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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-03-2015, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
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Dedicated shrimp tank finally

After trying my best to raise shrimps in my 30 incher, and failing miserably, I jumped the gun and bought myself a 10 gallon tank. This tank would be housing no fish and just the shrimps, mostly RCS/yellow.

Had some ada Amazonia from the other tank so used that. The lights will be some ebay junk (48 LED bla bla yada yada). The filter is Dophin H500 HOB (tried the legacy sponge filter. While it was good it was capturing too much of real estate so chucked it out)

I stay in a rented apartment, top floor, and it gets hot even in October. I opened the lid of the HOB filter and placed a cooling fan over it. The main tank now remains covered with the glass lid, free of dust and yet stays cool.

No lights yet since my light fixture is in transit.

The tank currently has housed a driftwood from my other tank and some java fern/Moss on it. In the substrate, I've scattered few stems of marselia hirsuta and I hope the plants will do fine once I have the lights. Also there is ornamental wood log/cave (fluval) which has some Moss on it.

Right now the tank is cycling. Water parameters are good, as tested using API Master test kit. pH is around 6.6. Have two mollies currently enjoying the emptiness in the tank.

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Sounds like a good plan - I'm about to setup my first shrimp only tank too and I'm also going with a 10g. If I get too many shrimp, I have plenty of fish in other tanks ;-)
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The RCS and yellows will probably interbreed if they're both Neos.
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The RCS and yellows will probably interbreed if they're both Neos.
I meant RCS or yellows. I had success with RCS before but my recently acquired yellow neos died. All 6 of them. I am mostly inclined towards getting yellows. They just look super cool.
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Spent some time to paint the rear of the tank black.

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Initial Masking of the edges:




First coat:


Letting it dry for now. The second coat will follow tomorrow.
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My finnex stingray clip led light fixture arrived. Also I added couple of marimo Moss Balls.

The tank is ready and settled now. Just need to introduce shrimps to it.

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What moss is on the circle wood?
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What moss is on the circle wood?
That one is riccia, tied over a coconut shell.
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It looks nice.
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why are there fish in your shrimp tank?


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why are there fish in your shrimp tank?
I was just cycling the tank The two yellow mollies are out of the tank now and have added 10 yellow shrimps. Will be adding some pics soon.
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Good luck with the yellows! I have only ever owned RCS and they breed like crazy. How much more sensitive are the yellows? Are they as hard to keep as something like CRS or even more rare species?


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Good luck with the yellows! I have only ever owned RCS and they breed like crazy. How much more sensitive are the yellows? Are they as hard to keep as something like CRS or even more rare species?
I received some yellow neos just over five weeks ago. Had OEBTs and snowballs in the same shipment. The yellows have done the best out of the three. No berried females out of the six or seven remaining shrimp so far (ordered nine, one died in transit), but they're doing their thing no issue. Hard to tell but one may be saddled.

The snowballs were the most finicky, four left out of eleven received.

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Bees and tigers are harder to keep, cherries/yellow/sunkist easy as

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Haha, can definitely tell you're an oz!


Yeah, neos are generally hardier/easier to keep, while caridinas are usually more sensitive requiring more precise water parameters of their liking.
But with anything living, the more inbreeding (from selective breeding, usually within the same family, for desired traits) leads to less hardy/weaker shrimp (even so in overly inbred Neos).


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