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Old 08-16-2011, 11:59 PM   #1
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Got some Fire Red Cherry Shrimp, fissidens fontanus and java fern from the great jimko (highly recommended!) and setup a tank today. Not much right now since my aquasoil doesn't come in until Friday, but here goes.

Equipment right now: Note, this is all temporary.
Hydor submersible some wattage heater (can't read it atm, I'll update this later)
Aqueon QuietFlow 30 (backup HOB filter for random thigngs like this) with Fluval sponge pre-filter
60W T10 lightbulb in a fixture that came with this piece of furniture

Flora:
Fissidens fontanus
Java Moss

Fauna:
20something Fire Red Cherry Shrimp juvies

Rock is just a couple of granite stones found around my yard that I busted up with a sledge hammer. I've got plans for this puppy....including a HC carpet. I also plan to de-rim this thing.

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Old 08-17-2011, 12:02 AM   #2
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Good looking start
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Old 08-17-2011, 12:06 AM   #3
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Thank ya. Can't wait to get the soil and start doing cool stuff with the rocks.
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Old 08-17-2011, 12:08 AM   #4
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I know what you mean. I get like a kid at Christmas waiting for my supplies to arrive.
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Old 08-17-2011, 03:14 AM   #5
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Noticed my water temp was a little high (which is unusual because ceiling fan + window AC unit = cold water)...and reached my hand up to the light bulb. Holy freaking hot. This thing runs hotter than the florescents at the grocery store I work at, lol. I wish my new fixture would hurry up and ship...
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Old 08-17-2011, 02:28 PM   #6
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Holy crap I live in fayetteville, NC lol. Hey I also happen to be selling off my HC if you need some. Since your local you can have some of it for free if you come pick it up. I didnt think anyone in the faytteville area were into shrimp or fish tanks like ours lol.
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Old 08-17-2011, 08:30 PM   #7
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Yay locals. And yeah, I get weird looks when I tell people that I keep plants, fish and shrimp lol. "You keep what....? Can you eat them.....? Doesn't your room always smell like a fish market....?" Hah.

Update! I got my light today. Just hooked it up. Looks great. Light is a 24" (the arms extend to be quite long) 2x24W T5HO Fixture by Odyssea. I also got 2 100mL packs of Purigen today via Amazon. Gotta love that free 2 days shipping with Prime via a student account.

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Old 08-18-2011, 12:38 AM   #8
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Man I hate the, "can you eat them" line. Its like hurr hurr yeah lets go grill em up right now. Of course its to be expected from people who dont know any better. I would say sometime down the line we could exchange a few fire reds to keep the stock genetically diverse ....... but since we got them from the same souce and all. lol. Although if my CRS ever breed id be happy to sell you a few cheap.

Anyways that light looks good, reminds me of the marineland LED systems. I also not sure how I feel about that heater. I mean hydor is a good brand, at least from what I know about their inline heaters. But for a shrimp tank I dont think its needed, personally. But if it works for you then thats all that matters.

Also for the HC do you plan on getting co2? It will really NEED it to grow at all. It wont die without it, it just wont grow. A homemade yeast co2 setup will do just fine.
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Old 08-18-2011, 01:09 AM   #9
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Yay cheapo shrimpies. And eh, rather be safe than sorry. I have a hydor eth 200w coming with Monday's shipment (eheim 2215, aquasoil). My room gets pretty chilly at night with my window AC unit and door closed...don't want chilled shrimp even though they like it a little cooler. Also yes, it will have CO2. I have a paintball CO2 setup on my main tank but it's just got crypts, moneywort and java fern in it so it'll be fine going low tech.

Edit: Expect an update Tuesday afternoon since I have class and work on Monday...which = 8-2 then 3-9. It's gonna suck having everything here but not being able to set anything up...grr.

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Old 08-18-2011, 11:41 AM   #10
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Hah tell me about it. I get very antsy the day of a delivery.
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Old 08-18-2011, 05:18 PM   #11
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Indeed. The only thing that sucks is that I won't be able to be here when the packages arrive since I have class. Ah well.

Future fauna plans include Neon/Cardinal Tetras/Espei/Harlequinn Rasboras and Pygmy Cories! Undecided on otos...my 20g tall has no algae except for a couple of very small patches of bba (I think?) on the tips of my java fern. Knock on wood, though.

Hardscape plans include the addition of a few oak twigs that will be wrapped with java moss.
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Old 08-19-2011, 05:52 PM   #12
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Shrimp are doing well and getting redder every day it seems. Me gusta. Had a little scare this morning...all is well though. You can read about it here. Gonna take Monday off from work just because I never take days off and well..., I can darn it. Classes last until 1pm on Monday and tank will be setup with new soil, scape (HC whoo!), CO2 and filtration + heating system.

Additions coming Monday:
-Power Sand Special S 2L + 9L Aqua Soil Amazonia NEW Normal type
-Eheim 2215 with Lily Pipes and Hydor ETH 200W
-Hemianthus callitrichoides
-Java Moss if it gets here in time
-Twigs!
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Old 08-20-2011, 02:21 AM   #13
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Turns out the shrimp from this morning did end up dying. Hopefully that'll be the only one for now....I'd hate to see my stock take too much of a hit.

Also, wasn't able to get Monday off but I do get Tuesday off....which means an entire day dedicated to scaping and other tank matters.

Ah well. Moving on to the good times...a couple of new pics.

King Shrimp so far it seems. Colorful little bugger.



They really love dining on the java moss and fissidens. Thanks Jimmy!


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Old 08-22-2011, 05:17 PM   #14
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Stuff arrived!

Inventory:
Eheim 2215
Hydor ETH 200w in-line heater
9L of ADA Aqua Soil Amazonia NEW (they were out of 9L bags so they shipped me 3 3L bags at no additional charge )
3L of ADA Power Sand Special-S
2 100mL pre-bagged pouches of Purigen (already owned....sitting off to the side for now)

Tomorrow will be fun.

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Old 08-23-2011, 04:12 PM   #15
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Hey seen your text last night but didnt want to respond because it was like 10pm by time I seen it. Looks pretty awsome.
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