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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-12-2011, 02:47 AM Thread Starter
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The purpose of this tank is to house berried Crystal Red Shrimps, Crystal Black Shrimps & Orange Eyed Blue Tigers only. Once the mother releases her young, she will be moved back into the tank she came from. I will keep it at optimal parameters for highest shrimplets' survivability.

Temp: 68F - 74F
TDS: 100-120ppm (after w/c) - 180-200ppm (before w/c)
pH: 6.4 - 6.8
gH: 4-6
kH: 0


Hardscape:
Tank: Aqueon 5.5G - Made Rimless (16"x8"x10")
Substrate: 3lbs of Eco-Complete (bottom layer) + 2lbs of Fluval Shrimp Stratum (top layer)
Light: Fluval 13W Clip-On 6500K
Filtration: Aqua-Tech HOB Filter (Rated for 5-15 gallon) w/ Premium Carbon-Ammonia Neutralizing Blend, Floss & BioMass
Fertilizers: None and not planning to dose anything
Misc: Manzanita, Wal-mart thermometer & Pebbles

Flora:
Petite Nana (Anubias barteri 'Petite')
Dwarf Hairgrass (Eleocharis parvula)
Flame Moss (Taxiphyllum sp.)
Fissidens Fontanus (Fissidens fontanus)
Mini Pellia/Coral Moss (Riccardia chamedryfolia)
SŁŖwassertang (Monosolenium tenerum)
Rotala rotundifolia (Rotala rotundifolia)
Hygrophila pinnatifida (Hygrophila pinnatifida)

Fauna:
1 Tiger Nerite
8 OEBTs

How it looked like before it was made rimless...

About 4 months ago:


About 2 months ago:

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how did you make the tank rimless? i have a 5 gallon i'd like to do the same with.
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how did you make the tank rimless? i have a 5 gallon i'd like to do the same with.
Easy bud. Nothing to it. Aged tanks are easier to be made rimless than newer ones. Tools you will need: A hair dryer (Heat gun is too strong of a heat for this small tank, it'll crack the glass), a razor knife with at least 2 new blades. I attached a document that I used that helped me out. Good luck!
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Tank just got derimmed and filled with substrate on Nov. 8th:


Here it is filled and scaped on Nov. 9th:



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Did a 30% water change today. These are the readings:

Before the WC: 104ppm, 0 ammonia, 7.6pH, 3kH & 3gH
After the WC: 73ppm, 0 ammonia, 7.6pH, 2.5kH & 2.5gH


Added the pH down solution tonight, will do the reading again tomorrow morning to see how it changed.

In other news, 1 of the berried CBS had the babies earlier this week! It was sometime during Black Friday which is pretty cool. Crystal blacks on black Friday. Amazing! Haha. They are growing fast and so colorful already. I am just amazed at their coloration at such a young age. Really need to find a good camera to catch these little buggers.

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Temp: 70F
TDS: 100-120ppm (after w/c) - 180-200ppm (before w/c)
pH: 6.4 - 6.8
gH: 5
kH: 3

Can't seem to keep the kH down. Is it because some of my substrate is Eco-Complete?

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