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Hey guys ...as a high school senior I've taken advantage of senior privileges and chosen breeding crystal red shrimp in a planted habitat as my senior project. Cool right?anyway I need advice because I've only done cherries and I'm lackluster when it comes to monitoring my water chemistry and properly balancing an aquarium. I've got my hardscape down. Utilizing seiryu stones and Amazonia aquasoil as a substrate. I've got 2 13watt power compact lights above it. I've acknowledged the need for a heater because it gets cold in a high school biology lab. I've decided to go with an eheim jäger 25w heater. I'll try to do a simple iwagumi with hc and dhg. I won't be using co2 because I honestly can't afford a system and I can't monitor it closely because it will be at school. I also don't want to risk gassing out s grade crs. Can't afford that either. I'm concerned that the hc won't get all the proper nourishment without co2 under the two fluval lights.
 

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I had 2 lights on my flora before switching to a 26 watt bulb. Co2 is needed for that much light. Also growing hc and dhg. If your doing iwagumi, there will be less places for crs to hide and I don't think they will feel too secure. Why not cherry shrimp, they are more hardy and breed easier.
 

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I hope your experiment goes A+wesome but the tank doesn't utilize enough vertical space. Perhaps add some driftwood?

Shrimp are a lot happier with extra vertical space and more hiding places.


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I like the tank! But keep in mind (this happened to me firsthand) seiryu can raise water parameters. In particular it raises TDS like a bear if you don't constantly water change. Not a problem in a planted tank but in a shrimp tank they might not breed with too many water changes.

Not sure if it happens with all seiryu, I recommend you test the TDS every few days for a while though just to be safe.

Good luck! I really like the DHG & HC mix!
 

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I hope your experiment goes A+wesome but the tank doesn't utilize enough vertical space. Perhaps add some driftwood?

Shrimp are a lot happier with extra vertical space and more hiding places.


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Yeah I feel the same way...I think the tanks dimensions should be reversed(longer instead of taller). However this is a short term project and I didn't have all the materials to make a nice nature aquarium scape with driftwood and such. I'll re-scape and make sure they are more happy in their more permanent environment.
 

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Update!
I left the tank unattended for two weeks over the holiday break. Had some minor algae problems but I greatly reduced the photoperiod over the break. Since then I've added an eheim 2213 and pressurized co2. Eheim is displacing substrate a bit. Need to invest in a drop checker. I decided to scrap the hc because of minor algae problem and try glosso. (Still looking for a source of about 50-100 nodes.) my time limit for the project is dwindling and I still haven't introduced any crs.
 

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I'm upgrading to a atomic diffuser. Does placement of the diffuser right below the heater have any detrimental effect?


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I like the tank! But keep in mind (this happened to me firsthand) seiryu can raise water parameters. In particular it raises TDS like a bear if you don't constantly water change. Not a problem in a planted tank but in a shrimp tank they might not breed with too many water changes.

Not sure if it happens with all seiryu, I recommend you test the TDS every few days for a while though just to be safe.

Good luck! I really like the DHG & HC mix!
I've purchased a Tds pen additionally. Currently my co2 monitoring method consists of a ph pen until I can get a drop checker.


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I noticed you still have the glass tops and yet using the 2213. Did you have the glass tops cut out? I just started a fluval ebi and and I have a 2213 I want to use on it but was told the the glass tops can't be cut.
 

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I noticed you still have the glass tops and yet using the 2213. Did you have the glass tops cut out? I just started a fluval ebi and and I have a 2213 I want to use on it but was told the the glass tops can't be cut.
Yeah I took one of those glass cutting tools that they had in the art room o my school. You run it in a line then use a clamp tool to break it on the line. I just shortened the dimension by an inch on one side maybe
 

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Do you mind putting a closer pic of what you've done? Thanks..
Yeah I can manage that. I'll have to take one tomorrow after school. I also had to reduce the spray bar length by about 4 inches. I didn't have any under cabinet space for the canister so fitting all the tubing behind the tank was a juggling act all in itself.
 
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