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11-21-2012 08:57 PM
spidernids I didn't drip acclimate. I added 1/4-1/2 cup of tank water every 10 minutes for 40 minutes before adding them to my tank. The bag with the shrimp was in the water the whole time.
What's odd is that they seem to die at night.
11-21-2012 08:35 PM
tiggity It's hard to say if it's fully cycled even if you used an additive and media from another filter. Were the shrimp acclimated? It's possible they are in shock.
11-21-2012 08:25 PM
spidernids I believe so. I used a filter from an established tank. I also used stability for 7 days. Last time I tested there was zero ammonia and nitrite and low level nitrate.
11-21-2012 06:37 PM
tiggity is this tank cycled?
11-21-2012 06:02 PM
spidernids More casualties overnight. Makes me sad.
11-20-2012 08:15 PM
spidernids Got in my shrimp and crabs yesterday. Looks like I had some casualties overnight. Cross your fingers that enough live to start a population. This is my last attempt to have shrimp in this tank.
11-18-2012 12:17 PM
Plant Health

When I initially planted I trimmed the roots to be 1 inch long. I read somewhere to do that. Hopefully that was correct.

A number of the crypts melted. I read that is common and they may come back. However, currently I am having issues with holes in the leaves and then dissolving from there. Does this indicate a Potassium issue? If so, how much do you increase the dose by? XX percent?

For the smaller swords, there are places where it looks like they are cut. Is this the "brittle" that people talk about? What nutrient does this tie too?

Some of the leaves of the plants are turning under. Calcium issue? How much to increase the dose?

11-18-2012 12:02 PM
spidernids Ok, so here I am going to document what I have in this tank, so I don't forget.

27 gallon Marineland Cube

(2) Marinland Doublebright LED
On for 8 hours

(1) Aqueon QuietFlow 30 with prefilter

(2) bags EcoComplete Black
(1) bag Onyx Sand

(8) CLOVER, FOUR LEAF (Marsilea quadrifolia) 2" pots
(20) Sagittaria, Dwarf Subulata (Sagittaria subulata)
(12) Cryptocoryne, Wendtii, Red (Cryptocoryne wendtii)
(3) Sword, Rosette (Parviflorus parviflorus 'Tropica')
(10) Sagittaria, Subulata (narrow leaf)(Sagittaria subulata)
(1) Sword, Amazon (Echinodorus bleheri)
(10) of : Vallisneria, Corkscrew (Vallisneria americana var. biwaensis)
(4) Anacharis Narrow Leaf (Egeria najas)

(12) Glowlight Tetra
(4) Otocinclus
(5) Julii Corydoras
(<5) Red Cherry Shrimp
(0?) Tiger Shrimp
(<5) Thai Micro Crab
(<3) Orange Bee Shrimp
(<5) Amano Shrimp
(5) Indian Whisker Shrimp

Fertilizer dosing:
Once a week
Yields ~ ppm: 5.25 NO3, 1.6 PO4, 7.4 K, 1.37 Ca, 0.41 Mg, 0.02 Fe
-0.325 tsp SeaChem Equilibrium (dose on different day of macros)
-1.625 tsp Flourish Nitrogen (8 ml)
-7.25 tsp Flourish Phosphorous (36 ml)
-0.875 tsp Flourish Potassium (4.5 ml)

Water Parameters:
Ammonia = 0 ppm
Nitrite = 0 ppm
Nitrate = < 20 ppm
GH = 75
KH = 180
pH = 8.4
11-14-2012 12:03 AM
spidernids Need to learn more about plant health. Some of the crypts melted. Some of the leaves look dead. Is this normal for the initial planting?
10-21-2012 12:02 PM
spidernids Got my substrate in. 2 bags of black ECO Complete and 1 bag of Onyx sand on top. Got some nice rocks to go with the Driftwood. Decided to go with an Aqueon Filter. It has performed well on my other tank.
07-18-2012 01:33 AM
spidernids Got the driftwood in. Looks great! Now I can start planning plant placement. Hmm to include rocks or not.......

07-15-2012 12:25 PM
spidernids Purchased some Malaysian driftwood for center of tank.

07-07-2012 02:54 PM
spidernids OK, so I think I'm done with the research on the canister filter. If I am going to get one, I will get the Penn Plax Cascade 1000. As far as canister filters go, it seems there are many filters which have leaking issues. Sometimes as bad as emptying the contents of the tank. Has anyone had this issue with the Pen Plax Cascade 1000? I might be able to put a plastic container in the cabinet just in case. It wouldn't have to hold 27 gallons, just the amount from the intake tube to the top. My wife would kill me if this leaked all over the floor.
07-07-2012 01:27 AM
Originally Posted by spidernids View Post
Awesome. I've got an Aquaclear 50 on my 36 gallon. I also have an Aqueon 30 which came with it. I like the self priming of the from power failure which happens on occasion. If I cannot find a self-priming canister filter which has good reviews. I might use the same setup as on my 36 since it is working well. I would like to try a canister for the 27.
Once your canister filter is initially primed and running it will not lose the prime during a power outage. I've seen canisters assist with the initial priming but not advertise self priming.
07-07-2012 12:40 AM
Originally Posted by blink View Post
It sure will, fits perfect but I'd recommend at least an aquaclear 50 or 70, I found the 30 gave poor flow even in my thinly planted tank.
Awesome. I've got an Aquaclear 50 on my 36 gallon. I also have an Aqueon 30 which came with it. I like the self priming of the from power failure which happens on occasion. If I cannot find a self-priming canister filter which has good reviews. I might use the same setup as on my 36 since it is working well. I would like to try a canister for the 27.
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