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Hyzer's EBI

**1/12/15 Update**
Light:
2 x 12" Finnex Planted+

CO2:
5 lb. aluminum cylinder
Harris 9296 regulator
Burkert 6011 solenoid
Swagelok 31RF2 (hard to make fine adjustments)
Atomic CO2 diffuser

Filter:
Stock Fluval internal (noisy, want to upgrade)

Flora:
Bolbitis heudelotii
Anubias barteri 'Petite'
Cryptocoryne parva
Cryptocoryne willisii
Fissidens fontanus
Mini Pellia
Flame Moss
Rotala rotundifolia
Ludwigia glandulosa
Didiplis diandra
Staurogyne repens
Blyxa japonica

Fauna:
2 Red cherry shrimp
1 Ramshorn snail
15+ Malaysian trumpet snails
1,000 pond snails



**3/6/12 - Beginning**
I had some Fire Reds in my 29g and needed to get them their own tank. I watched the CPDs chase them around a too many times. Any hope of raising young shrimp would have been gobbled up.

The EBI kit is pretty solid. A well built tank, great substrate, and a good light. I may end up going with a small canister filter in the future, but for now the stock one does just fine. I've heard that shrimp prefer more surface area, but didn't want to go with a standard 10g or 20g long. Several accounts of people growing a moderately sized colony in this size tank was good enough for me.

I filled it with water strictly from the 29 and put in some mulm from the sponge filter yesterday. I also threw in some different types of excess moss and plants from both of my other tanks. I'm really hoping the mini pellia does okay in here, as it's one of my favorites.

The shrimp went in today, just about 10 of them I think. I put a tiny bit of food because I don't want to overload the bene bac I transferred from my established tank. I've started a few other tanks this way, but I know shrimp are especially sensitive to water quality. Hopefully all goes well.



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You are pretty brave with them in there so soon. They look like very nice shrimp. Tank looks good.
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You are pretty brave with them in there so soon. They look like very nice shrimp. Tank looks good.
Definitely a bit anxious to get home and check on them. I'm hoping the bit of food I put in this morning and whatever came in with the moss and plants will be enough to keep them busy. Mordalphus did send me some bright red shrimp, I think they look great. The tank scape could use some work, but getting the berried ones separated from fish was the main goal.

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The first few days have gone well. The water is clear and the shrimp seem healthy. I put another 1/8th(ish) of an Azoo shrimp wafer in last night for roll call. I watched them for about half an hour while they finished it off. I am getting shrimp fever...

Today I found the first traces of a successful molt. I really hope the shrimp stays healthy without much protection. I'm pretty sure I only have one male, so hopefully he's up to the "task".


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Cool, sounds like things are going good.

Are you doing any co2 or ferts? Whats the moss type?
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Cool, sounds like things are going good.

Are you doing any co2 or ferts? Whats the moss type?
No ferts, no CO2. This tank is just about the shrimp.

I threw a little bit of java, christmas, and flame moss in there.


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Looks great Hyzer! The fire reds really pop against the black substrate and green plants! It'll look even more awesome when they start breeding and you have a gazillion of those crawling around.

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Looks great Hyzer! The fire reds really pop against the black substrate and green plants! It'll look even more awesome when they start breeding and you have a gazillion of those crawling around.
Thanks shrimpnmoss. I can only hope that my decision to move them from an established tank with predators to their own brand new "jump started" tank pays off.

You have some very healthy looking CRS in your tanks. I will probably hit you up for some advice when I decide to go the peppermint candy route.


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looking good, makes me want to buy a ebi

Check out my 15g Red cherry shrimp tank

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or my 33G Long

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It will pay off. I did something similar a year or so ago. I put 20 rcs in a 55 gallon by themselves. After a month or so their numbers exploded. In 3-4 months I went from 20 rcs to 300 or so.
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The fire reds just pop with everything else in that tank. Really nice! Good luck with chasing down the rest of the shrimp in a 29G.
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If you put in a moss wall, stems, or some branchy wood you can give the shrimps more resting spots to use up vertical space that the Ebi is lacking in surface area. I try to use up as much vertical space as I can on my 30c which is pretty much the same size.

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looking good, makes me want to buy a ebi
I would reccomend it. It's a good step between a regular ten buck 10g and a top of the line rimless. I will go ADA some day, but I just wasn't ready yet.

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It will pay off. I did something similar a year or so ago. I put 20 rcs in a 55 gallon by themselves. After a month or so their numbers exploded. In 3-4 months I went from 20 rcs to 300 or so.
So awesome to give cherries their own 55g! If only I had the room... I will eventually have a large tank with both fish and shrimp. Wasserpest always recommended that I get add shrimp in a tank a while before fish. That way when the fish are added, the number of shrimp eaten will not have a huge impact on the colony. Plus when you add something new to a tank with fish, they may just associate it with food.

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The fire reds just pop with everything else in that tank. Really nice! Good luck with chasing down the rest of the shrimp in a 29G.
It was not easy... that tank is a freakin jungle. I thought I had most of the adults out of there but I've found three more in the last couple days.

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Hopefully the flame moss will eventually grow all the way up the front of the filter. I already put in a small piece of manzy from my 29g with some moss attached to it, along with some bolbitis and hydrocotyle.


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Couple pics from tonight. I'm pretty sure the second is of the only male in the tank. He is a lot more transparent and lighter in color, with no saddle. Hopefully I can keep that guy healthy. Also, the mini pellia seems to be growing better in this tank than any of my others.






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