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RCS 20G Long! Starting slow this time.

So my tank's been empty besides 2 otos for about 3 months now so I decided to try it all up again. Definitely not as green as it used to be, especially with the lack of water changes I did and the buildup of algae. But it is getting better!


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I actually know very little about the plants I have. I got them from a local awhile ago when I wasn't really focused on planted tanks:P I do know that I have:
Riccia
Java Moss
Mini X-Mas Moss
Hydrocotyle sp. Japan
Crypt Wendtii

Decorations:
Driftwood

Lighting:
DIY CFL light hood
Two 20w 6500k Daylight CFL's 7-7 1/2 hours a day

Heater:
Marineland 200w

Filtration:
Sunsun HW-302

Fauna:
RCS

Water Params:
pH: 6.6
Temp: 76F

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Some pictures of "before"/"afters"
When it was a fish tank; did have some live plants:




Last week:


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Trying to get the plants to fill in and waiting on a few driftwood pieces!
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Waiting to see the Rilis and... Tangerine Tigers!

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Waiting to see the Rilis and... Tangerine Tigers!
Remember dinosaurodon when you breed the TTs lol
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Or you could have me send the TTs to Jimko in return for Jinko's red rillis
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Got my shrimp today. Wasn't what I ordered... Didn't get red rilis:/ I'll post up pics soon of what the seller sent me.


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Here's the tank with the new driftwood pieces (thanks Robert H!). I will probably be re-arranging things again soon.


And now the shrimp!
Amanos:


Oooo blurry "not what I ordered" shrimp



Do I see a saddle?:O



Some more of the "not what I ordered" shrimp



Yes, to my surprise, the seller was MORE than generous. I thank this seller (you know who you are) so much for the great shrimp!


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Looks like you got blue pearls? Is that right?

Also, what are the water parameters? You'll want them to be inline with CRS parameters for the TT's. Namely ph under 7, kh 1 or less, gh 4-6.

The tank looks good!

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Seller told me they're blue rili!

I'll update params on OP.


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It's very possible that they are blue rilis and they have not completely colored up with the patterns yet... Also, from what I understand, only the really (no pun intended) high grade blue rilis exhibit really (again, lol) visible patterning.

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It's very possible that they are blue rilis and they have not completely colored up with the patterns yet... Also, from what I understand, only the really (no pun intended) high grade blue rilis exhibit really (again, lol) visible patterning.
I hope so! I just saw a guy that bought blues from the same source and they had some red spots on them, but they had bred a couple times so I guess it came back through the offspring.?


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It doesn't necessarily come back with breeding since you never lost it in the first place, they're just stressed from shipping which is why they lost their color. It's just selective breeding to promote the redness.


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Glad you ended up with more expensive shrimp! John had this same problem but his F1 generation is starting to look like actual rili's instead of blue pearls.

Get some MTS to mix up that sand or you'll end up with dead spots! Also, are you planning on tying anything to the DW? Looks awfully bare like that in the back right corner !

End up using tap water or did you get an RO unit? What's your TDS and what not.

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My blues are molting already. Good sign?


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Depends. If your gh is too low then no. They won't have enough hardness to create their shells. TEST IT BRO!


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