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Old 01-02-2012, 04:04 PM   #1
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Planted Nano Shrimp - (56k)


Hey everyone,

This is my first post on the forums and I wanted to share a few pics / videos of my first nano aquarium.

Specs:
- 2.5 Gallon Ibox Nano
- 18 high intensity 6500k with 3 moonlight LED lights
- Flourish
- Flourish Excel (carbon source)
- Flora Max substrate

Hardscape:
- 1x Slate
- Branch of driftwood from the swamps of Palatka, Florida.

Aquatic Plants:
- Java Moss (Taxiphyllum barbieri)
- Cabomba (Cabomba caroliniana)

Fish & Invertebrates:
- 6x RCS (Neocardinia heteropoda)
- 1x Blue Pearl Shrimp (Neocaridina cf. zhangjiajiensis)

Until recently that branch of driftwood was being used as a piece of ornamental decoration over a cabinet. I was visiting a childhood friend of mine in Palatka, Florida at his house in the middle of the swamps. While helping him clear out a fallen tree in his creek that opens into the St. Johns river I picked up a few pieces of driftwood to bring back for my future aquascaping endeavors.

I had this nano aquarium set up for the past 2 weeks as an Iwagumi style using a few larger pieces of slate, however I found the setup seeming like it lacked space instead of giving an impression of space. So today I decided that since I need to crop the plants in my 20 gallon planted aquarium, I could use some of those cuttings to plant different portions of my nano aquarium. Hence, the java moss on the slate and on top of the driftwood.

As for the question mark on under plants, that's because I don't know what the name of the plant is. Unfortunately when buying fish and aquatic plants in Kuwait most of LFS employee's don't know anything about the animals and plants that they are selling, all they know are the prices. I find myself constantly going to stores and getting them to rearrange inhabitants of aquariums and so on lol. If anyone can identify the name of the plant I'd greatly appreciate it!

Anyways now for the main event... Pictures!

Day 1:

I apologize for the weird angles ahead (Tilt head to right for a "normal view").









Any comments / suggestions are always welcome!

- Walid

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Old 01-02-2012, 04:47 PM   #2
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That is a very nice tank. The driftwood looks very nice as do the shrimp. However, those are not Crystal Red Shrimp. They are Rili shrimp (Neocaridina heteropoda) a variant of the Red Cherry Shrimp and will interbreed with your Blue pearl shrimp. By the looks of the berried Rili, this may have already happened.
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Old 01-02-2012, 04:49 PM   #3
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That driftwood looks awesome!
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Old 01-02-2012, 05:01 PM   #4
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That is a great piece of DW! Love that natural mountain look.

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That is a very nice tank. The driftwood looks very nice as do the shrimp. However, those are not Crystal Red Shrimp. They are Rili shrimp (Neocaridina heteropoda) a variant of the Red Cherry Shrimp and will interbreed with your Blue pearl shrimp. By the looks of the berried Rili, this may have already happened.
+1. It maybe too late for your rili shrimp. By breeding with the blue pearl, the mutt shrimp are much weaker as you're breeding a heteropoda and a zhangjiajiensis
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Old 01-02-2012, 05:04 PM   #5
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Oh, and I think your mystery plant is green cabomba.
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