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01-08-2013 03:26 AM
shinycard255 The filter isn't too bad. Since I only have shrimp, cleaning it isn't too bad. When I do my water change, I usually do a 50% water change. So easy since it's so small

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01-08-2013 12:57 AM
sejoy Your substrate looks really beautiful with those shrimp. It looks like it catches the light nicely.

How do you like the evolve filter compared to any HOB filter experience you have? I really considered getting one but I've never had anything like it. Is it just as easy to clean?
01-08-2013 12:25 AM
shinycard255 Sorry for the dirty acrylic...



01-07-2013 11:44 PM
shinycard255 New video of my shrimp eating. There's a baby shrimp too
01-07-2013 12:30 PM
shinycard255 No, no clue, skindy. My only thought would be too dirty of water, I get ~400 TDS out of tap so I've been doing RO/tap mixtures on all my tanks the past few weeks and have seen all my fish and shrimp having more spunk and being more active. Always a good thing.
01-07-2013 05:32 AM
skindy Did you ever figure out the cause of the shrimp casualties? I see they're thriving beautifully, now!
01-06-2013 10:59 PM
reefscape15 I also have an evolve 8, and I thought the tank could almost use a little more flow........but i come from the reefing world, so this is my first planted tank. My pump just quit last night. Ill have to call Aqueon and see if theyll send another
01-05-2013 04:24 PM
jbig i'll have to try that to reduce the noise. thanks shiny. i'm thinking about slicing a slit in the filter tube to reduce flow too.

Thought i'd share mine, just set it up yesterday. Used 3/4 already cycled water so i wouldn't have to wait to stock.
01-05-2013 03:51 PM
shinycard255 Filter was noisy for me too at first. Its from when the pump sits right up against the wall and makes the rattling sound. I took the suction cups off of the bottom and also put a small sponge back there to act as a cushion between the wall and pump. Not more rattling sound anymore. Other than that, it's pretty quite to me.

I've heard of people having issues with the current. My shrimp don't seem to mind, and mine isn't even turned down all the way. Mine is maybe 1/3 of the way up. I've heard of people taking a small piece of sponge and zip tying it to the output nozzle to help keep the flow down.

Thanks for the compliment on the shrimp. I think I'm going to take a few photos tonight, they seem to be nicer than the video
01-05-2013 03:40 PM
jbig Hi shiny,

I just picked up the evolve 8 on sale (67$) and I noticed that the filter is really noisy. It makes a rattling noise also. I have read mixed reviews on the filter being quiet/noisy. How does yours seem? Also i have a betta and 6 neons in there and the filter flow seems to be extremely to strong. I have it turned all the way down. My fish seem to struggle to get around due to a strong current. Do you have this issue?

Awesome tank btw! Love the shrimp.
01-05-2013 03:48 AM
shinycard255 It's been a while...

Bit of an update...

The moss has grown in quite well. Cabomba didn't do so well in this tank as time went on so I chucked it. Not sure if I want to take some extra moss and make a moss wall. That would be kinda cool in a tank this small. Open to other suggestions as well.

Sorry, no photo this time, but I have a video instead...
09-10-2012 08:12 PM
shinycard255 Small update (I'll do a full one tonight with some pics):

So I had 2 pumpkin deaths last week. 1 in the beginning of the week and the other towards the end. No clue as to what could have caused it. The insides of their bodies were white... possible infection? Who knows? I also noticed one of my females dropped her eggs as well.

I also picked up a TDS meter about a week ago and have been playing around with it. I think the deaths might be from the high TDS in this tank. It's hanging at around 650ish. Even after a water change, it jumps right back up to that high within a few hours. The TDS from my tap is around 365ish. Should I look into getting an RO unit?

The TDS in my RCS tank in the basement is around 450ish and the shrimp are still having babies.
08-18-2012 12:36 PM
shinycard255 Yeah, I thought the anubias did look a little out of place. I like your idea of cutting up the rhizome and spreading it out and tucking moss by the roots. I would have never thought of doing that

I'm wondering if anyone has ever tried higher light plants. If you have, let me know your outcome
08-18-2012 04:22 AM
Originally Posted by shinycard255 View Post
I'm actually surprised and pleased to see how well the light will actually grow plants. I doubt it's bright enough for anything more than low-light plants, but I might toss one in there from my high-tech tank to see how it handles

Thanks! I can't wait until the moss grows in some more and I actually stock it with shrimp
It's looking nice! The anubias does look a bit out of place though. Maybe cut up the rhimzone and spread it out with some moss tucked around the roots?

I was pretty pleased with how well the lighting grew plants on the 8 gallon version as well. A friend of mine setup the 4 gallon model earlier this year and has had nothing but success with the low light plants hes put into it.
08-17-2012 11:05 PM
shinycard255 UPDATE!

Shrimp added!


So I added the Pumpking Shrimp I got from jimko a few days ago. They look awesome! I've been watching them every chance I get.

The Cabomba has already been cut twice, this stuff grows fast! I added a few stems behind the driftwood to give the tank more depth. The mini x-mass moss is also growing in very slowly, but looks nice. First time trying out this moss and I like it. I have some also in a mason jar on my windowsill. I've been debating about taking the Anubias out and just tying some more moss onto the driftwood instead so the shrimp have more moss to graze through.

Anyway, what everyone wants to really see.....

Here's the pics:

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