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  1. This thread is to document the setup, care and lifetime of my newly created 20 gallon long Walstad deep sandbed tank! I've been planning this project for a while now, and after assuring that the cabinet the tank was destined to sit on was sturdy enough, I took advantage of the latest Petco sale. My husband was a total enabler on this one, which was fun! I've been fascinated by Walstad tanks (and other dirted tanks that use plant-only filtration) since I restarted in this hobby a few years ago, and though all of my other tanks are dirted, none of them have that deep substrate or the no water changes / no filter rule. So this will be a new experience. The planned live stock will be a colony of bloody mary neocaridinas, a vampire shrimp, and perhaps some rabbit snails (among my usual hitchhikers). Edit: It's come to my attention that what I'm doing is slightly different than Diana Walstad's method, but the idea is still the same. After spray painting the back black, I was sure to center the tank and the runner it sits on as best I could. I might have to move that hyena picture above it... it looks off center now! This is the brand of dirt I chose to use. I've never used it before, but I couldn't find the cheapo stuff I used before. I didn't bother sifting the dirt, I just pulled out bigger pieces of wood if I found them. I spread an inch deep layer and pressed it down, and then sprinkled some crushed coral over it, as my water has pretty low Kh. I then sprayed the dirt down with a spray bottle to get it wet, before capping it with two inches of Black Diamond blasting sand - my go to substrate, I like the black color and how cheap it is. I didn't bother washing it, because I'm convinced it doesn't matter. I used a wooden skewer with an inch and three inches both marked off, so I could ensure I had the proper layer depths. Now to fill 'er up! I put a ziplock bag on the sand to soften the water flow. Worked like a charm. As it began to fill, I sorted out the air pump and bubblers. I used Aquarium Co-Op's black airline tubing that they sent me in my care package, and I gotta say it hooks up like butter. Very nice. The bubblers are these fancy ones that came with my Eheim pumps. I wanted lots of flow for the vampire shrimp, so I added two bubblers. Time for hardscape. I'm keeping it simple, and just used some slate pieces I had sitting around. And then it was time for more filling. This time I used a bowl to disperse the water flow. I filled it almost all the way, and then decided it was planting time. I grabbed out a bunch of Val from my 29 gallon. Here's how it looks with the plants in. I do intend to get some moss or maybe Susswassertang. If my new pink flamingo crypt settles in the 75 well I might put some in here too. But for now, I'll let the val fill in The first inhabitant - a pink ramshorn hitchhiker. I'm sure there's eggs on the plants, too. It's getting too warm to safely order livestock here in AL, so this has all summer to get grown in and seasoned. I'll post updates on plant growth and whenever I add a new plant for now.
  2. My wife and I love Hawaii. She bought a really cheesy pic of a window looking out on a surf break that made me laugh and I joked I’d get her something better to replace it with. Well it was her birthday and Mother’s Day so this was my response.... I did some research and built this gallon and a half opae ula shrimp tank for her desk. It’s got some old 2019 vintage marimo moss balls, some macro algae and plenty of lava rocks and crushed coral. It was fun to do and the smile and awwws I got with these little guys was awesome and reward enough. I’ve honestly had a horrible run lately between my sons tank disaster and my own bedside “sad” bowl but this is a success. A little bit of nature and Hawaii every day. Aloha to you all.
  3. I’m consistently surprised at what color shrimp are born in my community 75. This blue one has orange grandparents and brown parents.
