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Old 08-19-2014, 05:23 AM   #1
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thefishnoob's 10 Gallon Cherry Shrimp Tank


Heyo! Yesterday I set up a new 10 gallon after cleaning up the old one and redoing the scape and rehoming the fish. Currently this is the tank: (Attached)

Stats:
10 gallons

Filtration:
1 Sponge filter

Plants:
Hornwort
Java Moss on Tiles
Dwarf Sag

Substrate:
White fine sand

Fauna:
7X Red Cherry Shrimp: 5 females and 2 males


I am thinking of using my DIY Osmocote + Root Tabs. Any thoughts? Will they help the plant growth? Do they affect shrimp?

Another thing I see now is that the white sand may be a problem. The shrimp poop SO much!!

Hopefully this will be updated every few days or weekly. Ill document with pictures too! Stay tuned and thanks for looking!
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Old 08-19-2014, 08:20 PM   #2
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Yesterday I added some nice MTS. 5 or so of them. I see funny cute streak marks on the sand now. Hopefully they'll help with the cleanup and aeration.

Ill be adding better pics soon! The hornwort is growing and the water is getting tanner.
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Old 08-19-2014, 10:35 PM   #3
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More Pics! YAY!

Day Two:






Any idea on using Osmocote Plus Root Tabs?
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Old 08-22-2014, 02:43 AM   #4
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See how that hornwort on the right is around half the tank size? Today its at the surface! I love hornwort. Gonna propagate it. I stuck 4 or so osmocote + 0 size root tabs into the sand. A bit of a pain, as some of the sand was not deep enough and it melted pretty fast. But Its all good now, and a day later, all shrimp are healthy and fine. I will stick more in as more hornwort and other plants grow in. Im going to buy some ludwigia or some other fast growing reddish leaved plant. Maybe a java fern for the driftwood. Java Moss isnt growing too well but it is attaching to the tiles. Some stray Moss has begin to attach itself to the nice driftwood.

Im just waiting to see a pregnant female now! The MTS are doing great, I see them at bedtime and early morning. I might have to get some assassins in a few weeks as I see alot of ramshorn babies. But thats for later. I will, however pick up 3 amanos for algae cleanup whenever I get the chance. If anyone in NYC has some spare for me I'll take them!

Thats all for today. Next water change is Sunday! Ferts go in then too.
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Old 08-23-2014, 01:24 AM   #5
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Pictures soon. Lots of new plants and updates!

I think I saw a baby shrimp!! Weird. None of the shrimp were berried, but 3 people confirmed it was a shrimp. I thought I was crazy.

I propagated the ever growing hornwort again, making more cover for shrimp. They seem to be more adventurous. Poop doesn't seem to be such a nuisance anymore.

Then I took some of the free floating java and placed it and anchored it on the driftwood. Hopefully it takes hold.

Next I got some subwassertang from my other 5.5 shrimp tank and just rested it on the sand. Pics of it upcoming. Its really nice!

Last I rooted some Najas Grass cuttings from my other tanks. Hopefully I get a sort of long carpet.

Oh! And I put some nice frogbit in to start a new batch to sell out.



Productive day!!
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Old 08-24-2014, 10:58 PM   #6
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Water change today.

Dosed: .7 mL Flourish
4 mL API Leaf Zone
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Old 08-26-2014, 12:12 AM   #7
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRQvrGeaydY
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Old 08-26-2014, 12:36 AM   #8
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Think you need to go deeper on the sand. The root tabs will help the sag, although mine grows in sand without them just fine. The rest of your plants get their ferts from the water column. You did pick a good bunch of plants that can grow easily in just about any condition. Just be prepared to eventually get annoyed with the hornwort!
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Old 08-26-2014, 01:59 AM   #9
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I am already! You are right. Sand is not deep enough!! I dont have anymore though.

It keeps uprooting. I just left it alone. Put it in my other tanks under a rock!
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Old 08-26-2014, 02:17 AM   #10
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More pictures!
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Old 08-26-2014, 03:06 AM   #11
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Yay! Someone wants pictures! Will do! I will provide
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Old 08-26-2014, 05:33 AM   #12
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Beautiful cherries, Definitely a higher grade than usual. Keep up the good work!
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Old 08-26-2014, 02:57 PM   #13
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Thank you Xzavier. I picked the best from my 5.5. If you can see the 5 in the video and compare those shrimp to the 10 gallon shrimp you can see how much more solid the red is.

On another update: I have been seeing saddles on all of the females. I recently saw a fake male, disguised. She was actually a really clear female and I discovered her after seeing a yellow saddle. I quickly transferred her to the 5.5 cull tank. I saw a molt, too, and some males flying around as if looking for the scent. Very excited and looking forward to the berried females soon!!
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Old 08-26-2014, 09:16 PM   #14
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I am proud to present:

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PICTURES!!!
http://imgur.com/a/r1A3O


Horray. Taken with my video camera, on a tripod. I figured to take some shots since I was filming for a youtube video. And the video is coming up!

The shrimp are really happily taking in their environment. I see them alot now!
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Old 09-01-2014, 12:13 AM   #15
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Awesome! I did a water change. TONS of growth with the hornwort. I see some yellowing. I might have to dose a bit more Leaf Zone.

I see saddles, but no berries.

Well thats it for now.
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