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Old 07-01-2012, 03:00 AM   #1
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Default My First OEBT Shrimp Tank (Update 8/2/12 First Berried OEBT)

After setting up my 10 G red cherry shrimp + chili rasbora, and my evolve 4 rili tank + dario dario tanks I couldn't avoid the little voice in my head telling me that I needed just one more tank for my office. So I moved the Evolve 4 over to a book shelf and went out and got a 5.5 gallon tank. I wanted to set this tank up relatively cheaply so I went with a small HOB filter a pump salvaged from a cheap walmart fountain to run a sponge filter and a 50w non-preset heater. Here it is before I received my shipment of moss:




Don't mind the Cardinal Tetras. They will be rehoused in my friends tank (bad heater killed his tank besides these four). I plan on keeping this tank real simple. I plan on adding moss to two of the rocks and planting some trimmings in the back of the tank where the heater is to hide heater and HOB intake. The tank is completely cycled just waiting on the temperatures to decline to order shrimp. Currently deciding between OEBTs and regular tigers. I might add some chili rasboras to the tank but it is most likely going to be a shrimp only tank.

Sorry for the lack of plants in the pictures. My moss was in my mailbox and I need to find time to glue the moss to the rocks.

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Old 07-01-2012, 05:27 PM   #2
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Nice start to this can't wait to see your plants in the tank.
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Old 07-01-2012, 10:37 PM   #3
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Took a study break and glued some moss. Need to find time to trim some plants from my other tanks.



I have been monitoring the temp of the tank and noticed that the tank was in the upper 70s even at night when the house was 74 degrees inside. I didn't notice the heater turning on so I thought it was a problem with all the equipment running and the laptop that is next to the tank. I jumped the gun and bought a cooling fan unit for the tank since I want to keep OEBTs. Now today with the temperature around 74 in the house the temp in the tank has stayed around 74. I guess the fan was not a bad buy since I like to keep my other tanks at 77, I can just run the AC less when I am not here and have the fan running to save money. Trying to do this on a budget so depending on the temperatures I might just sell/trade/return the fan.



I have a TDS meter on the way also.

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Old 07-02-2012, 06:56 PM   #4
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After procrastinating for hours I decided that since I want to house OEBTs in this tank I am going to try and do this right.

Here are my plans now:
-UGF run by a Rio Plus 50 (noise is an issue in my office but since I spend most of my time looking at the tank instead of studying...)I also plan on using the output to run a breeder box occasionally.
-Moss tree: yeah I know some people hate them but I wanted to keep this tanks plants simple because it will be receiving no CO2 or ferts.
-Maybe installing a tank divider/overflow made of lexan to hide the heater, HOB intake, and pump/intake of UGF.
-I am going to stay with the Fluval Shrimp Substrate: Does any one have any experience with it and a UGF filter? Also would a layer of crushed lava rock below the shrimp substrate help?
-Most likely going to ditch the fan idea because I think the temperatures are mostly due to the heater. I am having trouble with getting this elite 50w heater to keep the tank around 70-74. It was good yesterday but today the tank is steady at 76 with the house temperature being the same.
-Still going to be a shrimp only tank unless the chili rasboras in my 10g need to be rehoused because the flow in that tank is too much.
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Old 07-04-2012, 12:32 AM   #5
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Shrimpnow says the FSS is supposed to be okay with UGFs.
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Old 07-12-2012, 12:12 AM   #6
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Thanks for the response. I finally got everything set up over the weekend and added some plants. I will post a picture when I get home.



Because the temperature seems to be an issue even with the AC on I plan on setting up a DIY temperature contoller for the heater and the fan. I plan on having it set up to keep the tank around 72F. It is going to be similar to this one: http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...ure+controller

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Old 07-19-2012, 07:53 AM   #7
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The mess


Newly set up DIY dual stage temperature controller, controlling the fan and heater to keep the tank at 71.


Hoping these OEBTs will color up. Looking to add to the diversity of the population.

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I miss how clean this tank used to look. But I am happy that the OEBTs are happier than they have ever been. The tank went through a tough period while I studied for the Bar so the entire OEBT population died off. I was left with Rilis and snails. I ended up getting some OEBT from Ark and Dukenbears to restart my colony.

Before: Even with foam just floating around it looked pretty clean



Currently:



If the breeder box wasn't working as another filter element I would take it off the tank. I originally upgraded the tank with a ZooMed 511 in addition to the existing filtration setup but moved it to my new Taiwan Bee setup. So I moved the AC20 over to this tank. For some reason I can get the AC20 to a lower flow rate than the weak ZooMed 511. My problem is that the 511 was too strong for this tank but seems to weak for my 45-P.

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Old 07-19-2012, 04:10 PM   #9
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Nice shrimps!
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Old 07-19-2012, 04:50 PM   #10
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I like the temp controller! very nice touch
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Old 07-19-2012, 07:04 PM   #11
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Thanks. Hopefully I'll get everything around the tank cleaned up so I can take a enter picture. I am not really satisfied with the plants in the tank. I just wanted to have everything set for the shrimp.
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Old 07-20-2012, 02:21 AM   #12
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Where'd you get the fan? I live in Alabama and while my downstairs tank is doing fine at 72, the new shrimp tank I just set up is like 78 without a heater or anything (despite the house being at 73...). I'd like to keep OEBT as well so I'm trying to figure out a solution before I start stocking.

Although I have a Fluval Ebi for these guys and I'm loathe to take the top off since it looks so clean and minimalist with it, I'd also like to get them not dying

I'm enjoying your tank journal as well, looks like it's coming along nicely!
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Old 07-20-2012, 02:37 AM   #13
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For the ebi aquatek sells a single fan unit. Or you can check eBay for non name brand ones for cheaper and they look exactly the sme.
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Old 07-29-2012, 02:31 AM   #14
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Checked parameters today:
Temp: 71-72; PH: 7.2; KH: 4; GH: 7; TDS 220; Ammonia: 0; Nitrite: 0; Nitrate: 0.

The TDS is high because they were kept in a higher TDS tank before I got them, in the mid 300s. I am slowly lowering it to keep them from dying off from TDS shock. Aiming for a TDS of 160. Temp stays around 71-72 with the fan and heater temp controller.
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Old 08-02-2012, 06:56 AM   #15
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Got at least one deep blue tiger.

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