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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 01-30-2016, 09:54 PM Thread Starter
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EBs Fish Room updated 1-5-17!

Ive been lucky enough to have a 13X10 foot room in my basement dedicated to my fish hobby. This thread will highlight my planted tanks and I will keep it updated as they grow.

5.5 gallon shrimp tank (Top)

Parts
16inch Finnex Stingray
Aqueon preset heater
Sponge filter

Flora
Dwarf Sagittaria
Staurogyne Repens
Anubias Nana
Java Moss

Fauna
Red Cherry shrimp
2 Peacock Gudgeons

5.5 gallon shrimp tank (Bottom)

Parts
16inch Finnex Stingray
Aqueon preset heater
Sponge filter

Flora
Cryptocorne Wendetii
Dwarf Sag
Micro Sword
Moss Ball

Fauna
None

40 breeder community

Parts
Fluvial 306 canister
36" Finnex 24/7
20 oz paintball co2 with regulator and diffuser
Aqueon Pro 300w heater
Glass Canopy

Flora
Dwarf Sag
Staurogyne Repens
Anubias Nana (on driftwood)
Cryptocorne Wendetii
Broad Leaf Sag.
Ludwigia Repens
Various other plants.

Fauna
1 Mystus Cat
4 Bumblebee Cat
1 Flying Fox
1 Fire Mouth Cichlid
4 Green Corydoras

First off I decided to build a rack system for two 5.5 gallon tanks.

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Put some minwax black on the stand and heres the final outcome.

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The top tank houses my cherry shrimp and a galaxy rasbora.

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Unfortunately my local fish store is going out of business so I picked up these two pieces of driftwood really cheap. One for my bottom 5.5 gallon tank and the larger one for my 40 planted. The small one will be wrapped in some moss from my top tank and house some more shrimp soon.

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I took a large liking to this piece and put it in my 40 breeder today. I have some more adjusting to do but this is a start.

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I cannot seem to get this tank clear. Ive tried seachem clarity and persistant water changes with no luck. Is it possible that Im just under filtered with my Fluval 50?

I'm always open to positive feedback and corrective criticism. I'm fairly new to the planted tanks and would love to get them stable and healthy
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post #2 of 34 (permalink) Old 02-02-2016, 06:19 PM Thread Starter
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Sorry about all the sideways pictures. Not sure how that happened.

Unfortunately I'm going to be stepping away from the hobby for a few weeks. I've been getting super discouraged with my lack of RCS breeding and lack of foreground plant growth. My dwarf sag seems to have some sort of root disease where it refuses to grow and leaves are dying off. I'm just going to leave the tanks alone for a while and let the plants do their thing.

I would still love to hear everyone's opinions and thoughts (good or bad).
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now is your chance to make the LFS an offer on all of their stock for replacement media/ impellers etc. for your filters and pumps. :P


Good luck with the carpets.

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Don't give up! I think your tanks are a great start! Neglecting them for a few weeks will almost certainly cause them to fail.

You posted a good amount of information, however, if you'd like to get some help regarding specific issues, your best bet is to #1 do a search for your issue, then #2 create a post asking for help in a specific sub on this forum ie. for plant issues ask for help in the Plants section, shrimp in the Invertebrates section etc.

Check out some galleries to get some inspiration and set a goal to work towards, but keep pressing on. You put so much work in already.
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I should rephrase that. I am going out of town for a few weeks and having family take care of my tanks (lights ~7 hours a day and fish food, no ferts, co2, or trimmings). The dwarf saggitaria seems to be making a little come back since I've been giving the tank co2 at about 2 drops per second. Also noticed that the amazon sword is sending up a flower which should reach the surface in a few more days. Still a novice at this so trying to be patient. Thanks for the feedback.
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Shrimp in general don't breed quickly (the process is slow but they drop so many shrimp it becomes exponential growth), especially if they are young. My RCS population took a dive in recent history to one female and 2 males and I waited a month before I even saw her saddled let alone berried. Shrimp are a game of patience. Though it looks like that cherry you took a picture of is saddled, next time she molts she should become berried (which is really cool to watch), and then it's about 3-4 weeks till she drops eggs.


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I'd let them feed the fish every other day... that halves the opportunities for problems.
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I'd let them feed the fish every other day... that halves the opportunities for problems.
+1 on that for sure. Feeding fish is a hard area for me to trust people to do right. They almost always end up getting over fed and then the water goes to….well, you know what


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+1 on that for sure. Feeding fish is a hard area for me to trust people to do right. They almost always end up getting over fed and then the water goes to….well, you know what

This is actually an easy solution. Get a weekly pill organizer and measure out the daily amounts!



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Here's a picture of what my sword is sending up.
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UPDATE: After a 2.5 week ski trip I came home to my tanks looking awesome! The amazon sword has about 5 new plants coming off its stem, the crypt is taking off and I added some more anubias to the large center piece. For the next month Im really going to try and keep my hands out of the tank and let its do its thing. Im going to keep dosing (flourish, trace, iron) and continue with co2 (2 BPS). Keep your eyes open for some new pictures soon!
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The RCS finally had babies! As you can see they are extremely small and very hard to photograph. All the plants are doing awesome in all three tanks. Keep your eyes open for a big update!
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Great start.

Great start on your fish room! Congrats on the baby shrimp too! Looking forward to watching your room grow....(jealous)

5 tanks & growing! Gotta get some moonlights so my fish can sleep cus I cant stop lookin!
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As you can see the plants are really doing good. The crypts and dwarf sag in the 40 breeder are growing well and the S. Repens in the shrimp tank is doing awesome! Ive got a ton of amazon swords now and the main plant is sending up a third shoot!
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Got a killer deal on these two beautiful clown loaches to add to my school. By far the two biggest Ive ever had.
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