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My 1G AquaView Thai Micro Crabitat

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When I got back into the hobby early last year, it didn't take long for M.T.S. to kick in. After my 12G Edge and my first 10G, the next tank I set up was one of those funky-sorta-triangular-but-with-five-sides acrylic AquaView tanks. I had two of them in my garage from years ago. One had a spot for a light in the hood and one didn't, so I set up the one with the light. I immediately replaced the stock incandescent bulb with a 5W 5000K LED. I had to rig it a little to fit it in the hood, but it worked. Well, my first attempt was a complete failure. The 5W bulb in that small of a tank put out a ridiculous amount of light and there was hair algae everywhere. Then the bulb stopped working (maybe from moisture), so I replaced it with a 3W bulb. Since then, it has been on my nightstand housing a variety of invertebrates. I dose with a few drops of Excel when I remember and feed sparingly. The little TOM mini filter gets cleaned out every few months. I was using tiny cuts of carbon pads in that ridiculously tiny little media basket, but with the most recent cleaning I switched to a few little pieces of Matrix. The tank stays very clean, but I have had no luck breeding any of the shrimp I've housed in there and they usually disappear. From what I've seen, I think they eventually develop problems molting and the snails get them.

So I just brought the tank downstairs and decided it was time to do an overhaul. I thought there were two BV's in there, but I only recovered one, so the other may have died recently. I also removed a lot of ramshorn snails and left only a few smaller ones. The shells on the older ramshorns look terrible and pitted, so I believe the water in this tank is too soft. I'll probably drop some crushed coral in with the sand when I rescape to boost the PH.

Planned fauna will be a few ramshorns and some Thai micro crabs. While I like the current jungle look, I'm afraid I won't be able to see the crabs.

Flora includes the following:

-Jungle Val that has been there since the beginning and will probably be moved to one of my big tanks
-Dwarf sag that has sent out runners like crazy and spread all over
-A little DHG
-Even less HC
-Crypt wendtii red

The duckweed grew too thick and blocked out too much light for too long. My crypts melted (but not a lost cause) and I lost some of what little HC was in there. I cleaned out most of the duckweed and may replace with a few RRF.

I have a number of plants I could work with, but I don't want to add too much. I have a few ridiculously large stems of p. helferi that look out of place in my 29G, so I may move a couple of them into this tank. Beyond that, maybe remove the vals and reduce the dwarf sag or cut it down shorter.

I'll be uploading pics from Tapatalk shortly.
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I was out of town for 10 days and this tank weathered the absence nicely. But some of the dwarf pennywort stems have died, probably because I wasn't around to dose Flourish and Excel and didn't want to entrust my wife to do it. There is a new crown of downoi sprouting from the base of the tallest stem, and the dwarf sag is sending runners and growing new plants that will need to be pulled as it always does. Other than that, some of the mini pellia and HC came detached from the wood, and there isn't much growth on what's left. I think the ferts will help with that.

One of the RCS gave birth. There are at least a half-dozen little shrimpies hanging around. Probably more that I just can't see. The other one still has her eggs. I am worried that the crabs will go after the little shrimpies. Does anyone know if there are documented cases of micro crabs eating shrimp?
From what I know about them (I have one hitchhiker dude who lives in my 10 gallon with my shrimp), they do not eat shrimp. My guy seems to find most of his food by waving his hairy claws around in the water, catching microorganisms :) I read that they are peaceful and will not eat baby shrimp.
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