  4. Frogs, Shrimp and Snails African Dwarf Frog Amano Shrimp Cherry Shrimp Orange Shrimp Red Rili Shrimp Yellow Shrimp Blue Velvet Shrimp Blue Wood Shrimp Nerite Snails (Zebra and Red Spot) Mystery Snail (Ivory) Goldfish Black Ranchu Assorted Fantails Bettas Veiltail Crowntail Show Halfmoon Koi Nemo Koi Gouramis Powder Blue Dwarf Female Gourami Cichlids Zebra Lace Angelfish Adult Philippine Blue Angelfish (From Dean) Red Koi Angels (Dean Bred) Apistogramma Cacatuoides "Super Red" Bolivian Ram Red Head Tapajo (Locally Bred) Corydoras and other Catfish Albino Cory Orange Laser Cory Salt and Pepper Cory Pygmy Cory (Wild) False Julii Cory Swallowtail Glass Catfish (Diurnal schooling catfish!) Plecos Super Red Bristlenose Albino Bristlenose Plecos (Dean Bred) Common Otocinclus Colombian Whiptail Catfish Red Lizard Catfish Loaches Kuhli Loach Reticulated Hillstream Loach Dojo Loach Tetras Cardinal Tetra (Wild Brazil) Ember Tetra Glowlight Tetra Green Neon Tetra (Wild Colombia) Neon Tetra Rummy Nose Tetra Silver Tip Tetra Rasboras Chili Rasbora Danios Long Fin Zebra Danio Barbs and other Cyprinids Odessa Barb Siamese Algae Eater Livebearers Assorted Fancy Female Guppy Assorted Fancy Male Guppy (Leopard Tail, Blue Variegated, Cobra Blue, Cobra Gold, Cobra Green, Cobra Red, and Flamingo) Hawaii Variatus Platy Blue Mountain Calico Platy Ricefish Platinum White Medaka Ricefish (Dean Bred) Oddballs Zig Zag Eel Rope Fish Transparent Knifefish Fish listed from top to bottom: Blue Mountain Calico Platy, Show Halfmoon Betta, Dojo Loach, Assorted Fantail Goldfish, Red Head Tapajo, Black Lace Angelfish, Rope Fish, and Transparent Knifefish.
  5. My shrimp Lately there is always one on the top is it signs of breeding or they are just comfortable eating
  6. So I was cleaning out my cannister filter ( I do it about every 3 months) and found 6 cherry shrimp living inside of it. And a bunch of Malaysian trumpet snails unfortunately. I switched this tank over from cichlids to community fish and realized I need to clean it more often. Anyway anyone else find anything interesting in there filters when cleaning them?
  7. Frogs, Shrimp, and Snails African Dwarf Frog Amano Shrimp Bamboo Shrimp Cherry Shrimp Orange Shrimp Yellow Shrimp Blue Velvet Shrimp Assorted Mystery Snails Nerite Snails (Military Helmet and Zebra) Goldfish Black Ranchu Calico Fantail Shubunkin Bettas Veiltail Crowntail Halfmoon Halfmoon Dumbo Ear Galaxy Yellow Plakat (NICE) Marble Blue Plakat (NICE) Super Yellow Plakat (NICE) Gouramis and other Anabantoides Female Powder Blue Dwarf Gourami Sparkling Gourami Scarlet Badis Cichlids Apistogramma Agassizii "Tefe Red Back" Apistogramma Trifasciata Albino Common Kribensis Bolivian Ram Corydoras and other Catfish Sixray Corydoras (Wild) Corydoras Ambiacus Corydoras Elegans Panda Cory Pygmy Cory (Wild) Sterbai Cory Synodontis Schoutedeni (NICE) Plecos Common Otocinclus L255 Spotted Medusa Pleca L106 Orange Seam Pleco L056 Rubber Pleco L240 Galaxy Vampire Pleco Loaches Golden Dojo Loach Borneo Sucker Loach Black Kuhli Loach Yo-Yo Loach Tetras Green Neon Tetra (Wild Colombia) Blue Tetra Cardinal Tetra (Wild Brazil) Ember Tetra Diamond Tetra Flame Tetra Glowlight Tetra Neon Tetra Rummy-Nose Tetra Silver Tip Tetra Beckford's Pencilfish Rasboras Chili Rasbora Neon Green Rasbora Barbs and other Cyprinids Copper Nose Barb Odessa Barb Siamese Algae Eater Danios and other Minnows Celestial Pearl Danio Long Fin Zebra Danio Giant Danio White Cloud Gold White Cloud Livebearers Assorted Endlers (Locally Bred) Assorted Fancy Female Guppies Assorted Fancy Male Guppies (Leopard Tail, Cobra Red, Flamingo, and Red Tuxedo) Black Tiger Guppy Pairs Japan Snakeskin Guppy Pairs Yellow King Tiger Cobra Guppy Trios (Locally Bred) Black Lyretail Molly Sunset Platy Rainbows Neon Dwarf Rainbows Oddballs Chameleon Tiny Spiny Eel Peacock Spiny Eel Pea Puffers Fish listed from top to bottom: Synodontis Schoutedeni, Marble Blue Plakat, Dumbo Ear Halfmoon, Halfmoon, Super Yellow Plakat, Copper Nose Barb, Golden Dojo Loach, Peacock Spiny Eel, Yellow King Tiger Guppy Trio (Male), and Japan Snakeskin Guppy Pairs.
