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Old 08-11-2013, 09:11 AM   #1
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11 gallon Fluffy Forest Journey


After much time visiting this website I've finally decided to post a journal of one of my planted tank experiences.

Strictly I want this to just be a shrimp tank, I was thing maybe a fire red, rili, or even CRS tank would be nice.

A bit of research went into finding the perfect tank. I went with a TrueAqua 11 gallon rimless tank.

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after I measured the bottom of my stand, i cut up an old yoga mat to be used as a cushion.



Now I have it all set up and cleaned, looks pretty nice so far!

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The photos above are from about 2 months ago, so flash forward to today:

equipment:

-11 G TrueAqua rimless tank
-PX-360 Finnex Canister filter
-15 watt heater
- Finnex fuge ray II daylight led fixture
- AQUATEK CO2 Regulator Mini RUNNING off a 20 OZ CO2 tank

Substrate:

- one 2" bottom layer of fine sand topped by a 4-5" layer mix of mr.Aqua shrimp sand and fluval shrimp stratum.

Flora:

-Dwarf Baby tears
-Tall hair grass
-Crypt Wendtii Green
-ROTALA INDICA
- Dwarf ambulia

Fauna:

- a couple of nerite snails
-soon hopefully a nice stock of shrimp

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more pictures and updates to come
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Old 08-11-2013, 01:40 PM   #2
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That looks great. What is that stand?
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Old 08-11-2013, 06:22 PM   #3
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The stand was just some kinda nightstand with wheels meant for a kids bed set I believe. It was just a stroke of awesome that it fit this tank so well.

thank you for your interest by the way
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Old 08-11-2013, 11:01 PM   #4
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Wow tank looks awesome. Very nice.

I been wondering about that 11g tank from TrueAqua.
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Old 08-12-2013, 01:57 AM   #5
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that looks really good
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Old 08-12-2013, 08:41 AM   #6
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Thank you glad you like how its going so far.

The TrueAqua is a pretty superb quality! I'd almost say as good as ADA where clarity and make is concerned. Can't beat the price, too
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Old 08-16-2013, 07:34 AM   #7
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Did a water change and trim the other night. these plants have been growing like weeds lately! I put a bunch in my 5 gallon grow out tank.
next trimming I'll probably post some for sale

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coming on out!
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right now I've had a massive invasion of ramshorn snails looking snails, and their definitely helping keep my tank nice and clean but I'm afraid they might take over the tank soon. I'll probably pick up an assassin snail to help control the population.
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can anyone help me identify what kind of snails these little suckers are?
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oh and my nerite snails have been leaving funky little eggs on my rocks. Its pretty hard to scrap off their little presents!

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Any advice for getting rid of these funky egg things?
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Old 08-16-2013, 07:51 AM   #8
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Love the way you have laid this out, looks beautiful.

The green bushy plant that is so bright and lush in the front, what is that? Looks close to but way better than cabomba.
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hi peachii, thank you by the way

the plant that looks like cabomba is Dwarf Ambulis.
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Love the way you have laid this out, looks beautiful.

The green bushy plant that is so bright and lush in the front, what is that? Looks close to but way better than cabomba.
It's Limnophila Sessiliflora, im using it my tank too

Great looking tank, subscribed
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Old 08-18-2013, 12:55 AM   #11
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Looks like pagoda stones? I like it.
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These AquaTop tanks are great! Glad to see a larger one being put to good use.

Any thoughts on the kind of shrimp you're going to stock the tank with?
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Honestly I want to start with a pretty hardy shrimp like the cherries, but I'm so tempted to jump into the more exotic types such as the CRS or Rili variety. I've kept a large amount of amano shrimp in the past so I have some kinda experience.

I'm also trying to find a good breeder and haven't run across any journals that talk about that.
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oh and the rocks Mike00726, are Suiseki Indonesia Bonsai Rocks I picked up at a bonsai shop.
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Amano Shrimp aren't really bred in captivity, so you'd have to buy them from someone like Rachel/msjinkzd (she's a forum sponsor - check out her subsection).

As far as Rili go, they're not really exotic. Same species at Red Cherry Shrimp, so they'll thrive in the same conditions. Could definitely start with Rili or any other Neo - like Painted Fire Red, Pumpkin, et al.

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Honestly I want to start with a pretty hardy shrimp like the cherries, but I'm so tempted to jump into the more exotic types such as the CRS or Rili variety. I've kept a large amount of amano shrimp in the past so I have some kinda experience.

I'm also trying to find a good breeder and haven't run across any journals that talk about that.
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