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Old 11-10-2013, 07:01 AM   #1
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1.77 gal Pico RC Shrimp Tank!


This tank finally came together today. I've been running it for weeks now, but it has evolved sooo much...

From this:


To this: (Temp. housing for sick cory cats that needs meds + idk what to do with this crapload of java moss)



To finally this, something *actually* pleasant to look at. :P







And it's actually much nicer in person...there isn't that yucky glare.

I am genuinely surprised. I really didn't think it would ever be easy on the eyes. It's a pretty darn ugly tank to begin with...but I actually really, really like it now. The Java moss will be anchored to the wood when I have the energy, and I have many other plant-related plans ahead.

Stocking:

billions of MTS
6 Red Cherry Shrimp
1 marimo
bunch 'o java moss

Hardware:

cheapo ebay led clamp lamp (I LOVE this thing.)
cheapo ebay sponge filter (Again, LOVE.)

Tada!
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Old 11-10-2013, 08:58 AM   #2
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I'm glad you didn't go with a flat substrate line.Looks good and natural.

You said its been running for weeks. Did you cycle the tank before you added the shrimp?
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Old 11-10-2013, 08:40 PM   #3
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I'm loving the piece of wood in the middle it brings your eyes around the tank. The java moss will hopefully grow on the wood and make a nice breeding ground for the shrimps. I would be tempted to attach anubias to the wood and let it grow to add some more variety to the tank
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Old 11-11-2013, 01:51 AM   #4
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I'm glad you didn't go with a flat substrate line.Looks good and natural.

You said its been running for weeks. Did you cycle the tank before you added the shrimp?
Thank you both! I actually poured the sand in and let it lay where it fell. I definitely like what they did for the look.

And indeed. Tiny tanks tend to cycle faster, as I'm sure you're aware. I cycled it with my one of my dad's biowheels from an established healthy tank, plus the top layer of sand from said tank. The 'med's' used to treat the corys were just Melafix (Which is tea tree oil.)

The shrimp just went in yesterday.

I will be attaching the Java Moss with fishing line soon...I have some energy issues, so that'll be when I can manage it.

I think I have a Java fern I'll tie on, too, for good measure.
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Old 11-11-2013, 07:23 AM   #5
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Okay, it's kinda messy....but I'm seriously loving it...And when the moss grows in over the wood it will be so much better! What do you think of the way the light is positioned? I like the way there are light and shadows...

Sadly I lost a shrimp today due to a nitrite spike that was COMPLETELY my fault and COMPLETELY avoidable...don't ask.

And another shrimp vanished. He's not in the tank. I am...confused and saddened. Do shrimp jump??

So, I'm down to 4. But hey, it's pretty.

Edit: Vanishing shrimp reappeared! So bizarre...I took the wood out of the tank to tie moss on it...THERE WERE ONLY FOUR SHRIMP. o.O

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Old 11-30-2013, 11:20 PM   #6
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Default What is the terrestrial plant in the back left?

Like the simple look of the tank, but intrigued by potted plant in back left. What is that?
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Old 12-15-2013, 04:59 AM   #7
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Like the simple look of the tank, but intrigued by potted plant in back left. What is that?
Thank you!

No potted plants in here...maybe you mean the Java Fern?

This is how it's looking nowadays...



(there is a potted mess of dwarf hairgrass that's now been removed in this picture)

I restocked my shrimp- I got five more, plus the original four that have been in there for over a month now. They're makin' babies and doing their shrimpy thing. I removed the main Java fern, but I have a few of it's babies tied onto the wood. It's a happy tank.
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Default Sorry, i meant in the 2nd pic--outside the tank--

there is a potted plant with some red in it. Wondered what it is?
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looks like a good natural tank, have the shrimp breed?
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Old 03-15-2014, 11:55 PM   #10
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Sorry for the late reply.

The only other plant in the tank besides the Java moss was a Java fern

Thank you! ^_^ They have. Not as prolifically as I was hoping for, but I have quite a few sub adults along with the original crew. the driftwood/moss outgrew the tank, (you couldn't see inside the tank at all, and was firmly attached to the sides) and are now in another larger tank. The java moss absolutely loved the low light of that crappy LED. I've yet to get it to do so well anywhere else! This tank is an absolute mess right now, as it's a temp home for some dying java moss from another project that I'm trying to coax back from the dead. Come to think of it, I might rip it out and trash that...I miss this tank being pretty.
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