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Old 01-29-2013, 02:20 AM   #1
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1.5gal Shrimp Cyclinder


This shrimp vase has been running for 8 months, and it seems to be thriving!
Started out with some snails, then added shrimps. I haven't done any water change since setting it up, only top off every few days.

Filtration: Zoo Med 501 Filter
Lighting: Cheap clip on LED
PH .. TDS .. No idea never checked, but probably good since shrimps are alive
Substrate: A few ounces of Fluval Stratum + White gravel
Floral: assorted stuff that came when i bought the shrimps (moss, some floating stuff ..etc)
Shrimps: Started with 4 RCS now there's about 15 including babies. Added 2 CRS last month and they're pretty happy. also started out with 1 snail and now there's like 30? Feed them once every 2 days with some shrimp pellets

The wood is a branch i found at the park


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CRS checking out the other one eating:


View from above:


Light:


Snails feasting:


Berried shrimp hanging on my finger


Lots of eggs

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Old 01-29-2013, 02:36 AM   #2
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Nice! I like it!
I have some of these that I've had plants in but no shrimp.
You probably want to do some water change because as the water evaporates some things can get more concentrated and cause problems. I think 10% once a week is a good goal but not mandatory! That's like a pint once a week I think.

Anyway keep up the good work!

Oh and I had a thought, maybe you should either add more water or cut the branch so the upper fork is just at the water surface and make a Wabi-kusa (https://www.google.com/search?q=wabi...E-SH0QG16IDIBQ) or something and plant it in the crook and right at the water's surface. It would be like a little mini bog!
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Old 01-29-2013, 03:02 AM   #3
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or you can do what this guy did with his branch out of the water:
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...ht=bowl&page=3
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This looks great! How much water is on it?
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Old 01-29-2013, 06:42 AM   #5
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Thanks for the suggestions guys!

Probably about 1.2 gallon of water
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Nice cylinder!
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+1 on doing at least a small weekly waterchange. 10-20% will help offset the problems caused by evaporation.

A trick I've found that works well for scrubbing the walls down on these is to wrap a bit of loose floss around the end of a heavy bamboo skewer--the floss compacts a bit to conform to the rounded sides and is just abrasive enough to be able to scrub any algae build up off the walls.
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nice! yours is much nicer than mine, even though my shrimp don't mind the utter neglect. they just keep molting. lol
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+1 on doing at least a small weekly waterchange. 10-20% will help offset the problems caused by evaporation.

A trick I've found that works well for scrubbing the walls down on these is to wrap a bit of loose floss around the end of a heavy bamboo skewer--the floss compacts a bit to conform to the rounded sides and is just abrasive enough to be able to scrub any algae build up off the walls.
Thanks for the tips.

It seems that the massive # of snails are helping.. I have not seen any death and they're molting and breeding.
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I'm still amazed that my smallest shrimp "tank" is doing so well. Going on a year now with two of the original three cherry shrimp culls (had one jump ship--landing successfully in another planted bowl a few inches over and below this one!).

3"h x4"diameter bowl (stemmed wineglass)

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Nice stemmed wineglass.
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I'm still amazed that my smallest shrimp "tank" is doing so well. Going on a year now with two of the original three cherry shrimp culls (had one jump ship--landing successfully in another planted bowl a few inches over and below this one!).

3"h x4"diameter bowl (stemmed wineglass)

Awesome! That was my original intention, something small, but ended up with the cylinder vase because it was a good deal
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Old 01-30-2013, 03:46 AM   #13
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That is pretty amazing that those shrimp are doing well in that glass!
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Bowls seem to be the most common shape folks reach for, but I actually prefer cylinders and straighter sided vessels--they don't distort the view as much and they're much easier to plant with the substrate being the same level throughout.

It's a little addictive though--I have a hard time shopping for anything without evaluating every glass container as a potential planted vase!

Have you thought about adding any stems to yours?
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:25 PM   #15
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Boiled some some spinach leaves for my shrimps and after they're done, the snails had a mini orgy:

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