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Old 06-18-2012, 03:18 PM   #1
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2.5 gallon shrimp playgrounds...


Hello!!!

I'm new to the site and the hobby. Been reading and lurking for almost a month now and could not wait to get started. Love some of the work around here. Anyway here is my go at a planted nano:

-Planted 2.5 gal-
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Marineland 2.5 gal rectangular
Biomaxx Mini HOB (removed the sponges and added a Tetra cartridge and Fluval sponge intake wich need to be trimmed )
Floramaxx substrate capped with black sand
Tensor clip on LED lamp
Flora- Random plants from the local Pet Supermarket
Fauna- 1 RCS ( I know need to get some more)
No Co2 for now...



I'm looking for criticism.

I think I added too much substrate and the plant configuration is not stellar, but I just want the shrimp to be happy and the place to look green. ( the wife loves the look , which may allow me to upgrade sooner ) . So basically I'm staying low tech until the wife gets used to it .

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Old 07-08-2012, 04:22 PM   #2
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Updates:

Did some changes in the main Nano.

-Removed the rocks and added a hide-out cave from Pet-smart. Looks a lot better than the ceramic tubes I was planning on getting.

-Added some floaters, a ball of peacock moss and removed rotting non aquatic plant

-Added more shrimp! ( thanks demonr6!)

-Added a bubble bar . Visually not pleasing , but the shrimp love to hang out in the bubbles and grace the tube all day.









Second 2.5 Nano

- Deep Blue Biomax Nano HOB ( upgraded the crappy sponges to Red Sea sponges much better)

- Big ball of Java moss suspended by 3 Manzanita twigs, I call The Nest.

- Floaters from Aquacentral and unknown cripts ( don't remember the name of those)

- A couple of test lava rocks

- Floramax substrate

- Bubble bar

NO fauna for now, except for a couple green little buggers that bhitched a ride on the moss.







Planning on doing yellows on the java nest...
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Old 07-09-2012, 11:04 PM   #3
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Nice, I'm diggin' the setup! (Mass Effect, Gears, Fallout )
Both tanks look great, and both contain plants that will overtake those 2.5 gallons quickly. It's a great excuse to use with your wife for more tanks (and bigger, more high tech setups too).
I have a few yellows, but probably won't have any offspring in time for our next meetup.
Also, you're probably getting plenty of water agitation (oxygenation) from the HOB filters, the airstone bars aren't required (if you don't like them).
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Old 07-09-2012, 11:42 PM   #4
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Nice, I'm diggin' the setup! (Mass Effect, Gears, Fallout )
Both tanks look great, and both contain plants that will overtake those 2.5 gallons quickly. It's a great excuse to use with your wife for more tanks (and bigger, more high tech setups too).
I have a few yellows, but probably won't have any offspring in time for our next meetup.
Also, you're probably getting plenty of water agitation (oxygenation) from the HOB filters, the airstone bars aren't required (if you don't like them).
Dont forget the full collection of Call of Duty .

Im kinda liking the bubble effect on the tanks, so it they may stick for a while. The cherries do love gracing on the bubbles.Yes, the anubias is going faster than I tought, but im preparing plan b, has we speak. The nest already has 2 new inhabitants in the form of orange bees. Will post pics shortly...
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Old 07-10-2012, 02:56 AM   #5
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Nice Borikuan!

You can probably bury those bubble wands if you want the bubbles with the wands.
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Old 07-10-2012, 03:01 AM   #6
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I like them both! That filter is so cute. It's teeny.
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Old 07-10-2012, 04:22 AM   #7
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How is the heat in the tanks being housed in an entertainment center? I love the idea I might steal it.
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Old 07-24-2012, 02:58 AM   #8
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How is the heat in the tanks being housed in an entertainment center? I love the idea I might steal it.
No heat issues at all. My apartment stays at 76 all the time, water in the tanks stay at 78.

Update :

-Shrimp tank is doing great, have 3 berries and shrimplets all over. Started dosing liquid CO2 in hopes that grass takes off. Its been a month and the grass is still the same size has when I planted.

-The nest is also doing very good. I did loose one of the orange bees, dont know why. The other one is happily gracing everywhere. But my parameters are stuck at zero nitrate /nitrite and ammonia. No bioload on this tank to support bacteria growth. Amazingly the java moss is growing nicely and i had to take some out. So are the floaters,...

Will post pics soon.
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Both look good after changing the main one around! It looks like a larger tank! Very good use of space too! One word of caution though. The mist from the air stones can cause water to build up on the cabinet above it and around whatever side the bubble wand in located on. At least they have on most of my tanks I have had them on. This might cause the wood on the stand to rot, or get moister around the electronics! So just keep an eye out buddy! It happened on one of my Son's tanks when he was a kid and shorted out a lamp that was on the lower shelf from the tank! Luckily I was home and in the next room when it happened and I heard the lamp arc and Pop!

Good luck with the shrimp and cool tanks!!!
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Both look good after changing the main one around! It looks like a larger tank! Very good use of space too! One word of caution though. The mist from the air stones can cause water to build up on the cabinet above it and around whatever side the bubble wand in located on. At least they have on most of my tanks I have had them on. This might cause the wood on the stand to rot, or get moister around the electronics! So just keep an eye out buddy! It happened on one of my Son's tanks when he was a kid and shorted out a lamp that was on the lower shelf from the tank! Luckily I was home and in the next room when it happened and I heard the lamp arc and Pop!

Good luck with the shrimp and cool tanks!!!
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Thanks for the warning. I have no electronics on the bottom of these, but there is a very small mount of moisture that accumulates on the side of the nest tank. It evaporates rather quickly and does not drip down the sides or nothing. It is leaving water spots on the finish, but those are quickly cleaned up. Im going to remove the bubblers on this tanks, I have just been lazy about it..


Update pics:

-Cabomba is growing crazy, will have to trim it
- DHG is stalled
-Anubias is doing good
-Peacock moss is doing good




- Removed the lava rocks and replaced with Anubias Nana and Baby tears
- Removed a huge ball of java moss, I have some browning on the bottom hope more light gets to it and it picks up
- Lone resident munching on algae wafer


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Old 07-26-2012, 08:38 PM   #11
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Pretty cool, I like the black substrate
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Old 09-09-2012, 04:18 PM   #12
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Nest tank is adorbs!
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Old 09-09-2012, 05:14 PM   #13
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Awesome tanks! You inspired me to perhaps reuse my first 2.5g tank rather than go for my .5g.. Hmm...

What lights are you using?


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I gald to see more people set up shrimp tank!
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Old 09-09-2012, 06:20 PM   #15
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I've had a shrimp tank for a while. Went through the normal beginner trials and errors. I'm springing for Fluval shrimp stratum now. I should start a thread. Lol

Been a lurker for a while, finally decided to post since I'm done with another forum I used to use.


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