  8. Hi all, I've been thinking about some ideas for fish I could add to my 20 gallon tall planted tank. It has been running for almost a year, and has been pretty stable even with some poor maintenance over the winter. I currently only have 3 white cloud mountain minnows, as some died. However, since these three have been stable for a while now with no signs of sickness, I will soon be getting more to have the group be at least 6 or maybe even 9. Since I will be going to the fish store, I can't help but think of other species I could add as well. I've never kept cherry shrimp, and was wondering how easy they are for beginners? I have pH on the high end but relatively low gH, and I don't want to mess with water chemistry. I want to know if it's worth just getting a few and seeing if they do alright? Any advice from more seasoned experts? My last thought would be to get a bristlenose pleco - I know that a 20 tall is definitely on the very small end for them, but don't know what people think is acceptable. Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks!
  9. When I started my fifteen gallon tank, I decided to do a fish-in cycle. I couldn't source enough lava rock, so I only planted on one side. With the half-planted tank, I let it run for a month before adding my first five ember tetras. Of course, they were watched, like a hawk, and water was tested daily. After a week, four more were added. I floated the bag of new fish and did something else, for a while. When I went back, to add tank water to the bag, I found both groups of fish with their noses pressed against the plastic barrier. A week later, four more were added; with the same behavior shown. Next, came the three otocinclus. I acclimated them and released them into the tank. The little embers swam with the otos, from the very beginning. They were welcomed without any fuss; even though they were much larger. Then, I added five shrimp. When they were released, the embers all ran and hid. It took them two or three days to get over their fear of the strange, scary monsters. Lots of fun!
  10. They grow like weeds! I saw one of the tiny new borns a week ago and now they're fairly sized and eating well! I went from like 6 to 60 real quick...
  11. Hello! So I have some Rasboras in quarantine right now (for a little over a week), and just as my Neocaridina shrimp arrived to be quarantined with them, I noticed a few Ich cysts on 2 of the rasboras. They've already had one dose of Paracleanse, and their second dose is due tonight. I need to add Ich-X into the mix to treat the Ich now, but I worry about the shrimp being overwhelmed having just acclimated to the tank and then loading meds in, especially as I got a bonus lil shrimplet! Would you recommend waiting until tomorrow to dose the medicine, giving the shrimp some time to acclimate, or will the meds not affect them enough and I can go ahead and do it tonight? Thanks!
  12. Frogs, Shrimp, and Snails African Dwarf Frog Amano Shrimp Cherry Shrimp Orange Shrimp Red Rili Shrimp Yellow Shrimp Blue Velvet Shrimp Bamboo Shrimp Assassin Snail Nerite Snails (Red Spot, Red Onion, and Military Helmet) Gold Mystery Snails Goldfish and Koi Red Cap Orandas Assorted Fantails Shubunkin Assorted Koi Butterfly Koi Bettas Crowntail Halfmoon Double Tail Plakat Double Tail Galaxy Plakat Green Black Plakat Lemon Spadetail Plakat Mustard Blue Plakat White Opaque Gouramis Powder Blue Dwarf Female Gourami Sunset Honey Gourami Cichlids Apisto. Boreli "Blue" Apisto. Cacatuoides "Orange Flash" Bolivian Ram German Blue Ram Corydoras Albino Cory Barbatus Cory Salt and Pepper Cory Panda Cory Pygmy Cory (Wild) Venezuelan Cory (Locally Bred) False Julii Cory Plecos Common Otocinclus L066 King Tiger L128 Blue Phantom L114 Red Fin Sternella L444 Rubberlip Colombian Whiptail Loaches Dwarf Chain Loach Reticulated Hillstream Loach Rosy Loach Tetras Cardinal Tetra (Wild Colombia) Ember Tetra Neon Tetra Red Phantom Tetra (Wild Colombia) Rummy-Nose Tetra Platinum Hatchet (Wild Colombia) Rasboras Neon Green Rasbora Chili Rasbora Rasbora Het Other Cyprinids Copper Nose Barb (Real Cool) Panda Garra (Wild) Danios Celestial Pearl Danio Livebearers Assorted Fancy Female Guppies Assorted Fancy Male Guppies (Green Lace and Neon Red Dragon) Koi Tuxedo Guppy Pairs Hawaii Variatus Platies Red Tuxedo Swordtails Rainbows Port Moresby Rainbow Oddballs Endlicheri Bichir Empire Gudgeon Black Ghost Knife Schoutedeni Puffer Pictures from top to bottom: Apisto. Cacatuoides "Orange Flash", Bolivian Ram, Colombian Whiptail, Plakat Double Tail Galaxy Betta, Dwarf Chain Loach, Sterbai Cory, Venezuelan Cory, and Yellow Shrimp.
