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Gobluewolverines4's 20l Shrimp Breeding Tank!

Hey guys, with Christmas having just passed, I finally received the final components I needed to set up my 20 long Neo breeding tank.

The tank is just a 20 long-30 inches.

Filter-ATI Max Sponge Filter ; Tetra Whisper 20ex (intake covered with sponge;purigen and filter floss)

Lighting-Beamswork HiLumen 75

Heater-75W hang on tank heater

Flora- None yet, will be getting them tomorrow because of my $30 giftcard to a new LFS! Super excited. I will try to get a lot of Anubias, Java Ferns, and crypts. I have one pretty large Anubias in my 20 high that will probably move over. And of course, a crap load of java moss. The moss will be tied to....

Hardscape: One medium sized piece of Mopani Driftwood, one local piece found in the pasture behind my house, and another piece of bogwood purchased at petco. These pieces will be doused with java moss and rhizome plants. Crypts and maybe a sword or two will be the only stem plants.

Substrate: Black Diamond Blasting Sand, most bang for my buck.

Water: I received a RO unit for Christmas, will be buying the tubing required tomorrow and will be using that, maybe cut with tap water or another buffer. Any suggestions? I have really high phosphates and my PH is usually too high to breed Neos, hoping the RO will fix all of this.

Fauna: A lot lot lot of shrimp. I will start with inexpensive and basic red cherry shrimp, and if successful, will move to more expensive shrimp.

I probably forgot some stuff, but I will fix it. Will update tomorrow with plants, substrate, and hopefully a tank full of RO water!
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Okay, so a couple of days have passed. A lot has happened. I went to a local store and got my plants, 2 pots worth of Crypts Wedntii Bronze and 2 large anubias. I also setup my RO only to realize that it won't work for me, so I will be returning it. I did buy a 20 gallon storage "jug" for RO water. I planted and filled the tank with tap water, and now I am waiting for the crypts to melt!

I added root tabs under the crypts yesterday.
I dosed Flourish Comprehensive and leaf zone today.


Some crypts show sign of melting, but they may not!

I also added 2 blue rilis that were left over from a previous tank, and 4 ghost shrimp to cycle the tank as is.
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Update:


So it's been a couple of days and a couple of minor things have been going on.

I've begun dosing ammonia in small increments to help the cycle along...

Also I went to Petco to look around their Dollar Per Gallon sale and found a zoomed nano canister filter rated 10-30 gallons for only $40! It was half off of the original price, so it was pretty much a steal. Easy to set up, and extremely quiet.

I believe all shrimps are alive, I know both Neo's are, but it is hard to keep track of the ghost shrimp.

Crypts are melting rather quickly, which is totally expected. Anubias are doing ok, I also picked up another bottle of "Leaf Zone" at petco for about $5.
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UPDATE 1/3

Last night I bought 2 female Low Grade Sakuras. One of which was berried.

I also started to plant my tank with some faster growing plants (hornwort) and added some java moss to the base of my anubias.
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you added shrimp within a couple days?

have you tested your water parameters?
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Yes I've been checking them as often as by the hour as it seems. I used a ton of media from my two other tanks including the sponge filter in the corner. My filter is loaded with ceramic rings as well for as much possible bacteria space. I'll attempt to keep my parameters in check, but I feel as though this tank is mostly cycled. I'll keep doing water changes every two days, especially since I am trying to slowly drop the pH with RO water. Also I got a heck of a deal, and even if the tank isn't fully cycled, I'm going to bust my butt to keep them alive!
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seems like you are staying on top of the water parameters. hope it works out for you, you are off to a good start! keep the updates coming!
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be wary keeping the blue rillis with the taiwan fire reds, as they are the same species and will breed together resulting in the offspring being wild form shrimp (a neutral brown color)
the tank looks good, best of luck!

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be wary keeping the blue rillis with the taiwan fire reds, as they are the same species and will breed together resulting in the offspring being wild form shrimp (a neutral brown color)
the tank looks good, best of luck!
Thanks! I actually just got done seperating the two, the blue rilis are now in the breeder box and I'll potentially move them into a 10 g or do a raok.. Would anybody want 2 shrimp? That sounds silly to me
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Update 1/4:

I tore down my 10 gallon with injected Co2, and added some plants from that.

Plants added are:
1 Small Sword
1 Melon Sword
3 Sag Parents
2 Sag Runners
~5 Stems of Hygro. Corymbosa

I'm really loving how balanced the tank looks. I didn't even try to do it and it looks pretty balanced.

Moved most of the ghost shrimp out to my 55 gallon, I think there is one left. The cherries are doing pretty well I must say.

PS: The picture is a picture with the Beamswork "moonlights" on. Gorgeous in my opinion.
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So not really any new updates. The Beamswork is growing hornwort quite well and quick. So that is very reassuring. I did manage to get some hands on my fathers very nice Canon Camera, even though that was without a tripod. I managed to get some pretty good shots, but of course, you can't tell that one of the shrimps is berried. Oh well. Enjoy!
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So I got my order of shrimp yesterday! Shout out to Carlin, the user of these forums who I bought the shrimp from! I paid for 12, but i think I honestly got about 20! Although it is difficult to count as they are small shrimp in a big tank.
The berried Sakura still hasn't popped yet, hopefully soon and then I will have upwards of 40-50 shrimp.

I only have one picture so far.
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