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http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/showthread.php?p=2086382#post2086382

The original thread.

I know I might be getting obnoxious with starting new threads for these tanks, but I feel that the old ones where left going nowhere for so long that I'd rather start fresh and keep better updates.



Mild trim job



Not quiet the most up to date picture (just did yesterday, gotta get new pics) but it shows the tank pretty well.


Current Fish/Inverts I have in here:
Poecilia reticulata – “Guppy” 1:3
Otocinclus sp. x6
Caridinia serrata - “Tangerine Tigers” x13
Neritina natalensis – “Zebra Nerite” x2
Neritina natalensis – “Tire Track Nerite” x3
Physa sp. – “Pond Snail” x#
Planorbis rubrum – “Ramshorn Snail” x#
Melanoides tuberculata - “Trumpet Snail” x#

Current Plants
o Foreground
Hemianthus callitrichoides- “Dwarf Baby Tears”
Hydrocotyle tripartita – “H. ‘Japan’”
Lobelia cardinalis – “Dwarf Cardinal”
Echinodorus parviflorus – “Tropica Sword”
o Mid-ground
Rotala sp. ‘Colorata’
Sagittaria subulata - “Dwarf Sag”
Ludwigia sp. ‘Atlantis’
o Background
Egeria najas – “Narrow Leaf Elodea”
Cryptocoryne wendtii - “Red/Brown Crypt”
Cabomba furcata – “Red Cabomba”
• Hardscape
Microsorum pteropus – “Java Fern”
Vesicularia montagnie – “Xmas Moss”
Subwassertang sp. – “Round Pellia”

I still am adding a little more livestock, and I just want to get some more HC and some Ammania sp. Bonsai in here for the empty space on the right. Debating if I should squeeze in L. 'Twisted' in here or not....


nice shot of the male guppy I got, or at least as nice as I can get on an iPhone









I went a little overboard on TT pics :p



Trumpet Snails actually look kind of cool when you stop and notice them.



Ramshorn and one of two Zebra Nerites.



Happy otto and a bladder snail that seems to have staghorn algae on its shell. At least I think its staghorn...

More to come in the following days.
 

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Added more e. najas I've been holding onto in the back. I also have like 30+ stems of it that I want to sell or just move out lol


Also got these guys, 5 of them, from acitydweller. Cajun Dwarf Crays, Cambarellus shufeldtii. They do a fantastic job of hiding around the hardscape and leafs of this tank, but if they gain confidence or start reproducing, hopefully I should see them out and about eventually :p

No pictures, but also added two gold honey gourami's. Impulse buy, but I figured what the heck, they are pretty, I know they work, and why not I like them :p

I still want to grab some ammania sp. bonsai for the front right corner, and I'll probably just get a small school/shoal of some sort of fish, ember tetra's or CPD or something of that nature, then call it a day. Only other thing I'd consider adding would be pygmy cories....but idk if that'd be too many fish. I'm sure the tank can handle whatever bioload it gets though, plants are doing super, super well :p.
 

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FTS



My moss...there's some algae growing in this....bleh. I need to get some amano's and figure out how to clean this up.



I want some ammania sp. bonsai in this spot. right there, in this exact spot :p


Otto is doing well


Hard to see in the pic, but one of the at least 3 tt's I have that are berried. Fingers crossed that I have little ones in this tank soon.



All the leafs.



It is soooooo hard to get a good pic of the cajun crays.



More berried TT



And I just really like this picture :p

Hopefully I can get the moss fixed up and the hair algae that seems to love my e.najas down. As well as raise TT's and get that bonsai ammania. Oh, and the red root floater I have in here is doing pretty well too, its getting a bit red which is always nice, it'd be cool if it flowers for me eventually.

Still need to get some more fish though, at least a single male guppy and then maybe some chili rasbora or green neons or something of the like.
 

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Same tank, they are doing fine actually. This thread is for this one tank only.

No deaths that I can see on ether part, and the shrimp are berried so that's nice. Hopefully the Crays will eventually do the same. I got them from acitydweller, shout out to him :p
 

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I saw some nice orange dwarf crays a while back. I didn't get them because I thought they would eat the shrimp and destroy my plants. I may have to try them out next time.
 

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cpo and cajun crays are not the same, assuming the orange cray you speak of is a cpo and not a larger orange cray, big crays pretty much always destroy plants and shrimp and try to destroy fish with varying success, from what I understand.

cpo I hear mixed reviews, but cajun crays I've had no problems with. I would keep that in mind before adding a crayfish because not all species are the same even when they seem similar.
 

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Cajun crays are awesome. I had a couple in my 10 gallon but I constantly caught them snacking on my RCS. I didn't really care since I had well over a hundred RCS but one time I saw him eating a berried shrimp and that's when I knew he had to go. Never messed with the plants though.

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cpo and cajun crays are not the same, assuming the orange cray you speak of is a cpo and not a larger orange cray, big crays pretty much always destroy plants and shrimp and try to destroy fish with varying success, from what I understand.

cpo I hear mixed reviews, but cajun crays I've had no problems with. I would keep that in mind before adding a crayfish because not all species are the same even when they seem similar.
Thanks for the info. I'll do some more research if I decide to get any.
 

