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  1. Strengthening its commitment to the welfare of the environment, Epson has now become a Full Partner with Planet Ark with Cartridges 4 Planet Ark, the highest possible level.   The ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark’ program is an innovative recycling initiative that gives Australian consumers a free, easy and environmentally friendly method to recycle used printer […]

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  2. Takashi Amano was a professional track cyclist, photographer, designer, and aquarist. His passion for aquaria led him to create the Japanese company Aqua Design Amano.

    Amano was the composer of the book Nature Aquarium World, a three-book series on aquascaping and fresh water aquarium plants and fish. He has also written the book Aquarium Plant Paradise which was published in 1997.

    Takashi Amano - Exotic Aquaristic

    A species of freshwater shrimp is named after him. After learning the species ability to eat massive amounts of algae, Amano asked a local wholesaler to particular order several thousands of them. Since then these species have become necessary for the fresh water planted aquarium hobby.

    He also developed a line of aquarium elements that are known as ADA, and his “Nature Aquarium” article series appeared in both practical fishkeeping magazines in the UK and Tropical Fish Hobbyist magazines in the US.

    Takashi Amano wrote about freshwater aquascaping. He entrenched an extraordinary style of plant layout. He employed Japanese gardening ideas such as Wabi-sabi and Zen rock arrangement. His tank structures sought to mimic nature in their appearance. Amano also made considerable use of Glossostigma elatinoides and Riccia Fluitans as plant material and used shrimp as a means of regulating the growth of algae.

    When you first think of Takashi Amano, you first think of him as a teacher, judging by the extensive documentation of his work in the form of books, videos and magazine articles. His living legacy is the Nature aquarium style of aquascaping design that has transformed and rejuvenated the aquarium hobby over the last three decades and continues in the aquariums of the aquascapers around the globe.

    Part of his living legacy is indeed alive and on display for public viewing. Amano has abundant aquascape installations throughout Japan, at his own nature Aquarium Gallery in Niigata and he installed the worlds largest Nature Aquarium, a 160-foot masterpiece at the Lisbon Oceanarium in Portugal.

    All great artists lead the world towards idealistic possibilities, and we experience that flawless beauty, if only for the period of a song, the view of an incredible painting, or the peaceful experience of sitting near an aquarium flowing with clean water, glowing fish, and blooming groves of swaying plants. Great art can encourage us to do great things and to see the world in a new light. Mr. Amano has taken his place in that huge pantheon of artistic spirits that have gifted us a view of our world as one with the potential of becoming a paradise of our own design and making.

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  3. Well, it has bin a while now. Things were not so good. A lot of dead shrimp, no shrimplets, a lot of trouble. I was on the point of quitting when things began to get a little better again. Never could quite find the 'why' of all this trouble, but I'm very glad that I'm out of the woods so far. A few tanks are covered with young shrimp, that's what I like to see.

    Soon I should start taking nice macro pictures again, when the shrimp will thrive like before. Also I got myself a small SCR group. They had some trouble in the beginning, but are stable now. Looking forward to the first breeding results. They are from Monique Klaver, a serious breeder from The Netherlands. I took my camera with me and took a few shots of some of her shrimps. You can find the pictures below.






    All shrimp above are from Monique Klaver. Many years of breeding, crossbreeding and selecting to get to these results.

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  4. ShrimpFan
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    Hello Folks!

    I hope everyone had a great Holidays and a Happy New Years. With 2016 over and done, I wanted to start 2017 by sharing some of the new stuff I've been working on.

    I hope you guys enjoy.








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  5. It has taken me a while to decide what I wanted to write about next, recently I've suffered a lot of unexplained losses, it has been devastating after spending so much time and money getting hold of the shrimp that I had and now I'm back to square one. On the bright side I have lots of babies in the tank, many of which look like tangtai crosses. I have decided to move all the remaining shrimp into a fresh tank downstairs in the kitchen where they can be seen more and after talking to a few people I thought I would try to do the tank as simply as possible and on a bit of a budget, getting as many things as possible from local aquatic shops. It's a bit of a challenge since most aquatic shops around here don't stock products made especially for shrimp so I've done some research on different options for people that don't want to order over the internet. Since ive only really got cherry shrimp and tangtais left and also because this will be a no thrills tank I'm only going to be stocking cherry's, tiger's and crosses. So here is where I am at so far.
     The tank is in place and an inert substrate has been added.

     I've used a substrate by Aqua-Substrate, it was about £4.50 from Maidenhead Aquatics.

     Since I'm trying to buy everything locally I also picked this up from Maidenhead Aquatics, some JBL Aquadur minerals, it was £14.99 but it's quite a big pot.

     Then finally I added some of my mironekuton dead sea minerals in between the substrate, this is not essential but I had them already and I've always added some when I've started a new tank.

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  6. My first iwagumi

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    Been ages since i last posted, apologies. Its about 2 months now since initial planting. First pic is after 1 month. Second pic is after 2 months. Its hard to notice the growth day to day, but seeing the comparison its really satisfying :) A lot of the HM and a little of the HC died off during the first few days when it was trying to adjust to the emersed setting, but its slowly coming back now and the lillaeopsis is going nuts! Thinking of flooding it soon but i just need to find a suitable/quality co2 system.



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