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Old 12-17-2013, 09:21 PM   #1
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Cool "Wired" 10 Gallon Starfire Shrimpscape

Hey guys its been a while since I started a tank. After checking out Tommy's setup at Shrimpfever, I got the itch again. So I went over the AI and picked me up a 40x30x30cm tank. I picked up the driftwood from big als for 17 bucks.. a total steal, and some ADA from Shrimpfever.com

I am framing a LED light fixture that I got previously I will decide if I will keep that light or buy some 6x3w fixture off ebay, once its done.. meaning if I f'up then Ill toss it and buy one online. In the meanwhile, I will use my 2x25 watt spiral daylight bulbs with a old exoterra fixture on it.

I am looking to keep Blue bolts in there, so I am also going to invest in a R/O unit. Any advice from those who have bred and kept Blue bolts in the past? What kind of water parameters did you keep.


Here is the hardscape, and I also suck some pics of my apisto from my 75 gallon in the clinic, and 47 gallon aquascape in there too =P

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Old 12-17-2013, 10:16 PM   #2
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Looking good, how was the ADA AquaSoil?
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looks legit, but havent tested it yet, Ill get back to you on that. I have bought fake aquasoil before wihtout knowing, and have noticed a big difference. So I will see, but Im pretty sure this is the real stuff.

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looks legit, but havent tested it yet, Ill get back to you on that. I have bought fake aquasoil before, and have noticed a big difference. So I will see, but Im pretty sure this is the real stuff.
Why did you buy the fake stuff? Sometimes trying to save a few bucks does more harm than good. Stick with the legitimate stuff.
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Why did you buy the fake stuff? Sometimes trying to save a few bucks does more harm than good. Stick with the legitimate stuff.
I don't think he knowingly bought the fake stuff. Awhile back, some of the aquasoils didnt buffer ph. (fake ones)
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Why did you buy the fake stuff? Sometimes trying to save a few bucks does more harm than good. Stick with the legitimate stuff.
Why would anyone buy fake Aquasoil lol? Def got ripped off there, I wont name names, but they are a local dealer, which I had all the confidence in.
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Hey Jay how is your shrimp tank going? What is the water specs? Im debating on a RO system right now, I figure I can convince the wife that would be good drinking water, but to commit to a RO for a 10 gallon is a bit much I think.

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just finished scapeing the tank, the water is a bit murkey, so Ill post a pic tomorrow.
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Finally setup the tank, and scaped it. 3 days in, ammonia spike at 4. I did a 40% water change, and now sitting back for it to clear up.
I am also doing a DIY LED setup. There are 12x 1 or 1.5 watt LED's ..Its been used for about 18 months, so its not as strong as before, hope its not too much light.
Right now, I have 2x25 watt spiral compact florescent on there, but its a bit dim for my likeing.. I guess Im still a aquascaper at heart.

Flora: Cryp Parva, glosso, fissidans, peacock moss, belems dwarf hair grass and bolbitis

fauna: so far 5 trumpet snails.. love those guys


Sorry for the crappy iphone pics, I will have nice dslr shots when the tank is all settled.

The last pic is a frozen pigeon... RIP mr pigeon
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Just finished making my LED light. I looks awesome, and the lights are nice and bright. I think the kalvins is only 5000, so not in the best spectrum, but the whole setup cost me only 7 bucks; I cant complain. The Glosso is already growing nicely, sending multiple runners. The Belems dhg is taking its time though, I guess its because light is being blocked by the driftwood. Enjoy. In my main 75 gallon, I also picked up some awesome checker board dwarf cichlidIMG_1140.jpg

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IMG_1145.jpg from Johnny at gold ocean aquarium at leslie and 7, that guy has the biggest collection of apistos and other dwarf cichlids, he also picked up some wild apies, and peruvian spotted angles!
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