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"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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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.
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.

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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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 cichlid IMG_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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Just added some low grade fire red males in there to test out the waters, 3 days and they seem fine. But the ammonia is still about 2, and nitrates are about 5ppm now, so it looks like its half way there through the cycle. Now I really need to think hard as if I will invest in this RO, or just buy buckets of RO. What do you think guys.

If I get one, I will def get a under the sink 3 gallon tank for drinking purposes, and I might potentially setup 1 or two more small shrimp tanks for breeding purposes. Do I really need a whole RO system for a few tanks?
 

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Just added some painted and higher end fire reds, and a few endlers to eat up all the little water fleas thats building up.

Do anyone know what the difference between the painted fire reds that is all red and the ones with a lighter red band that runs right along the dorsal of the body?
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There are many grading rules but this one seems to be followed by many.



PS: this chart is not mine, it's just a link I use from the internet for reference.
 

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What a great centre piece!

I love this tank. It fits so nicely snuggled above your fireplace. The wood really catches your eye and so does the bright green flora. I looove fire reds and yours look exceptional! Well done :)

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Thanks randy, thats pretty clear cut for me. Im going to get a few batches from these guys, put them back in my 49, then start switching water to RO, and then straight to higher end CRS, and then taiwan bees. Hope I get a colony before golf season starts =)

There are many grading rules but this one seems to be followed by many.



PS: this chart is not mine, it's just a link I use from the internet for reference.
 

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THanks Sarah, you have an amazing tank as well. I cant wait to meet you to trade some of these for you mini reineiki and see your setup. Give me a couple of weeks.

I love this tank. It fits so nicely snuggled above your fireplace. The wood really catches your eye and so does the bright green flora. I looove fire reds and yours look exceptional! Well done :)

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Got my RO unit up and running, so far im doing half tap/half Ro ..
gh-4, kh 2
ph 6.5
tds: waiting for my ebay order, damn the china shipments... its been about a month

I threw about 10 CRS in there.. s-SS grades

2 are berried, and its only been 2 weeks.

Since I added the RO, I did see 2 PFR die off, Im guessing buddy wasnt feeling the low GH, KH

On another note, I went to check out Randy's shrimp dreamhouse the other day, man does he every have some nice shrimp. I learned a lot from him, and will be getting some higher end shrimps once my numbers are settled. He has this PRL and golden that was out of this world. I also saw beautiful blue bolts that I will getting my hands on. I really enjoyed meeting him, thanks Randy. In one of the pics, you will notice a formula cap, inside consists of this new type of barley called snowflake, and it seems my CRs and especially the PFR loves picking at it, thanks for the sample Randy.
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Hi Jimmy, thanks for the kind words and it was my pleasure to have you over. It's one of the things I like the most in this hobby to meet up hobbyists and talk about shrimps.

That snow flake food is the latest thing in Taiwan, it's not made of barley but it's made the same way of barley straw pellet most of us have been feeding. I don't know any special properties it has but a few leading breeders are promoting it, my shrimps definitely love it.
 
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