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Old 03-09-2013, 01:21 AM   #91
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So jealous of your F. I still want one, lol. The tank looks good, have you considered M. minuta for it?
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Old 03-09-2013, 01:41 AM   #92
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Thanks! I think it looks like a hot mess. But after a few months (or a few million months) of Crypt growth, it should look acceptable. Once the Christmas Moss grows in, the tank will look solid.

Thought about doing a carpeting plant but don't want to use CO2 or ferts. In my experience, it takes Marsilea about a year to really spread well without both.

A note about the Crypts I've already planted: the ones in front are C. parva. The ones in back are allegedly C. parva but are giant bit comparison - and they've been submerged in another tank for about sixteen months. Figured they'd look decent behind the wood when viewed from above. Didn't want anything too tall, as this is going to be a shrimp tank.
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Old 03-10-2013, 01:23 AM   #93
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Didn't end up doing a water change today. Ammonia is just at 4PPM so I don't see a need to swap water. Maybe I'll get lucky and it won't creep up above 5PPM this time? (Wishful thinking, I know)

Have been doing lots of brainstorming today and am torn on the shrimp I want to keep in the tank. Currently have things at a GH of 5 but that's easy to alter. Have waffled from Neos to Tigers to Crystals. Maybe Tangerine Tangers. Maybe some of the BTOE I have left (sold most of them). Maybe just a bunch of my PRLs.
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Old 03-10-2013, 01:26 AM   #94
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Try TTs. They're tough, I hear.

Mine didn't prosper. But I'll be trying them again very soon.

I love BTOEs. They're also a great choice.

Oh and Royal Blues catch my eye big time. I've been looking for someone to start a project with them.

I guess what I'm saying is tigers ahoy!
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Old 03-10-2013, 01:33 AM   #95
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I've got a bunch of Tangerine Tigers. They're at least as hardy as Cherries in my tanks. Have them in everything from GH 5 to GH 14, pH ranging from 5.5 to 7.5. Kinda need to add to the bloodline, though.

This tank is three feet from where I spend most of the day, so I want something interesting. Am fortunate to have all kinds of shrimp on-hand, so that's not an issue. Just have to make a decision.

Directly beneath the tank is a 3gal with Snow Whites and beneath that, PRLs. Something different would be nice.
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Old 03-10-2013, 01:51 AM   #96
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Yeah why not pick a tiger.

I also suggested TTs because not only do they look unique, they also are SUPER active. More active than any shrimp I've ever had at least.
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Good point on the activity front. Definitely should be high on the priority list for this tank.
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Almost bought a Fluval Aqualife & Plant LED fixture last night at the LFS (it was on sale for $49 - about half retail). It's sleek and would have been perfect for this tank.

But it attaches to the tank with a 3M Command Strip! What the heck? Disaster waiting to happen.

Guess these little eBay/BeamsWork clip-on LEDs will have to work for the time being.
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Had to do some work on the driftwood. Ended up using Gorilla Glue to attach the base to a piece of slate, which raised it out of the water a tiny bit:



I can live with it, I think. And the glue should hold long enough til everything is fully water logged. (I know, I know - I should have attached it in the beginning or pre-soaked it for a few weeks.)

Finally seeing some melt on the C. petchii, should be seeing new growth by the time the tank is cycled:



Hoping this creates a neat effect once the H. sibthorpioides thickens up:



Still planning to order more C. parva and want to add a couple more colorful Crypts to the area around the C. petchii.

Note: No, I won't be leaving the ugly thermometer in that spot - will eventually hide it behind the filter intake.
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Nearly three weeks in.

Guessing it'll be another 3-4 weeks before this is suitable for critters.

Time to order some more C. parva!
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Will need to move the H. sibthorpioides:



Because it's going to overtake the Christmas Moss if I don't.
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Yeah it probably will. I'm trying to train my H. Japan to go up a piece of DW and avoid my own mosses.
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Old 03-30-2013, 01:00 PM   #103
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Think I'm going to move part of it behind the wood and ditch the crypts in the back. Since it gets a bit bushy, thinking it could look pretty cool.
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Still no Nitrite reading but ammonia is starting to drop down from 4PPM. Guessing I'll see the Nitrite spike soon.
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Really happy with moss growth:



The small crypts in the photo below are C. parva:



The larger ones were also sold to me as C. parva. Clearly two different plants. Have had them both in my tanks for about two years.

And these little guys are popping out new leaves at least once a week:



It's gonna take a million years for the tank to cycle but I'm patient and happy with it.

Gonna add a few more crypts of some sort to the bank of the tank and then it'll be complete. My goal was to keep things simple and relatively attractive and hopefully I'll have accomplished that within a few months of growth. It's not the best it could be but it's a shrimp tank... so I guess I can't complain.
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