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Very cool dude' date=' the tank looks as stunning as ever :encouragement:[/quote']

Thanks Squiggle ... Looks much better after the trim.

Would have posted a couple of other pics with this update but it seems I have exhausted my quota... what's that about? Am I only allowed a few pics cause I am new, or am I using too big an image?

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Awesome tank

Thanks Ineke, loving this new hobby of mine.... especially the shrimp.

Wanted to add a couple of what I thought were cool capture pics of the shrimp, but My quota is used :(

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What an awesome tank! I just love the hairgrass lawn! That is so amazing!

How long did it take to grow it? I'm pretty sure you can upload more pics as your number of posts increases. :)

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What an awesome tank! I just love the hairgrass lawn! That is so amazing!

How long did it take to grow it? I'm pretty sure you can upload more pics as your number of posts increases. :)

The hair grass (Eleocharis belem) lawn was planted 26th Feb and spread very quickly indeed. 4 weeks and it had pretty much covered the area intended..

I used huge lighting and DIY CO2 for that initial grow in period, algae was huge too .. but I strangled it by cutting lights to 50% and double dosing Liquid Carbon.

(No fauna in the tank at that stage) Now with the shrimp in there I have not replenished the CO2, am using about 60% of initial lighting and half dose of Liquid Carbon once per week at water change.

No detriment to the shrimp using this method and plants are still looking healthy. (Cherry Reds, Paratya and CRS,CBS)

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Beautiful....should be very proud indeed. Love planted tanks !

Cheers mate... I am astounded by the success I have had with my first attempt. :)

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You should be very proud of your success. I hope the shrimp keeping goes just as well for you.

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You should be very proud of your success. I hope the shrimp keeping goes just as well for you.

I am proud of what I have achieved Ineke, I also hope I have good fortune with the shrimp side of things.

I have noticed 6 maybe 7 berried cherries ... so in a couple of weeks we shall see.. haha

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Good stuff nothing better than berried shrimp. You have started off with a large number of cherries and if they like their conditions they multiply like crazy. Still have to raise the babies though.There are some great threads under food and nutrition giving the insider hints of feeding and keeping the shrimp healthy. I had berried cherries but didn't seem to have as many babies as I thought I should and now feed a much greater variety and make sure there is fine foods for the babies. I am gradually getting a good number but I did only start with 4 then eventually bought some more to about 14 adults. I can't tell you how many I have because they are in a heavily planted tank but feeding time there are a lot of little shrimp all over the place.

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Cheers mate... I am astounded by the success I have had with my first attempt. :)

Im still gob smacked that this is your first scape dude, just blows me away how good it looks :encouragement:

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Thanks Squiggle that photo does no justice to their colour. Even some of the males are nicely coloured now but nowhere near the fire red yet!

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Yeah I'm sure the collective painted fire program on this forum won't be too far away :encouragement:

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Hopefully my tank will look similar to that soon Ineke, I have seen some very nice full blood red males in the mix and some equally red females as well... I can only hope they have bumped red to red ... lol

and I will see the good red colouration continue...

Eventually I would like to set up a dedicated breeder tank and see if I can selectively breed a few of those better reds. But for now I am content with the colony I have and as you say, successfully raise the young ones

to adult. I am learning though :)

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If you seriously have got some good red males you may be interested in the breeding program Gbang and 2OFUS are doing. We haven't actually seen any really fire red males and that is what they are aiming for. If you can get a picture of a couple of your good males it would be of great interest to the program.

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True Squiggle... but when I see all the amazing setups and shrimp that you all have and share pics of, I can't help but think beyond my 'noobiness' to much more advanced happenings. haha

...and thus is born another addict with MTS.

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Sure Ineke , I think I already have a few pics of the males.... but I think my pic posting quota is still limited at the moment...

What I will do is send them to you as a Facebook PM ... and you can either post them on my behalf or pass them on to those concerned :)

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I am still a new shrimp keeper my little collection started with 4 RCS given to me by someone I bought plants off. The most expensive "free" shrimp ever after getting me started. I got my first shrimp the week after xmas and thanks to this great forum I will have 5 tanks of shrimp by the end of the week! MTS in a bad way

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Sure Ineke ' date=' I think I already have a few pics of the males.... but I think my pic posting quota is still limited at the moment...

What I will do is send them to you as a Facebook PM ... and you can either post them on my behalf or pass them on to those concerned :)[/quote']

You really need to spend that $12.50 and get premium membership! you seriously don't know what you are missing out on! I promise you will NOT BE DISAPPOINTED! I can't stress this enough!

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Cheers CNgo2006, I will as soon as I can spare the $$ ... I know it's not much, it will happen 'soon' ;)

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+100 Agree, the saving you will make in the classifieds on your first buy alone will more than pay for the membership :encouragement:

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