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5gal Shrimp Cube.

It's been a long time since i've been on the TPT but now i'm back with a new tank.

So i have been toying around with the idea of doing a shrimp cube for a long time and since i had to get rid of my 55gal when i moved as i no longer have the space for a tank of that size i've down scaled to a 5G cube.

This is my first experience with tanks this small so if anyone has any advice/pointers or tips or could tell me where i am going wrong any advice / criticism would be appreciated.

Filter: Fluval Nano

Substrate: JBL AquaBasis Plus topped with JBL Manado.

Lighting: 9W Arcadia Light Pod.

CO2: JBL Bottle with my old Wave regulator running at 2BPS.

Ferts: 5ml JBL Ferropol every 50% weekly water change, 2 drops JBL Ferropol 24 every day, 2ml Seachem Flourish Excel every day.


So its been 3 weeks now and i originally tried to grow a HC carpet, this ended badly and i am almost 100% certain this was because of inadequate lighting, 50W 6500W GU10 Desktop lamp, which was then swapped out for a 13W 10000k bulb and to long of a photo period.

Just planted hc: http://i.imgur.com/ATMEe.jpg

2 weeks later: http://i.imgur.com/CMFiz.jpg

3 weeks later: http://i.imgur.com/HvlBI.jpg

As you can see, i had some serious problems with my HC. What exactly went wrong? I was hoping someone here could tell me to tell the truth..

Since the HC fiasco i have invested in a 9W Arcadia light pod, and decided to give a glosso carpet a go since it is apparently alot easier to grow. I also got some moon rock and some more plants.

Tank currently: http://i.imgur.com/e2f3L.jpg

Ideally what i would like is some advise on what i'm doing wrong and what i could do to give my glosso the best possible conditions to carpet nicely.

Pic of my old 55gal if anyone is interested before i had to tear it down to move http://i.imgur.com/9wvfk.jpg
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Just thought i would share some new pics from my shrimp cube, finally my glosso is starting to carpet after switching ferts and ive added a few plants and fish.

Current stock list is:
1x Betta
5x CRS
2x Otto's

Pics: http://imgur.com/a/h2OZc
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Do your Betta and Otto's have any problems getting along?
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Do your Betta and Otto's have any problems getting along?
None what so ever, i am more worried about him eating my shrimp however after 2 days he has not even made an effort to eat one.
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Oh that's awesome.
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So this is 2 weeks of glosso growth.... Looks like it was definitely a fert issue as to why my glosso was not doing anything.

Just about to do a hefty trim and general tank maintenance so will post a pic after :-)

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May I ask where you got your drop checker?
I bought it from my LFS however it is a "colombo flora-grow co2 indicator"
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Looks nice, but I'm not sure why'd you add a betta to a shrimp tank (?)
Also I think the Glosso looked better grown out, good luck!

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Looks awesome man, looks really clean and I like the ground cover. Maybe you should get a little piece of cholla wood for the shrimp to hide in? Once that betta gets a taste for shrimp its going be a massacre unless they have some place to hide.
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So here is the tank after a few weeks, my glosso growth has exploded and unfortunately my Betta has had to be relocated as he did indeed get a taste for shrimp :-( i still think it was worth a go though to see if they got along but i guess the shrimplets where to tasty to resist.



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It looks like the c02 is going to the surface of the water. That could be the problem.
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It looks like the c02 is going to the surface of the water. That could be the problem.
How would you recommend to diffuse it better? I thought about running it into my external filter but dont know if this would cause any problems with the impeller.
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The glosso looks good longer in your tank I like the look of it being wild .... Did you do that on purpose as appose to making it compact and shorter ?
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Glosso height is a good indicator of light intensity in this case.

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