank- Mountain Meadow (Tank Journal)

I bought this 10 gallon tank at Wal-Mart and the light bulbs are two 14 watt fluorescent spiral bulbs by some brand called Sylvania. I bought some giant hairgrass and dwarf hairgrass on eBay.The goal of my aquascape is to look like an alpine meadow. Doesn't look anything close to it yet, but it will soon . I returned all of my other plants and driftwood to Petco and got like forty-something bucks back. I changed the substrate to CaribSea Eco-Complete and put in these granite rocks I had laying around. My shrimp got brighter. Even the males are a bit pink. The new substrate clouded the crap out of my water, but it cleared up a bit when I took these pictures.

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What the tank looks like now. The only plants in there right now are micro sword and Rotala rotundifolia.

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do you mind uploading a photo of the shrimp on such a light substrate?
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I will upload more pictures of the shrimp later.
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Nice start, I finally have baby RCS

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looks good (: (and a lot bigger than a 10 gal..)
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I might go to this one store where they sell rocks and get some slate or something similiar. I don't think the granite has enough personality.
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Lightbulb

I moved the stones around a bit. I'm going to go to get different stones when I have time to go to a stone yard. I might order some HC. By the way, you know what the background is made from? Printing paper. You can kind of see the lines from the paper.





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Looks good!
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Rock layout looks a bit strange.

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Needs More Plants...lots more

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I'm still waiting for my plants from eBay to arrive. The seller is supposed to ship them today. But I found a bunch of spikerush, or dwarf hairgrass, growing along a pond. That's one thing I like about Florida. You can find like any aquarium plant here in a pond. I got like three or four pounds of dwarf hairgrass from the pond. But I had to cut off all of the dead leaves. I planted it in my fish tank. I didn't plant all of it yet; I still have like 2 1/2 or 3 pounds left. And I even found some Hydrocotyle verticillata growing emersed in my backyard! I put in a filter I had laying around and got new light bulbs; two 15 watt daylight 6500 Kelvin bulbs. Here are some pics of the tank so far:





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But I found a bunch of spikerush, or dwarf hairgrass, growing along a pond. That's one thing I like about Florida. You can find like any aquarium plant here in a pond. I got like three or four pounds of dwarf hairgrass from the pond.
Ya thats awesome, I need to get out to the small lakes and rivers and see what I can find up here on the panhandle. Nice shrimp tank, I always wanted one, never could find the shrimp in my LFS...where did you get yours? LFS or shiped?

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Nice shrimp tank, I always wanted one, never could find the shrimp in my LFS...where did you get yours? LFS or shiped?
I got my shrimps shipped
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Lol you guys are lucky to have alot of plants >< I got to drive couple hours to even find a natural lake. Nice tank! good light and co2 and you'll have a carpet in no time
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still need some background larger plant..
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