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Old 02-07-2008, 09:20 PM   #31 (permalink)
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I had 50-100 cherry shrimp in my tank when I added 3 Yoyo Loaches to get rid of snails. Now I have, at most 2 shrimp. The loaches actively hunt the shrimp, burrowing into the plant masses where the shrimp lived. As much as I enjoy the Loaches, I enjoyed the shrimp even more.
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Old 02-08-2008, 04:24 AM   #32 (permalink)
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i would try to not be cheap about the equipment i buy.

you'll end up saving yourself more money (and less headache) in the long run when you buy the good stuff vs. the cheap stuff.
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Old 02-08-2008, 05:00 AM   #33 (permalink)
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I would make my cabinets 3'6" high to get the tanks at a better viewing height when standing looking at them.
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Old 02-08-2008, 06:35 AM   #34 (permalink)
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I had 50-100 cherry shrimp in my tank when I added 3 Yoyo Loaches to get rid of snails. Now I have, at most 2 shrimp. The loaches actively hunt the shrimp, burrowing into the plant masses where the shrimp lived. As much as I enjoy the Loaches, I enjoyed the shrimp even more.
OH NO!! So sorry!! You should have added a little loach like a batik. I have one in my cherry shrimp tank for the snails. I will take him out when the snail population is low, I think. He will eat the babies, I'm sure. Hope I'm not hitting you in a sore spot here, just info....

IF I could do it all over, I would have gotten the right substrate instead of big pea gravel. I would have gotten the right lights sooner. I would have kept my 55g tank. I would have like to have known about shrimp keeping earlier and enjoyed that.



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Old 02-08-2008, 07:03 AM   #35 (permalink)
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Wow this thread is great! I'm glad to know that by coming here and just doing as much research as I could before starting this hobby that I was able to avoid most of the mistakes that are commonly made.

Although my tank's only been set up for like 2 1/2 months, I spent a long time planning it.....and although i'd probably have an algae farm, I did wish that I invested in a higher watt light.....i'm also considering moving to another form of CO2(pressurized, the DIY is just so inconsistent).
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Old 02-08-2008, 10:43 AM   #36 (permalink)
 
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hmmm ,
research everythhing online 1st b4 buying equipment . Get a co2 checker to avoid nooby mistakes and thinking you are having c02 into the tank
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Old 02-08-2008, 10:51 AM   #37 (permalink)
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I would have researched more first before jumping in. Then I wouldn't have had to change out the substrate from pea gravel, I never would have used it to begin with. I wouldn't have wasted money on inferior filters, I'd have purchased quality canisters from the start. I wouldn't have freaked out and tossed plants that were simply converting from emersed to submersed growth. And I never, ever would have put plants in my tanks without washing them thoroughly to get rid of any hitchhiking duckweed.
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