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Old 09-30-2012, 01:57 PM   #196
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I don't have anything gray in the tank but the brown balls are Azoo Max Bio Balls. Essentially just extra surface area for biofilm and fancy bacteria to grow.

Some of the other gray balls from Shirakura and the like are way more expensive and do fancy things like absorb nitrate (I think).

The real reason I use these Bio Balls is because they're shrimp magnets and it's an easy way for me to keep an eye on things because shrimp are constantly drawn to the front of the tank.
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Old 10-03-2012, 12:44 AM   #197
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Berried update:

7 in the RCS tank

29 (that I could isolate and count) in the PRL/CRS tank
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Old 10-03-2012, 01:10 AM   #198
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I'll get some shrimp just as soon as I can break some stubborn cats from drinking from my 20L. I've put some barriers on either end, but she still jumps up from the floor and hangs on the edge, pulls herself up and walks on the edge to drink at will several times a day/night. I had a cover on it, but she and her other cohorts just jumped on it hard enough to eventually snap it in half

Two of the cohorts have died recently , but she's healthy, strong and extremely stubborn.

I bought a ten gallon sacrificial tank with a small pond pump to make water sounds to entice them, but they're not interested as long as they can jump 4' onto the 20L.
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:23 PM   #199
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Spotted a couple cool patterns in the RCS tank today:




Hope they all turn crazy-looking like that.
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Old 10-07-2012, 11:08 PM   #200
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I think my RCS tank is happy to be Assassin Snail-free:




A couple young:




Tank looks a little rough after the removal of all that moss:



But I think it's growing in quickly. Now need to hide all of those snail shells the dang Assassin left behind.

Bonus - a Ramshorn checking out a Pond Snail:

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Old 10-07-2012, 11:09 PM   #201
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Time to look at some PRL babies!






Now for the cool part. Here's a mama who molted after a water change (it's why she looks translucent). Caught her moving eggs into place:







Look how gross the tank looks during a heavy moss trim:



One of my really high grades:


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Old 10-11-2012, 06:37 PM   #202
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Got some new goodies today for new tanks:



Roughly 20 bags of it.

Wet:



After a quick rinse:



I tend to prefer the color of Turface, as it resembles Akadama, but this stuff holds up well and isn't hideously expensive.
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Old 10-17-2012, 03:19 AM   #203
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Since a couple people have strangely asked me tonight what temperatures are best for Neos, I'll answer here (why the questions? weird): They do best in temperatures below 75 degrees Fahrenheit. They do breed faster (and die faster) at warmer temperatures but thrive and do their best (Google around, I'm not the only one who thinks so) in cooler temperatures.

I've kept them in tanks with temps up to about 81/82. At the 78/79 mark, their lifespans are noticeably shorter and they grow faster/reproduce faster. They're also less active than they are in cooler temperatures.

Mine stay at a constant 72, which seems to be the sweet spot for most shrimp - other than Cardinals.
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Old 10-20-2012, 12:14 AM   #204
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Dear fellow tank nerds:

I've got a spare Eheim 2213. I want to modify my RCS tank to to include more shrimp or maybe turn it into a Cory tank. Should I use the 2213 (in addition to the existing sponge filters) or buy a 2217?

Suppose I could always stick the 2213 on a 5.5gal and have crazy flow.
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Old 10-20-2012, 09:18 AM   #205
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I just stalked this thread. Your RCS are gorgeous! I'm so jealous! I'm doing a breeding project with mine - cull the ugly ones, keep the pretty ones. Hopefully I can breed up to high quality ones like that!

I do have a question - how much/how often do you feed your shrimpies?
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Old 10-20-2012, 01:25 PM   #206
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Thanks.

Shrimp, like most aquatic pets, should only be fed what they can consume in a couple hours.

I feed every other day unless I have a colony of 300-400 shrimp. Then they get fed about five days per week.

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I just stalked this thread. Your RCS are gorgeous! I'm so jealous! I'm doing a breeding project with mine - cull the ugly ones, keep the pretty ones. Hopefully I can breed up to high quality ones like that!

I do have a question - how much/how often do you feed your shrimpies?
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Old 10-20-2012, 01:50 PM   #207
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Jake,
can the safe-T-sorb be used for regular stem tank? The texture looks really good, kind of like little gravel.
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Yep. Though, just about any substrate can be used for stem tanks.

STS has a high CEC which makes it really great for root feeders.

You should be able to pick it up all over Lexington for about $4 per bag. Or, if you don't feel like toting it home, Drillspot will drop ship it from the local Grainger to you via UPS for under $10 per bag (total).

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can the safe-T-sorb be used for regular stem tank? The texture looks really good, kind of like little gravel.
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Old 10-21-2012, 02:11 AM   #209
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Dude man, you just made me want to switch to STS now. I was thinking of redoing my 20gal which just finished cycled a few months ago(I don't like the pool filter sand). Now, I have something that I can try.

Where about in Lexington can I pick it up? Lowes of HD?
Any particular grade I should be looking out for?


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Yep. Though, just about any substrate can be used for stem tanks.

STS has a high CEC which makes it really great for root feeders.

You should be able to pick it up all over Lexington for about $4 per bag. Or, if you don't feel like toting it home, Drillspot will drop ship it from the local Grainger to you via UPS for under $10 per bag (total).
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Old 10-21-2012, 02:56 AM   #210
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You can pick it up at any of the Grainger locations in town.
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