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Old 12-10-2011, 08:08 PM   #31
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Really like how the tanks turning out, were did you get the frogbit?
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Old 12-11-2011, 01:08 AM   #32
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Back home and as promised, pictures of the shrimp! Now all I have to go is get some red ones, and wait for it all to grow in...


Side view:

The shrimp! The nicest looking one is staying in the back so all I have is a few blurry pictures, but his white & black look painted on, it's so awesome.



Staredown...






My favorite, but shy, shrimp:

Find the hidden shrimp


Two mysterious plants I got from buying other plants, I think I'll keep them. I'm pretty sure the floating one is fairy moss.



Finally it looks acceptable!
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Old 12-11-2011, 07:31 PM   #33
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Went into the room this morning to find some frogbit over the side of the tank and some water so I think my cat was either drinking water (REALLY MESSY, she scoops up water in her paw then laps it up that way...kinda odd lol) or she forgot there's no lid and accidentally fell in. Either way, everyone is still ok and the plants are undamaged.
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Old 12-11-2011, 09:04 PM   #34
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Hm... I'd keep your cat out of the room with the fish tank to be honest. You wouldn't wanna risk having a shrimp on the frogbit, getting scared, and jumping out of the tank. Also, I've read many horror stories where everything in the tank would die if the cat had a lot of kitty litter stuffs on its hand.

Hope the shrimp enjoy their new home ! More pictures when they color up some!
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Old 12-12-2011, 12:13 AM   #35
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Spent a long time stalking the shrimp around the tank with my camera, and finally got some ok pictures of the really dark ones.


And the one who has thus claimed that driftwood as HERS.



You can see two of them in this pic:

Really likes being on the saggitarus


One last pic of the plants for good measure


I think they're coloring up quite well considering this is their...third day in the tank. I'm also pretty sure I have three females and two males, only time will tell though!

CRS on the way soon! S & SS grades

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Hm... I'd keep your cat out of the room with the fish tank to be honest. You wouldn't wanna risk having a shrimp on the frogbit, getting scared, and jumping out of the tank. Also, I've read many horror stories where everything in the tank would die if the cat had a lot of kitty litter stuffs on its hand.

Hope the shrimp enjoy their new home ! More pictures when they color up some!
Yea, I don't normally have them in there but one is going to the vet and I can't give him food for 24 hours prior to the surgery (neeuuuutering ) and if I did that with the other two I would be followed by two furiously mewing cats until they are fed.
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Old 12-12-2011, 12:23 AM   #36
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Great looking pictures. Glad they're adjusting to the tank well. When are the CRS coming? And yea, it's MUCH harder to tell which tigers I have are male/female. I still am only sure I have 2 females, and at least one male that knocked them up haha. No idea what the others are. Just happy they're all alive and well!

Also, what are the parameters of your tank? Will you be doing water changes with RO water?

And poor cat... neutering :X!
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Old 12-12-2011, 12:46 AM   #37
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Thanks! The place I got them from ships on Mondays so either this week or next.

On the tank right now the temp. is 74F, ph is 6.5, and gh is 5. Water comes out of the tap really soft like that so I don't think I'd need RO water. Been using the shrimp water conditioner as well as the minerals that came with the ebi setup
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Old 12-12-2011, 01:16 AM   #38
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Hm... hope they come next week or they'll get stuck in the Christmas delivery rush.
Everything seems good with your parameters. What's your kH? That'll be pretty important to keep low for CBS and CRS. (You should update the first post with flora, fauna, and equipment if you have time!) I think tap would degrade your fluvial stratum pretty quickly?
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Old 12-13-2011, 03:05 AM   #39
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I started reading this the other day but had to deal with the girlfriend wanting to go out and do something fun, before I had a chance to comment. This is a really good scape for round rocks, I normally don't see a scape done well with them. I really like what you did. Kind of "calming" for lack of a better word.
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Old 12-15-2011, 12:29 AM   #40
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Hm... hope they come next week or they'll get stuck in the Christmas delivery rush.
Everything seems good with your parameters. What's your kH? That'll be pretty important to keep low for CBS and CRS. (You should update the first post with flora, fauna, and equipment if you have time!) I think tap would degrade your fluvial stratum pretty quickly?
I think they'll be here tomorrow! Checked the tracking number and they're in the state With any luck 12 new shrimp will be joining the herd!!

Haven't a clue about the stratum though, but this weekend I'm off to the store to buy a kh test kit, and some excel, maybe some java moss...there's a big space under the filter that gets barely any light and I want to put some kind of plant back there.

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I started reading this the other day but had to deal with the girlfriend wanting to go out and do something fun, before I had a chance to comment. This is a really good scape for round rocks, I normally don't see a scape done well with them. I really like what you did. Kind of "calming" for lack of a better word.
Hehe thanks!! They're really the only rocks I have for my tanks, I always collect them when near streams, rivers, and lakes so I've got quite the stockpile lol
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Old 12-15-2011, 12:43 AM   #41
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NICE! Beat out the christmas rush for shipping. Not sure if you have one already but I would get a TDS meter online if you start to notice breeding issues. No real need to get it early if it seems everything is alright.

Just be a bit careful with excel. I've never had problems with it and shrimp, but many people have had shrimp die due to excel usage. However, I dose my excel straight into my flourite, which absorbs it right away. Other people just dump excel into the tank so that might be where the issue comes from. If you need I can recommend you to a guy that sells 9 inch needles + syringes so you can dose excel straight into your substrate as well.

Moss would be a good choice for places where there's low light. Just make sure to secure it so it doesn't clog the filter intake!
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Old 12-15-2011, 08:30 PM   #42
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And I was right!! The crystal reds came today and I have to say, wow! Their color is already good I can't wait till they get settled into the tank. And as for how they breed in my water, we'll see soon...the biggest has a saddle!!

The most high-grade one of the batch, the white is like paint and they aren't even colored up yet!





And an update on the CBS, this is one of the most black ones, three have a slight reddish tint, and two are like this.


Crystal reds are going in the tank as soon as they finish eating, they were HUNGRY!!
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Old 12-15-2011, 11:03 PM   #43
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You fed them in the separate breeder box?
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You fed them in the separate breeder box?
Well...yea. Like 2 little pellets. Took them all of 10 minutes to finish them off

They're in the tank now scattered over all the plants and exploooring!
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Old 12-16-2011, 02:16 AM   #45
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Don't feed them tomorrow! Let them munch on all the goodies in the tank for a while and get to know the place :]
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