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Old 02-23-2011, 12:56 AM   #61
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Thats one of coolest things iv seen ,it looks fantastc ..nice one .
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Old 02-23-2011, 01:30 AM   #62
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Thanks! it turned out better than i expected, even if it can't compare to some of the awesome iwagumi/planted bowls out there. but it shouldn't really compare lol, it's just a casual setup with a mash of plants xD
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Old 02-23-2011, 02:39 AM   #63
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Very cute.
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Old 02-23-2011, 02:53 AM   #64
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Old 02-27-2011, 03:49 AM   #65
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The female is now berried. I notice that some of the juveniles are getting saddled now o_o
there are so many shrimp in here right now, I seriously need to move the majority out ASAP. idc anymore what generation they are, they're moving out x_x We gotta make room for the newest gen on that female.
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Old 02-27-2011, 04:36 AM   #66
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The female is now berried. I notice that some of the juveniles are getting saddled now o_o
there are so many shrimp in here right now, I seriously need to move the majority out ASAP. idc anymore what generation they are, they're moving out x_x We gotta make room for the newest gen on that female.
You can send some my way, I need to diversify my shrimps gene pool lol. The bowl looks awesome, I love it. Is this the same newman on nano-reef btw?
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Old 02-27-2011, 08:49 PM   #67
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yep i am the same .Newman.

The shrimp are moving to my 40 gallon planted tank as usual. I've never actually thought of sending them to anybody yet, partly because nobody wants cherry shrimp these days lol. If you're still in need of them, I can send you some this summer, when the temps get warmer.
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Old 03-12-2011, 03:30 AM   #68
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I am slowly softening the water and lowering the pH in this tank. each water change I use a larger % of RO/DI water in my water change water. My goal is to get to about 2-4 dKH. To do that, as the final step I'll be using 100% RO/DI with a little dose of Seachem Equilibrium to get that KH up. Shrimp are doing ok so far.. I moved even more out today.
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Old 03-16-2011, 09:47 PM   #69
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What CO2 are you using (Sorry if you already said)
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Old 03-21-2011, 11:46 PM   #70
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No CO2 on this tank! lol I wanted to keep it very low on the maintenance, and back when i was running DIY CO2 on my 10 gal iwagumi, I always hated replacing the reactors and evetually ruined the tank by waiting too long to replace them one time. For that reason i skipped CO2 on this tank.
Carbon source is not supplied by Excel since i dose nothing in this tank. It comes from the soil under the sand. Miracle gro for all my fert and carbon needs lol.


Side note: I should not have put my marimo into this tank because now everything gets covered in nice green fuzz. looks cool though, and the marimo ball itself has reformed from a little clump and is growing fine.

Shrimp are doing ok. more females saddled, the main female has been berried for a while now. I need to get more of them out but its hard to do w/o wrecking all the plants lol!
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Old 04-06-2011, 04:05 AM   #71
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I removed about 30 more shrimp from this tank the other day...I removed all i could catch, including any tiny baby shrimp that accidentally went into the net. majority were smaller adult shrimp though.
The water is now real soft and pH is around 6.7 or so. The tank is just about ready.
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Old 04-06-2011, 11:34 PM   #72
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Any recent pictures of your bowl?
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Old 04-07-2011, 05:26 PM   #73
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Hey Newman, did you ever consider replacing the RCS with CPOs? I've always wondered how they would fare in such a setup. That would be really neat.
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Old 04-07-2011, 09:40 PM   #74
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CPOs are crayfish right? those get slightly bigger than these shrimp and i think would strain the system much more. they are cool little crustaceans but probably best for 10 gals or so.

I'll try to take a recent picture of the tank tomorrow after a water change and glass cleaning. the cladophora algae is very prominent on the glass and plants so it clouds the glass a bit. still a much much cooler algae than other lame types like the previous bloom of cyano.
The top of the moss was taken over by the lighter green colored cladophora but IMO it still looks cool and creates a contrast to the darker green moss.
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Old 04-07-2011, 10:14 PM   #75
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here are two pics taken a few minutes ago to get an idea of what it looks like now. there's the marimo ball in the center of the bowl, but its hard to see it. its hard to see detail with this camera lol. but the glass also really does blur. both the cladophora and the imperfections in the glass.
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