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somewhatshocked 12-08-2011 01:33 AM

Jake's Got A New High-Tech Ebi
Picked up a new Ebi a few weeks ago and finally got it 90% planted tonight. Doing a dry start to get things grown in well.

The details:

  • Fluval Ebi, background removed
  • Eheim 2213
  • Pressurized CO2 - dual-stage regulator, solenoid, etc
  • 3 Fluval 13w Clip Lights
  • Fluval Shrimp Stratum
  • Osmocote Plus gelcaps
  • Random lace rock
  • EI dosing


  • Utricularia graminifolia
  • Staurogyne repens
  • Vallisneria nana will line the back of the tank once it's flooded


Will eventually be home to a bunch of Red Cherry Shrimp or Painted Fire Reds (if I can find the PFRs!), a Nerite or two, a bunch of blue Ramshorns. Really going for lots of bright, contrasting color.

Here's a rough look:

Not entirely sure how I feel about yet another UG tank but I think I'll give it a go.

Hope you stick around to see how this tank turns out.


driftwoods 12-08-2011 01:44 AM

Looks good can't wait to see it start filling in.

somewhatshocked 12-08-2011 01:57 AM

Thanks! It's my second small attempt with UG (this was the first) and I'm hoping it turns out as well. I'm thinking it'll do fine, as pressured CO2 is much more suited to UG than DIY yeast.

I'm excited to see how this S. repens grows up and am hoping the Vals aren't overwhelming. If so, I'll have to find another background plant that won't drive me insane.

Geniusdudekiran 12-08-2011 02:08 AM

Geez man, could you put any more lights on that tank? :) Should make for massive growth!

And nice staurogyne, that was planted in a nice way (shape it makes around the rocks, very flowing). Let me know if you ever have any extra for sale :)

Good luck! Will be watching this!

somewhatshocked 12-08-2011 02:16 AM

Haha! I originally had four until I decided that was a bit absurd. Put the extra in a cabinet just in case I decide to use it later.

Hoping to get by using two lamps once the tank is filled while using the third as a midday burst.

Thanks re: the S. repens. I think it's going to add some nice contrast and scale to a tank this size once it starts to grow up a bit.

Geniusdudekiran 12-08-2011 02:50 AM

Yeah it adds kind of a lofty cloudy look around the base of the rocks

sayurasem 12-08-2011 03:39 AM

Awesome! I have never seen 3 Fluval lights like that!

picotank 12-08-2011 02:23 PM

Looks like a great start to me.
Did they glue the background on? I saw them at the LFS and didn't like the tank with that foam background in it so I passed. Looks much better without it in there to me.
Good luck

somewhatshocked 12-08-2011 02:25 PM

Most here on the forum remove the foam background and I'm of the opinion that it's not attractive.

It's attached with silicone that's easily removed with a razor blade. Took all of five minutes.

Geniusdudekiran 01-08-2012 02:12 AM

It's been 1 month -- what's changed?

somewhatshocked 01-08-2012 02:21 AM

Not a lot has changed, really:

UG has grown in, S. repens is chugging along - maybe browning a bit because it's tough to keep the stratum wet all the time.

Probably going to fill it this week and crank up the CO2 for a while.

The Val. nana I got from msjinkzd hasn't survived the past month so I think I'm going to have to go on the hunt for more or come up with something else.

Geniusdudekiran 01-08-2012 03:01 AM

Nice and green. I think you should trim the Staurogyne though, make it shorter and spread it out.

somewhatshocked 01-08-2012 03:03 AM

There's only one stem of it that needs to be trimmed at the moment. But it'll definitely be regularly trimmed once flooded.

Think I'm going to allow it to develop some height on the sides and near the back of the rocks, though.

JessDay06 01-10-2012 02:32 AM

I love it!! How have you been BTW? Haven't spoke with you in awhile!

chubbyone 01-10-2012 05:12 AM

Nice tank! Love the UG.

Question: I got what I believe to be the same exact lace rock from my LFS, and just tonight I got around to testing it with the nitrate test fluid (one small drop of test fluid #1 on various parts of the rock). It fizzed up pretty good. Which made me decide against using it. Are you worried about it rasing the pH of the water? If not, how come? I ask because I do want to use it, I got it cheap enough and it looks pretty neat. Thanks for any feedback!

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