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Darkblade48 02-28-2010 04:40 AM

Darkblade48's 2.5 Red Cherry Shrimp Tank
 
So, I decided to start a 2.5g planted tank awhile ago. It has undergone many different iterations now, and it seems to always change every 6 months or so.

Needless to say though, I tore down the tank completely in January 2010, and replanted it completely. Around the end of January, I got 12 RCS (now, I have more, since a few of the berried females have already given birth).

Here's a picture of it as of February 24 2010.

http://img230.imageshack.us/img230/4862/dsc03485n.jpg

The HC was planted near the end of January as well (shortly before the RCS were introduced), but it still hasn't taken off at all...

Comments/critiques are welcome!

PeterE 02-28-2010 07:07 AM

Re: Darkblade48's 2.5 Red Cherry Shrimp Tank
 
That's a nice tank. I like the hardscape and the moss, and when the HC fills in that will look really cool. I've always wanted a little tank like this with shrimp. The heater is so big, though. You can put these underneath the substrate: http://www.fosterandsmithaquatics.co...7&pcatid=12087 They work for me. That's a great tank!

Darkblade48 02-28-2010 12:26 PM

Re: Darkblade48's 2.5 Red Cherry Shrimp Tank
 
Thanks for the comments!

Yeah, the heater was cheap, so I bought it. The mini heater you linked to (I think Hydor makes a similar one) would have cost me double what I paid for this one so....

Besides, when I take pictures, of course I would take all the equipment out of the tank :) I was just lazy this time around.

PeterE 02-28-2010 12:49 PM

Re: Darkblade48's 2.5 Red Cherry Shrimp Tank
 
Yeah, I know exactly what you're talking about. I think I have the same heater, heh heh. What are the plants in the background? Are they Blyxa japonica? What are you fertilizing this tank? It inspires me for my 6 gallon eclipse. Right now I can't decide on whether to make it into a shrimp tank or a coldwater biotope.

Darkblade48 02-28-2010 04:23 PM

Re: Darkblade48's 2.5 Red Cherry Shrimp Tank
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by PeterE (Post 526207)
Yeah, I know exactly what you're talking about. I think I have the same heater, heh heh. What are the plants in the background? Are they Blyxa japonica? What are you fertilizing this tank? It inspires me for my 6 gallon eclipse. Right now I can't decide on whether to make it into a shrimp tank or a coldwater biotope.

The plants in the background are indeed Blyxa japonica. I am fertilizing the tank following the EI regime.

Here are some specs on it:

Current setup is:

Lights: 2x 6500K 13W CFL bulb

Filter: Red Sea Nano Filter

Substrate: Fluorite Black Sand substrate

CO2 setup is:
10 lb tank
Victor HPT272-350B regulator
Parker solenoid
Swagelok B-SS2-A metering valve
JBJ bubble counter
with bubble rate at ~1 bubble every 3 seconds (gives a nice green on my 4 dkH drop checker)

Current flora include:
Dwarf Hairgrass
Anubias barteri var. 'nana'
Blyxa japonica
Hemianthus callitrichoides
Fissidens fontanus

Darkblade48 02-28-2010 04:25 PM

Re: Darkblade48's 2.5 Red Cherry Shrimp Tank
 
Some updates for February 28 2010

Adjusted the hardscape a little.

Before:
http://img21.imageshack.us/img21/4207/dsc03500e.jpg

After:
http://img651.imageshack.us/img651/1801/dsc03512.jpg

Excuse the fact that I didn't bother taking a picture without all the equipment. I had just moved everything around, and didn't want to wait for the dust to settle. Perhaps next week :D

Finally, a picture of my attempt to grow HC emersed. It looks like it's doing quite well (better than my submersed form).
http://img268.imageshack.us/img268/1354/dsc03510g.jpg

Tex Gal 02-28-2010 09:25 PM

Re: Darkblade48's 2.5 Red Cherry Shrimp Tank
 
Your tank is looking nice. How are your shrimp doing?




Darkblade48 03-21-2010 06:22 PM

Re: Darkblade48's 2.5 Red Cherry Shrimp Tank
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Tex Gal (Post 526313)
Your tank is looking nice. How are your shrimp doing?

Sorry for the late reply; I don't normally check these forums ;) Anyway, the shrimp are doing great!

Updates for March 21 2010

Here's an angled shot of the HC carpet that I have. It's slowly starting to carpet, but it's taking a lot longer than anticipated. It's been nearly two months, and it hasn't really taken off yet :mad: You can probably see some of the BBA that's on there as well (trimming it as we speak)

http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/5422/dsc03929c.jpg

Full tank shot:
http://img638.imageshack.us/img638/4417/dsc03938c.jpg

My emersed HC experiment. It isn't really taking off either, but it's slowly spreading.
http://img291.imageshack.us/img291/2406/dsc03947o.jpg

Finally, a picture of the shrimp. I have so many babies now, every time I do a water change, I wonder how many of them get sucked up and get dumped.
http://img257.imageshack.us/img257/5387/dsc03952ed.jpg

Darkblade48 03-28-2010 05:37 PM

Re: Darkblade48's 2.5 Red Cherry Shrimp Tank
 
Updates for March 28 2010

Excuse the GDA on the glass, I didn't bother cleaning it off before taking a full tank shot. Oh well. There's some BBA that you can see on the rocks as well, ugh. I'm trying my best to keep on top of (it's on some of the HC, and the Fissidens as well)

http://img192.imageshack.us/img192/451/dsc03968o.jpg

And here's my HC emersed "experiment"

http://img46.imageshack.us/img46/7438/dsc03973x.jpg

Shrimp pictures to come in a bit!

Darkblade48 03-28-2010 06:10 PM

Re: Darkblade48's 2.5 Red Cherry Shrimp Tank
 
Here we are!
http://img40.imageshack.us/img40/306/dsc03979v.jpg


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