This is my 29g rip/shrimp tank that has been set up for three months.
29g AGA tank, old and scratched, but ya use what ya have
Fluval 304 Canister filter
Catalina T5HO 3X24W hung 10” from top of tank
Mineralized Top Soil capped w/3M black quartz
Submersed Plants: Wisteria, Anubias, Crypts, Aponogeton Crispus, Java Moss tied to some drift wood, some clover, and Hygrophila, Giant
Rip plants from left to right: Dracaena Magenta and Purple Perfection (Psuderanthemum Atropurpureum) in the same planter, purple waffle, Fittonia Juanita or Fittonia Argyoneura, and Spath "Petite" Nana.
Dosing Excel 3x a week
I have about 7 yellow shrimp in there and a couple of nerites. I originally bought a dozen yellow shrimp from a guy on aquabid. They were so tiny, I was afraid to net them into the tank. Since they were the only inhabitants in the tank, I thought it wouldn’t do any harm to dump the shrimp and water they came in along with the acclimation water into the tank. BIG MISTAKE, I now have planeria in the tank also. I’ve been wiping the planaria out of the tank as I see them, but I’m sure it’s going to be a never ending battle. Sigh, live and learn. I’m going to add more yellow shrimp to the tank from local aquarist in a couple of weeks. The original shrimp have grown 5x their original size. I’m hoping to have baby shrimps in a couple of months.
I’ve been experimenting with rip plants in this tank and my 75 gallon. Devon from Riparium Supply has been a wealth of information. I decided to raise the water line to the top on this tank, and keep four rip plants in the middle. I like the way this tank has turned out.
The submersed plants have been growing slowly, but consistently. I was dosing EI 3x a week, but stopped when I added the shrimp. I’ve read conflicting reports on dosing shrimp tanks. If the plants start to die off I’ll start slowly dosing again.
Whole tank shot:
Since we’re snowed in for the next couple of days, I’m going to read up on photography. I just can’t get a decent shot of the shrimp in the tank.
Thanks for looking all….Loni