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Nellis' 5.5 Planted Cherry Nano (56k Warning)

So I decided to start a cherry shrimp habitat, partially out of the desire to plant a new tank. So far I only have a dozen or so cherries in there; I hesitate to put in some fish because the point of the tank is more to breed shrimp. Is there such thing as a fish that won't eat juvenile shrimp? anyway, i'm going to try to go minimalist with the planting, no more than say, four species. preferably three. here are some initial set-up pics:



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I added some ambulia and rearranged the riccia stones. i think i'll be going with the "triangular layout". i have some utricularia graminifolia coming this week, which i'll probably plant directly into the exposed substrate on the right side. so far it reminds me of the edge of a boreal forest at night. the riccia is looking pretty bad, but hopefully it will fill in pretty soon.



i have 20 watts with all glass aquarium screw in cf's under an ahs reflector. i'm dosing excel, flourish potassuim, KHNO3, KPO4, and trace amonts of CSM+B (wary about the copper content). i'm kind of just doing the whole dosing thing blindly right now.... pretty sure it's not goint to need too heavy a dose since since the plants are still establishing themselves and its stil a pretty light plant load. any suggestions on dosing would be a big help.



I think this is a 'physa' snail but i'm not sure? if so should i get rid of them or will they not prove harmful. right now there's still only 5 or 6 so if i need to get em out i want to do it quick.



any suggestions about layout, dosing or other miscellaney would be appreciated.
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I love the layout. Your on the way to a very nice aquascape.


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I really like the tank scape.....your shrimp are goin to appreciate it....
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Don't worry about the snail - it won't hurt anything. Your shrimp will be fine!

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thanks all...
concerning the snails... i heard that physa reproduce like crazy, and i want it to be a shrimp tank, not a snail tank. also i heard mixed reports about them eating plants.
the utricularia came in and was just the right amount. i planted it and though it looks kind of scraggly, so does the rest of the tank. it will probably look a lot better in about a month. i'll post a new pic or two tonight.
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If you put in a zuchinni sliced long-ways right before the lights go out and then take it out in the morning you can pick a whole bunch of your snails off the zuchinni. That's a quick and easy way to thin them out.

I have LOTS in my shrimp tank, never had a problem with them eating live healthy plants, though occasionally they'll chew on dead leaves.


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is your riccia tied to stones? i find that it thrives better if you spread it thinner, then it will fill in. yay shrimp are cute!
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is your riccia tied to stones? i find that it thrives better if you spread it thinner, then it will fill in. yay shrimp are cute!
yeh, to geodes. should i maybe have gone even thinner... i get the feeling it may be choking. that would suck if half of it rotted.
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i've added some utricularia gramnifolia, done a little trimming etc... this tank has kind of taken second priority while i work on some side projects. pretty soon though it will be pressurized co2 and have a diy mini canister filter with handmade acrylic lillies. new photos:



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Tank looks great,when u took a full tank shot of it,i really couldn't believe that it was a nano tank,appeared like a 50gal to me.Great work on the aquascape,do keep us updated,would love to see the riccia thicken and pearl.
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pretty soon though it will be pressurized co2
You're putting pressurized CO2 on a 5.5 gallon? Or just splitting a line w/ a manifold?

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i'm spliting the line with an ultra mini manifold... its already hooked up to my 15 gal. i ordered a mini diffuser but i'm thinking i'm not going to have enough water movement to make it effective.
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How are the Red Cherry shrimp doing? Any new baby shrimp?
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