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Thank you SKF for welcoming and accepting me on this forum.

I started to keep shrimp properly in November last year when I came back from holidays in Europe. I bought this aqua one nano tank which I thought would be enough for me. I slowly planted it and added shrimp in. First was snow whites, then crystal reds and crystal blacks. After I added the shrimp I knew I would have a problem when they grew up to breeding age so I ordered my custom divided tank. I wasn't allowed much space and 2 foot was the maximum I could go.

The 30 cube was snuck in and kept in the spare bathroom where I am staying at my sister's house. She was okay with it when she saw it but when she heard I was getting another tank she said I couldn't keep it. I have a beautiful, gorgeous sexy girlfriend who I conned into keeping the tanks in her apartment. There was enough space in her apartment for a larger tank but it was too late- the divided tank was already being made. I decided to keep the 30 cube instead of shutting it down because I spent too much money on it already. The tanks are side by side on the same cabinet. I am still deciding if I want to get an over flow box and connect the two tanks.

I have transferred the shrimp over to the divided tank. The 30 cube has natives in it. I will wait until it is cooler to see if I want to put tee bees in there.

30 cube tank specs:

Tank: Aqua One all in one 30 cube.

Light: Up Aqua z series LED

Soil: Up Aqua soil

Filtration: eheim 2215 filled with Seachem Matrix

Initial set up November 2012

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planted

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collecting/hoarding plants for the divided tank

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The Beggining of the Divided Tank

The tank- 60cm x 40cm x 30cm high (76 liters)

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It was cheaper to buy 1 piece of goldvine and chop it. It was a very nice piece and it was kind of wrong to cut such a nice piece.

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Butchered

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hard scape planning.

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20cm divisions are a bit narrow but space was an issue so I went 40cm deep to make up for that.

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The light has 72 watts of led power. It has a computer which controls brightness and I can program it to dim on and off with timers aswell (I still don't know how to program it with the Chinese translated into English by a Chinese person).

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I also got 5kg Benabachi soil and another 3.5kg from another forum member. It's always better to ask around if people have spare Benibachi soil because you can only buy it in 5kg bags.

*The box of Benibachi products.

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Benibachi Mineral powder at the base

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Substrate in

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filled very cloudy light is aqua one clip on low light led

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When I picked the divided tank up from the shop for the first time I was happy but I thought the drilled holes in the dividers were a little bit small. They also had a problem of sitting too low.

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I ordered a sheet of A3 stainless steel mesh and cut it in half. I also ordered 2 sheets of A3 perspex sheets 6mm thick. I cut the perspex to the size of the dividers and also cut out rectangle holes for the mesh. I stuck the mesh to the perspex with silicone.

I should have explained the dividers to the tank builder better because it cost me a further $60 and a few hours of my time. I was lucky that my brother in law had the right tools for me to do this.

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Better flow, sits higher, happier.

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In the cabinet. The drawers are good to keep all the cables nice and neat.

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The cabinet is a tv stand/buffet table $99. The space on the right is where the 30cm cube will eventually end up.

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7 days later Sunday 20th Jan.

Full tank shot

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1st division front view

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Divided Tank info:

60cm long x 40cm wide x 30cm high (76liters)

perspex dividers with ss mesh, removable

chiller: jbj antartica rated for 170 liters

filter: eheim professional 2 2028 (1050 liter per hour)

3x sponge filter (aqua manta 360 air pump)

substrate: benibachi mineral powder, benibachi soil, benibachi balls, benibachi active water, benibachi shrimp emergency

light: 72 watt LED

aqua manta breeding box Large and Small run by small Aquamanta air pump

driftwood: goldvine

plants: staurogen, hydrocotyle, HM, anubias nana pettite, weeping moss, willow moss, flame moss, peacock moss, christmas moss, mini pelia, needle leaf java fern, dwarf java fern, bolbitis, amazon frogbits, duckweed.

VIDEO:

http://youtu.be/I273KMs--cA

top view

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front view

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1st division: yellow cherries and a tee bee species in future

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2nd division: crystal red shrimp and red rilli

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3rd division: CBS and snow white

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right hand side view

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1st division inhabitants

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2nd division inhabitants- these are all juvies from 3 different types of stock, some are coming up to sub adult age. Can't wait to be able to sex them and see them breed!

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side view

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Inside the cabinet

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lachie1998

Very nice tanks ! :D

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Aquathumb

Very nice setup! that Light looks like a beast...72w!

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BlueBolts

Nice shrimps & nice tank......very exciting, and lots of potential...well done mate.

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JonX

Its very hard to catch shrimp in this tank. Too much aquascaping getting in the way.

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BlueBolts

It's a fine balance between shrimp & aqascaping......food, or a shove with the other end of your shrimp net will get them to where you want it.

My tank's always start out as bare & minimalistic, but end up a jungle, cause I too love mosses & plants

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JPN07

nice tanks you got there Jon. Good quality CRS you got there.

