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Old 08-16-2009, 07:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Mini-M CRS tank

I did not like my first mini M set-up, so I decided to tear it down and start from scratch. This is a dedicated CRS tank.

All the plants and beginner's CRS came were purchased from APC forum members. Thanks guys!

Water is reconstituted RO/DI with Kent RO right and pH stable to 3 dkH and 3 dGH. Filter is an Ehiem 2211. The setup is about 10-12 days old. Seachem Stability was added daily until the livestock and Mosura Bioplus/Shrimp Tonic arrived late this week. The substrate is Fluorite in the island and "Branco" forest sand in the foreground. There are flourish root tabs under each downoi. I am using Tropica's TPN+ liquid once a week (NO3 - 5 mg/l, zero NH4 and NO2) because I understand CRS are sensitive to NO3. As you can see from the drop checker, the CO2 is lowish for planted tank, which is intentional. I will feed them 2x a week with shrimp pellets I got on a trip to HK a few months ago.

During the first night 2 CRS died and 2 got out of the tank and were found dried up. There are 5 left . Needless to say I got a lexan cover for the tank to use at night ASAP.

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One of the CRS berried! I just saw it today and managed to take some pics. I don't know when this happened - none of them were berried when I got them in the mail. Maybe they got frisky during shipping. Really cool! If all goes well, I plan to add a small group of higher grade CRS later.



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Old 08-17-2009, 01:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Very nice tank, it has a real calm and spacious feel to it. Did you just put the moss in or does it always make bubbles like that?

Nice shrimp But I'm sorry you lost some. I've read that they could get out, but I would have never guessed it would happen so fast. I'll better not fill my tank all the way then.
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Thanks for the comments! The bubbles are formed by riccia fluitans (light green plants) tied down to flat slate with mesh. Riccia does that with good light and CO2 supplementation. The darker green stuff next to the small stone is peacock moss tied to small lava rocks.
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Nice pic and nice shrimp tank. you might want to cover the intake with some mesh otherwise your eheim will be another tank for them.
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Yeah I was thinking about that. I have some mesh I can use when the time comes.

I found some hair algae in the riccia today. I am afraid to increase the ferts and CO2 because of the shrimp, so I cut back the lighting period from 7 hrs to 6 hrs. I will manually remove as much as I can tonight.
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Well the riccia became infested with hair algae. I could not remove it all so I go rid of it. Fortunately since it was tied to flat stones it was easy to remove. I made more little moss stones to create a border.



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Notice that the HC stems are growing up. It seems that the 27 watt Solar Mini does not put out enough light to make HC crawl on the substrate. Annoying!

In addition to Flourish root tabs, I am adding Tropica TPN plus 1.5 mL once a week only.
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I like the moss more in this setup. When I was using HC with Eco-complete or fluorite, it doesn't fill in as fast as aquasoil. Also if you using the HC that I give you, I'm not sure the period or how well it go from emerse to submerse stage.
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I like it a lot. Keep the updates coming.

Hope you Houstonians are doing well.

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original disposition the green of the moss and the hc will contrast a lot

what is the moss sp??

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davidjordan - Thanks!, the moss is Peacock moss, Taxiphyllum sp.

Thanh - yes I am using your HC planted one stem at a time. They have not melted so I assume they will eventually transition.
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