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Old 06-15-2013, 03:53 PM   #136
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Nice. Your moss looking great! I especially like the first one.
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Old 06-15-2013, 04:49 PM   #137
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Thanks - it's definitely my favorite of the three cubes so far.

Though, the 25cm tank I have 'cycling' at the moment is appealing to me more and more.

Contemplating ordering another 25cm cube for a lava rock scape similar to the one I have in the 5.5gal journal.

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Old 06-15-2013, 10:21 PM   #138
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FlyingShawn: Those are decent little fixtures but are problematic. Electrical equipment for the fixture is located in the clamp portion of it that attaches to the side of the tank. That presents a couple problems: electrical equipment in part of a fixture touching water isn't suitable for this application and having electrical equipment in an area that touches thing glass can lead to cracking issues if there's overheating.
I'm really surprised to hear they put electronics in the clamp since it seems extremely shortsighted and I haven't seen any mention of that in the product descriptions or reviews I've seen. I'll have to examine it pretty closely when I get it to make sure that clamp is sealed well.

It's going on a rimmed tank, so I'm less concerned about your second point for my application. I love the rimless look, but I want to keep evaporation down and I've had too many critters decide to go exploring over the years to leave a tank without a lid.
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Old 06-19-2013, 12:52 AM   #139
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Surface film on the two tiny cubes will be the death of me. It's because the filters don't create enough surface agitation. Though, they definitely create enough flow throughout the tanks.

No film on the 25cm cube because the AC20 creates plenty of surface movement.
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Old 06-19-2013, 06:17 PM   #140
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After a whopping 37 days (maybe 38), one of the berried mamas in the tiny cubes finally has shrimp hatching out.

Surface film is still driving me crazy. Gotta come up with a better solution.
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Old 06-21-2013, 01:55 AM   #141
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These AquaTop tanks continue to be awesome.

Some of the babies plopped out by one of the berried females the other day:








I fear most of them will be higher grades. Dangit.
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Love that last pic with the lil shrimplet in the eye in the wood, too cute!
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Old 06-25-2013, 12:50 AM   #143
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Ammonia in the 25cm cube is down to 0.25PPM. Haven't seen a nitrite reading at all.

Looks like this tank will be ready for shrimp within a couple weeks.

Now I need to decide what kind of shrimp. Still waffling on that one.

Do I move some PRLs in there for a month or two to make sure everything is Kosher and then swap them out for Taiwan Bees?

Do I just use it for PRLs? Maybe to help breed out all the reds I so desire?

Or do I move some CBS in and re-scape my 12gal long?

In other news: fighting the urge to buy another one of these awesome little cubes. I LOVE THEM SO MUCH.
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Aaaaaand. I ordered a few more cubes. (SHH - don't tell the other half)

Picked up some Downoi today. Not sure it will thrive without CO2 but I hope to use it in the new 25cm cube. If it doesn't do so well, I'll move it to a tank with pressurized CO2, I guess.

Looks like I'm going to have to stick airstones (on timers) into the 20cm cubes to combat surface film. These little filters just don't cut it for surface agitation.
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Found babies in the other cube (the tree-ish one, not the stump) during water changes today:



Still really enjoying the little cubes. Added air stones today to ditch the annoying surface film:




The air pump is on a timer, so it only runs a few times per day and doesn't create noise during the evening hours.

Will eventually hide the air stones in the back of the cubes.

Added three crowns of Downoi to the 25cm cube:



And a bunch of Crypt parva:



Fissidens is chugging along:



May add shrimp to the tank this weekend.

Beginning to think the big cube will look great once everything grows in after a few months.
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Great pics, & Yay for babies!!!

That last cube in gonna look amazing once all that fisseden & parva grow in! Love the shape of the wood and the nan petite! Some of my fav plants so far.

The others look great as well, the moss is killer.
Glad they're all doing so well!
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That could very well be the case when it comes to tap water. I have only two tanks that I use tap in and I'm slowly phasing them out.

All of my remineralized RO/DI tanks definitely have crazy moss growth, regardless of the type. Always surprised when others have such difficulty.
How do you remineralize your R/O? Love these cubes! You have me looking at the 11.3 gallon cube now. :-)
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With products specifically meant for shrimp keeping. Depends upon the species.

In these cubes, I use Salty Shrimp Bee Shrimp Mineral GH+ and some Mosura TDS up.

But I also have Shirakura Ca+, Mosura Mineral Plus Ultra and a few of the other products from the Salty Shrimp line.

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With products specifically meant for shrimp keeping. Depends upon the species.

In these cubes, I use Salty Shrimp Bee Shrimp Mineral GH+ and some Mosura TDS up.

But I also have Shirakura Ca+, Mosura Mineral Plus Ultra and a few of the other products from the Salty Shrimp line.
Got it, thanks!

On another note, that Deep Blue mini light looks very cool from a price, wattage, and size factor. Any chance you could get a shot of its spread on a tank?
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Old 06-30-2013, 11:28 PM   #150
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Complete Veggie feeding time - babies and all:




Moved 17 or 18 PRLs into the 25cm cube:





Tried to select shrimp that had strange patterns or traits that most people would not be interested in.
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