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Old 04-19-2010, 08:50 AM   #1
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10 gallons of Crs/Cbs (Now rimless,new pictures added 3/8/11)


(01/19/11)



Equipment:
10 gallon tank with a standard 20 gallon light
submersible glass heater(changed to Stealth, temp more consistent now)
sponge filter(later changed to a whisper HOB, now using rapids mini canister)
eco-complete

Temp 72-73 degrees
They are fed once every few days, Shirakura, Spirulina discs or zucchini. Almond, oak, maple and birch leaves are added as well.
Weekly 20% water changes, straight from the tap. (Now using 3:1 distilled water until i get a RO/DI system, to tap water)
No co2 or ferts.

Livestock:
35 crs/cbs
snails, snails and more snails

Plants:
Java moss
Rotala rotundifolia(indica)
Hygrophilia Polysperma
Fissidens fontanus


(12/01/09)Holy mess 'o' wires....




(12/11/09)Added 10 A-S grade crs




(1/25/10) Added 25 more mixed grades of Crs and Cbs. I think 4 Cbs's were counted








These pictures are a few months old. Since these were taken, several shrimp are now berried, I'd say at least half. Including both of the SS hinos that are in the tank.
At least two batches of babies hatched, but I dont think any of them made it past their first week of life. Shirakura mineral Baby shrimp food is now being added. Hopefully that will give them a better chance than the first two batches =[. A small chunk of mineral rock was also added.

More up to date pictures soon!
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Old 04-19-2010, 09:40 AM   #2
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what kind of leaf are those? Nice shrimp tank. Thats some crazy moss.
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Old 04-19-2010, 09:54 AM   #3
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what kind of leaf are those? Nice shrimp tank. Thats some crazy moss.
Thank you Boon!

I added what type of leaves that are used at the top.

As for the moss situation, I really hope I have some pictures to show you how thick it got. I had to remove the largest stick with java moss on it because there was too much Java in there. The only drift wood in the tank now are the two single twigs, one with flame, the other with java. I hope to find and post some more photos later. =]
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Old 04-19-2010, 09:58 AM   #4
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Whoops! must've not been paying attention. I had flame moss and java moss on a twig before, it was a mess. I didn't think that the java moss would spread like it did and in the end I ended up with a lot of mix matched moss.
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Old 04-19-2010, 10:02 AM   #5
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You did not miss it boon, I edited the post as you were reading it =]
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Old 04-19-2010, 10:06 AM   #6
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Are your oak leaves coloring your water at all?
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Old 04-19-2010, 10:06 AM   #7
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I'm thinking about adding leaf litter to my tank. I been searching google the last few days for answer but not a lot of people have any info on it. How do you prepare the leaf? I've collected a lot green oak leaves and I'm now trying to dried them out so I can use them.
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Old 04-19-2010, 10:15 AM   #8
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All i do is give them a rinse, and then let them float in the tank until they become less buoyant, then i shove them where i want em to lie. No issues with the leaves affecting the water color so far.
I'd have to say they seem to prefer maple and birch over the almond and oak, maybe because they are softer leaves. I have not added more than one oak leaf at a time, and I do not add them anymore, just cause they are the last leaf to be picked at by the shrimp.
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(2/15/10) A molted shrimp skin is dangling by one of its antenna spinning nice and slowly, I was pretty amused by it. Also had some brown stringy algae occuring, I think it was due to lack of water flow. So I swapped out the sponge filter for a whisper HOB. Problem solved.



I have no pictures of this tank in between 2/15 and now. I think i was too focused on my 45 in that time period....
I DO remember that at the end of February, my power went out for 2 and a half days. I was Very concerned for these little critters. Luckily, I thought ahead and was prepared for such the occasion with a battery powered air pump from a fellow member in the S&S. It may have been loud and hard to fall asleep to, being the only thing in my house making noise, but I slapped the sponge filter back in the tank and it worked great. To heat the water in this tank during the outage I boiled some water and poured it into a zip lock bag, zipped it up, and just let it float in the tank. Each time raising the temp in the tank by half a degree i think it was. Every one made it just fine. =]

Here is what it looks like today. Gave the front wall a quick scrape and snapped a few photos just now. It seems that EVERY picture i have of this tank, the Rotala has been trimmed a few days prior......Kind of odd. But every time i look at the tank, they are all touching the surface.....
The flame moss was just about to reach the surface, so it was hacked and tied to the branch again.
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Old 04-19-2010, 01:49 PM   #10
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that's a great tank! really impressive! I want to start a 10 gallon crs shrimp tank myself and this is going to be some definite inspiration
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I like your moss and shrimps great work
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that's a great tank! really impressive! I want to start a 10 gallon crs shrimp tank myself and this is going to be some definite inspiration
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I like your moss and shrimps great work
Thanks a bunch for comments guys! Greatly appreciated.
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That moss portion in the dead center is just awesome. lt really gives you a good view of what the shrimp are doing. The only down side is you can't see nothing behind it. l always wanted to have some sort of moss carpet and this tank really gets close to that look.
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That moss portion in the dead center is just awesome. lt really gives you a good view of what the shrimp are doing. The only down side is you can't see nothing behind it. l always wanted to have some sort of moss carpet and this tank really gets close to that look.
Thanks Shadow, the moss stick used to be standing up a little bit so you could actually see underneath it to the back wall. It could probably go for a slight trim as well.
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Old 04-23-2010, 06:42 AM   #15
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Could anyone enlighten me as to how often and how much Shirakura mineral Baby shrimp food I should be adding? No babies are present yet, but its been 2-3 weeks for most of the berried females. Expecting any day now, Thanks!
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