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Hi everyone,

I am really new to the hobby and currently have a 5G Fluval Chi filled with... dare I say it... plastic plants. I've always wanted a planted aquarium but juggling full time work with full time school with full time dog mommy duties just wasn't going to give me the time to invest in a planted tank. So right now, my Fluval Chi is home to a small colony of Opae'Ula shrimp, and they have been doing great for the past nine months I've had them. I never have any water issues as my tank is always clear, and I have not had any losses since the way beginning when I had to quickly learn how to prevent my filter from becoming a death machine.



[I don't know why my camera picks up on the light so much. The water is actually crystal clear in person.]

You can find a log of my shrimp antics on my YouTube channel here:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLwcjNt5bT_T5c2JtNcfERc7-psaftcKnx&feature=c4-feed-u

Before my interest in Opae'Ula, I had looked into keeping Blue Tiger Shrimp because let's admit it: They look AWESOME. However, after doing my research, I decided that a beginner like me should not be attempting such expensive shrimp that require expert care, so I started with Opae'Ula because they are very hardy shrimp, and hardy is ideal for new hobbyists. Over the last nine months, I have grown to love shrimp keeping and feel that it's time to spread my wings and finally give Blue Tiger Shrimp and a planted tank a shot. I'm actually going to start off with a small batch of Red Cherry Shrimp since this will be my first freshwater tank, and once I'm comfortable with that, I will bring in the Blue Tiger Shrimp.

I purchased the 7.9 Gallon Fluval Ebi which comes with a 13W Fluval Mini Power Compact Lamp, Fluval Nano Internal Filter, Fluval Stratum substrate, and some other goodies. I will have to modify the filter for my shrimp needs and am looking to purchase an additional light. But in the meantime, it's going to be all about set-up and cycling, which gives me plenty of time to do additional research and figure out what plants I want in my tank. The plants will have to be compatible with the water parameters that the Blue Tiger Shrimp need and be hardy enough to thrive in a nano tank, since any fluctuations will have a much greater impact on the inhabitants than a normal sized tank.

Water Temp: 20°-25° C or 68°-77° F
pH Range: 6.5-7.2
Water Hardness: Soft
Fresh or Salt Water: Freshwater

Of course, I could go to Google, but you guys are the experts here. So far, swords and ferns look good for the mid-/background. If you have any suggestions for beginner-level fore-/mid-/background plants, I would really appreciate a starting point for my research. Thanks!

- Christine
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Hi Amber! I finally decided to get another tank and took your suggestion by joining the forum. I also went to my LFS and got a moss ball, broke it up, and rolled it into smaller balls. They seem to be doing well in my brackish tank even though they started as freshwater. I'm still working on editing that video but I do mention you in it. Thanks for your amazing info! I'm going to get a hermit soon too. =P

- Christine
ahhh so awesome!!! i can't wait to see the video. i always forget to check youtube
 

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Hi Amber! I finally decided to get another tank and took your suggestion by joining the forum. I also went to my LFS and got a moss ball, broke it up, and rolled it into smaller balls. They seem to be doing well in my brackish tank even though they started as freshwater. I'm still working on editing that video but I do mention you in it. Thanks for your amazing info! I'm going to get a hermit soon too. =P

- Christine
i also realized we aren't the same Amber's LOL. but i did tell you to come on here, just not about the marimo's.
 
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