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Intermision's 2.5g nano *update:04-1-2007

I decided to plant my old 2.5 gallon tank I had from when I was a kid. It used to house my Betta until it jumped. I started with a substrate of 50/50 flourite and gravel. Lighting comes from a 23w CF bulb in a desk lamp. The filter is a cheap HOB I piked up from PetCo. I have a DIY CO2 setup running out of a Gatorade bottle, right now it goes through an airstone, but I have a diffuser on the way, I figure some CO2 is better than none right now. I'm dosing 8/10ml of Flourish Comprehensive Plant Supplement I have it diluted in water so I dose 1oz of the mixture every other day so it's easier to measure.
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-Anacharis
-Java Moss
-Java fern
-Pygmy chain-sword
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Fauna
-5 unknown shrimp ( any help)

As of know I only have the hard scape and a few plants in.

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Shrimp and Java fern

Shrimp on drift wood

Shrimp eating it's molted shell


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whoa looks like scary shrimps, ur water seems to have some film and scum on the top or is that the camera

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whoa looks like scary shrimps, ur water seems to have some film and scum on the top or is that the camera
In witch picture? I don't have any scum, but there are some deposits on the acrylic.
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It's just solids from evaporation that I can't get off.
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Those look like black cherry shrimp.

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Those shrimp are cool. I like the tank, its a great start.


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It's just solids from evaporation that I can't get off.
its mineral deposits. vinegar will dissolve taht easily tho i wouldnt get that in your tank. u'll have to wait till u empty it out.


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Hey! is that a critter keeper? it looks like it!

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Hey! is that a critter keeper? it looks like it!
I have no Idea, it's an aquarium I got from walmart when I was 10 or so. It came with colorful gavel, some fake plants, and a air pump filter thing.

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its mineral deposits. vinegar will dissolve taht easily tho i wouldnt get that in your tank. u'll have to wait till u empty it out.
It looks like the shrimp are eating it, I assume to get calcium and such.
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Oh i see.
Good old texas water huh! causes lime buildup like crazy, and yea, my shrimp and crays will pick at limed of stuff i think to get calcium.

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I just thought I would post that the java fern has bubbles forming on the bottom of the leaves, and there is a baby shrimp swimming around.
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Sweet!
good news all over!

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Well I have some good news and some bad news. During the past week two of my shrimp have died, but the others seem to be very healthy and active. Also I have seen more baby shrimp; I have counted at least 3 of them. All of the plants are doing great, withing in about 2 hours of the lights coming on there are already bubbles forming on the java fern's leaves, and in the past week the anacharis has grown over double it's original height.. The stems sarted out 3-4in now they are 7-8in at least.
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