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Old 11-28-2012, 04:15 AM   #1
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fluval flora crs tank ( new pics after planting)


Hey guys ...as a high school senior I've taken advantage of senior privileges and chosen breeding crystal red shrimp in a planted habitat as my senior project. Cool right?anyway I need advice because I've only done cherries and I'm lackluster when it comes to monitoring my water chemistry and properly balancing an aquarium. I've got my hardscape down. Utilizing seiryu stones and Amazonia aquasoil as a substrate. I've got 2 13watt power compact lights above it. I've acknowledged the need for a heater because it gets cold in a high school biology lab. I've decided to go with an eheim jäger 25w heater. I'll try to do a simple iwagumi with hc and dhg. I won't be using co2 because I honestly can't afford a system and I can't monitor it closely because it will be at school. I also don't want to risk gassing out s grade crs. Can't afford that either. I'm concerned that the hc won't get all the proper nourishment without co2 under the two fluval lights.

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Old 11-28-2012, 04:17 AM   #2
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Old 11-28-2012, 06:00 AM   #3
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I had 2 lights on my flora before switching to a 26 watt bulb. Co2 is needed for that much light. Also growing hc and dhg. If your doing iwagumi, there will be less places for crs to hide and I don't think they will feel too secure. Why not cherry shrimp, they are more hardy and breed easier.
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:48 PM   #4
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Thanks... Ill consider getting co2 if I absolutely have to
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Old 12-02-2012, 06:21 AM   #5
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Old 12-02-2012, 08:44 AM   #6
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Great choice on the plants! But 60 degrees water might be too cold. Try getting the water up in the 70's
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:18 AM   #7
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I hope your experiment goes A+wesome but the tank doesn't utilize enough vertical space. Perhaps add some driftwood?

Shrimp are a lot happier with extra vertical space and more hiding places.


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I like the tank! But keep in mind (this happened to me firsthand) seiryu can raise water parameters. In particular it raises TDS like a bear if you don't constantly water change. Not a problem in a planted tank but in a shrimp tank they might not breed with too many water changes.

Not sure if it happens with all seiryu, I recommend you test the TDS every few days for a while though just to be safe.

Good luck! I really like the DHG & HC mix!
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I hope your experiment goes A+wesome but the tank doesn't utilize enough vertical space. Perhaps add some driftwood?

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Yeah I feel the same way...I think the tanks dimensions should be reversed(longer instead of taller). However this is a short term project and I didn't have all the materials to make a nice nature aquarium scape with driftwood and such. I'll re-scape and make sure they are more happy in their more permanent environment.
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Very nice I'm sure it will be excellent. You actually could do your entire project on the nitrogen cycle.


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Very nice I'm sure it will be excellent. You actually could do your entire project on the nitrogen cycle.


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Update!
I left the tank unattended for two weeks over the holiday break. Had some minor algae problems but I greatly reduced the photoperiod over the break. Since then I've added an eheim 2213 and pressurized co2. Eheim is displacing substrate a bit. Need to invest in a drop checker. I decided to scrap the hc because of minor algae problem and try glosso. (Still looking for a source of about 50-100 nodes.) my time limit for the project is dwindling and I still haven't introduced any crs.
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After break:


Co2 added:



Eheim 2213 added:





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I'm upgrading to a atomic diffuser. Does placement of the diffuser right below the heater have any detrimental effect?


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I like the tank! But keep in mind (this happened to me firsthand) seiryu can raise water parameters. In particular it raises TDS like a bear if you don't constantly water change. Not a problem in a planted tank but in a shrimp tank they might not breed with too many water changes.

Not sure if it happens with all seiryu, I recommend you test the TDS every few days for a while though just to be safe.

Good luck! I really like the DHG & HC mix!
I've purchased a Tds pen additionally. Currently my co2 monitoring method consists of a ph pen until I can get a drop checker.


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