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Old 11-04-2013, 09:03 PM   #16
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going for it.
added the heater, a moss ball and some anacharis since the last picture:

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Old 11-07-2013, 05:03 PM   #17
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GH booster came! Added one tablespoon to raise my GH to 6.

Is it an issue that some of the powder remains on my substrate?

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Old 11-07-2013, 05:54 PM   #18
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you just added it to the tank? mine says not to do that
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Old 11-07-2013, 07:08 PM   #19
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Mine says you can, but next time I'm gunna premix it so it doesn't settle. I'm sure the GH will go up as what's left dissolves

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Old 11-18-2013, 04:29 PM   #20
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Since I'm medicating his original tank, I have a new inhabitant in here. So far so good. All params are fine except highish nitrate.
I'm hoping he makes it. My options were leave him where the meds. would kill him, travel via car to the 5.5g where two other amanos live, or try him out in my soon to be red cherry here.
I decided to give it a shot. Here are some sh*ty cell phone pictures



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Old 11-21-2013, 06:50 PM   #21
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first successful molt in this tank! yipee
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Old 11-27-2013, 12:53 AM   #22
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Micro swords are putting out runners


also got a few cell phone shots of my shrimp






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Old 12-12-2013, 10:17 PM   #23
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So my sponge filter never showed :/ so I ordered the Elite Double Sponge Filter. Will be here in a few days. I've been waiting on the sponge filter to really get this tank going.

Edit: As soon as I requested a refund and ordered another filter, IT ARRIVES. So I rushed to cancel my new order and contacted the seller. Happy as can be!

Updated picture: FTS w/ new filter

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Old 12-17-2013, 03:38 PM   #24
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well, the sponge filter wasnt working well on that side because the HOB was blowing floaters into it, getting them stuck and it just didnt look good. So, I flipped the tank.
Moved the anacharis, spread some micro sword. Amano is tired of my hands invading his house oops!

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Old 12-20-2013, 02:49 AM   #25
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Looking pretty good!
Ottos are supposed to be about the only fish that won't eat baby cherry shrimp, since they're tiny sucker-mouth fish.
I don't know if the amano would try to eat the cherries... They're algae eaters, but most aquatic animals are opportunistic.
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Old 12-20-2013, 03:43 AM   #26
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Thanks! I'm hoping for some growth to fill in once things settle from the big uproot I just did.
I've heard that amanos can become aggressive when feeding and out compete the cherries, but I think I'm going to at least keep the one I have in there now with the cherries.
I may get more as time goes on!
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Old 12-21-2013, 05:06 PM   #27
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SHRIMP ARE HERE. I can't believe they made it alive after two extra days in shipment.

Here are crappy cell phone pics!







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Old 12-26-2013, 04:25 PM   #28
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Past few days have been pretty good with the new shrimp! I've had a few deaths but things overall are going well.
I found hydra today though, and I have some fairly small juvies. This may be why some of the small guys have died?
Regardless, I have fenbendazole on hand, so I dosed about(meaning what looked like) 100mg.
Will keep updated. There weren't many hydra that I could see, so I'm hoping this one dose will take care of it.
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Old 01-04-2014, 05:53 AM   #29
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Updates? I love the tank. I'm interested in what kind of lights you are using, your plants look great.
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Old 01-10-2014, 10:18 PM   #30
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yes update!

You'll actually see my new planted plus here, but before I installed it (so what you have seen up until now) is two 14w 5000K CFLs

Now, I tried to make a DIY cover using garden bird fencing and it looks kind of silly, and I don't know if it will deter shrimp from jumping. I see that a ton of people on here have no covers for shrimp, so I may go that route. I know this bird fence stuff will work for my betta tank, but this one, Idk.

Anyways, here is a new picture with the finnex planted plus. I love this light.
New shrimp are being shipped to me on Monday. Since I added the baking soda, I have had no deaths. I think the pH swings were the culprit, which the baking soda sufficiently stopped.

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