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2OFUS

Hi mate nice setup and shrimps :)

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JonX
Hi mate nice setup and shrimps :)

Thank you for the compliment. They come from a very good breeder. =)

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Dean

good write up mate, and the tanks look very good also.

you have some nice shrimp in those pics :)

do you have any more pics of the crs with the brightness a little lower ? those crs look very good;)

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Neo-shrimp

You have beautiful shrimps and a fantastic set-up there Jon X....How long have you been in the shrimp hobby ? You seem to have a flair for aquascaping...Thanks for the pic...CJ

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good write up mate' date=' and the tanks look very good also.

you have some nice shrimp in those pics :)

do you have any more pics of the crs with the brightness a little lower ? those crs look very good;)[/quote']

the photos were taken with the 72 watt LED light with a Samsung Note 2.

Here are photos taken with the Samsung Note 2 with natural daylight I took this morning.

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You have beautiful shrimps and a fantastic set-up there Jon X....How long have you been in the shrimp hobby ? You seem to have a flair for aquascaping...Thanks for the pic...CJ

This is what I started with which is at my other sister's house.

July 2012

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A few days ago

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I started with this tank in July 2012. After reading that shrimp were good to have in planted tanks, I got some cherries and C grade shrimp off my cousin. I liked shrimp but couldn't really keep them properly because the tank houses a betta which loves hunting shrimplets and killing sub adults for fun. So after my trip to Europe in November I started to have a proper go with the 30 cube. =).

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Dean

thanks for the better pics mate, i can now say that they are some very nice shrimp and you should be happy with there quality :encouragement:

and that last tank with the honeycomb rock looks very cool before the plants grew over everything :)

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Gbang

Mate those are great crs!!!! And nice tanks too :)

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JonX

My tank is at my girlfriend's apartment, so I don't get to see my shrimp every day. Just came back to see them after 4 days. My new additions are

2x CBS SSS.

Came back to my first berry in the divided tank- C grade CBS, father is snow white or SSS. I wonder how her babies will turn out.

Here are some pictures and a video from tonight.

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feeding yellows

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new black addition

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berried C grade black

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crown head reds

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CNgo2006

Nice new additions there Johnny...Video has been blocked, so unwatchable.

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Neo-shrimp

Jon x can you tell me where did you get the aqua manta breeding box (also cost if you don't mind)...Would like to purchase one...Have not seen any like it in Perth..cheers CJ

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BlueBolts

That's a different C Grade CBS....have not seen one like that ? Cool.

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CNgo2006

Johnny I have a male C Grade CBS, should we try getting the pair together and see what comes of it, maybe we can get an all black.

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That's a different C Grade CBS....have not seen one like that ? Cool.
Blue Bolts' date=' it's the only one I have- it's similar to the C grade CRS I had- I've done some googling and it looks like its close to wild form from my research. Others might argue otherwise.
Jon x can you tell me where did you get the aqua manta breeding box (also cost if you don't mind)...Would like to purchase one...Have not seen any like it in Perth..cheers CJ
I got mine from Le Aquatic in Lansvale (my local LFS) $30.

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Johnny I have a male C Grade CBS' date=' should we try getting the pair together and see what comes of it, maybe we can get an all black.[/quote']

She's freshly berried up by a snow white or a SSS black. All black would be awesome!

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Nice new additions there Johnny...Video has been blocked' date=' so unwatchable.[/quote']

I stickied in a Swedish House Mafia song, copy right laws blocked the video- I've sinced changed it to something more calming. Enjoy. =0)

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    • DEL 707
      Not going to lie, this is giving me a headache. Just want a nice planted tank with fish and shrimp. 🤨 At the moment it looks like it have to either pick 1 or the other. Would this be a solution. Use Seachems Equilibrium and KH products to bring my GH and KH up to 4, then use that Shrimp King Mineral Fluid Double, to bring the GH up to 6. That would make sure that there are at least some minerals for the shrimp.
    • Matuva
      Hi there buddies wanted to show you pics of pipefishes I caught in the wild, Microphis brachyurus and Microphis cruentus. Unfortunately, I now exceed the limit quota of attachments on my profile. Will try to fix that issue ...
    • Crabclaw
      My vote is for Endlers. Mine are the most fascinating (from a fish lovers point of view here) and cute fish in my tank, but I reckon they would be perfect for you, as mine are constantly picking on stuff! They’re the only fish who eat my dreaded snail eggs (on the glass and other surfaces) which I love! Plus you don’t need heaps. Males are small if you just want them for this. And you will be able to get them anywhere.   I have a school of 20 embers in my tank, but I rarely see them hunting in any manner, much less on surfaces.
    • sdlTBfanUK
      In case it helps I have looked up the figures of the 2 tanks with cherry shrimp in them and they are as follows, Main tank     PH7,, GH5, KH2, TDS 225 (mixed water) Betta tank  PH7.5, GH6, KH3, TDS 222 (tap water + mineraliser) They are fairly similar to each other but neither is really in the 'IDEAL' recommendation range of CHERRY shrimp ,so it confirms that cherry shrimp are more adaptable and can thrive even outside those 'IDEAL' parameters? I suppose neither are that far out but it just shows there is a bit less necessity to get everything 100%, though if you aim for perfect you will probably get better results all round? Simon
    • jayc
      Oh, if you are planning on keeping Cherry shrimp aim for 6-8GH as Simon said above.
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