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You should take a more recent pic of your jungle.
Well that's what I'm doing now :p



Major trim job, it was getting pretty over grown. Main problem is still that the E. najas gets hair algae growing all over it....going to add some amano shrimp and see if that helps. Sadly, I don't think the TT's ever had anything hatch...I my TDS is getting way too high...I'll have to figure out a way to make sure it stays lower. My tap TDS is fine for the shrimp, so it might be that the tank is dirted that is adding to the TDS? Idk.


The dwarf cardinal is looking nice now though, always a good thing.


I wish this sword would like...more runners or something, because that'd be nice. It seems to have just sort of...stopped doing anything.


Moss and E. najas.


You've seen things like this before at this point from this thread lol


Dwarf Cray is cray cray.


I took this pic, because I believe this to be a runner from my crypt. I want to take a pic of it every few days, and see how long it takes for this to grow leafs and breach the substrate and all that good stuff....then I'll trim it and move it to where I actually WANT the crypts to be putting new plants *sigh*

Still need Amania sp. Bonsai for this tank. And fish, I'm down to however many ottos are left, a single honey gourami, and just two female guppies, one of which does not look well. I might just put the guppies in the 10 with the t elliot I showed in my 75 gallon thread, and then do a different strain of tank raised guppies in this tank, keep a nice little line or something. And maybe get the TDS and water parameters to change so that the shrimp can actually reproduce...and wait for the crays to do the same.
 

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Got three of these on Sunday....they are big, like the size of a thumb, the whole thumb. Hoping that they will help my hair algae issue in my egeria najas...otherwise I am going to just throw it all in my quarantine 10 gallon and replace it with something else.


It sucks getting pics of these, but I got 12 of these ember tetras. Nice new addition to the tank :p

Not pictures, I picked up some more ottos because I think most of mine had died....I also only have one honey gourami (the sicker looking one didn't make it) and one female guppy, I might move out the guppy and replace her with a fancier looking already reproducing pair or trio or something. Not sure.

Ordering some Ammania sp. bonsai now though, and my attempts at making a coral for the RRF failed...I'll try again but with fishing line or something next time...or just seal the ends of some airline tubing and make a little raft in the center
 

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Some changes, nothing drastic though. Fixed the coral for the RRF so that's always nice, although I'm noticing that they aren't doing as well in here as they are in my 5.5.....I might add some dwarf water lettuce into the mix as well, debating that.



I removed a ton of this. It was getting on my nerves, sort of just growing everywhere and being a mess. Of course, it will still do so, but it seems more controlled now.



Crays <3



I gotta get my TDS to stay down, also bought a new gh/kh test kit so I can get a better reading, as I realized the ones I had were 3 years old....oops. Honestly though, I'm happy as long as the shrimp are alive and healthy, in a way I almost don't care about breeding. That being said, if my 5.5 somehow has better conditions for TT's than my 10, you bet I'm going to try and breed them in there.



On the subject of shrimp babies....I present to you, guppies. This might annoy those of you who are into shrimp only, but I'm not, its just not my thing. If a few babies survive for me great, awesome, but I'm not looking into trying to keep a huge colony. I just want a nice looking tank. And these guppies....are nice looking :p No special variety that I know of, but I just loved the colors and flare on the males I saw, and the females were nice and beefy, and already preggers. Which is great because I can then raise some nice males out for myself/feed baby guppies to my larger fish.



Niceeeeee



I hacked back the Colorata and the Red Cabomba....trying to get denser, new growth. Its slowly comming back to its fuller glory. L. Atlantis laughs at any and all attempts to curb its growth.



Oh yah, I have a bit of UG in here now too, thanks to h4n (he gives me lots of goodies). If this does well, I might carve out a space for it to carpet the front of the tank, even removing H. 'Japan' and some of the dwarf cardinal plant.

Also, like my 5.5, this tank is going to be dosed using a PPS-Pro method. The ferts come in tomorrow, and I am excited.
 

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So, I just realized something today....on my wood....Java Moss is spreading.....it must not have died after Sandy and after having been dried out for days on end. Wow.....

The Xmass moss is still there, but it hasn't attached itself to any wood yet....so now I'm wondering.....do I try and remove the java moss, or do I remove the still on the mesh xmass moss and have it grow in my 5.5 or 75. I'll probably decide on that tomorrow when I do water changes.

Also, side note, netting shrimp out of this tank is super difficult.
 

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I honestly don't even remember...
A few days at least, a week or two at most...managed to survive enough though during 2 weeks of no light with sandy I guess...jeez
 

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I'm debating and I want an opinion on this.

I have some Ludwigia sp. 'Red' coming to me in a few days, and I am unsure where to put it. I could keep it in the 5.5 again like I used to, but part of me feels that it might be a good plant to use in this tank....where Atlantis is.

I'm thinking of removing the atlantis in here, and keeping atlantis solely in my 75 gallon.

Thoughts?
 

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Id remove the atlantis and throw some ludwigia sp red in..you need some easy color in there... I sent some extras stuff with your package so youll have some stuff to play with... I wish I would have seen you were looking for some r. Indica I would have threw a few in there too
Lol, alright, sounds like a plan. Did you label the extras?

Also, I was looking for indica?
 
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