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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-13-2017, 01:46 AM Thread Starter
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My Daughters Spongebob tank is starting to grow in :)

Just happy to see that my daughter's Spongebob tank is starting to grow in. Java Moss is a little slow to grow on our tree, but the stem plants are really taking off, crypt looks pretty good, and finally starting to get some leaves back on the S.Repens. Wish I had a bigger bunch of Repens to start with, but will play the waiting game. This is my first experiment with plants, so I'm happy to see growth plus I'm finally starting to see some baby RCS! Now the fun begins as I'm taking what I've learned so far, and just started my 29g this week
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Congrats!!! sounds like things are going well. Time to start making room for more tanks

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This is one tastefully done kid's themed tank, I really like it.

Are you using CO2 or Excell?
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Thank you! She was open to the plants, as long as she got her spongebob stuff, lol. I'm using excel with Nilcog Macros, Flourish Trace , and Iron. Dosing Excel, Macros, and Micros twice a week, and Iron once. I bought the flourish stuff first before you guys told me about Nilcog, so when I use it all up, I'll start with the Nilcog micros since I bought the Macro/Micro combo kit. I know I should be dosing more often according to the instructions, but I didn't want to over do it, especially since we're hoping to colonize shrimp. I don't want to do something wrong and kill them all, lol. My daughter and I just found 14 babies in the tank, so I guess we're doing something right, although we did see 3 dead berried shrimp. Hopefully it's due to molting issues, and not something else. Water has been very stable, so I haven't tested it for a few days. I'll test it again tomorrow. I've also read that water changes promote molting which could be tough on berried shrimp, so I haven't done a water change in 2 weeks. I only have shrimp, with 6 otocinclus, so not much of a bio load in the 29 gallon.

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More than anything, at least with crystal shrimp, water chemistry stability is pretty important. It's keeping the TDS, the GH and KH close to a set norm, from water change to water change.

And not to over feed, in fact with that big a tank, probably best to let it coast a few days to a week between feedings. There will be plenty to feed them with such healthy growing plants and a biologically mature gravel base.
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I think they have cherry, not crystal shrimp. Keeping crystal shrimp without using RO is (at least in most of the country) a waste of life.

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