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After much time visiting this website I've finally decided to post a journal of one of my planted tank experiences.

Strictly I want this to just be a shrimp tank, I was thing maybe a fire red, rili, or even CRS tank would be nice.

A bit of research went into finding the perfect tank. I went with a TrueAqua 11 gallon rimless tank.

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after I measured the bottom of my stand, i cut up an old yoga mat to be used as a cushion.



Now I have it all set up and cleaned, looks pretty nice so far!

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The photos above are from about 2 months ago, so flash forward to today:

equipment:

-11 G TrueAqua rimless tank
-PX-360 Finnex Canister filter
-15 watt heater
- Finnex fuge ray II daylight led fixture
- AQUATEK CO2 Regulator Mini RUNNING off a 20 OZ CO2 tank

Substrate:

- one 2" bottom layer of fine sand topped by a 4-5" layer mix of mr.Aqua shrimp sand and fluval shrimp stratum.

Flora:

-Dwarf Baby tears
-Tall hair grass
-Crypt Wendtii Green
-ROTALA INDICA
- Dwarf ambulia

Fauna:

- a couple of nerite snails
-soon hopefully a nice stock of shrimp

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more pictures and updates to come ;)
 

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small update :)

Did a water change and trim the other night. these plants have been growing like weeds lately! I put a bunch in my 5 gallon grow out tank.
:smile: next trimming I'll probably post some for sale :smile:

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coming on out!
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right now I've had a massive invasion of ramshorn snails looking snails, and their definitely helping keep my tank nice and clean but I'm afraid they might take over the tank soon. I'll probably pick up an assassin snail to help control the population.
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can anyone help me identify what kind of snails these little suckers are?
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oh and my nerite snails have been leaving funky little eggs on my rocks. Its pretty hard to scrap off their little presents!

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Any advice for getting rid of these funky egg things?
 

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Honestly I want to start with a pretty hardy shrimp like the cherries, but I'm so tempted to jump into the more exotic types such as the CRS or Rili variety. I've kept a large amount of amano shrimp in the past so I have some kinda experience.

I'm also trying to find a good breeder and haven't run across any journals that talk about that.
 

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Thats actually who I bought my Amano shrimp from the first time around, she has a great stock. I'll have to check if she has any rili.

I am actually leaning more towards the painted fire red shrimp. maybe some tiger shrimp, from what I've heard they don't interbreed with the fire reds but I could be wrong.
 

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thank you so much jpappy789 for helping me identify those little buggers :D. they all seem so colorless and small compared to some of the blue, pink, and yellow ramshorn snails I've seen, but they do a hell of a job cleaning algae off plants and glass.

I figured every time I do a water change that instead of "disposing" of them, I'll just toss em' in my pond. keeps two tanks cleaner and algae free ;)

The stand I think was from some sort of kids bed set from ikea. The good thing about the bay area garage sales is there's always some pretty cool stuff.
 

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The Shrimp are in! *warning picture heavy*

Last week I received my shrimp! I decided on crystal red shrimp and cherry shrimp. They've all settled down since I first introduced them and have now been routinely grazing and searching for food.

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I also picked up a black tiger shrimp that I saw at one of my lfs, pretty cute though I wonder if he'll breed with the RCS :/ ?
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heres some more shots of the RCS and (for some reason shy) CRS:
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I also picked up some galaxy rasbora, but god are these little buggers hard to snap photos of :{
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Discussion Starter · #25 · (Edited)
Full shot of of tanks recent trim :) plus plants for sale!

the HC is coming in really nicely so far! I'm excited to see how it will look 2 months from this shot :D!
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trimmed down the tank ALLOT! on Sunday. I trimmed about half a 5g buckets worth of Limnophila sessiliflora (asian ambulia) that plant can really take off lol!


PM me if you are interested
 

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"mini" update

oh and on a side note today I moved the nerite snails to my 5 gallon tank, so hopefully I can get rid of all their icky egg things. I now have two large ramshorn snails (plenty of those tiny ones lol) and one purple "mystery" snail.

I also moved the celestial pearls to my 5 gallon tank. I think they were the cause of some missing RCS :icon_evil I'll probably replace them with about 4 otocinclus since the diatom is starting to build up on the glass again. :icon_roll

I have a query if someone can interject:

-are assassin snails shrimp/shrimplet safe?

- are they known to kill bigger snails (i.e. bigger then themselves?)

hoping to get some to control the population of the hitchhiker snails I have now.

If anyone can answer this question I'd be really grateful :fish:
 

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What the F**K is this in my tank!

I found this nasty little critter in my tank this morning. After some internet searching I'm pretty sure this thing is a dragonfly nymph, which apparently eat fish and stuff. so I'm also pretty sure this is the culprit of some missing shrimp!

I pulled it out right away!:angryfire

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A couple hours later the fish and shrimp seem to be coming out and swimming around more freely. not sure if they were scared before or not.

Right now I'm keeping a really sharp eye out for anymore of these suckers or any eggs that are obviously not from my snails. :icon_conf

I scared myself by reading into other post of people finding these things in their tank, and how they just tore their tank down and sanitized it! I'm tempted to do the same but I not sure what to do.

has anyone else had this type of thing happen to them? advice is much appreciated :help:
 

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also I don't even know how this thing got into my tank since this is an indoor setup inside a room with closed windows.

I suspected its from an almond leaf or maybe even my HC (since I planted some of the HC out of another tank using the dry start tank method)
 

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looking for an ID for one of my shrimps

Noticed this week one of my cherry shrimps doesn't look red like the others.

The cherry shrimp I bought from a fellow hobbyist so its very likely this little guy isn't a cherry. Sometimes little hideaways make it into the wrong batch (maybe he had a buddy he didn't want to leave)

here's the little bugger

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I have a feeling he's a Caridina thambipillia (sunkist shrimp) not sure though. he's one of the most active shrimp in my tank as well lol.:icon_lol:
 

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Bad things always happen fast in a nano tank

so I lost my entire stock of shrimp save for my black tiger shrimp (hardy little guy!) and pretty much my entire tank!

So for the last month I was battling staghorn algae and I finally took some time to aggressively deal with it. everything was going well until I moved my focus to my HC which was severely covered in staghorn algea. while pulling the staghorn off I accidentally pull large section of my carpet with it. All the shrimp immediately acted like they were drunk or half dead.

I tried saving them using the bucket and air stone method but it was a no go:icon_cry:

I tested ammonia, that was fine, so all I can think of was some sort of aerobic or anaerobic bacteria was released.

so now I'm starting from the ground up. ordered some new substrate because I hated the fluval shrimp sand it was very dusty.

I'm not giving up on shrimp raising I just need to be more careful and less gung ho:icon_neut

Anyway updates to come soon once my tank is set up again
 
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