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Old 02-13-2011, 04:11 AM   #1
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5.5 ''Black Cherry Project'' UPDATE 4/7


Ive decided to setup yet another tank. This time i am going to be working with my black cherry shrimp to see if i can get them pure. I started with these as ''blue/ brown'' cherries about 2 years ago. Since then ive been culling out the brow, red, and light blue ones. after 2 years i'm finally gatting a black or dark blue shrimp w/ yellow eyes. very cool!!!! Here are the tank specs:

Tank- 5.5 AGA
Light-65w CFL
Heater- Stealth 50w set for 76
Substrate- Fluval Stratum
Filter- Red Sea Deco Art Nano HOB
CO2- DIY yeast
-2L bottle
-bubble counter
-nano diffuser
Plants:
-Rotala H'ra
-Rotala wallichii
-Rotala ''Butterfly
-Rotala sp. Mini Type 1
-Rotala sp. Mini Type 2
-Rotala sp. 'Vietnam'
-Limnophila sp. 'Guinea Broad-Leaf'
-Liliopsis sp. mini
-UG
-HC
-Vesicularia sp.
-Hydrothrix gardneri
-Ludwigia senegalensis
-Pogostemon helferi
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Old 02-13-2011, 04:15 AM   #2
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heres a pic:
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Old 02-13-2011, 06:34 AM   #3
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I like that wood stump! I'm setting up a 5.5 gallon myself for CBS/CRS. How do you like the fluval stratum vs. aquasoil or other plant soils? Also, could you tell me your mixture for your CO2? I cant figure out how much sugar and yeast I want to use so I dont have too much CO2 in the water. No idea how I'm going to figure out my ferts. Guess I'll do half of what I do for my 15 gallon? Lol. This looks good so far!
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Old 02-13-2011, 03:00 PM   #4
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I use 1 cup of sugar, 1 tsp yeast, and 1/4 tsp baking soda. works well. i can adjust the bubble count tho because i added a bubble counter so its awesome!
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Old 02-13-2011, 03:24 PM   #5
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the fluval substrate imo is awesome! Ive never used any other aqua soils. ive always just used either sand of flourite. the only negetive about it is that its SUPER light weight.
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Old 02-13-2011, 09:53 PM   #6
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I think i found the light i wanna get! I would hag it maybe 20'' above the tank. heres the link: CFL Fixture.
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Old 02-13-2011, 10:14 PM   #7
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I use 1 cup of sugar, 1 tsp yeast, and 1/4 tsp baking soda. works well. i can adjust the bubble count tho because i added a bubble counter so its awesome!
Awesome, thanks!

I bet you could find a cheaper light for the 5 gallon. My T5HO light for my 15 gallon was less than that one. If that is the one you have your eye on, though, go for it
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Old 02-14-2011, 01:19 AM   #8
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I think i found the light i wanna get! I would hag it maybe 20'' above the tank. heres the link: CFL Fixture.
You could go with a T-5NO light for cheaper than that.. Just a tip
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Old 02-18-2011, 04:45 PM   #9
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some crapy cell phone updates!
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Old 02-18-2011, 05:20 PM   #11
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Hey you have 3 of those reptile light fixtures above the tank?
What wattage bulbs are in them?
I use just one 27 watt one in the same type of fixture over my 5.5 right now and it is more than enough light
I think you're going to get algae with that much light. Unless your looking for really fast results but High light is more of a pain than its worth IMO, your plants will grow fast but who wants to dose enough to keep up with that?
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Old 02-18-2011, 07:24 PM   #12
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garden of eden tank needs a tree with moss IMO...
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Old 02-18-2011, 08:10 PM   #13
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i couldnt think of what else to call it. there are 3 13w 6700k bulbs there. thats 39ws of light. not enough imo. im going to be getting a 65w cfl fixture next week. theres a lot of co2 being injcted as well. i can deal w/ the algae
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Old 02-19-2011, 12:06 AM   #14
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High light disease.

What's your dosing schedule / how do you dose?
Ignore WPG and think about par for a minute.. I have no idea how high your PAR would be with 3 bulbs over your tank but I'm wondering why you'd want your light that high?
Why would you want to use so much co2?
Are you trying to rush the grow in process for an Aquascaping competition or something?
Its one thing if you love dosing frequently and love trimming and tank maintenance, but you can get more sustainable and equally attractive growth at lower light levels.
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found a light! ive heard mixed reviews but for 35 shipped i can pass it up. http://www.aquatraders.com/ProductDe...51106&CartID=1
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