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Shrimp Platter Salad Tray Journal

I was out of freshwater for awhile but thanks to two of my friends now they got me back into it. One of them gave me a colony of snowball shrimps and the other sold me a really cheap ada tank. It's an ADA 60F with the measurement of 24"x12"x7". He told me it looks like a Tray hence the names of this tank. This tank will be my shrimps experiment tank. I love shrimps. I love to keep them and I love to eat them as well. I will put every shrimp species in there and see what kind of strains and mutation I will get from it. So far I have some snowball so I will be looking for more shrimps. Here are the specs:

Tank: ADA 60P (24"x12"x7") approx 8.6 gallon
Lighting: Trying to go with 4x24 T5 but for now I have 1x24watts T5 over it.
Filtration: Eheim liberty 150
Soil: ADA soil
Plants: Anubias Nana, Nana petite, bolbitus, Taiwan moss
Foreground: Still deciding on it. Maybe some downois or e. belem or just leave it.

Shrimps: snowball for now but will add others (let me know if you have other shrimps for sale--shrimps donation are gladly welcome.)

Fish: NO FISH ALLOW Smile

Here are some pictures. Let me know what you think.


Initial setup with the hardscape

Top view:


Initial planting of the plants:


top view of the planted plants:


Water is filled but very murky:


Getting clearer and planting some plants:


More clearer:


Here are some pictures of the tenants (aka--snowball shrimps):






The ADA soil was given to me by a friend and it was his used soil. He kept the soil outside and guess what I found? Some hitchhiker plants:




He has no idea what kind of plant it is. I will update the post as more pictures are available. Thanks for looking.
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Interesting tank. Are you going to grow any of the plants above the water on that?
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Cool. Is that one of those T6 light fixtures from Helios(sp)?
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Interesting tank. Are you going to grow any of the plants above the water on that?
I am planning on it. Maybe the anubias or the bolibitus. I'm also looking to see if I can find some orchid that will attached to those manzy branches.
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Cool. Is that one of those T6 light fixtures from Helios(sp)?
It's the 2x24watts T5 but I only have a 1x24watts running. The other bulb is not working. I am planning to get 4x24watts T5 in there when I save enough money for it Hence the recent plant sale thread
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Very nice project. This is one I will be watching!

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Very nice project. This is one I will be watching!
Thanks! I'm getting bunch of shrimps today. I will post updated of the new tenants next week. Supposedly getting some cherry shrimps, black cherries, yellow, crystal shrimps, etc.
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I have found that often I have some melt with plants going into new Aqua Soil. Delicate plants in particular.

Do you have the same concern? I am worried about the Downoi.

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I have found that often I have some melt with plants going into new Aqua Soil. Delicate plants in particular.

Do you have the same concern? I am worried about the Downoi.
I experienced that as well. Usually with the sensitive plants but then they grow right back. With ADA soil I usually do not plant anything in the soil until 2 days later. I found that to be very successful for me.
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Very nice tank!

The HOB is very distracting though. Have you thought about getting a small canister filter?
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very nice!!! i like the dimensions of the tank...if you don't put shrimp it will be a nice tank for schooling fish!
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