01/31 - 02/20/2017
Gutted the 10g! It’s clean! It’s empty!
Now for a clean slate. I’ve actually had this tank up and running for about… 3 weeks now. I used a filter for the previous 10g setup to get the cycle going. The plan was to turn this 10g into my new Shrimp-only tank. I had several RCS in a 5g, but I feel that, given time, they will eventually outgrow it. Plus, it was easy for the parameters to fluctuate in the 5g, so I knew I would need more room for stability.
I ordered two pots of Monte Carlo, and got to planting! A lot of it melted, which was expected, but I'm starting to see a lot of new, small-leaflets sprouting. Super excited! I have several anubias - some given to me by @JJ09
- so I attached them to openings in the driftwood. It's been awhile since they were attached and I can see fresh, white roots beginning to grow into the hardscape. I moved the Lobelia from the 20g to this tank, since the algae was getting to it. It's looking much better now. Picked up some Spike moss at an LFS in Maryland, and attached that to the open pockets on the driftwood. So the plants are doing well.
For awhile, after moving the shrimp in, they were very inactive. I was worried because one of my females was recently berried. I think it was because there was an oxygen deficiency and I was dosing CO2 prior to moving the shrimp into the tank. However, @stormx22
was kind enough to give me her old air pump, and since installing it, I've seen a dramatic difference in the shrimps' behavior. They look a lot more active, they're eating more, and I have two - that's right, 2! - berried females!
Eventually, I would also like to get Tangerine Tigers...
10g rimmed tank
20” Finnex Stingray - going to add a light-dimming material
Aqueon Quietflow 10
Fluorite Black sand
Caribsea Tahitian Moon sand
Air pump + air stone (recent addition)
Minor dosing of API CO2 Booster
Minor dosing of Plant Food
Cryptocoryne wenditii ‘Green’
Micranthemum ‘Monte Carlo’
Anubias nana ‘petite’
1x Pogostemon Helferi (totally random)
10x Red Cherry Shrimp
I’ll post pictures below.