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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-15-2006, 12:31 AM Thread Starter
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My 5.5 gallon cherry shrimp tank

Hey guys,
I just restarted my shrimp habitat.

This is the first time I've used sand,
and used the Quickrete medium sand.
I bet I'll be told that it's not good for plants (too small),
and I know about the gas pockets that can happen, but I'll be mixing it up a bunch, and have a pretty thin layer.

I really like the look, and this is the best I've done so far in aquascaping.
My other tanks just looked like a grow out tank.
I think I'm going to move some of those rocks
towards the middle a bit.

The anacharis will be going away once things settle in....
Just thought I'd share,
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Looks good! I'm expecting some cherries pretty soon.
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The val, sand look is one of my favs, looks like seagrass.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-15-2006, 01:55 AM
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It looks fantastic right now! However might I suggest plants that stay small. You have some plants in there that will get very large (such as the elodia). You can trim it back constantly but that will kill it eventualy. Each time you have to cut things back (which will be frequently) it will stress the shrimp. Stick to very slow growing plants who stay small. You will have better results. I speak from personal experance.
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Thanks everyone!
Yeah, like I said, the anacharis will be taken out.
I don't think it's possible to kill Anacharis from trimming,
unless you trimmed it into mush, then I still believe it would come back....
It's a devil weed, but useful when starting a tank.

I like the vals, even though they grow long, trimming is at the surface.

My shrimp don't care if I do trimming.
I use some very long tweezers for this tank, so
it's not disrupting at all.
These cherries are very chill, unless you're trying to net them.

I've got some HC ready to go, but I'm going to wait til the tank
gets balanced, so I don't just have an algae mess.

The Java ferns I have actually stay pretty small.
I don't know what species of Java Fern they are,
but I've had them in other tanks, and the
leaves stay at around 2-3 inches, and narrow.

I'm going to make a moss wall for the back of this tank,
but I'm waiting until I find that wide mesh plastic screen that recommends for said wall.
I need to hit up some plant nurseries.
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Could you tell us whatall of your grassy-ish (both big and small) plants are?
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