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biogenetic40379 01-20-2012 11:50 PM

Biogenetic's 15g Shrimp tank
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So i have gotten my shrimp tank up and running. I got my shrimp in yesterday around noon. Woke up this morning and one was dead and another had molted. I originally had 31 Red cherry shrimp and am now down to 30. Also found out today that i have baby glofish in the tank too from the daino's i used to cycle the tank. The first pic was the tank with the gravel and led hood, the next is the black sand with led hood, and the last all tank pic is black sand with CFL clamp lamps, running the lightbulb pictured.

Anyone know if those bulbs are too much light? Looking for a moderate light for now

biogenetic40379 01-21-2012 01:58 AM

Found out just now I have loads of copepods that hitch hiked with my rcs. Can anyone give me an idea of how much light my tank is getting? Would anyone recommend running a paintball co2? Also, will ich treatment hurt rcs? One of my oto's has about 5 spots

biogenetic40379 01-22-2012 03:06 AM

Got some HC today, planted it in front of the pipes/fake rock. Also moved my lights higher due to more research on the lights. Pulled the java ferns out and put them in my 55g.

diwu13 01-22-2012 03:12 AM

Well here I am :D! Weird 15g tank, didn't know they made it in that size.

Interesting the glofish bred for you. How does the baby look? Is it a funky color as well?

Did you drip acclimate your shrimp to your tank water? Or did you just dump them in? That might have been why you had one die. But as long as all the others live you'll be fine!

The copepods are completely harmless to your shrimp so no worries. Once you feed less their population will go down.

Seems like your light level will be pretty high near the top of your tank and lower farther down. I'm not very informed with light levels so that's just my best guess. If you start noticing algae then you have more light than you need :P. I have a hood on my tank so my light is much too close to the water surface (yours is a much better level) so I blocked off 90% of my surface with floating plants to block out the light.

Shrimps do not like CO2. If you want mainly a shrimp tank with some plants, no CO2. However, if you want a planted tank with shrimp can may run CO2 if you wish. Notice the subtle difference and which is your main priority. For me, it's shrimp, so I don't run CO2 and dose very very spareingly with ferts.

Ich treatments will most likely kill shrimp as it can contain levels of copper that will instantly kill shrimp. If you have a spare 1g jar take the otto out, treat it there, and then put it back in the tank when it's healthy.

diwu13 01-22-2012 03:17 AM


Originally Posted by biogenetic40379 (Post 1686650)
Got some HC today, planted it in front of the pipes/fake rock. Also moved my lights higher due to more research on the lights. Pulled the java ferns out and put them in my 55g.

I'd avoid HC if you're mainly looking to keep shrimp. It's super hard to propagate without the use of CO2.

xenxes 01-22-2012 03:22 AM

Save the otos! Forget the shrimp :P

But yeah, what diwu said. Separate medication container/tank.

biogenetic40379 01-22-2012 03:59 AM

Well i just floated the shrimp in the tank to adjust them to the temp, didnt really think of doing the cup by cup method. The glofish babies are red just like the parents (i can tell they are glofish cause i have a few normal daino fry in there too, which are not red) I am going to keep an eye on the oto for now, dunno if it is indeed ick. And unfortunately i already bought the HC. It looked too cool. I have an all glass hood on there (can't tell in the pics) Gotta keep the cats out. I may set up a glofish breeding tank. I only have 4 glofish with my 5 other dainos, 2 of which are red (color of the babies). I got a tetra 1.5g the other day i can set up for the oto if need be. Any advice on substrate? Or just stick with generic black sand. Worried about my crypts. (which probably won't like the super lights)

diwu13 01-22-2012 05:58 PM

Floating the bag in your tank will only equalize the temperature. You should've also acclimated them to equalize the parameters of the tank. As long as the other 30 live you'll be fine.

biogenetic40379 01-22-2012 07:36 PM

Yea, will do it for the next ones. So far no more shrimps have died. I moved the oto's to the 55g just now. The 55g finished cycling and gets some sunlight so i have some brown algae? growing in it. Edt: also took the panty hose off the prefilter sponge, felt like it was hindering more than helping.

biogenetic40379 01-22-2012 07:37 PM

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And, the original RCS from the LFS (looks like it has some good color) Plus an evening shot of the tank with all the lights out.

biogenetic40379 01-29-2012 03:33 PM

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The latest. The oto got pulled with the daino and treated in a QT. I have rescaped the shrimp tank and decided to go with more crypts. The LFS had a really good stock of crypt varieties in and i have not had trouble with them melting. I have decided to focus more on the plants, but have the shrimp be equally important in this tank since it is in the living room and a "show tank" I now have
-crypt. spiralis
-crypt parva
-crypt lutea
-crypt. crispatula var. balansae
-crypt wendtii (red wendtii)
-crypt undulata (this one may start melting, the leaves changed to a yellow on some)
-lilaeopsis brasiliensis (micro sword, says its from new zealand)
- Hemianthus callitrichoides (baby dwarf tears)

On top of the plants, i started using API leaf zone on friday and have had osmocoat capsules in the subtrate for roughly 5 days.

Also added some fine filter floss to the filter, now my water is much more clear.

diwu13 01-29-2012 05:24 PM

What filter are you using? Is that an aquaclear?

Since you have sand substrate consider adding some Malaysian trumpet snails in there to dig around so you don't get dead spots.

That is a lot of crypts in a shrimp tank haha. Why is all that moss in the back right turning brown o.O

biogenetic40379 02-01-2012 04:20 AM

its an aquaclear 30, love it so far. The moss that is brown is on my ghetto back drop...dunno why it turned brown in the pic. Will be downgrading the lights to 10w's soon

in fact, i may pull that background off b/c of that

biogenetic40379 02-02-2012 02:22 AM

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so i put one amano shrimp and a nerite in the other day. So far so good. I changed the bulbs out for 10w each, as per hoppy's advice. i was noticing algae starting to cover the leaves of one of my crypts. also got an aquarium light timer.

biogenetic40379 02-02-2012 02:23 AM

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here is the amano

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