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Old 03-29-2010, 09:06 PM   #1
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Ark's 10g Shrimp Tank(RCSx5 Berried!)(July 14th, 2010 update)(56k)


Hello and Welcome to my Shrimp Tank!

Equipment:

Canopy with Fluorescent Tube (standard bulb when I got it, 15W)
Sponge Filter
Heating: Hydor Mini Aquarium Heaters - 5-10 gallon
Substrate: Black Flourite

Camera:
Nikon D3000 with 55mm Lens.

Plant Life:

Xmas Moss
Dwarf Hairgrass

Current live stock:

17 Red Cherry Shrimp
5 Crystal Red Shrimp
10 Crystal Black Shrimp
3 Baby Crystal Black Shrimp

Here's a bonus shot of my Betta


Last edited by arktixan; 07-15-2010 at 01:21 AM.. Reason: July 14th, 2010 update
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Tank, half filled originally filled Feb 15th, 2010. Just to allow some growth of bacteria, water change cycling.


The Completion of the Mesh wall.
Used plastic mesh, from Micheal's, quality bad due to mobile phone
March 14th, 2010


The Moss attached to the mesh wall. sorry for the 'crap' quality, was due to mobile phone.
March 23rd, 2010


My "Xmas" Moss, says the water bottle... will need a conformation hope this shot is good enough. I can PM the full scale if this is hard to recognize
March 29th, 2010


Mesh Wall update, theres some Small growth, due to location of my tank, unfort I cannot take side view shots , though, I may remove the canopy to show .
The bottle infront the tank is labelled as Java Moss, I will take a snapshot, just to be sure it is .


The soon to be DIYC02 not sure if I should add a 2nd bottle for water only, or just use the one, I've read mixed reviews, can't make up my mind yet, I will be adding my tube right into the filter intake.

More to come soon!!

Still, kinda unsure when I should add fish/shrimp, Part of me wants to wait for my moss to grow.
and will add some driftwood, an rock covered moss in time, just figuring out how.
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You need to add a thin layer of moss all over the moss wall for it to create an even moss wall. I would empty the bottle of moss into the wall then later on trim moss and add it to other hardscape pieces or whatever.

Looks like you're off to a great start!
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Old 03-30-2010, 02:19 AM   #4
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You need to add a thin layer of moss all over the moss wall for it to create an even moss wall. I would empty the bottle of moss into the wall then later on trim moss and add it to other hardscape pieces or whatever.

Looks like you're off to a great start!
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The moss thats on the Wall was labeled "X Moss" i provided a closeup of it, then I have another bottle, "Java Moss". so, I am really unsure about mixing the 2. until I know for sure that "X moss" is Java, and not the X-Mas I kinda hoped for. tho on the bright side both were 8$ each bottle
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Old 03-30-2010, 08:41 PM   #5
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So, I took couple pics from my moss bottles i purchased...

"X Moss" Bottle


"Java Moss" Bottle


with the help of the Plant section of the forum... I got a nice feeling both are Java moss... tis a shame that the guy just didnt put Java on all the bottles. instead of mixing it up by X / Java.
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Old 03-30-2010, 08:52 PM   #6
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You need to add a thin layer of moss all over the moss wall for it to create an even moss wall. I would empty the bottle of moss into the wall then later on trim moss and add it to other hardscape pieces or whatever.

Looks like you're off to a great start!
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Alright moss wall!! I agree with Andrew. You're not going to get the wall that you want without spreading it out over the entire mesh area. I grow my moss as a carpet, and once it establishes itself, it is very pretty and easy to manipulate. good luck. -el g
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Small update, redid the mesh wall, now knowing both of my Bottles of Moss is Java.




This isn't a final on the wall of course, nth is pinned down yet... probably will re-tool it see a bit of empty spots still.
May even buy another bunch.

Substrate will be replaced hopefully tmrw, going to see how priced the driftwood is... and possible some rock if weather is good, i can head to the beach.
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Alright moss wall!! I agree with Andrew. You're not going to get the wall that you want without spreading it out over the entire mesh area. I grow my moss as a carpet, and once it establishes itself, it is very pretty and easy to manipulate. good luck. -el g
Yea, I think thats a better idea, i laid it down flat instead of sticking it right to the wall this time, also made some small patches on seperate mesh that i had left over.
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Default April 4th, 2010 update.

Got my CRS April 1st...
3 for $12, at Big Als here in Ontario Canada... so far they are doing amazing, always on the move, enjoying the moss.

Too me they are looking like Grade A... possibly B's I am really unsure tbh. Then again, they could have been a lil stressed thus for some colour loss, i know that can happen when travelling.









I'll take a full tank shot later... its kinda bare atm... Still waiting for my moss to come in.

In the mail now, is Flame Moss, Xmas Moss.
hopefully the condition is good =).

the previous shots of my Mesh Wall... I will have to redo it.. unfort they found a way behind it so I need to re-tool an find the hole they have found.

Did a 20% water change. They seem to be fine. Still unsure about the sex of them... I'll try an get a shot of all 3 together one day, when they decide to come out and play
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ur betta is pretty
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ur betta is pretty
ty ty, I believe its known as a Dragon Fin well according to the pet shop i got him from... was $20... i was like shocked... talked to the lady... an dropped 15$ from it! i was so shocked.

I'll have to get a mirror next to him one day, an see his colour change, and try a get a wicked shot of his flared fins.
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Old 04-05-2010, 04:36 AM   #12
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78 degrees eh? Seems higher than most other shrimp tanks i see.
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78 degrees eh? Seems higher than most other shrimp tanks i see.
Actually it's off I use a digital theo.
that sticker is like 10yrs old... beaten down, moved around too much.

it's usually around 72-76

usually goes 76 with lights on... as i turn off the lights to simulate night, with moon from my window goes down to about 72-74.
I've read it COULD go down to 68... but.. i prefer 70s, and i've read COULD goto 81.. but... I think thats pushing it.
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Old 04-06-2010, 08:45 PM   #14
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Small update. one of my shrimp molted, a nice shell just laying in the substrate.. Should I remove it? or keep it in there?

I'll be removing for safety measures... until i find out

Will post a pic or 2 soon!

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No need to take it out - the shrimp will eat it for extra calcium.
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