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Old 11-15-2012, 12:40 AM   #31
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Your amanos are nice little workers! Can I ask what source you used? I need these guys
Just my local Big Al's... They're the best algae eating critters available for the freshwater tank, IMHO...


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Old 11-15-2012, 02:23 AM   #32
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It cycled!!!!!!!!

Finally... After almost two months, it cycled. The enriched soil (Netlea Lambo) dumped so much ammonia they it complicated the cycling process. But now, it's on to my goal of breeding shrimp...... I just don't know what yet. I'm still kinda new to shrimp, so I wanna do something relatively simple, but obviously a step or two higher the cherry shrimp.

Below is a pic I just took... I just trimmed the carpet this morning..l seems to be filling in... I went this afternoon and bought some horned nerites and Amanos to help with algae....


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Looks great. What kind of plant/bush is that in the R-corner?...whatever it is it looks good! And where did you buy your lily pipe set?
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Old 11-17-2012, 01:46 AM   #33
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Looks great. What kind of plant/bush is that in the R-corner?...whatever it is it looks good! And where did you buy your lily pipe set?
Thanks for the compliments... The plant is tonina manaus. It's a great plant.

The lily pipes are from a shop here in Canada.


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Old 11-17-2012, 05:00 AM   #34
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tank is lookin good!

I need to get some amano's in my 2gallon before I put in CRS - the algae hit it pretty hard recently
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Old 11-17-2012, 08:38 AM   #35
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Liking this tank a lot! Good luck with breeding!
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Old 11-19-2012, 05:54 PM   #36
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Sorry it took so long, but this is the most recent pic...

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Thanks for all the encouraging words. To be honest, though I am satisfied with how this tank turned out, I'm not entirely happy with the layout. Some have commented earlier that the right side was a little off balance, and after a while, I too noticed it is indeed the weak point of the layout. I can't quite get my finger on it, but something isnt jiving 100%...

Anyhoo, live and learn.. :{


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Old 11-19-2012, 07:40 PM   #37
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Maybe you can sculpt that corner into something...maybe find some skinny tall rocks to put in front of it?
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:42 PM   #38
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Looks great man love it

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Old 11-19-2012, 08:35 PM   #39
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Maybe you can sculpt that corner into something...maybe find some skinny tall rocks to put in front of it?
Yeah, thats an idea. I wanted to make it minimalist, but I guess thats not accomplished if the corner looks unfinished.

Your comment made me think of something like this...
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Would that do it...?


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Yeah, that might do it! I think it'll need some plant on its base though. Maybe if you can get the ground cover to grow over it?
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Old 11-20-2012, 09:58 PM   #41
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Hey love the tank. I dont know if i missed it in thread somewhere. what light are you using?
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Old 11-21-2012, 02:00 AM   #42
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Hey love the tank. I dont know if i missed it in thread somewhere. what light are you using?
It's a two 18w T5HO unit by Odyssea..


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Old 11-21-2012, 08:57 PM   #43
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Two more update pics via iPhone (sorry, no DSLR's in foreseeable future)...

One of my happy CRS...
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Thats 2 out of 4...

I think it's the way they catch these critters in the wild, but they die shortly after arriving from the pet shops... There are a few pet shops that I know that quarantine them for two weeks before selling, because so many complain that they die shortly after bringing them home...

Once you have healthy specimens, I haven't found them finicky. The last 3 I had, I kept for 2 years before giving them away.

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Old 11-22-2012, 06:33 AM   #44
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I think the idea with driftwood would be a good idea !
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I think the idea with driftwood would be a good idea !
Sold!

Ironically, I found a piece of driftwood that strangely resembles my crude drawing I proposed to everyone a page or so back. Though it's perhaps ever so slightly smaller.

Its been boiled and fully water logged now, so I'm gonna moss-it-up tomorrow. Have done Taiwan moss and Christmas moss in the past and ideally would like something different, but will probably end up using whatever's available at the few places I call up tomorrow.

I'll post some pics when it's done. Hopefully it'll bring some completeness or balance to my aquascape, as I felt it wasn't quite right, as we discussed.


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