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I have just started the first stage of my first tank since childhood and am going to have a shrimps paradise if all goes according to plan. I have a 27w light and a TOM rapids nano canister filter and amazonia substrate (which seems to be keeping the PH a little low). It is still a little cloudy and I am not sure how to fix that as I have had the filter running for two days now and did an 80% water change today. Any suggestions and feedback would be much appreciated, I have some plants coming soon and will update. How does the scaping look? Any ideas on how to get crystal clear water?
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Remove the large rock as that makes the tank look smaller than it really is.

The only thing you can do is water changes and let it settle.


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Actually what I do to get instant clear Amazonian soil is put some in a bowl and run it under tap water to get all the crap and dust out do this 4-5 times for each bowl of it. Keep doing this until you have enough for your tank.

I hope to see another pic of the tank clearer so we can easier comment on the scape.
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James, I took your suggestion and rescaped a little bit, it's cloudy as all hell in there though and I'll have to wait. Can't wait for my plants to get in. Here is the list of plants I'm waiting on.
a large Marimo moss ball
a square of weeping moss
3 square's of christmas moss
3 stalks of cryptocoryne wendtii 'tropica'
plagiomnium affine (which I found out isnt a true aquatic so I will plant it at the waterline on my driftwood)
one windelov fern
a round pellia
and an anubias petite

I'm also planning on setting up a diy c02 setup
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Well, I am waiting to find my camera charger, but I now have a diy co2 set up working, the water is Pretty clear not super clear, a algae problem that seems to be diminishing, 5 sulawesi trumpet snails, 2 otos and shrimp that just came in who seem happy as clams. I almost had a distaster on my hands. At the last minute, I decided I couldnt afford crs and went with some cherries but had ordered blue pearls and realised that I was going to have some mutants on my hands. luckily my vendor was willing to switch out the pearls for some caradina green shrimp! Okay, pretty boring post but I will have pictures up soon. Can't wait to hear some feedback.
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Cant wait to see the changes Sounds like your off to a good start.
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here are some updates. The first picture is from two weeks ago. The second is from just now. So far so good, found one dead shrimp on day two, but I thought that might have been stress. Also a bit worried about my snails as they are not as active as they were and just lie around most of the time. Also having some issues with the filter, Tom's rapid canister, it was doing fine but cleaned it out a bit and it was leaking, which I got to stop by raising it up a bit, but now I can't seem to keep air out of the canister so it isnt so quiet as it is supposed to be. but yea, the glosso is starting to do well, the mini are putting out new leaves, the crypto is doing the same and the christmas moss seems to be winning its war with the algae on the drift wood. Please let me know what y'all think as I am excited about how things are coming along. Thanks, Adam





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That looks amazing. Very natural.


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are those sulawesi snails? im not sure but i think they live in higher pH conditions (8.0-8.5) so they may be inactive due to your lower pH.
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Chris, yes they are. Is that really bad? I didn't realize they were till after I got them. Can they survive the PH? It reads at 6.4 but I have CO2 so it might be a little higher.
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co2 makes it lower. i would try to find a new home for the snails, they'll thank you
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everything was going so well.... the snails died shortly after getting the message about passing them somewhere else, after hours of wrestling with my Tom Rapids and calling the company and getting no return call or having anyone answer the phone (!) I am at a loss, no filtration going on, anyone have any rescue suggestions for the rapids canister filter? or a cheap replacement option for the filter? Shrimp seem to be okay, plants are fine, can't get rid of the last few patches of algae...
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