  13. Is there any way to chase the shrimp out of a sponge filter before maintenance? Moving it a bit gets the big ones off but the shrimplets just burrow into the sponge deeper it seems.
  14. This was one of the first aquariums I put together and I did not get enough substrate in it. I want to add at least an inch to the top (of black) so that the plants will stay planted and there is better contrast for the critters. There is only water sprite and 1 anubias in there now but I want to add a few more different plants. The problem for me is this is a fully functioning cherry shrimp colony. There are tons of little shrimp all over and I am concerned that if I just dump a bunch of new substrate in that I will kill off a decent amount of them. Should this be a concern at all? If I go slow will they just move out of the way? Or since they seem to reproduce like crazy does it even matter? Am I being overly concerned? Thanks.
  15. So I would like to reproduce my Clown killifish. I put them in a tub, lots of hiding places, spawning mop - so far I see nothing but maybe the eggs are too small? Meanwhile in my main tank, I found a teeny tiny fry and 2 baby shrimps. I moved the shrimps together in a container but one died. The fry is in another container but I have so many uncertainties - I need a heater because I live in canada but will it burn itself? How much things (moss, floating plants, etc) should I put in? I am afraid all the debris will pollute the water. Must I have a air stone? Or just a little airtube? Water change? I was wondering if you all could share with me - tips, tricks, advices, installation...
  16. I'm new to keeping shrimp but know they have some special mineral requirements for molting and staying healthy. I've seen some put crushed coral in their tanks for calcium, but I haven't done so. I don't know my exact hardness or TDS but I suspect they are mid-range (have seen calcium/lime build-up on tanks allowed to evaporate). I do have the Hikari shrimp cuisine but don't feed it everyday since they're sufficient biofilm. My question is, how much calcium do they need? Are there other good sources than crushed coral? What about pulverized egg shells? What other minerals are important for shrimp health/molting? One of my RCS is turning a cloudy-white. I'm not sure if this is due to molting recently/preparing to molt or if they're not getting enough needed minerals. I know one molted very soon after being introduced to my tank because I saw the exoskeleton, but since then, I added them (there was 3 total) to a larger tank until I re-scaped their dedicated 5 gal shrimp tank. Because they're in a 33 gal with lots of plants and rocks, I hadn't seen them much but now this one seems to be out and about much more. Not the best pics but gives you an idea of what I'm talking about. Thoughts? Should I just add the crushed coral? Anything else?
  17. My son has a 5 gallon tank that was in his room. Unfortunately, it was mostly forgotten up there as we don't spend much time up there, so I've relocated it next to my normal tanks and added some plants from my other tanks. He is a bit discouraged by the past several months of it, but I think a new spot will help significantly. He had a Betta in there before, and he may go back with another one. However, I want to give him the option of a few other fish. I've got the following to consider: cherry shrimp, betta, celestial pearl danio, clown killifish, and neon tetra. Any suggestions on my list, or anything else to add?
  18. Can anyone give me some nano fish recommendations that are semi-shrimp friendly? I realize anything I choose is likely to eat some babies, and am ok with this since my colony is established. I got some phoenix rasbora the other day, and lost 4/5 within 24hours. I think I did not acclimate them well enough? pH 7.4, heavily planted 10 gallon.
  19. Hi everyone, just needing a little advice ... I have Blue Rili and Snowball Neocaridina. I just got the 10 Snowballs last Thurs, and I know at least 3-4 have died since, but now I can only see 3 at a time. Also, one of my blue rili died since adding the snowballs. I drip acclimated them and aside from 1 dieing the first 24hrs, they seemed fine. They seem happy until there's suddenly another dead one. 😔 Plenty of algae to graze on, temp 78, ph 7.5, kh between 120-180, gh about 180. What am I doing wrong? 😟
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