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It's A Jungle Out There (NonCO2 Planted Shrimp) *Jan'16*
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 12:43 pm Post subject: It's A Jungle Out There (NonCO2 Planted Shrimp) *Jan'16* Reply with quote

 
:.:  It's  A  Jungle  Out  There  :.:

 
 
 Dimensions:  24  inches  x  12  inches  x  12inches
 
 Lighting:  2x20w  fluorescent  tubes.  2  feet.  One  tube  is  full-spectrum,  the  other  is  violet-blue  spectrum  (photosynthetic  action  spectrum)  for  plant  growth
 
 Filter:  Resun  Cyclone  External  Filter.  But  after  a  couple  of  months  the  filter  broke  (I  slipped  and  fell  while  carrying  the  dripping  filter  for  cleaning   ).  Since  then  no  filter  in  tank.  Replaced  it  with  a  24hr  air  stone  bubble  running  to  keep  the  tank  aerated.
 
 Substrate:  Controsoil
 
 CO2:  None
 
 Additional  Fertilizer:  None
 
 Hardscape:  Bogwood  with  lots  of  tunnels  (created  by  shipworms)  for  the  shrimp  to  hide  into
 
 Plants:
 Java  moss,  Pelia  moss,  Hydrocotyle,  Pearlgrass  /  baby  tears  (Micranthemum  glomeratum),  Red  Tiger  Lotus,  Dwarf  Sagittaria,  Water  Sprite  (Ceratopteris  thalictroides),  Cabomba,  Amazon  Grass,  Ambulia
 
 Fauna:
 Cardinal  tetra  x8-10
 Endler's  Guppy  (all  male)  x4
 Red  Cherry  Shrimp  x80+
 Crystal  Red  Shrimp  x1  (had  5,  but  the  other  4  died)
 Yamato  Shrimp  x1
 Otocinclus  x2  (more  than  that  die  of  starvation)
 Assasin  Snails  x30+  (had  initially  got  6)
 Trumpet  Snails
 Dwarf  Ramshorn  Snails  (wiped  by  assasins)
 Neon  Blue  Endler's  Guppy  x2  (male)  (Feb'12)
 Red  Tailed  Squirrel  Loach  x2  (Feb'12)
 Kuhli  Loach  x1  (Mar'12)
 
 
 
 
 
:.:  TOPIC  INDEX  :.:
 
 
 --  Page  1  Entries  --
 1.  Setup  and  time-lapse  pics
 
 --  Page  2  Entries  --
 2.  Bamboo  plant  tragedy
 3.  Looking  for  light  on  lighting
 4.  On  the  snail  trail
 5.   Learning  about  planted  aquarium
 6.  Enter  Marsilea  Hirsuta
 7.   Tackling  the  Marsilea  uprooting
 
 --  Page  3  Entries  --
 8.  Feeding  Ginseng  to  Shrimp  to  boost  their  color  and  sex  drive
 9.  Creating  a  siesta  period  (to  tackle  unwanted  algae  bloom)
 
 --  Page  4  Entries  --
 10.  DOMINANCE  HIERARCHY:  Identifying  the  Alpha  fish  in  the  Cardinal  Tetra  School
 11.  Pics  update
 
 --  Page  5  Entries  --
 12.  Meri  jaan,  meri  jaan  ...  Fish  tank  mein  ande!  (Assassin  snail  eggs)
 
 
 --  Page  6  Entries  --
 13.  Finally  some  filtration  (HOB)
 14.  Pics  update
 
 --  Page  8  Entries  --
 15.  Postlogue


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 12:45 pm Post subject: Tank Diary: It's A Jungle Out There (Non-CO2 Planted Shrimp) Reply with quote

 Setup  Process:
 
 Got  the  tank  in  July  2011.  However,  the  beautiful  piece  of  bogwood  was  got  from  an  aquarium  shop  at  Borivali  in  May.
 
 It  had  these  series  of  shipworm  tunnels  in  it  that  were  perfect  for  shrimp  to  hide  in  till  they  felt  secure  enough  to  venture  outside.  The  holes  would  also  be  a  safe  nursery  for  the  baby  shrimp  and  would  greatly  help  in  getting  their  population  up.
 
 On  just  seeing  this  wood,  it  was  apparent  that  a  good  tank  can  come  of  it.  I  bought  it  immediately  and  held  onto  it  for  months.  The  tank  wasn't  there  in  the  living  room  yet,  but  it  was  already  there  in  my  head.
 
 This  wood  is  the  centerpiece  of  the  tank's  ecosystem.  
 
 


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 12:47 pm Post subject: Re: Tank Diary: It's A Jungle Out There (Non-CO2 Planted Shr Reply with quote

 Chetan  Good  tank      Thumbs Up   can  you  take  the  picture  form  the  front  side  also
 
 only  one  doubt  without  co2  how  can  you  keep  the  tank  green...?   Surprised
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 12:49 pm Post subject: Tank Diary: It's A Jungle Out There (Non-CO2 Planted Shrimp) Reply with quote

 My  other  tank  has  a  top  filter,  which  works  out  dandy  for  it.  However  this  new  planted  tank  was  intended  to  be  lidless.  So  had  to  look  at  other  filters.
 
 So  got  this  neat  mini  external  filter.  Takes  care  of  the  mechanical,  chemical,  and  biological  filtration.  It  did  a  great  job.  Highly  recommended.
 However,  it  broke  a  few  months  later  (Note  to  self:  watch  out  for  the  slippery  floor  while  cleaning  the  tank  Razz  ).
 No  filter  in  the  tank  since  then.  Just  added  an  air  stone  bubbling  for  oxygen,  and  on  the  surface  where  the  bubble  hit  I  placed  a  piece  of  sponge.  This  takes  care  of  biological  filtration.
 
