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So, im going to start a shrimp tank. It appears i've caught the fever. I don't blame anyone. I've seen shrimp and now they are cool to watch. SOOOO
Im starting with A:

1/8 inch layer of Peat
1-1/2 inch layer of osmocote organic topsoil
1/2 layer of tan gravel
4 pieces of manzanita (thanks plantbrain)
a spare roll of matte black vinyl car wrap
spare aqueon 20 with spong filter
spare heater
18 inch flexible bubble wand and 1 gallon air pump
diy c02

laying the dry wood in. More pics to come soon
 

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As of last sunday i added a few plant trimmings and what was left of my emmersed growth into this tank AND yesterday i moved all my shrimp over!!!!
i had 20 little babies stored in a 1 gallon over the past month while i set this thing up.
soil has leached most of the good stuff and everything is balanced

so now with a few floating plants and one ludwigia repens broadleaf floater that came up when i took the shot

emmersed plants will be moved after the new aquatic growth gets trimmed off
 

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well to give an update then. i didn't seal the black vinyl coat on the back very well it seems and i ended up peeling it off the other day. my ludwigia i've trimmed twice now and my wisteria has reached the water surface in two locations. thinned the floaters the other day.
moss is growing slower than poop but that's expected. ludwigia glandulosa didn't make the emmersed transition. i will be trying it again when i take clippings from the main tank
the emmersed crypts have grown just fine
looks more like a jungle than a scape but my scrimp are happy and breeding.. have had a few berried females let their eggs hatch :) will be selling scrimp soon enough
 

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That sounds like it's going pretty good, Ludwigia glandulosa doesn't like to grow under water anyway and they'll love the moss. I just noticed how old this journal was so there must be a reason you haven't followed up with more photos, is it still growing and producing shrimp.
 

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i guess i am do for an update LOL

tank is doing great. i've now figuredo ut my high 8.0 or higher ph is due to additives from the treatment facility. i still dunno what they use but my kh is only 5.. aqwuasoil on my main tank only gets it down to 7.2 LOL

this tank has been converted frm dirt due to anearobic spots. .they were BAD

but ni shrimp loses from it so that was a plus!
running a MARINELAND SINGLE BRIGHT led fixture that has modified sticky SMD strips on it for extra light. no C02. fert once per week and 50% water change per week
PH drop is accomplished by IAL currently however a peat water filter may be in order. idea taken from (Getochkn)

second shot is scrimp munching on repshy shrimp souflette :)
 

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That sounds like it's going pretty good, Ludwigia glandulosa doesn't like to grow under water anyway and they'll love the moss. I just noticed how old this journal was so there must be a reason you haven't followed up with more photos, is it still growing and producing shrimp.
ludwigia glandulosa grows PHENOMINAL in my 29 :)

here is an old shot :( i had some algae and poor color at the time
 

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It does look good, is the high pH causing any problems because the plants age big and it looks like the shrimp are doing well too? I love AS in low tech tanks and I love the LEDs too, they both make life so easy. I do a 10% water change on my nano every week but I don't need any ferts with the AS, I also have sponge in the Red Sea nano filter and a pre-filter sponge on the intake and I rinse one very lightly every other week to keep up the flow and bacteria.

I have a single L. glanulosa in my 150 and I had one bulb out of 6 burn out, the next day the LG leaves started to drop one or two per day, so it doesn't take much to upset them, plus mine is in Flourite and I think they prefer something a little richer.
 

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It does look good, is the high pH causing any problems because the plants age big and it looks like the shrimp are doing well too? I love AS in low tech tanks and I love the LEDs too, they both make life so easy. I do a 10% water change on my nano every week but I don't need any ferts with the AS, I also have sponge in the Red Sea nano filter and a pre-filter sponge on the intake and I rinse one very lightly every other week to keep up the flow and bacteria.

I have a single L. glanulosa in my 150 and I had one bulb out of 6 burn out, the next day the LG leaves started to drop one or two per day, so it doesn't take much to upset them, plus mine is in Flourite and I think they prefer something a little richer.
The AS is in my high tech, this just has gravel. I was using it as a reference to the high ph.
Wisteria isa true weed it will grow anywhere and the crypts dont seem to mindHowever after introducing indian almod leaves, the ph has dropped a little. Not below the api standard ph test kit high range but i can tell everyone is much happier, shrimp have a better color for sure

As far as the glandulosa. That picture was taken in flourite gravelIf ur leaves are fallin off prematurely, i suspect low phosphates as quite a few stemmy type plants have a tendency to lose leaves when they are low on phosphates.
Ive put that plant through Hades! Bba battles, multiple trims to remove bba. Replants from here to there. At one point it had just one leaf and has come back every time. I think it is a fairly tought plant but it is sensitive to changes
 

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most DHG has been removed and transplanted to the 29 gallon and was eaten

so there are a few stalks left

tank is due for wisteria to be upended and replanted. getting kinda scraggly

shrimp are very happy... PH is being buffered down to 7.2 by peat softening BEFORE the water change

and while making baked potatoes today and cut an extra long sheet of aluminum foil by accident that just so happened to be as long as the backside of my 10 gallon. its now the official backdrop.. i kinda like it :)


also i had no idea how much shrimp liked baby spinach leaves BUT WOW.. one leaf lasts two days, one to soak, and the second they start eating.. once they start eating it lasts Maybe 8 hours?
 

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woke up this morning at 5 :30 and turned the bedroom lights on as usual and now some of it is reflected by the aluminum. at around 6:15 after some coffee. i noticed my shrimp all by the back glass..
eh maybe not all, but a good majority. they were staring at themselves!! i think..

i tried to grab a shot, bu they all scattered.. it was neat to see though
 
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