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Old 02-27-2013, 04:19 PM   #1
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CRS Utopia...20L


So i decided to start a CRS only tank.


2/27/13


This tank will be Low Tech
Tank: 20L
Filter: Ehiem Classic 2215 w/ sponge intake
Light: TBD

Hardscape: ADA AquaSoil, locally collected rocks and DW

Fauna plans:
Crystal Reds
otos

Plants: (will add as i go)
Mini pellia (rocks)
Willow moss (DW)
C. parva


I am building a simple stand today. Chopping up the mini pellia and begining a DSM today as well.

hardscape layout


in the tank


with AS


left side


right side
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Old 02-27-2013, 06:21 PM   #2
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I like it man!
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Old 02-28-2013, 11:51 PM   #3
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thx han, with the issues that i am having with my PFR's in my 55, i am having second thoughts on making this a CRS tank now
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Old 03-01-2013, 12:40 AM   #4
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did you check if those rocks are safe for shrimp?
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yup. i have them in my BIG tank and no changes to the water at all
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thx han, with the issues that i am having with my PFR's in my 55, i am having second thoughts on making this a CRS tank now
eh just take your time man. happen to all of us.

shrimp you need patience! haha

set it up let it cycle and build tons of biofilm and that it go and then get some shrimps!
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Default CRS Utopia...20L

I want a CRS tank so bad, but with having to monitor all those parameters and the initial expense of acquiring them, I'm struggling.
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Old 03-01-2013, 02:25 AM   #8
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I like that piece of driftwood on the right
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Old 03-03-2013, 02:27 PM   #9
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eh just take your time man. happen to all of us.

shrimp you need patience! haha

set it up let it cycle and build tons of biofilm and that it go and then get some shrimps!
Just frustrated, thats all.

Yeah thats the plan. Dry start it(already have), flood it and plant it. Let it run for a month or 2. The go from there.

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I want a CRS tank so bad, but with having to monitor all those parameters and the initial expense of acquiring them, I'm struggling.
I am WIFE diagnosed OCD, so i look forward to that aspect.

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I like that piece of driftwood on the right
Thanks, me too, it looks like a spider climbing over the rocks. i dig it.
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Nice set up man! I like the layout! I'm going with a C. Parva foreground in my 20L PFR tank, if I can find the stuff...Ive been shopping for it at least 3 weeks now. Any plans to de-rim the tank? I've been reading about derimming an already running tank, not sure I want to do it yet. Although I've got another 20L sitting around that will get derimmed prior to being set up.

I totally understand second thoughts on the higher grade shrimp. I just lost a bunch of PFRs due to water quality problems. Switching from tap to RO water now. Definitely not in a rush anymore to setup the next shrimp tank.

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Nice set up man! I like the layout! I'm going with a C. Parva foreground in my 20L PFR tank, if I can find the stuff...Ive been shopping for it at least 3 weeks now. Any plans to de-rim the tank? I've been reading about derimming an already running tank, not sure I want to do it yet. Although I've got another 20L sitting around that will get derimmed prior to being set up.

I totally understand second thoughts on the higher grade shrimp. I just lost a bunch of PFRs due to water quality problems. Switching from tap to RO water now. Definitely not in a rush anymore to setup the next shrimp tank.

Well good luck! I'm gonna go ahead and subscribe.
thanks man. Yeah parva is hard to come buy. I luckly had a good buddy hook me up with about 12, and they are doing great.
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Update:
The tank is now cycled. You can see the mini pellia coming in nicely on all the rocks. The willow moss that i thought all but died during the DSM is popping back up on the DW. I also added a couple patches of flame moss in the back there.

I have yet to add the c. parva. Its doing so nicely in my other low tech tank that i would hate to shock it by moving to this tank. BUT i did buy it for this tank....

Here are a few pic right after the last "cycle" WC







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Beautiful setup! I like how it slopes down toward the middle with the two hardscape organizations (right word choice there?) on the side. Can't wait to see how it turns out with livestock. I just set up a 2 gallon CRS habitat too, but haven't made a tank journal yet. I'm gonna try to make it tonight or so.
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the patience is paying off, well done
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@Chad, What grade CRS are you planning?
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