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Old 01-30-2014, 07:22 PM   #31
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very nice. I always wanted to something like this with my 12g. I even bought a 20H and glass to make baffles but in the end didn't. spent the effort on a bigger tank with bigger sump instead. Love to see other people as crazy as myself succeed
Still too early to claim success

Actually I just added some livestock.

15x Neon Tetras
5x Ottos
10x Ghost Shrimp

Gonna see how it goes for a while and then I may add some RCS and more..
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Old 01-30-2014, 08:21 PM   #32
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Man this is awesome. I really want to get into the sump side of this hobby but i was worried about the diy stuff on a large scale. Now that i see this ill have to practice on some small tanks first!!
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Old 02-03-2014, 04:43 PM   #33
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So, my neons didn't seem to be crazy about the new tank. They stayed in a very tight group at the bottom of the tank.

Today I woke up and they seem much more comfortable in the tank! They are staying in 2-3 groups but they are swimming around and are much more spaced out than before.

Also, my ottos are definitely schooling (as you guys said). I never knew they were a schooling fish but all 5 are almost always very close together. It's actually pretty cool. They definitely aren't schooling in my 190 tho

Updates on livestock:

15x Neons
5x Ottos
5x Nerite Snails
24x Ghost Shrimp

On the way:
6x Sterbai Cories
10x Fire Red Shrimp
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Old 02-13-2014, 12:35 PM   #34
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Updated pic:



Video of fish/shrimp/snails:
http://youtu.be/8mbXF-TBskk


I'm still totally undecided on hardscape. I can't decide between dead coral (what's in there now), driftwood or rock. Nothing is popping out at me like it normally does.

Anyways.. Shrimp love the flame moss. The CRS are almost always under it. The fire reds come and go. I know ghost shrimp are big hits with shrimp people but I love them. They have so much personality.
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Old 02-13-2014, 12:39 PM   #35
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Hey, what are your water parameters? I'd think that CRS are the most sensitive fauna you have in there. Why not put both driftwood on one side and put rocks on the other?


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Old 02-19-2014, 10:16 PM   #36
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Hey, what are your water parameters? I'd think that CRS are the most sensitive fauna you have in there. Why not put both driftwood on one side and put rocks on the other?


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Currently parameters are at:

pH: 7.4
Ammonia: 0
Nitrites: 0
Nitrates: 10
KH: 12
GH: 3

I know KH is way too high for the CRS but they came from a breeder who runs at 7-8. They have been in a couple weeks and are doing ok. I have a RO/DI filter on the way that I'll probably use for all new water.


Anyone ever have nerite snails crawl out of the tank? I have one that crawls out every night and falls 3 feet to the floor. He sits there until morning when I find him and put him back. He's done it about 5 or 6 times and seems to be ok. It's annoying and I'm afraid he'll die if I'm not here to put him back in the water.
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Old 02-20-2014, 02:07 PM   #37
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I finally made a decision on hardscape. I can always change it later on. I went with some wood and rock that I had laying around.



What do you think?
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Old 02-20-2014, 02:17 PM   #38
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Some action shots:

Fire red hanging out on a java fern:



CRS on some rotala that's still in shock:



Fire red doesn't mind the neons:



Ghost shrimp giving the panda cory a back rub:



These shrimp don't care about gravity:



A few of the CRS like to hang out on top of the return:
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Old 02-20-2014, 04:59 PM   #39
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So I got the CGA 320 stem from ua hua. I couldn't get it to stop leaking no matter how tight I made it so I used tape on the threads. How bad is that? I was very careful to skip the first thread and keep any tape away from the edge.

Anyway, I got it hooked up to a paintball tank to test the regulator. It seems to hold the pressure.



I still don't have the needle valve that probably won't work so I can't test that. I'm going to try and wire up the solenoid tonight and start on the post body.

Any other tests I should perform?
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Old 02-24-2014, 01:53 AM   #40
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I found out the hard way that ghost shrimp become killers when they get larger. I saw multiple ghost shrimp grabbing fish, rolling them over, hold them down and try to eat them. I couldn't believe my eyes but I found some others complaining of the same thing.

These were very large ghost shrimp but they were vicious. I took out all the ghost shrimp and put them in my 190. I hope they didn't eat my RCS or CRS. I have so many hiding places in there now that I can't count my shrimp any more. Usually only 4-5 are out at a time.
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Well, the day after I removed the ghost shrimp all my other shrimp decided they don't want to hide any more. They don't mind the fish but apparently didn't like the ghost shrimp. I'm very surprised but happy.

Also, I got in a shipment of 20+ PFR that I bought on eBay. They were advertised as a mixture of sizes but red in color. I received 12 absolutely clear newly born babies. Seller isn't being responsive and I guess this is a lesson not to buy shrimp on eBay.
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That sucks about the shrimp. hopefully they color up more as they grow
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Old 02-25-2014, 10:05 PM   #43
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Also, I got in a shipment of 20+ PFR that I bought on eBay. They were advertised as a mixture of sizes but red in color. I received 12 absolutely clear newly born babies. Seller isn't being responsive and I guess this is a lesson not to buy shrimp on eBay.
File a paypal complaint. I would.
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File a paypal complaint. I would.
It's in process. The only thing he had to say was that I didn't send a picture within an hour of receiving the shrimp. I seriously could not see shrimp in the bag and thought it was an empty bag. It wasn't until I dumped them into a specimen container and turned on a flashlight that I could see them. I really should have taken a picture.
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Old 02-26-2014, 03:30 PM   #45
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File a paypal complaint. I would.
I struck a deal with the seller. He refunded me $30 so I ended up basically paying $18 for 12 baby shrimp. I didn't want to send them back because it would be a pain to pack them up and they are so small I'm guessing some would die.

I'm setting up a 2 gallon I have to raise them as I'm afraid my other shrimp or fish may eat them. Hopefully it will cycle fast thanks to a sponge filter I pulled out of my 190.
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