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    Default 5,3 Gallon planted tank

    Hi

    This is my small shrimp/plant tank. Hope you like it.

    Volume:
    5,3 gallon (20 L) - bowfront

    Filtration:
    Aqua-el Fan Plus Mini (sponge and Cladophora)

    Light:
    1 x 8 W - Hagen PowerGlo
    2 x 8 W - Noname Daylight

    Water parameters:
    T - 73-75 F (23-24 C)
    pH - 7,2-7,3
    GH - 8,5
    KH - 4-5
    NO2/NO3 ~ 0

    Substrate:
    Coarse and medium sand mixed with a little gravel.

    Fauna:
    4 x Tanichthys albonubes
    2 x Caridina multidentata
    ? x Neocaridina heteropoda
    2 x Neocaridina heteropoda var. "Red Cherry"
    1 x Clithon corona
    ? x Melanoides tuberculata
    ? x Theodoxus fluviatilis
    ? x Acroloxus lucustris
    ? x Potamopyrgus antipodarum

    Flora:
    Bacopa monnieri
    Bolbitis heudelotii
    Cladophora aegagropila
    Cryptocoryne walkeri
    Cryptocoryne parva
    Cryptocoryne crispatula 'Balansae'
    Lilaeopsis brasiliensis


    Additional decoration:
    2 pieces of African wood.

    It's kind of a low-tech tank. Daily feeding, 20% water change every 2-3 weeks and once a month a few fertilizer sticks for the plants.

    First a few crappy pictures from December 2007.










    Just a little refinement of the filter.


    Dinner is served.

    State of the tank on March 2008.












    Neocaridina heteropoda

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    Wow! Amazing beautiful tank! Your cryptocorne is really growing so well! Do you use CO2 injection and chiller? Have you got any shrimplets in your tank?

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    Quote Originally Posted by milt View Post
    Do you use CO2 injection and chiller?
    No, I don't use CO2 at all. It's quite a small tank with relative high abundance of shrimp and snails. I gues the animals produce more then enough CO2, because the plants grow like crazy.
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    Have you got any shrimplets in your tank?
    Sure, however I have no idea how many. It's hard to count them. Overall shrimp population is around 60-80.

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    Nice tank and pics.
    C. balansae is one of my favourite plants. They look so natural but get too big for small tanks.

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    Fantastic! I guess the cool temperature of your country really helps! I really like the concept of your low maintenance tank and still have such vibrant plant and shrimp life. Well done!

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    got a question whats the name of the plant that is attached to the wood? it looks like algae. its nice!

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    It's Aegagropila linnaei a.k.a. Cladophora aegagropila a.k.a. Morimo Ball. They cover the filter too.

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    ahh okie.. so thats morimo ball. sorry for the ignorance havent seen that flat. usually i see them formed into balls in japan. btw, how did u flatten it? did you buy morimo ball then mmade it flat? or you really bought that plant specie and tied it to driftwood?

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    I've bought them as regular balls. They are easy to tear apart (if you do it carefully) and lie them flat on a piece of wood. Than you just need to tie them up with a thin fishing line. It's just like with regular moss.

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    Recently in Singapore, the LFS has started selling morimo moss flattened out and tied to wood or rocks, personally I find that much more visually appealing and natural and bought some just yesterday. Previously morimo moss were sold as balls which I thought was quite artificial looking....

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