Hello everyone! Happy to have found this forum!
I'm finally building a proper home for my Crystal Red Shrimp, with heavy aesthetic and equipment influence from the ADA "school".
I am lucky to have access to "Aqua Forest" - an ADA distributor here in the US - and they have been so incredibly helpful getting me setup.
High resolution photos are available at:
First up, the specs:
ADA 45-C Garden Cube (#102-871) - 24 gallons
EHEIM Professional II External Canister Filter (#2028) - (rated to 158 gallons)
ADA BIO RIO (#105-001) - replacing stock "coco puff" media
ADA Power Sand-M (2 x 2L bags)
ADA Aqua Soil - Amazonia (one 9L, one 3L bag)
Archaea lamp fixture - w/36w ADA CF bulb
ADA Rock (hand picked at Aqua Forest)
-layout is not finalized
-3 days into fishless cycling - ammonia level is ~3 right now, heat is 86 F
-did two days of 60% water changes - now scaling back to none... Amazonia I find needs to flush out a bit
-using R/O water cut with some water from well cycled tank (hard water)
-back of tank has media and decorations from cycled tank - driftwood is also temporary, from well cycled tank
-small HOB filter from cycled tank is also running on this...
-using Biozyme to supposedly help start things up
I will be keeping you all updated! This will primarily be a home for about 30-40 RCS shrimp - grade S and A. For now... I just have to wait... and plan... and post here....
Let me know what you think!