 
 
 --
 Selected  Controsoil  for  the  substrate.  Had  been  reading  up  on  it  for  a  few  months.  It's  basically  lava  soil  collected  from  a  volcano  in  Japan.  It  maintains  the  ideal  Ph  for  a  shrimp  tank,  and  has  good  stuff  for  plants.
 
 Fancy  something  from  molten  fire  being  good  for  a  water  project.  One  of  many  paradoxes  of  nature...  Haha!
 
 
 
 --
 Poured  the  controsoil  in.  Positioned  the  wood.  Added  more  soil  later  on  to  make  it  4cms  thick.
 
 
 
 --
 A  thick  thermocol  at  the  base  acts  as  suspension  against  vertical  pressure.
 
 


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 --
 Positioned  in  the  plants
 (There's  a  banana  plant  in  pic  which  was  later  removed.  It  was  too  big  for  the  tank,  and  always  floating  away.  The  dwarf  amazon  plants  in  the  foreground  also  melted  away  later.)
 
 
 
 --
 
 They  say  that  controsoil  settles  down  (de-fogs)  very  fast.  Here  was  a  chance  to  test  the  claim  ...
 
 @6.48pm  ...  poured  in  the  water.  fogged  up  due  to  the  substrate.  but  the  controsoil  settles  in  much  faster  than  regular  river  sand.
 
 
 
 --
 water  cleared  by  10.20  pm.  also  assisted  by  the  filter.  pretty  good  controsoil   Smile  
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 12:56 pm Post subject: Re: Tank Diary: It's A Jungle Out There (Non-CO2 Planted Shr Reply with quote

 preparing  the  pelia  moss
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 --
 Final  startup  look  on  22  July.  No  fish  yet  cos  the  nitrogen  cycle  still  going  on.  To  make  the  cycle  go  real  fast,  had  used  some  water  from  the  other  established  tank.
 
 Placed  a  small  amount  of  java  moss  on  the  driftwood.  This  will  eventually  take  over  the  wood.
 
 Got  a  dual  tubelights  placed  on  top
 
 [image  lost]  :(
 
 --
 There  is  also  a  stone  on  top  of  the  wood  to  keep  it  from  floating.  Will  take  a  week  for  the  water  to  log  in  and  sink  the  wood.
 
 Also  introduced  a  few  fauna  after  6-7  days  --  cardinal  tetras,  endler's  guppy,  and  about  15-20  red  cherry  shrimp.  The  shrimp  were  just  transferred  from  the  other  tank.  They  were  always  hiding  in  the  other  tank  scared  of  all  the  predators  about.  In  this  tank  however  they  should  come  out  easily  cos  the  fish  chosen  will  not  harm  them.
 
 


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 1:06 pm Post subject: Re: Tank Diary: It's A Jungle Out There (Non-CO2 Planted Shr Reply with quote

 Time  Lapse  Pics:
 
 And  here's  how  the  tank  evolved  over  time  ...
 
 Tank  snapshot:  22  July  2011
 
 Right  after  setup
 
 
 
 --
 Tank  snapshot:  29  July  2011
 
 After  introducing  the  fish  and  shrimp  along  with  some  more  plants
 
 
 
 --
 Tank  snapshot:  Aug  2011
 
 Making  its  way  up.
 
 
 
 --
 
 Tank  snapshot:  Sept  2011
 
 Getting  greener  and  greener
 
 
 
 --
 Tank  snapshot:  Dec  2011
 
 It's  a  jungle  a  out  there!     Wink  
 
 
 
 


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 1:12 pm Post subject: Re: Tank Diary: It's A Jungle Out There (Non-CO2 Planted Shr Reply with quote

 Awesome....   Thumb Up   Thumb Up   Thumb Up   wish  my  tank  turns  out  this  way  some  day..  currently  tackling  bad  algae  problem  Sad
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 1:13 pm Post subject: Re: Tank Diary: It's A Jungle Out There (Non-CO2 Planted Shr Reply with quote

 More  Pics:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 --
 The  shrimp  all  out  eating  an  algae  wafer  treat  along  with  the  otocinclus.  Can  count  around  60  of  them  in  this  frame  alone.
 
 
 
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 And  the  following  pic  shows  how  20  shrimp  became  100+  in  a  few  months  ...  :guns:
 
 
 
 
 --
 And  that's  a  shot  of  how  the  plants  multiplied.
 (Specimen:  dwarf  sagittaria  sending  off  a  runner)
 
 


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 1:19 pm Post subject: Re: Tank Diary: It's A Jungle Out There (Non-CO2 Planted Shr Reply with quote

 A  common  query  is  whether  assassin  snails  kill  adult  shrimp.  The  answer  is  yes.  This  shrimp  was  still  alive  when  I  took  this  shot.  Don't  know  how  the  snail  hunted  it  though.  Guess  the  shrimp  was  weak  or  just  plain  stupid.   Exclamation  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 1:29 pm Post subject: Re: Tank Diary: It's A Jungle Out There (Non-CO2 Planted Shr Reply with quote

 Chetan  
 Good  lush  tank.  Yeah  its  a  jungle  out  there  
 Also  you  have  a  very  good  looking  Drift  wood.  But  its  like  Babes  in  the  woods.  completely  lost  and  hidden  in  the  jungle
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 1:35 pm Post subject: Re: Tank Diary: It's A Jungle Out There (Non-CO2 Planted Shr Reply with quote

 Nice  tank..  that  too  without  Co2  Thumb Up
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 Hi,  
 
 How  are  you  getting  this  lush  growth  without  co2  and  it  is  also  heavily  planted...
 
 are  you  dosing  excel  or  similar  products  and  Specs+photo  period  please.
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 Nice  Tank  ...and  that  too  without  Filter  &  CO2
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