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10-28-2014 04:38 AM
Goosekeeper Sorry for the delay in your response. With the time you've devoted to this thread and answering questions I shouldn't have been so late to respond.

1) How much time are you willing to invest weekly?
This hobby is so relaxing; it's much cheaper than therapy. I 30-60 minutes per day.

2) What's your monthly budget?
As with many hobbies, things can get expensive quickly. The danger is in not setting a budget. I'd be comfortable spending $20 a month or $100 a month or more if it guaranteed a successful tank.

3) Is having a beautiful, lush planted tank important to you?
A simple and functional tank is important, but it has to be pleasing to the eye. Many of the breeding tanks are a bit of an eyesore while the presentation tanks are probably not ideal settings for invertebrates. There has to be a happy medium.

4) Do you have eventual goals of breeding and selling?
I'd like the shrimp to breed; I'd like to explore some selective breeding. Selling isn't a priority.

So, all of that said. I'm leaning towards a 12 gallon long. The small size worries me a bit, but I'm not sure if a 17 gallon would make that much of a difference and going to a 32 gallon seems like the more logical step.
10-24-2014 07:03 PM
youjettisonme
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Originally Posted by Goosekeeper View Post
What's the ideal Shrimp tank?

If you were setting up an ideal tank with the goal to have a stable, healthy tank that displayed the beauty and character of these shrimp what would you choose? And would it vary by type? Caridina, Neocaridina, or Sulawesi.

I see a number of 12 Gallon Longs, 20 Gallon Longs, 60p, 90p, etc. but I'm not sure if these are being selected with the above goals in mind.
Especially for new keepers, I think that they need to be aware of their end-product and long term goals. For example...

1) How much time are you willing to invest weekly?
2) What's your monthly budget?
3) Is having a beautiful, lush planted tank important to you?
4) Do you have eventual goals of breeding and selling?

If you can't answer these questions in advance then there's a fair to great chance that you will make a lot of poor choices. BKK, for example, are going to take a lot more time, finesse, and money to maintain. Plus, your chances of catastrophic failure and a zero return on your investment is heightened exponentially.

A breeder tank looks a LOT different than a show tank. If you want both simultaneously, you're going to be taking some pretty dramatic steps, and making some pretty dramatic compromises to make it all work.

To "display the beauty and character of the shrimp"? That's a tough one. Realistically, that's going to be a neo tank because of their greater tolerance for CO2, ferts, and higher TDS. Most BKK tanks are nothing much to look at, and it would be hard to argue that their surroundings are somehow teasing out their "beauty and character". They are just beautiful, period, no doubt, but it isn't the surroundings.
10-24-2014 03:50 AM
Goosekeeper What's the ideal Shrimp tank?

If you were setting up an ideal tank with the goal to have a stable, healthy tank that displayed the beauty and character of these shrimp what would you choose? And would it vary by type? Caridina, Neocaridina, or Sulawesi.

I see a number of 12 Gallon Longs, 20 Gallon Longs, 60p, 90p, etc. but I'm not sure if these are being selected with the above goals in mind.
10-22-2014 11:43 PM
kman
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Originally Posted by shrimpzoo View Post
You can always make your own shrimp tank (: then you can dump anything with biofilm in it to be cleaned lol.
If only there were an appropriate horizontal surface available...
10-22-2014 10:40 PM
shrimpzoo
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Originally Posted by kman View Post
Wow. Filed under "Things I learned today."

Shrimpers: Free biofilm, all you want from my tanks, anytime!
You can always make your own shrimp tank (: then you can dump anything with biofilm in it to be cleaned lol.
10-22-2014 09:12 PM
kman
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Originally Posted by ch3fb0yrdee View Post
Shrimpers like biofilm because shrimps feed off it. People spend big bucks on products that would help them grow more biofilm.
Wow. Filed under "Things I learned today."

Shrimpers: Free biofilm, all you want from my tanks, anytime!
10-22-2014 08:23 PM
ch3fb0yrdee Shrimpers like biofilm because shrimps feed off it. People spend big bucks on products that would help them grow more biofilm.
10-22-2014 08:20 PM
kman
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Originally Posted by Salvanost View Post
i think the thread need more specific instruction
like not using UGF with ADA Amazonia

it would leeching ammonia too much

question:
how to get more biofilm?
Why on earth would anyone want biofilm, let alone want more of it?!?
10-22-2014 08:04 PM
Salvanost i think the thread need more specific instruction
like not using UGF with ADA Amazonia

it would leeching ammonia too much

question:
how to get more biofilm?
10-22-2014 05:15 PM
youjettisonme
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Originally Posted by ch3fb0yrdee View Post
Any reason why you stepped away a while back? Your scapes were amazing.
Thanks! Well, I ended up going back to racing bicycles. That involves training about 15 hours a week + lots of travel. I just didn't have any time to hold a full-time job, have a relationship, race, and then also take care of tanks.

I am hoping to find a better balance though. I just got rid of one tank two weeks ago and hope to get rid of at least 2 more, leaving me with 3 tanks total. I plan to make one of those a show-quality tank again in the near future.
10-22-2014 06:51 AM
ch3fb0yrdee
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Originally Posted by youjettisonme View Post
I remember you! Cool that we bumped into each other. I miss this hobby so much.


Any reason why you stepped away a while back? Your scapes were amazing.
10-21-2014 09:02 PM
youjettisonme
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Originally Posted by Jadenlea View Post
welcome back Jettison!! I just got back a couple weeks ago myself. The board seems really quiet now.

I remember this post and string though.. I read every page!!
I remember you! Cool that we bumped into each other. I miss this hobby so much.
10-21-2014 07:20 PM
Jadenlea welcome back Jettison!! I just got back a couple weeks ago myself. The board seems really quiet now.

I remember this post and string though.. I read every page!!
10-21-2014 07:06 PM
youjettisonme
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Originally Posted by DayOlder View Post
WOW, glad I read it all but almost sorry to see it end.
I haven't been around in awhile. Did Planted Tank do away with Stickies? Just curious. It's been so long for me now that I'll have to refer to my own writing to just figure out where to begin again after so many years away.
07-27-2014 06:53 PM
DayOlder WOW, glad I read it all but almost sorry to see it end.
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