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Double Trouble - two 5.5 gallon shrimp tanks (56K Warning)

So over the past two months I have been working on two emersed tanks.I feel like they are coming along well so I thought I would share what I have so far. I also Need to give credit to Jake for inspiring this project with his two shrimp rescue tanks. You can check them out here.

Equipment:
2x 5.5gallon tanks with glass hoods
2x Marineland 10 watt heaters
2x Eheim 2211 filters

Lighting:
2x Finnex ML-1624 24watt, 5000k daylight, CFL
HC tank on 12 hours a day
Glosso tank on 5hr, off 2hr, on 5hr

CO2:
Will be doing Paintball CO2. Anyone know if I can just split one paintball tank into both aquariums?

Substrate:
Fluval plant stratum

Flora:
HC (Hemianthus callitrichoides) From cableguy69846
Glosso (Glossostigma elatinoides) From cableguy69846
Dwarf Hairgrass (Elocharis acicularis) From nilocg

Fauna:
TBD - I really want to try some CRS

Ferts:
Seachem Flourish
SeaChem Flourish Excel

Dwarf Hairgrass tank






Then I added the HC


The HC is filling in nicely and the hairgrass is looking good too.


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And here is the glosso tank




I just flooded the tank today.


And a few side-by-sides






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Looks great, you've really mastered the dry starts! Your plants look like they're thriving so I wouldn't see a problem with CRS doing well there.
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Looks great, you've really mastered the dry starts! Your plants look like they're thriving so I wouldn't see a problem with CRS doing well there.
I wouldn't say I have mastered any part of planted aquariums, but thank you so much for your kind comment. I did buy an RO/DI unit just to put CRS in the HC tank. I have a lot more learning to do before I even try.


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Those are beautiful! I especially like the one on the left.
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Those are beautiful! I especially like the one on the left.
Thank you very much. The one on the left is my personal favorite as well. I can't wait until time to fill it and add some shrimp.


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What a sick dry start @ the HC tank.

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What a sick dry start @ the HC tank.
I agree. I couldn't be happier with it. I think it was the great quality HC I got from cableguy. It took off within a week of placing it on the soil. Very little turned brown and all I did was mist it every few days, super easy.


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any updates?
Well things have changed a lot since my last update. Here is what happened

The Glosso was over taken with BGA. I read that I could "black out" the tank to kill it. So I turned off the light and covered the tank with a towel for 3 days. When I uncovered it the Glosso had turned white, grown to the surface of the water, and no change in the algae. So I decided to pull out the Glosso and start over. I just took some plants from my 55 and put a little something in here. I also added about 30 of the reddest cherries I could catch out of my 55.



Then I flooded the HC/DHG tank. Then some BGA covered my DHG and I started to get a little discouraged. I kept pulling out what I could. Then some very thick slimy black algae started to grow on the HC. It was easy to remove it. It just pealed off in sheets. I had just added 10 crystal reds I got from another member and I couldn't see any of them ever because they hid in the DHG. So I decided to change the tank to match the other and I would be able to see the new shrimp. So I pulled out the HC and DHG, cleaned off any algae and gave it away in a RAOK today. I then tried to mirror the other tank some what.



I am still happy with the tanks and now I can see all my shrimp much better. Plus I was able to give some plants away on here and that feels good.



I will get a better camera and take a few pictures of the shrimp. Let me know what you all think.


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