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Old 10-15-2013, 01:35 AM   #1
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The Dude's 11.4 Mr Aqua - Carbon Rili's


Finally got the old tank torn down and got the new one set up today.

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Mr Aqua 11.4 gallon

Light
20" Finnex FugeRay

Filter
Eheim 2213
Dual Sponge Filter

Substrate
Tahitian Moon Sand

Decor
Black Lava Rock

I'm no Aquascaping expert, but I'm getting closer each attempt to hitting exactly what I want. I liked this so I stuck with it


With Moonlights (I love this fixture)


So far I just have some Java Fern that needs some attention and Anubias Nana Petite. I'll be adding Hydrocotyle Japan as soon as it grows out a little more.


If you guys have scape suggestions PLEASE SHARE THEM. I'm always looking for suggestions.

I'll update regularly. Both filters are already cycled, but I'm going wait a few weeks to add the Carbons.
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Old 10-15-2013, 02:44 AM   #2
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Honestly, if I had a Mr. Aqua, I would invest in lily outflow pipes just to make everything glass since the tank is already so nice. Will you be planting larger "background" plants?
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Old 10-15-2013, 03:45 AM   #3
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Honestly, if I had a Mr. Aqua, I would invest in lily outflow pipes just to make everything glass since the tank is already so nice. Will you be planting larger "background" plants?
Definately will be doing Lily pipes. I didn't plan to have this running for another two weeks. Just had some time to get some stuff and works on the tank today that I didn't expect. I haven't found any other suitable background plants that I like for what I want yet. Definately no stems. I'm trying to keep things somewhat in proportion. I may replace the Java Fern with Blyxa if I find out that it will do well without C02. This is a shrimp tank first and foremost
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Old 10-15-2013, 04:53 AM   #4
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are you going to cover up that intake for the shrimp?
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are you going to cover up that intake for the shrimp?
I will probably look for one of the Stainless Steel Screens. Definately not a sponge. I have an uncovered intake on my 10g RCS tank and I have to mercilessly sell off those guys to keep the population manageable.
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Old 10-15-2013, 08:40 PM   #6
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Added some Monte Carlo and Fissidins today to see how they do.
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Old 10-16-2013, 12:33 AM   #7
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Also just hooked up 2 2 liter bottles of DIY C02 today. I'm going to drop the Metricide from 5ml daily to 2ml
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Old 10-16-2013, 09:39 PM   #8
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Looks good, this is pretty much what I want to do next but maybe some Orange Rili's.

Look forward to watching the progress!
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Still giving the plants some time to fill in and haven't added the Hydro Japan yet, but the Monte Carlo is filling in very quickly
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I'm still seeing good growth from the Monte Carlo and even surprising growth from the Anubias Nana petit.

I'm going to add more from another tank to get it spreading a little faster. I'm also going to add some Hydrocotyle Japan to the side with the sponge filter. I'm getting a date for cervical spine surgery tomorrow so I'll have a better idea as to when I can get the Carbons and have the ability to monitor them
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Any reason for using the sponge filter other than extra filtration?
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Any reason for using the sponge filter other than extra filtration?
I've noticed that I have better reproductive rates when I have a sponge filter in the tank with a constant supply of bio for the shrimplets to feed on. I'd like to keep the glass super clear on this tank so that precludes me from allowing the biofilm on the glass that shrimplets love.
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Very interesting. Ill keep that in mind later when my tank is ready for inhabitants


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I've noticed that I have better reproductive rates when I have a sponge filter in the tank with a constant supply of bio for the shrimplets to feed on. I'd like to keep the glass super clear on this tank so that precludes me from allowing the biofilm on the glass that shrimplets love.
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I've got some Carbon Rili's on the way. I'm very excited. Tank is doing well. I love this Monte Carlo. I added a couple small pieces to the left of the tank to get it going in that area and a small amount of Hydrocotyle to the right under the sponge filter. I'm very happy with the tank's progress. I estimate that I'll have some Monte Carlo for sale in a couple months at this rate as I also have it growing in another of my shrimp tanks
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I think I've finally found the "scape" I had in mind. I added some more lava rock covered in Fissidins on the left corner as well as a large Java Fern. I also put in some more Monte Carlo to help it spread and cover more fully in less time. I'm loving the scape right now. I've got 7 Carbon Rili shrimp, 1 Amano shrimp, and 1 Nerite Snail
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