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Old 07-10-2014, 02:45 AM   #1
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Evolve2 (2G) desktop shrimp tank


I picked up a pair of 2G Aqueon Evolve2 for tanks for $12 each, so I thought I would play with them.

I started 1 walstad style with a layer of Miracle Grow Organic and a layer of $3/50lb play sand.

I then took a $7 packet of Dwarf Hairgrass, and split it into smaller chunks, and plugged it into the soil.

I added a single strand of Java Moss to keep an eye on it.

12 hours of light (on a timer) with the stock light.



In this shot, the tank is still only 75% full, as I am still grabbing floaters and plugging them in again.
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Old 07-10-2014, 02:46 AM   #2
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3 days later:



You can see the java moss here -- and it's about doubled in length.
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Old 07-10-2014, 03:01 AM   #3
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Nice start. I found my evolve4 cheap but not that cheap! great deals on these tanks out there! I'm interested to see if the stock light can really support the DHG, I replaced mine with a fluval 30w
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Old 07-10-2014, 03:15 AM   #4
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Well, I have 2 of them, so I can put 2x the light on one tank, and if I need to, I can upgrade entirely.
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Old 07-14-2014, 04:02 PM   #5
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Roughly 1 week in, and it's starting to green up a bunch.
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Old 07-21-2014, 06:20 PM   #6
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Quick update:

I finally filled this tank, and turned on the filter, only to watch many of my plants to be ripped out of the ground by the over powered filter.

I was able to contact Aqueon, and they overnighted me 2 55gph pumps (for free) to use instead of the 200 gph ones that came in these kits.

I have also added a few sprigs of Myrio mattogrossense, from the user Method here. Great guy to buy from, btw.



Still on a 12 hour light cycle with the stock light, with once a week Flourish Excel dosing with an eye dropper.

At this point, I am seeing not just greening up, but actual 'bulking up' since 7/7/14 with the dwarf hairgrass.
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Old 07-22-2014, 01:16 AM   #7
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Nice! Can't wait to see shrimp in this tank.
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What a change! Wow you can really see the growth. Nice job
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I am a complete newbie here and would like to get into aquascaping with fish and live plants very shortly. I saw this post and it made my jaw drop. I think this would be a great starting project for me.

Can you please tell me what a good starter 2.5 - 4 gallon starter tank might be (lower cost). What kind of lighting and filtration do I need. Also, whether or not I need a c02 system. I'll be using Dwarf grass.

I just want to mimic the tank here. Any help would be great.
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Old 07-24-2014, 07:11 PM   #10
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I am a complete newbie here and would like to get into aquascaping with fish and live plants very shortly. I saw this post and it made my jaw drop. I think this would be a great starting project for me.

Can you please tell me what a good starter 2.5 - 4 gallon starter tank might be (lower cost). What kind of lighting and filtration do I need. Also, whether or not I need a c02 system. I'll be using Dwarf grass.

I just want to mimic the tank here. Any help would be great.
This whole setup cost around $20.

$12 discounted 2 gallon tank (PetCo a few weeks back)
$7 in dwarf hairgrass from Pet Smart

Miracle Grow Organic and Play Sand (the amount used was pennies).

No CO2 for me, but Flourish Excel adds some carbon.




As you can see, I am getting a little browning over the last 3 days. I am going to do a water change (25%) tonight to see if that helps. It might be a bit of a build up from the Excel....
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What does the top of the tank look like?
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What does the top of the tank look like?

Just a clear plastic lid. I'll try and get a shot tonight.


Ordered some shrimp -- ought to mail out Monday, and some of them are going in here.
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I added about an inch more water, and turned on the filter -- and now my hairgrass appears dying:



Is it a fertilizer issue, and the timing a coincidence? Or is the current too strong? or was 1 inch of water enough to destroy the PAR?

Any ideas?
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I have an idea, but might not be correct - I don't think you have enough plants to absorb the initial buildup of fertz into the water column. Walstad's book states to heavily plant the aquarium from the start. When I see yours, I see lots of algae buildup - which I attribute to overly long light cycle (12 hours is double what I do) as well as a lack of stem plants to absorb the fertz. It appears that the algae has started to overtake your DHG (not hard to do, DHG is known to trap algae).

do more frequent water changes, and kick back the light cycle.
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I have an idea, but might not be correct - I don't think you have enough plants to absorb the initial buildup of fertz into the water column. Walstad's book states to heavily plant the aquarium from the start. When I see yours, I see lots of algae buildup - which I attribute to overly long light cycle (12 hours is double what I do) as well as a lack of stem plants to absorb the fertz. It appears that the algae has started to overtake your DHG (not hard to do, DHG is known to trap algae).

do more frequent water changes, and kick back the light cycle.

I'll up the water changes, and take a look into lighting/adding more plants.
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