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somewhatshocked 11-07-2012 02:10 PM

Jake's Halocaridina rubra Tank
 
Have been thinking about Halocaridina rubra for about a year. Finally decided to start putting together a tank about a month ago. So I've been extremely excited seeing all the new H. rubra posts on TPT of late.

Specs:
  • 2.5gal tank
  • Small 50/50 CFL
  • Hydro Mini sponge filter
  • Caribsea "live" aragonite/crushed coral/sand to help get a small cycle of sorts going
  • 1.012 specific gravity, which seems to be a popular brackish/salinity point for H. rubra keepers

Posted a couple teaser shots of the rock work on other journals, so here they are again:

http://www.hundred20.com/pt/Nov2012/rockteaser1.jpg
http://www.hundred20.com/pt/Nov2012/rockteaser2.jpg

Couldn't get my hands on large pieces of black lava rock that I liked, so I used reef epoxy putty to rig up a structure.

The tank a few minutes after being flooded:

http://www.hundred20.com/pt/Nov2012/hrs.jpg

Will add the sponge filter sometime today.

Hope to find some Chaetomorpha or other macro algae to thrive in the tank so it can legitimately be planted. Maybe a bit of Java Moss will survive? Guess we'll see.

The tank is situated on the fourth floor and has a 20L above and below it so it's holding at a steady 76-77 degrees Fahrenheit with no heater.

Now to let things settle for a week or two while monitoring parameters before ordering critters.

Thanks for checking things out,

Jake

zoo minsi 11-07-2012 03:27 PM

i like the layout so far cant wait to see how it progresses. how many shrimp are you planning on adding?

somewhatshocked 11-07-2012 03:43 PM

Thanks.

Probably not a ton. Thinking about 25 or so shrimp to start.

GMYukonon24s 11-07-2012 04:16 PM

Nice setup I like the rock formation

Green_Flash 11-07-2012 08:58 PM

halocaridina, super shrimp, one of my favorites!

you will really like them. the tank is great.

somewhatshocked 11-07-2012 09:17 PM

A few seconds after shoving in a sponge filter:

http://www.hundred20.com/pt/Nov2012/hrssponge1.jpg

30 seconds later:

http://www.hundred20.com/pt/Nov2012/hrssponge2.jpg

Filter would look way better if I stuck it in the left corner behind the lava rock structure. Butů decided it would be better if it was in an easier to access area of the tank. And I'm sure it will become a big time feeding ground for the shrimp.

Flow was cranked up in the photo but I've since turned it down. There's no serious current in the tank and the bubbles hit right at the surface so there's a bit of gas exchange. Aimed for minimal disturbance and think I finally found the right setting.

Can't wait to add shrimp!

somewhatshocked 11-07-2012 09:19 PM

Thanks! Tried to keep it as simple as possible so I can get some nice algae growth.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Green_Flash (Post 2070688)
halocaridina, super shrimp, one of my favorites!

you will really like them. the tank is great.


crazydaz 11-07-2012 11:46 PM

Nice Jake!! I think that we are so used to seeing filters in tanks that our eyes just gloss over it like they aren't really there anyways. Pretty impressive that it's only a 2.5 gallon!

Interested to see how this turns out! When are you expecting the shrimp?

somewhatshocked 11-07-2012 11:52 PM

Thanks! I'm enjoying it while struggling to find patience.

You're right about the filter. I tend to overlook equipment in tanks so it's not a big deal to me. And there's the added bonus that shrimp will graze on the filter.

Not entirely sure when I'll be able to order shrimp. This is "live" sand, so I'll probably have to wait for the bacteria to die off so other bacteria can grow. Most likely in a couple weeks.

Quote:

Originally Posted by crazydaz (Post 2070877)
Nice Jake!! I think that we are so used to seeing filters in tanks that our eyes just gloss over it like they aren't really there anyways. Pretty impressive that it's only a 2.5 gallon!

Interested to see how this turns out! When are you expecting the shrimp?


Monster Fish 11-08-2012 12:11 AM

Love the rockwork. Give the tank some time to mature before adding the opae ula. They feed mostly on biofilm and non-filimintatious algae growing on surfaces.

somewhatshocked 11-08-2012 12:13 AM

I should note that a bunch of the lava rock (the back of the structure) had been sitting in my brackish tank for several weeks and the sponge was running in there, as well.

somewhatshocked 11-14-2012 08:43 PM

Finally hitting the Nitrite spike and expect the tank to be ready for shrimp within a few weeks.

somewhatshocked 11-20-2012 08:30 PM

Waiting, waiting, waiting...

Trail_Mix 11-21-2012 10:25 PM

Looks awesome, can't wait to see this project develop! I especially love the look of the lava rock :)

I need to buy some myself.... it just kills me to spend my precious money on "rocks" lol

Rob in Puyallup 11-21-2012 11:29 PM

Waiting and watching with anticipation, Jake! (Do I hear Carley Simon?)

I now have two different chaeto in my Opae tank that are green and growing, so it's definitely possible...

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