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Old 09-24-2012, 12:18 AM   #166
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Old 09-24-2012, 01:46 AM   #167
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They're still not cooperating but I snagged a couple of some babies:


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Old 09-26-2012, 05:27 AM   #168
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Heres an FYI for those interested, and I know A LOT said they were.

$25 + shipping.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00804LQA6/...SIN=B00804LQA6

Apparently they do know it isn't five gallons, they just were referring to the five compartments. Happy shrimping >8)
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Old 09-26-2012, 02:42 PM   #169
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Just a note: With shipping, the tank is still affordable. It's likely about $8-$10 in the continental United States.

I'm beginning to see them in my local shops more often and they're coming down in price. Picked up another $21.99 last night.
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Old 09-27-2012, 01:05 AM   #170
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You got that tank for $22? That's a great price. The few times I saw them they were in the $40 to $50 range.
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Old 09-27-2012, 02:12 AM   #171
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The one in this journal was about $30-$35, I think.

The one last night was $21.99.
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Old 09-29-2012, 06:56 PM   #172
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Still too lazy to turn on the DSLR, so some cell phone shots:




As you can see, the juvies are super-white and all the little white specks are babies that are also crazy white.

Moss is in desperate need of a trim.
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Old 09-29-2012, 08:39 PM   #173
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This has come a long way while I was gone.
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Old 09-29-2012, 11:03 PM   #174
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I end up doing a heavy trim about once a month and constantly notice new shrimp and new growth.
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Old 09-29-2012, 11:33 PM   #175
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The moss looks pretty cool!
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Old 10-03-2012, 01:43 AM   #176
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Highlight of the evening. Finding yet another berried mama.
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Old 10-07-2012, 05:48 PM   #177
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The time has come for me to set up my spare 3gal long like this.

Now debating substrates. Here's what I've got on hand:
  • Safe-T-Sorb
  • Pool Filter Sand
  • Azoo Plant Grower Bed
  • Akadama (too large for a tiny tank)
  • UP Aqua Shrimp Sand (the micro kind)
  • Fluval Shrimp Stratum

Or should I order one of the varieties of Aquasoil in powder form? Africana and Malaya are quite attractive.

I'm leaning toward UP Aqua with driftwood, fissidens and a bit of other moss. Plan is to keep some F1 Mischling to breed with other Crystals and Bees.
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Old 10-07-2012, 07:06 PM   #178
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for smaller tanks I really like the up aqua shrimp sand, but i've never seen the micro version.

if you need some fissidens let me know. I have tons for sale and will happily give you a great deal since you provide for the community.
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Old 10-07-2012, 09:14 PM   #179
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You're probably right about UP Aqua. Its scale is about right for this tank and it does look great, as that's what I'm using in my current 3gal.

It helps buffer (pH) really low and that's a good thing for Bees.

I probably will have to buy some more Fissidens in a week or so. Not sure I have enough to harvest from other tanks just yet.
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Old 10-07-2012, 09:16 PM   #180
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Here are the two small pieces of driftwood I've got:






They're roughly 10"-12". Scaled perfectly for this tank.

Also ordered a box of wood from Tom Barr and will see what kind of cool stumpy things he sends along.
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