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Chris.d514 09-10-2012 01:44 AM

My nano shrimp tank build
Just started this about a week and a half ago. I have a 5 gallon AquaH2O tank, running two filters right now for cycling (ac20 and a double sponge filter), aquasoil Amazonia for ph lowering as my tap ph is around 7.6, and a DIY light with an 18" aqueon floramax15watt. I'm looking at getting some stone or driftwood to scape with. Currently I have some HC, a broze crypt, anubias nana, java fern, and microswords. Looking at stocking with Sulawesi cardinals, OEBTs, and neon tetras. This is my first go at a real nano and shrimp dominate tank if anyone has any advice it will be much appreciated.

GeToChKn 09-10-2012 01:54 AM

Well using aquasoil to lower pH isn't the best for OEBT's or Sulawesi as they both like a higher pH, Sualwesi in the 7.6 to 8pH range. OEBT's and other tigers can adjust to a 7 to mid 7 pH as well. You were better off with your tap. lol.

Chris.d514 09-10-2012 01:54 AM

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GeToChKn 09-10-2012 01:56 AM

Also, stocking shrimp like you want with fish is really giving the fish a very expensive snack.

Chris.d514 09-10-2012 01:56 AM

I'm sitting at between 7 and 7.4 depend on how long after a wc I am.

Chris.d514 09-10-2012 01:58 AM


Originally Posted by GeToChKn (Post 2005899)
Also, stocking shrimp like you want with fish is really giving the fish a very expensive snack.

Ok I had read on one of the shrimp websites that those and harlequin rasboras were ok to keep with them. I do have a source for boraras brigttea.

dougolasjr 09-10-2012 02:29 AM

I wouldn't keep any shrimp with any fish unless I was okay with losing some.

Chris.d514 09-10-2012 02:45 AM

Hmm I'll have to rethink that then. Any tank mates other than snails that would be ok with them?

diwu13 09-10-2012 02:45 AM

Borara Brigttea, in my experience at least, don't bother shrimp at all. I still see babies out in the open all the time (indicating they aren't worried about the fish) and the fish don't bother them.

However, just to be sure you should get a healthy shrimp population up.

wicca27 09-10-2012 02:54 AM

i would pull the anubias out of the substrate they dont like to be burried like that just the roots cause if you burry the rhyzone it will rot

Chris.d514 09-10-2012 02:58 AM

The anubias (broad leaf) has had more growth than any of the others since being put in. The narrow leaf i did uncover more.

Chris.d514 09-11-2012 01:35 AM

The plants I have in the tank right now where mainly thrown in to help cycle the tank before going back to their home tanks. The HC will be staying but unsure on anything else.

Chris.d514 09-27-2012 05:19 AM

Changed up the plants and scape pick to come. Also I got some shrimp in. I have 10 cardinals, 6 Sakura reds, and a pair of snowballs. The sakuras and snowballs are refugees from my daughters guppy tank after watching a red get torn up by a guppy swarm. I also picked up a few yellow tylos. I have ordered the finnex epoch 24w clip on light.

Chris.d514 10-14-2012 04:04 AM

Had an issue with the aquasoil lowering my ph too much for the cardinals. Had to remove the aquasoil and switch to PFS. After my light came in I started have an algae issue but have started to remedy that with the addition of olive nerites.

cantsay39 10-14-2012 05:17 AM

fancy cardinal shrimp you get there >.<~ they are more tropical higher ph & temps requirements..

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