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    Hey guys!

    I converted my high tech to a low tech shrimp tank about a month ago (I had the itch to jump back into shrimp after leaving it for about 6 months due to moving). Here is whats inside and how it looks so far

    Tank
    40g Breeder
    Aquariumplants.com substrate
    Osmocote + Root Tabs (no liquid fertz or co2)
    1x24w 10k T5 HO Odyysea (8 hours/day)
    1x15w Fluorescent bulb (8 hours/day)
    SunSun 303A Canister Filter
    Hydor Inline Heater
    UV Sterilizer Inline
    Marina large Refugium/breeder box (Just set it up and ordered a Finnex Fugeray 10 for it. Going to add substrate and plants to do some selective breeding in there)

    Flora
    -Pellia or Subwassertang (honestly dont know)
    -Anubias nana
    -Rotala rutondifolia
    -Hygrophila angustofolia
    -Hygrophila diformis
    -Marsilea minuta
    -Ludwigia repens X arcuata
    -Brazilian pennywort
    -Bacopa caroliana
    -Crypt wendtii (green gecko)
    -Echinodorus tenellus

    Fauna
    -10x Blue Diamond Neos (2 berried females as of last week, waiting for those beauties to drop )
    -70+ Caridina Babaulti (I bought 2 berried females and they dropped a HUGE amount of shrimplets that have grown at an insane rate. Already about the about size of my neos after only 2 weeks)
    -1x Amano (I want to get this guy some more friends soon, he's lonely)
    -3x Otocinclus (They only like to come out at night for some reason, oh well)
    -20+ Assassin snails and growing (Now that they have settled to the low tech water parameters, there are snail orgies all over the tank all day long, I keep finding more and more eggs and babies)

    Here are the pics! Thanks for checking it out







    SNAIL ORGY

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    Setup the light on my hang on breeder. Nice! It is bright, I hope it doesn't cause a ton of algae growth since Im not dosing fertz or CO2 (just root tabs).

    I just threw together what I had available right now.
    -Black Sand
    -Osmocote root fert capsules
    -E. tellenus
    -M. Minuta
    -R. rutondifolia
    -L. Arcuata x Repens
    -tiny bits of xmas, taiwan, pellia, and java moss

    I will be keeping my eye out for some new shrimp/plant substrate, maybe tiny driftwood or tiny seiryu stones, and super micro size plants. I'd like it to basically be a Nano tank



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    I like Nano tanks.
    Very nice idea .
    I bought a case of those Hang-on breeder boxes.

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    1st batch of Black Diamond shrimplets have been released
    http://youtu.be/Vte7UqAlj7s

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    Update on the berried females, they both have dropped!(sortaaa)

    Female #1 dropped her shrimplets just fine in the main tank and I occasionally see one (hard to find them in a 40g ), but I will start seeing them when they get a little bigger.
    Female #2 had an issue, I decided to move her to the hang on breeder I have as I could tell she was due to drop any day (i kinda wanted to be able to see the babies grow better in a smaller tank). She started dropping them this morning and I have about 5, but I guess she was over the whole motherhood thing and decided to molt with about 10-15 eggs still unhatched I removed the sticky stuff that holds them together from her molt and have placed them gently on some moss that is in direct flow of the incoming water. I was wondering if the other shrimp would go for them, but I haven't seen anything do more than walk over the eggs and touch them for a second and move on. We shall see what happens! You can even see their eyes, and knowing that some already hatched means that they should hatch any moment as well.


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    Update on tank

    1) Started pumping 1 bubble/ 2 seconds for a little extra growth
    2) Made my own light hanger out of an old metal frame bookshelf, hack saw, spray paint, 8$ of hardware from Lowes, and some elbow grease. Looks pretty clean to me
    3) Turned on both t5 24w bulbs in the single fixture and turned off the other 15w t8 fixture since the tank has co2 being injected.

    Let me know what y'all think!




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