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As I posted earlier, my akadama substrate is no longer buffering all that great so it's time to set up a new tank while taking my old one down. I will also be taking a different direction with the shrimp. Going forward I will only keep Ebiten PRL which are currently housed in a breeder net to keep them separated from the normal CRS/CBS population. I have a ton of juveniles so starting a new PRL colony will not be all that difficult. I was initially going to get a cheap 20 gallon tank again from Petco but decided on a new ADA 60-P with 4 bags of ADA Africana and 2 bags of Amazonia as a cap (I like the black color better). I would highly recommend that if you have just one or two display tanks that you go with an ADA tank. Sure, they are more expensive but the difference is night and day when it comes to clarity.

I purchased all my soil and tank @ the ADA store in Ridgewood New Jersey. Here is their link: http://www.ridgewoodaquariumimports.com/
If you are close to this location go pick up a tank since they are not all that expensive if you do not include shipping. I picked up the 60-P (17 gallons) for 150 bucks plus 6 bags of ADA substrate @ 20 bucks a pop. Not all that bad.

I'll eventually be updating this thread with charts/graphs as my water cycles. I plan on having a snail / scud free tank so I'll be dipping all my moss and plants in hydrogen peroxide. Same will be done to some old hang on back filters which I will be using to cycle.

I will try to make this thread very easy to read and will post a ton of pics. Hopefully it can benefit some new hobbyists looking to set up a shrimp tank. For this very purpose I'll be posting prices etc so you can get a gauge how much you are going to have to spend...it's definitely not a cheap hobby if you want it done right.

This tank will be taken down and all shrimp sold off at some point:


New stuff:








 

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Amazonia and Africana comparison. Reason why I am using both is that Africana buffers a little bit lower than Amazonia. I like the look of Amazonia better so I threw it on top...I don't mind the look of layered gravel so it doesn't bother me.

 

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Put down some driftwood. I will be tying all my fissidens moss to the top of the archway (not sure if I'm doing that today or put the plants in on another day).

Current layout...nothing fancy. I'm not the most artistic type nor do I care for layouts all that much.



Huge chunk of fissidens that will be used...I'll need to do a hydrogen peroxide dip since I don't want snails in this new tank.

 

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Nice so far!!

Those are there 3L bags?

Also are you swapping over all the equipment? Or getting all new?

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Ada and ebiten goodness! Lmk when u r ready to part with your other shrimp.
$20 for 3 liter, 35 for the 9(if they have it in stock)

The shop has Been popular since our posts ;)
 

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Ada and ebiten goodness! Lmk when u r ready to part with your other shrimp.
$20 for 3 liter, 35 for the 9(if they have it in stock)

The shop has Been popular since our posts ;)
Ya let me know when your ready to part to. :)

That's not bad for beinging able to pick it up!

Ya I know I even want to take a trip down to check that stores out.

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Nice so far!!

Those are there 3L bags?

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Yup, I think I purchased too many. I actually needed 18 Liters for a 20 gallon high that I was going to purchase but this one is only ~17 gallons. According to the BorneoWild iphone app, I should be using about 13 liters for this tank. I'll probably be putting 5 bags (15 liters) but we'll see.

I just threw on a second coat of paint on the tank so it should be dry in about an hour. Will be filling it today.

Ada and ebiten goodness! Lmk when u r ready to part with your other shrimp.
$20 for 3 liter, 35 for the 9(if they have it in stock)

The shop has Been popular since our posts ;)
I'll let you know when it's time to part ways with my regular CRS.

Yeah they only had the 3 liter bags left and it wasn't many. If you are planning on getting some then you better go this weekend, otherwise it might be tough to get this substrate until ADA USA gets a new shipment.

By the way, the AquaSky lights are pretty neat....I was thinking about purchasing one.
 

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Good Mix of soil, as that is what I am cycling in 2 of my tanks now! Be ready for a 5.5 PH. Mine is sitting there now. After my 6.6PH 5 gal water change it has dipped down to 5.3 now. I might be adding a little crushed coral to get it to 5.5-5.7. The black substrate of the Amazonia looks amazing! How many Ebiten did you start with?
 

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Good Mix of soil, as that is what I am cycling in 2 of my tanks now! Be ready for a 5.5 PH. Mine is sitting there now. After my 6.6PH 5 gal water change it has dipped down to 5.3 now. I might be adding a little crushed coral to get it to 5.5-5.7. The black substrate of the Amazonia looks amazing! How many Ebiten did you start with?
I started with a pair of Ebitens and I probably have a little bit over 20. :)

I'll be monitoring the parameters over the next few days and will probably post an excel graph sooner or later.

Here are some pics I posted here not too long ago. The distinct feature of Ebiten CRS is that they are blood red.



 

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I didn't realize that the water would get so dark. It's literally black! I thought it would be somewhat cloudy and clear up within 2-3 days. Now I have this tank full of muck sitting in my living room. This is usually the worst part for me since I'm very impatient by nature.

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Put a cheapo light on since I threw in some floaters after giving them a hydrogen peroxide bath to kill snails. Hopefully it worked. I also threw in a heater to bring the temp up a bit....much better for the bacteria.



 

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Following along. :)

I have a 9l bag of aquasoil for my 60p, might need to add a 3l bag of powder when its back in stock.

I definitely recommend the aquasky, I got the 60cm one and it is sweet.
 

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You have your filter on that bad boy yet? That will clear the muck over night as it did in both my 20L and 10
Not yet but will be adding one shortly before I head out for the night.

Anybody have any suggestions as to what type of Eheim would be good for this size tank? I obviously would like to overfilter but not have too much flow where the shrimp cannot swim. It will not be used as an undergravel filter.
 
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