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Hello everyone! Thanks for taking a second to look at my first shrimp tank.

All I have now is low grade Cherry's thanks to Soothing Shrimp.

I'll post more later. Just wanted to get a few pictures up now.
 

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Beautiful tank man, let me know when you get some extra moss you need to sell. Keep up the hard work!
 

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Hello everyone. Sorry this weekend got real busy.

It's time I took a min and updated at least what plants I have and then I have a few questions.

Fauna:
Forgbit - Love it in this tank!
Anubias - It's in the back corner attached to the DW. You can't really see it because the moss has really grown out.
Moss - I'm not sure what type. I bought it a long time ago and it has been in another tank. Believe it or not the moss is tied to some cholla(SP) wood. It has totally engulfed it. Maybe someone can tell me what it is if they know what it is?
Bacopa Caroliniana - in the back right corner. For some reason in this tank it is turning red. Don't know why but I love it!
Baby Tears covers the front right. It's not the dwarf kind. It's much easier to grow. It's time for a trim actually.

Question:

Over the last week I have had three shrimp deaths. It looks like it was from a bad molt. Keep in mind this is my first shrimp tank so I'm not sure what a bad molt is. But it looks like they have a crack on the back of their shell like the were trying to molt but didn't.
It seams that something in my tank is lowering the GH. I have be using distilled water from the supermarket and remineralizing it with MMP. I get the GH to about 8 and then in a few days it's back down around 5. I have my TDS up to about 230 trying to keep in at 8. Any ideas to why this is happening or am I just crazy.

Thanks everyone.
 

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Beautiful tank man, let me know when you get some extra moss you need to sell. Keep up the hard work!
Thank you. I need to trim it soon. When I do you can just have what I trim if you pay for the shipping!
 

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Sounds great, what moss is it? I got two pieces of driftwood that would love it :)
I really don't know. Shame on me I know. LOL I've had it for a while. I got it when I first started tanks about 9 months ago and can't remember what type it is.
 

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That's okay that you don't know which moss it is. I would research it when I could take a better look at it. Or you could post it in the plants section and ask for some help ID'ing it.
 

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Got some IAL for the shrimp tank. What all do they do exactly? It's my understanding they help lower the ph. If thats all the do I will just put them in the back of the filter. But if the shrimp actually feed on them I will move them to tank its self.
 

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I think I finally have the tank at parameters the shrimp like. I haven't had a death in a week and I have a barried shrimp. She is pretty young so I don't think she will carry them full term but I'm excited she is comfortable enough to become barried.
 

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I think I finally have the tank at parameters the shrimp like. I haven't had a death in a week and I have a barried shrimp. She is pretty young so I don't think she will carry them full term but I'm excited she is comfortable enough to become barried.
I put two Indian almond leaves in my CRS/ yellow tank a week ago. They don't really eat them but today I noticed three berried CRS in the tank and I've had them for months with no luck
 

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I put two Indian almond leaves in my CRS/ yellow tank a week ago. They don't really eat them but today I noticed three berried CRS in the tank and I've had them for months with no luck
Who knew IAL put shrimp "in the mood"? :smile:
 

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Discussion Starter · #18 · (Edited)
Pic of how I modded the filter!



Step 1: Drill holes in the bottom so water is pulled down through the filter media.



Step 2: Clue a piece of plastic to the cut out section on the side where the water was pulled through. I recommend using an epoxy designed to bond with plastic. Also be sure and let it cure all the way before you add water.




Step 3: Clue some wire mesh on the inside of the filter intake so shrimp are not able to crawl through the slits. Don't forget to cover the small hole halfway down the filter chamber.







Step 4: Layer your filter media. I had to buy two larger blocks of foam and then cut them to fit.
 
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