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Old 05-24-2013, 07:41 PM   #91
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If you feel like flow into the breeder box isn't strong enough and you're using an air pump, maybe consider getting a larger pump with adjustable flow. You should be able to pick up a pretty fancy one for about $10. Some even have dual outputs (see Ken's Fish in US or Angel Fins in Canada has some great ones under $20) so you could also keep a tiny sponge filter inside the breeder box for the shrimp to graze on.

Or if you want to really go tech-y, you could use a Hagen Mini Elite internal filter to pump water into the box.
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Old 06-08-2013, 11:12 PM   #92
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Awesome update.

Currently dripping 5 michlings and a golden bee. And going to receive a BKK shrimp within the next 2 weeks (: !!

Going to house them in my breeder box and create the ultimate melting pot ever 'A' my dream shrimp-scheme in action cheers!
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Old 06-10-2013, 03:45 AM   #93
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So my breeder box is basically a giant moss pit lol:


and I've modded it so the output gate is actually stainless steel mesh so it will ensure no shrimp can get out:



Here are the michlings (2CRS 3CBS):


the suction cups is so they don't stress run themselves 24/7 into the dripping from the intake (also added greater duckweed floaters for that purpose).



Hopefully my design isn't flawed in any way. First time I've actually incorporated a breeder box.

I ordered a mini sponge filter for my breeder box so that should make it ideal (it is called an xy 2835 - you can look it up on ebay or google)

Until then... I will plan to get a F8 michling and BKK in the incoming weeks ahead.
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Old 06-26-2013, 06:58 AM   #94
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My shy BKK (new addition into my michling breeder box project)


Bought the breeder box to the font of the tank for easy monitoring (still waiting for my microsponge filter)


Now that I moved my breeder box into the front of my tank, I'm thinking about possibly implementing a system where I don't need to replace my active substrate by instead putting active substrate in either a "HOB breeder box or HOB filter" to have it bring my pH down... since there is a lot more back space where the breeder box used to be.

I'd like to avoid resetting my whole tank to replace the substrate. But I would only if my "idea" is just outright stupid and shouldn't be done (feedback here would be nice).

If I were to do a reset once it no longer buffers below 7pH (I'll reset when I starts hovering @ 6.6pH) I will redesign my tank so 1/3rd of it is substrate and the other 2/3rds is bare glass, and have my bees placed in a giant tub with a sponge filter for a week. That way cleaning and replacing substrate will be easier in the future.
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Old 07-14-2013, 07:50 AM   #95
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One of my michlings is berried (: !

I'm hoping my BKK got "busy" with her. Nonetheless, I hope the babies survive and grow up well in my breeder box. Ebay seller had to reship my micro-sponge filter for the breeder box so I'm hoping I can get that up and running for better survival rates. Got some cool (what I think is cool) looking pictures of the berried michling.





and in other news, my idea to use a HOB Breeder Box as an active substrate holder works (: I got my pH down to 5.5 as if the tank was running with new substrate day 1.






and I repositioned my spraybar of my Eheim 2213 for better water agitation:


and lastly, my riccia just looks awesome enveloping my michling breeder box's prefilter sponge:



Next update will probably be when I get my microsponge filter in the mail ~incoming 2.5 weeks and when the babies hatch and are sighted (:
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Old 07-14-2013, 08:09 AM   #96
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Great thread!

How old are your marimo's?
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Old 07-14-2013, 05:41 PM   #97
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Not sure about their age but I've had about the first 2 about for 2 years and the other 3 for 1 year lol XD
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Very nice and the shrimps look very healthy in your tank. Hope it was the bkk that did the job.
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Old 07-17-2013, 10:27 PM   #99
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What kind of active substrate did you put in your breeder box?
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Old 07-18-2013, 03:19 AM   #100
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"Netlea Crystal Shrimp Soil"
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Old 07-18-2013, 03:52 AM   #101
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Did the substrate release tannins into your water? I need to find a way of reducing my PH without tannins.
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Old 07-18-2013, 06:12 AM   #102
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Active substrates do not release tannins to alter pH.

Here is a list of active substrates generally used for crystal bee shrimp:

ADA Aqua Soil Amazonia
Netlea Shrimp Soil
Benibachi Black Soil
Borneo Wild Shrimp Soil
Lowkeys/Crimson Breeders Soil
Ebi Gold Shrimp Soil
Ebi-Ten Shrimp Soil
Shirakura Red Bee Sand
Akadama Bonsai Soil
Fluval Shrimp Stratum
Up Aqua Shrimp Sand
Mr Aqua Shrimp Soil
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Old 07-19-2013, 03:49 AM   #103
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FINALLY. My micro-sponge filter has arrived in the mail (: and I love how small it is lol:


Had to chop a bit off the plastic tube with a knife but it works really well (:



I now think that I am done in terms of gearing up my tank (: everybody seems happy




Now to try get my hands on princess bee shrimp. As well as, taiwan bees and michlings and introducing whiter band bees to make the generations stronger and prettier (:

Now back to waiting for my michling to hatch her eggs.
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Old 07-23-2013, 04:43 AM   #104
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Tore down my snowball tank --> sold all the snowballs --> made the 10gal into a cull tank.

Simple build:
Driftwood + Java Moss
Netlea Shrimp Soil Substrate
ATI Hydro Sponge Filter
Glass Feeding Dish








Will get 5 Princess Bees in the future and put them into the melting pot in hopes to breed Princess Bees and possibly have a Paracaridina x Caridina cross that breed and/or look awesome. They do not come cheap in Canada ($10 each), wish they were the price of $0.70 like Vietnam lol ):

Will leave the cull tank to establish for about 1 month.

All of this in one day! EXTREME exhaustion.
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Old 07-23-2013, 06:18 AM   #105
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Awesome job on that breeder box!
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