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Old 11-30-2012, 01:49 AM   #91
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Hopefully getting some blyxa aubertii tomorrow!
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Old 11-30-2012, 02:09 AM   #92
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:O
one of my chocolate shrimp females is finally berried. however it looks like she is missing half of her eggs already...DOH
too early to call judgements. it did happen after all after only a week+ in with the males. I have confidence that these Neos will breed despite pH being so low...

I'll keep you guys updated.
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Old 11-30-2012, 05:23 PM   #93
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No blyxa today

BUT, I did find a second berried female choco this morning. it is one of the lower grades but she has a full set of eggs!
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Old 11-30-2012, 06:48 PM   #94
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Finally!
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Old 11-30-2012, 07:47 PM   #95
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YES!
I'm looking forward to seeing if i can raise Neo babies in low pH. most people have told me that I am going to have trouble, but I am going to give it my best.
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Old 12-01-2012, 04:23 PM   #96
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Finally the blyxa aubertii arrived this morning. I had such a tough time planting it though, that i upset a lot of substrate I would not be surprised if I found most of my shrimp dead in the next few days. I added some Prime to help, but it probably wouldn't make too much of a difference.

In order to keep it in the soil, I had to pin it down with B.japonica and my fissidens DW piece:



I just hope it survived shipping and attaches to the substrate in the next month or so.
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Old 12-01-2012, 04:25 PM   #97
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Also i found that the original berried female has dropped all of her eggs. @#@#%!
the other one is still holding on though. she looks like a good parent.
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:33 AM   #98
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Do you guys thing it would be good to add an Amano shrimp to this tank? Can the amano live in 6.5pH and soft water? I might need something to clean my blyxa...
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Old 12-03-2012, 02:07 AM   #99
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Those plants look really well together Newman!

Hope your shrimp survive.
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I keep Amano Shrimp with my Crystals all the time.

On an un-related note: I've been thinking about this as I've read through your journals... have you noticed any major tricks from your reef tank days being useful with smaller planted tanks like this one?
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Those plants look really well together Newman!

Hope your shrimp survive.
No losses yet, I hope so too!

These plants will look amazing once they grow in like i want them to. They just need a lot of time. I've learned to be patient with things like this
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I keep Amano Shrimp with my Crystals all the time.

On an un-related note: I've been thinking about this as I've read through your journals... have you noticed any major tricks from your reef tank days being useful with smaller planted tanks like this one?
Thanks! I think I'll try to get an amano shrimp soon to help keep my plants clean.

Hmmm, I haven't really implemented any methods from my reef tank experience yet. This tank runs on a different method than my reef did. My reef got large weekly water changes, but in this tank I want to avoid changing the water too much. I have not really changed the water since i started this, and i keep topping off each week. there really haven't been many similarities between the two systems yet...
If I think of something, I'll post it here.
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Thanks! I think I'll try to get an amano shrimp soon to help keep my plants clean.

Hmmm, I haven't really implemented any methods from my reef tank experience yet. This tank runs on a different method than my reef did. My reef got large weekly water changes, but in this tank I want to avoid changing the water too much. I have not really changed the water since i started this, and i keep topping off each week. there really haven't been many similarities between the two systems yet...
If I think of something, I'll post it here.
Has sort of a refugium mentality to it.
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:37 AM   #104
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You will really enjoy the Blyxa Aubertii, I had it for years till I killed it doing an excel dip....was so ticked at myself. May I ask where you got yours?
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:30 PM   #105
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i got it from a member of this forum, Bartohog
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