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My betta died the other day I found him on the table behind the tank with some scales missing on his head. I have no idea how he hurt himself, and he only lived a few hours after I found him. I'm done with fish for a while... especially personable ones that I can get emotionally attached to.

This tank has been set up and cycled for a couple of months, so I decided to make it a shrimp tank.

This is my first time keeping RCS, I've only had ghosts before and I can't help but to compare. I'm so used to shrimp dying in the first few days I can't belive all of the cherries are still kicking. Especially since I don't think any of them are full grown. Some are very small and may still be juveniles.

Specs:
10 gallon glass tank from Petco.
Aqueon hood with full spectrum grow light.
Preset heater.
Aquaclear 20 filter, with flow turned down, filter floss over the intake, and I'm using Seachem Matrix as my media instead of what came with it.
CaribSea FloraMax mixed with Seachem flourite black sand for substrate.

Dosing Flourish comp, Excel, API Leaf Zone.

Flora:
Java fern (3-4 types)
Java Moss (way too much)
Crypts, wendetii I think.
Amazon Swords
Wysteria
Hygro ferns
Ludwigia, narrow leaf (I think)
2 types of Anubias

I had more species but I took them out. Trying to keep it simple and with some focus. Also, I have no idea what to do with the moss yet. I just have it sitting in clumps for now. Scaping is very much an ongoing process.

Fauna:
12 cherry shrimp.
3-4 ghost shrimp, the last few remaining from when I set it up. I belive they have been dying of old age and I won't be getting more once they are all gone.
10 or so MTS
8 ramshorns
1 horned Nerite (Tony. Hornless)
1 black racer Nerite (Gordon. Currently hibernating)
1 large bladder snail (Truck. He gets around)

Parameters:
Temp: 78f
Ammonia: 0
Nitrites: 0
Nitrates: 0
PH 7.8
GH 100
KH 50
TDS N/A. Still need a tester.

Just using tap water with Prime. I'll probably only ever keep RCS. Not interested in shrimp so sensitive they die if you sneeze on the tank.

Ok, now for pics.

Full shot. Thread title was not a lie.


My two favorite shrimp. A nice solid red female with eggs, and a male with red and white markings.


Same two hanging out on the heater. They seem to like each other.


Close-ups of these two.



The back right corner seems to be a popular hang out spot.


Truck cleaning my driftwood.


Last pic I took of my betta. RIP little buddy.


Thanks for looking. I'll try to update regularly.


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I've had a cae and a danio jump ship on two separate occasions, both times I walked into the room to find them dry as a bone and gasping for water, both times I picked them up and threw them in the tank and they survived. Thought for sure they'd both be toast!
 

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So sorry about your boy.. :(
Mine also jumped ship but luckily somehow survived. He looked SO bad when I found him.
I would say you need more hardscape to give the tank definition.
Here is my newest tank, I'm pretty proud of it.


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Yeah I've had bettas before that had jumped and survived, this one though had a bad injury on his head. Scales where missing and it was bright pink. I don't know if fish can get concussions or what caused it... but somehow he really hurt himself. He was clamped, I put him in a cup so he could rest and reach the surface easier, but after a while he was too weak to get off the bottom. Poor little guy. It makes me want to sit in front of my tank 24/7 even though I know that's not realistic.

I might get some more driftwood or rocks. I have a branch that I cut off the bigger piece in the center that I want to attach the Hygro ferns to. Right now I just have them floating.

Also, I need to figure out what to do with all that java moss. There is a clump twice as big as what you can see in the pic way in the back stuffed behind the driftwood.

Nice tank Minka. I like how you have wood in one side and rocks in the other.

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Sorry to hear about your Betta, he was very pretty!

You don't become a Takasi Amano overnight, it takes practice! I agree more hardscape would definitely be great, and if the plants are more organized it will look better as well. Tall plants in the back, then decor, smaller plants in the front, mid sized on the front corners. That's what I've had success with, a personal preference:)
 

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Hey I'm new too and have tried to plant everything. I've failed many times. But this hobby is fun. So don't be to critical of yourself. Try new things and enjoy it along the way.... I think your plants look great and healthy. With a small tank it's probably harder to add more hard scape. So you might want to try organizing the plants you have and move your hard scape to the front. Plus maybe adding 1 red plant. Waterlily are very hardy.... but other than rearranging and adding a different color, I think you've done great with the space and growing plants.

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The Hygro ferns I have are red, and the Ludwigia are developing a nice blush color on the tops. I'm thinking of lining the back with the Ludwigia and putting the ferns in the front attached to a branch. I'm also thinking of taking out the swords, they keep developing holes and I'm starting to think they need higher light. The issue is I bought them from Petco and I don't know what species they are.

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