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09-28-2011 05:12 PM
manualfocus Update please!
02-28-2011 07:08 AM
problemman yes i would love an update on this tank and more info as to how that downoi is growing!!!
02-28-2011 01:48 AM
Gatekeeper Update on this tank?

On another note, what pump to you use for your filtration?
11-12-2010 06:53 PM
EntoCraig Bill, you have a great eye for natural looking tanks. very inspiring and well put together. Keep up the great work!
04-23-2010 04:35 AM
billb CL - thanks! The downoi was a big suprise. It grows better here than in my 90 gallon with Metal halides and injected CO2 - go figure. Hey I am following your 100 gallon container pond thread. Always wanted a pond.

Piano - A berried RCS eh? The pressure is on... Now you get to start looking for shrimplets! A magnifying glass helps.

Lopez 316 - That is a very kind thing to say. I appreciate that. Half the fun of this hobby is sharing with other fanatics!
04-23-2010 03:21 AM
lopez_316us Bill thank for the update!

It's always a pleasure to read your updates and learn more about this new shrimps. Too bad about the first batches, but hopefully this new one would do better.

The thanks are looking great!

Good luck!
04-23-2010 03:07 AM
pianofish Heh, but low tech tanks are the best! Well I don't wanna brag but I found my first berried cherry shrimp yesterday :P Beat that. Haha.
Well goood luck,
and Keep us posted,
Your pal,
04-23-2010 03:05 AM
CL Nice setups! The downoi looks awesome. Really cool shrimp, too
04-23-2010 02:44 AM
billb Thanks Piano,
Still early to claim success!. Definitely a challenging tank. Didn't plan on creating a low tech tank with plants. - no C02 and minimal ferts. Suprised that the Downoi and the H. corymbosum "compact" seem to be doing well. The pH is 7.9!
04-22-2010 01:50 AM
pianofish Grats on the success man, I love the tank layouts and especially the shrimpies, good luck with the breeding and remember to have fun!
Your pal,
04-21-2010 11:59 PM
billb Thanks!
The White Orchids are pretty bold for a Sulawesi shrimp. They are out searching for food all the time. More like a CRS. I am optimistic that these guys will settle in for the long haul.
04-21-2010 11:21 PM
F22 all these shrimp are great, but the white orchids are out of control, great tank!
04-21-2010 11:17 PM
Update April 21st

OOPS! - Sorry folks, I have been preoccupied and not following my threads.


The tank has changed a bit.

I lost my first batch of Sulawesi shrimp. This is discussed in another thread but basically I had a painful learning experience.

The tank got a few more plants and a few new residents - Threadfin rainbows and some Red Neon Gobies. These are both cool fish and pretty shrimp friendly. I put some wild type Neocaridina in the tank too and they bred like crazy!

Here is a full tank shot from a couple months back (Feb)

My goal was to keep things going and try to import some more Sulawesi shrimp in the spring. After my first experience, I did not want to put all my eggs in one basket so I added two 10 gallon tanks - one is a self contained 10 gallon with inert sand and pebble substrate. It has a sponge filter and I made sure there were no snails to compete with the shrimp.
A pic:

The other ten gallon is attached to the 60 gallons filter system. I wanted to create a small environment where I could control the supplemental feeding and keep better track of the shrimp. BUT, I still wanted to have the stability of a larger body of water. My original design had a third outlet from the main filters that was not being used. I drilled a hole in the bottom of the ten gallon and put a sponge on a standard 1 inch strainer to diffuse the flow. On the opposite side of the tank, I created an over flow by drilling through the side wall at the top of the tank. This keeps a constant water level in the tank. Effectively, the 60 gallon serves as a sump!.

Some pics:
The tank showing the sponge diffuser for the inflow.

A broader view showing the over flow into the 60 gallon

A close up of the 1 inch overflow. The tank has a measure 102 gallon per hour flow through it with very little current. This is due to the sponge inlet with essentially a 360 degree directional flow through a 1 inch pipe.

I also wanted to isolate the ten gallon from any pathogens in the big tank so a 15 watt UV system was put inline just before the ten gallon:

The two ten gallons are side by side and share a 2 bulb 24 inch Fish Need It T5HO light:

The 60 gallon got a slight up grade to the chemical filter. I was able to create a fluidized Purigen reactor. This allows the water to come in contact with more of the resin and improves efficiency. I wanted to remove organics as quickly as possible:

The 60 gallon - right side

Left side

The middle (I dare you to cross the line...)

Some of the new residents

White Orchids (from Lake Poso I believe)

Cardinals - C. dennerli, from Lake Matano

Blue Dot Red Lines - a variant of C. striata, from Lake Towuti

An unexpected stowaway in the White orchids, C. longidigita, a filter feeder from Lake Poso

Knock on wood. So far things are going well. I have white orchid and Blue Dot Redline shrimplets (berried females when I got them). I also have two Cardinals that have become berried in my tanks.

04-21-2010 02:04 AM
lopez_316us Update!!!!
04-08-2010 04:19 PM

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