Had my phone in my pocket today and took some updated snaps of each tank. Not very exciting stuff, sorry. These updates are for me to look back on to keep the dates straight! Hope that here and there along the way I can provide a quality post.
9-20-19 and these four tanks are off to a great start! Plants are thriving and two of four have shrimp in them now (the two on the right).
The empty ones are using active soil only and remineralized RO/DI water, the other two are more traditional for the way I do planted tanks. All ran with Aqua Clear 50's and sponge filters while cycling, now just running the sponge filters off of an over-sized Whisper. Guess I'll label them numerically from left to right. Tank one:
Filled with ADA and planted mostly from other tanks, but did purchase Eriocaulon Vietnam
and a fistful of moss, no fauna besides snails & pods.
Tank two is set up identically. Both of these have some time to go yet before shrimp:
Tank 3 has been running since April. As of 8-12, tanks 3 & 4 have a 1/4-1/2" base of organic topsoil strained fine to the consistency of flour, then a couple of inches of Flourite. I then added 1/2 a bag of Dennerle active soil to each to bring down KH that I was fighting. These ran fallow for months. I use straight dechlorinated tap on these two. Tank 3 contains 12 very small but quite pretty yellow Neos. Don't have a good photo yet. It's going to be a few months on these but I think they are a striking line, they're almost white. My hope is to get some nice blue tiger shrimp to add to this tank. Orange eyes not preferred but considered if anyone "knows a guy.". I don't want any shrimp of either the Caridina or Neocaridina that even the worst cull might confuse me on which species it might be so yellow and blue striped seem pretty safe. I also still have the AquaClear running on this one I started them all up with, not sure why. Anyway, tank 3:
Tank 4 has the Tangerine tigers and blues shown in the earlier post. Similarly, I feel sure I won't mix the worst culls of these two up.
So now I'm left with deciding what to put in the first two, leaning Taiwan bees of some sort, my michling tank is what got this all started. Need to move some more plants from other tanks in too, I realize looking at the photos. And of course, the next order of business is finding blue tigers...
See you when I get something new or have something to update again.