2FT Starter Planted Tank

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  1. HugBug

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    Looking great! So exciting about the berried shrimp.

    What plant is that in the back left corner?
     
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    Most of them are yours :lol:

    I had a look from week 1 to now and the plants have grown so much, its really satisfying to see, some plants have had a couple of trims as well.

    Hopefully the colony gets big fast, I feel so impatient as the eggs has been around a while now and i dont see any new faces yet.

    Once they get going good ill add some fish, corys and cardinal/rasboras, and then MTS would have set in most probably lol
     
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    limnophila sessiliflora

    I think it should be considered a weed due to the rate its growing at, also makes a good floating pant, I have done about 3 trims . What I like about it is that they start folding up before the lights go off and unfolds in the mornings as the lights come on. Here in JHB most petshops just sells them by the handfull and they are not properly potted
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    In a few weeks I am gonna do another trim want more plants :lol:, it gives you a excuse to start a new tank for the 'Plants', but its really coming along nicely love the blue shrimp the look amazing
     
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    So the last 2 days the plants in the tank looked like they had a massive growth spurt, lots of particles in the water and red algae on the glass, after cleaning, putting in a temp filter with wool to clear up particles I sat and had a look at the tank, looks like my caradinas got wiped out or go really good at hiding =( Also no berried femals on the neo caradinas anymore, nor sure if something in the tank crashed or the filter minced all the young shrimplets...
     
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    :( Hopefully they’re just hiding. If I remember correctly you do have a DIY sponge cover for the shrimplets? If so they shouldn’t get sucked up.

    If you have a water testing kit, what are the readings for ammonia, nitrite, nitrates and pH?

    The extra mechanical filtration sounds good. Perhaps also do a series of small (10%) daily wc over the next couple of days but water testing results should help inform this.
     
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    Sorry things have gone awry in your tank.
    Hopefully the shrimp are just hiding and they come out again soon.
     
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    oh thats a shame , hopefully they are hiding and they will bounce back.
     
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    Got home this afternoon and saw plenty of the usual shrimps, I noticed the caradinas starts going in to hiding about an hour before lights go out. counted 2 berried females.

    Just wonder how I should cover the intake of the HOB filter as it doesnt have a traditional intake going down in to the tank
     
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    Yes get a piece of sponge from the lfs, telling them that you want to diy an intake protection for shrimp (or beg from a fellow hobbyist). Then pierce an opening, using a sharp knife, not all the way through. Work it so that the filter intake would fit. Then trim everything to size. Not sure if I’ve explained it well? :confused:
     
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    Yay, I'm so glad the shrimp returned!
     
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    Ill have to figure something out as I have a Seachem Tidal 35. At the moment its got plants clogging the intake
     
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    The only HOB I have is an Aquaclear on the QT, not sure what the Tidal’s intake looks like. Here’s a pic of mine, note the BBA on the sponge :lol:

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    I never see dedicated intake spongers for HOBs locally - strange given they're often needed by hobbyists. :confused:

    The Tidal 35 will need a bit more DIY input than an Aquaclear, perhaps with some mesh over the other intake areas? Most hardwares sell a fine mesh.
    I'm sure there will be loads of solutions across the internet for the model in question though - I also have Aquaclear HOBs only.
     
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    Oh yes ok that’s a whole different ball game @fux940510 ?
     
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    Forgot the 35 doesn't have the intake shaft of the 55/75 - check this video out though, as one example for a solution:
     
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    Very simple and looks like it can work
     
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