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Old 03-12-2012, 02:54 PM   #46
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Very cool, I like your setup and your beautiful shrimps.
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Old 03-24-2012, 03:06 AM   #47
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Alright, update time. Much of what I talked about in the last few posts has been done. I have finished scaping and cycling my 20 gallon long and moved all of my taiwan bees to that tank. The scape didn't end up quite how I was planning, but I think turned out quite nice. Hopefully the micro sword survives the low light conditions, if not I will probably go back to my plan of using crypt pavra for between the rock areas. Parameters have stabalized at Temp = 72, gH = 4.5, kH = 0.5, TDS = 100 (roughly), pH = 6.4. Only concern is pH a bit higher than I would like, but I think the taiwan bees will do OK in it.

My CRS (with the addition of some nice SSS specimens) have been added to the 8 gallon Mr Aqua and I have added some more moss, crypts, and floaters to that tank. Thankfully the added plant matter (or just time) has taken care of the BGA I was having.

The Fluval Chi tank has been taken down. I have kept the riparium plants and am trying to grow them in a window sill, It will be interesting to see how they do, humidity may be a problem.

All of my Rilis have been moved out of the 12 gallon long tank and placed to fend for themselves in my community tank. Lets just say my German Blue Rams do a good job of keeping the shrimp population in that tank at a reasonable level.

Full tank shots below, I will include some shrimp photos in a later post.
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Old 03-24-2012, 03:45 AM   #48
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pimp lights in second pic!! what is that/
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Old 03-24-2012, 10:05 PM   #49
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It is an Archaea 18" LED. It is not as bright as it looks in that photo though, it is really only sufficient for low light plants.
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Old 04-20-2012, 04:43 AM   #50
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I call this post Feeding Time, Breeding Time

I love the deep red on the OEBT, spring time breeding really brings out the red in the females.
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Old 04-20-2012, 05:05 AM   #51
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So with summer seemingly coming early (at least here in New Mexico) I thought I would go into how I keep my tanks cool in this rather hot climate (it is a dry heat at least). I use evaporated cooling via small household fans. This isn't all that unique, but I go the extra step to have my fans hooked up to temperature controllers bought via e-bay. If you do a search for "Aquarium Temperature Controllers" you will find what I use. They are cheap but have proven reasonably durable for me so far (with the exception of maybe the probes which only seem to last a year or so...you might see if you can order extra when you order your controller). If you decide to do something like this make sure you get a 110 V model and if you can it is nice to have one that displays in Fahrenheit (although the ones that display in Celsius work perfectly fine, you just have to do a conversion). A photo of a unit can be seen below

There is some wiring involved which while isn't that hard, does take a bit of time to figure out the first time you do it. Wiring diagrams can be found readily via google and I will be willing to help as well if anyone follows this, just pm me. You have to wire in a plug as well as some sort of outlet. Once done the result is you can just plug any fan you want in (that runs off 110V) and your temp will be controlled to whatever set point you decide (I usually go for 73 in the summer for my tanks). This is much better control of temperature than you could ever obtain with just a timer and keeps the temp within 1 degree of the set point. Accuracy has been quite close for me with these things reading within 1 degree of a calibrated laboratory thermometer (it is handy to be a chemist every once in awhile).
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Old 04-20-2012, 05:32 AM   #52
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And some random Shrimp Shots to end the night, with lots of love for my CRS adults, juvies, and babies.
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Old 09-29-2012, 11:16 PM   #53
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I've had a super busy summer and haven't posted at all really. Shrimp tanks are still doing well although I am having some issues with deaths in my Tangerine/OEBT tank and very poor baby survival. Parameters look fine, have tried a large water change, and treating with paraguard. It is not something that is wiping out the tank (at least not yet), but getting quite a few more deaths than what is normal in my experience. May be related to heat, but I have a fan on the tank to keep it cool during the summer. Can't sell anything from that tank until I figure out what is going on which is a bit of a bummer. Taiwan Bee tank had a great summer and I got a tank full of juvie BKKs and some hybrids as well. I'll post some updated pics in a bit.

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Old 10-17-2012, 08:48 PM   #54
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Well, I am going to be going through a long distance move and faced some difficult decisions about what to do with my tanks. Right now the plan is to completely break down my TT/OEBT tank (12 gallon long). I have RAOK the shrimp and will be breaking down and completely sterilizing the tank. Stay tuned though, I am planning to restart that tank as a Sulawesi Cardinal tank. My CRS tank (7.8 gallon bow front Mr. Aqua) I am selling off the shrimp and am selling off the tank as well locally. The only tank I am going to try and move as is is my 20 gallon long Taiwan Bee tank. They have been breeding well for me and I really like this tank. The plan right now is to pack the shrimp up in breather bags, drain almost all of the tank water, and move the tank with plants and gravel still in the tank. It will be two hard days of driving, but I should be able to have it back up and running in less than 48 hours.
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Old 10-17-2012, 08:51 PM   #55
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beautiful shrimpy pix
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