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12-10-2012 05:57 PM
mr2 I like how you built up that hill in the middle, you don't often see that in an aquascape. Very nice looking tank!
12-10-2012 05:51 PM
InannaMoon Gorgeous tanks!! And I've learned quite a lot from you this thread as well, never heard of peat balls before!! Thanks so much for posting!!
09-30-2012 10:18 PM
The big day

Well the substrate swap went pretty smooth
started this morning with my daughter keen to earn her pocket money .

all the hard work was done for me lol

tannins in my water from the peat

sand substrate. not as black as i was hoping for.

filling up

All shrimp and snails are back in now Total time taken - 5 hrs , RO maker is very slow

So im happy now that i have control of the water perimeters, which I havent notched it down too rapid , over the nxt week the PH will be brought down to 6.5 and TDS 130

current stats

PH 7.0 with tester 6.8 with test strip
TDS - 174
KH 70 mg/l
GH 200 mg/l
nitrate 10 mg/l
nitrite 0 mg/l
09-26-2012 08:27 PM
morgan Just purchased a 3 stage RO filter . Only a cheap one but it makes 230ppm water come out at 12 ppm . With a ratio of my tap water i can easily sort my ph and ppm out now.
I tested the dorset pea gravel yesterday , and it is buffering hard at ph 7.6 which is not good.
i put 2 peat balls in the tank but to no effect , lovely tannins but straight back to 7.6 .
so ive purchased some black sand and made sure it has no buffering capabilities and a water test kit .

Gravel substrate in the crs/rcs tank will be 100% removed on sunday , hoping to get all shrimp back in by the end of sunday . big job it looks like it is gonna be .but its gonna be worth it in the long run for my crystals

Only down side is there is about 10-20 cherries only about a week old in the tank , and possibly new born crystals , my preg crystal went the full 4wks with the eggs but i cannot see any babies that dont look like cherries.Total shrimp population is around 40 - 50 shrimp plus 20 - 30 ramshorns and lots of trumpet snails

fingers crossed that all shrimp make it safely will post pics sun night .
09-17-2012 03:48 PM
morgan Hey thanks Knotyoureality . Coincidence was i had just removed all the java moss/riccia from the gravel just before i read your post . Ive kinda smoothed the hump out , but the driftwood has a nasty front edge on the base so ive had to hide half of it with gravel.

Tank is starting to look more and more overgrown now , and looks a little untidy .
Was kinda planned tho . I want my plants to grow out nice and fat before i trim real heavy . That should leave me with a decent bit of trim which i plan on re using or replacing new with old .
The big re scape will prob happen nxt month , if i get a few days off wrk ill go for it .

I did have a nice open top tank , until my cat fell in the tank ....twice .No damage done.
Ive had to put the old trim and diy light back on temperary until i train the cat

09-15-2012 01:58 AM
Knotyoureality Love the wood and all your livestock look great but--have you ever considered leveling the front substrate? I think I get where you were going with the hump, but, to me, it detracts from the look of that great driftwood tree, especially being dead center.
09-15-2012 01:16 AM
morgan Had a random crystal death in my shrimp tank 3days ago . May have been old age , but i decided to get a tds meter.

Tap water - 245 ppm
Main tank 1 day before weekly water change - using E.I salts - -540 ppm
Shrimp tank - 387ppm .

Im not gonna mess with main tank cause the weekly 50% w/c will keep the ppm in check.
The shrimp tank has had a 25% w/c and is now reading 301ppm.
Purchased 50l of asda still water @ 17p for 2 litres with 100ppm and are slowly introducing that to the tank . May do another 25% on sunday

I am aiming for about 200ppm on the shrimp tank
08-27-2012 10:29 PM
Cherry shrimp going a nice red as she gets older

Going to start tidying the tank floor up now as pelia and java moss is taking over
08-26-2012 07:00 PM
morgan Took atomizer off now and replaced with my old ceramic diffuser .
Running at about 2-3 bps now right under a new wave maker 2000l/hr ,added to get the tank water moving a bit better . Took drop checker straight to yellow , but fish and shrimp don't seem to be bothered at all. got a week off work so i can monitor levels closely and adjust as needed .

No pics of the main tank , but here's a few of my shrimp tank ,no CO2 and its occupants.

had theese shrimp a week and they have berried up already

edit - Just purchased another 5 x Crystal Red shrimp ss+ grade Double Hinomaru to get some nice babies
looking for some black crystals also
08-17-2012 10:25 PM
Originally Posted by BoxxerBoyDrew View Post
VERY NICE Tanks!!!

Lots of good growth, and I too really like the Drift Wood!

Keep up the Great Work!
Thanks , its pretty much ticking over on its own , shame i cant get the atomizer any faster , might switch back to a regular diffuser to get the extra bpm for my plants ...But the saying "Dont fix whats not broke " makes me think that the tank is doing fine as it is ,,dont touch ..
08-17-2012 10:19 PM
morgan Ha ha , yeah i thought something was up when the shrimp in the pic above came home with that tattoo on his body lol , looks like a devil face
08-17-2012 10:13 PM
BoxxerBoyDrew VERY NICE Tanks!!!

Lots of good growth, and I too really like the Drift Wood!

Keep up the Great Work!
08-17-2012 09:50 PM
viwwo Don't want to scare you but it looks like your crew is meeting to talk about global domination.
08-17-2012 06:56 PM
morgan Since last update tank has been trimmed many times , growth on all plants is perfect. Floaters are kinda taking over but i trim heavy every week , as my atomizer cannot be turned up any more due to a pre set governor.
Got some new shrimp , about 20 Red Crystals. Im really liking them compared to my cherries . Theres no "grading" in my tanks , im happy with whatever i have .They must breed in my other tank before i put them in this tank

Above the water line

Just before a trim


my crystal

The crew
07-03-2012 04:33 PM
morgan monthly update -

Comparing pics ,my plants have not grew a massive amount .
I think im coming close to not having enough CO2 .
Im using a up internal atomizer, which is great.. But because my governor is pre set, My needle valve is fully open.
The pressure needed to run the atomizer is a little less than my governor is set to ,, so im stuck i cannot raise CO2 anymore . my drop checker is still green but not so greeny yellow it used to be .
just having a moan lol ill sort it

Random cherry from the shrimp tank


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