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i set this tank up a little over a month ago. i started with 14 RCSfrom diff. sources.

tank: 2.5 gal.
light: dest lamp 23watt spiral bulb
fauna: cherries+wild black bee shrimp
flora: elodea, HM(i think), xmas moss, java fern and various clippings from my 5 gallon
heater: elite 25 watt
filter: elite inside filter(i like it a lot, its expremely quiet, creates lots of flow, and oxygenates the water)
substrate: amazonia 2

water
pH:7.6(i think its the rocks but the shrimp seem to be thriving in there so i dont want to mess with it)
gH:7-8
kH:1-2
temp: turned it down to 75 after adding bee shrimp(used to be 80)
nitrate:<5ppm
nitrite+ammonia:0

here are some pics:

full tank pic.


berried RCS


RCS feeding


wild bee


i thought it was a nice pic.


saved the best for last. i like this one the most


thanks for looking! PLEASE leave a comment!
 

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Very nice tank, Tex. Do you have a full picture of the tank?
 

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Very nice tank, Tex. Do you have a full picture of the tank?
the first pic. is a full tank pic. thanks for your comments!
 

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i dont know why, but everything tends to grow extremely slow in this tank compared to my 5 gallon CRS tank maybe its because i have incandescent light over it.
 

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Very nice tank. I have a few diff. species of moss that I am waiting on to grow as well. Seems like it is taking forever.
 

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thanks for all of your comments! the shrimp are breeding like crazy i have over 60 babies now.
 

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Are the Bee shrimp breeding? How are they doing in general?

I am currently cycling two 10g tanks for shrimp and am considering keeping RCS with Bee's.
 

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the bee shrimp arent breeding in my RCS tank but its probably because the tank is too small and the water parameters arent stable enough. i think you'll be able to do it in a 10 gallon though. i would reccomend you to keep them in seperate tanks just so you could adjust to the water parameters to what each species likes. bee shrimp like 75 degrees and softer water. cherries will breed under those conditions but breed A LOT faster at 80 degrees and harder water. i learned this when i moved my cherries from my 5 gallon CRS tank into my 2.5 tank which was setup mainly for RCS.
 

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Thanks Tex627. I have set up both 10g's with ADA aqua soil for shrimp that need lower pH and softer water. Hoping to eventually keep Tigers or Bees.

I have a colony of RCS in my 6g tank now and will transfer some to the 10g's when they are cycled. Am hoping they will adapt to the different water conditions.

Will have to start a thread for these sooner or later. . .

Good luck!

-Roy
 

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np, they will adapt fine. make sure you acclimate them well though. i reccomend the dripping method. it usually takes about 1 hour until the water parameters match but i let a drip a little longer just in case. what kind of bee shrimp are you thinking of getting?
 

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what is the name of the plant right above your heater in pic 1? I have some in my tank and it growth very slow, I just want some more info on that plant. I'm terrible at remember the name.

 

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lol its called elodea. archea something? it actually grows pretty fast in my tank and i dont even have C02. i just grow it out and use it for transporting shrimp.
 

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here are some pictures of the baby RCS.

this was my 1st batch- little less than a month old?


here is one of the new babies


and more coming..... this is one of the 3 berried females i have.
 

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i have a berried bee shrimp! i also took out the rocks the raised the pH and put in yamaya rocks. so i think i'll have baby bee shrimp very soon!!! i'll take a picture tomorrow and post it.
 
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