Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
ineke

BUGGA

Recommended Posts

ineke

I have spent all day catching shrimp , dividing my 30" , making RO water and have just finished filling it up. Turned around and saw the extra bag of Benibachi soil I urgently got Dean to change my order for because I thought I would need three bags not the two I ordered!!,! So I've only got six centimetres of soil in there BUGGA!!!, Upside is I have a spare bag I suppose- don't know what I will do with it all my tanks have shrimp soil. I know I could get one more tank :triumphant:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Squiggle

Doh!! A whole days work & you forgot the third bag :dejection:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ineke

I thought about adding it with the water in there but then thought it would turn to mud so it will just have to wait for another day. Silly woman:stupid:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Heavyd

Just add it anyway. Better get it right first time around, rather than being unhappy with the water parameters later. It only takes a day to clear anyway, and then months of successful breeding.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
MrShrimp

I would add it and get around 8 cm of soil. Better to do it right from the very start just for peace of mind if you ever want to invest in expensive shrimps. Just my opinion.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
CNgo2006

Don't be skimping if you can avoid it! Regret is never pretty! Add in slowly....

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ineke

So I can just add it without any problems? Great I will do that tomorrow . Thanks mrShrimp and HeavyD I didn't want to empty the water out again so if I can just put it in that's great.:cheerful:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ineke
Don't be skimping if you can avoid it! Regret is never pretty! Add in slowly....

Thanks Chi I will be doing it first thing tomorrow :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
MrShrimp

Add it in slowly but you should still cycle the soil before you add any shrimps.dont worry about the water being cloudy, it will clear up

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ineke

Yes I will cycle the tank plus I'm waiting for a canister filter so that will need to be cycled anyway so a few weeks before I can put shrimp in there.:encouragement:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
BlueBolts

+10, 60cm isn't much, I'd definitely add another bag ! Use a cup, 3/4 filled with the soils, and slowly submerged the cup and pour it onto the existing substrate to avoid much of the cloudiness.....you won't regret it in weeks, months a years to come !

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ineke

Thanks BB. Can you do that with shrimp in a tank? My other tank is a little light on I would like to top it up too but not if I have to catch the shrimp:)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Heavyd

I have added it to an existing tank. Just beware that it can leach some ammonia, so make sure the system can handle the extra load.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ineke

Thanks Heavyd my existing tank has about 7 cm of soil so if there is any left tomorrow I can use it up in that tank.:encouragement:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
BlueBolts

IMO it'll be ok, as long as you do it gradually.....with a seeded filter, I had shrimps in my breeding tanks within 24 hours. So using the cup method, say one cup per hour ? It shouldn't be an issue, just need to ensure minimal WP fluctuation.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
blindfisherman

Just out of curiosity, did you add any minerals to the RO before adding it?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ineke

Yes i used Salty Shrimp. This tank will be mainly for Crystals and I divided it with a sponge. :encouragement:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
shrimpstan
Yes i used Salty Shrimp. This tank will be mainly for Crystals and I divided it with a sponge. :encouragement:

Hi Ineke, good luck with this new set up. bummer about the soil but ive done it the wrong way around before through excitement too and had to add a bag after the water was in.. with good filter give it 2-3 days max n it should be crystal clean waiting for some nice crystal shrimp in time to come:)

btw, where did u end up finding the sponge for the divider?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ineke

Hi Shrimpstan

I was so annoyed with myself but it's been put in now and although very murky I have an internal power filter that will get it clear by tonight no doubt. I'm still waiting for my canister filter to come so it will be a while before I can put any good shrimp in there but may put the last of my Red Cherries in until I can find a home for them

I bought the sponge from a LFS for $16.50 its blue and medium coarse so don't think the baby shrimp can get through but it's only 2.5 cm thick it seems to be standing up with out any problems. I have another on coming from china thats 45*45*4.5 . My tank is 47cm in height so couldn't get it from the usual sources mentioned on here unless I wanted to buy a big sheet for $200. I phoned heaps of interstate places but it was the odd size that made it hard to get what I really wanted:encouragement:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ineke

Well finally got the extra soil into the tank and re scaped it. Still a bit cloudy but nearly there. I will look for a before shot tomorrow and then take one of the change to show you.Quite happy with it all and the water temperature is almost the same on both sides. Biggest downer now is that I used the power filter and as I could only use it on one side at a time a lot of dirt has been pulled through the new sponge divider which is now a dirty blue! I don't think the shrimp will mind probably nice munchies for them.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Squiggle

Well done Ineke, can't wait to see the pics :victorious:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ineke

If I leave it alone then it looks pretty good! I still need to make a hanging moss basket for each side instead of a mezzanine . the mezzanine will cut out too much light now the tank is halved:encouragement:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ninja

Like a roof hanging garden?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ineke

Yes exactly I have made one and its just starting to bush out so I thought I have heaps of tiles with moss so why not make some more hanging gardens the shrimp love the one i've made so will make a few more.:encouragement:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ninja

How do you attach to the tank?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  



  • Must Read SKF Articles

  • Join Our Community!

    Register today, ask questions and share your shrimp and fish tank experiences with us!

  • Posts

    • Crabclaw
      That’s a cool idea! I would be interested in testing that out as well at some point. Let us know if you try it!
    • sdlTBfanUK
      We don't get the heat you do their but I am planning to get a cooler, a fan when we get to spring if the shrimps do well. I don't know whether that type of cooler is available where you are and it may not be powerful enough anyway. I will just put it on the tank when needed, but thats unlikely to be often here, and so  easy to set up. Obviously this isn't any good where you are based but I wanted to show an alternative to the chiller in case that suits? https://www.pro-shrimp.co.uk/aquarium-coolers/3100-jbl-cooler-200-aquarium-cooler-4014162604293.html?search_query=cooler&results=8  Believe me when I say you don't want to go through the heartache of cooked shrimps, I am still gutted 6 months later and the new lot will never be the same???? CO2 and shrimps is very risky and so I wouldn't use it, especially if it isn't needed and everything is ok? Simon
    • Lizzy
      Shame there aren't more active locals. I don't have one Simon. I've thought to buy one multiple times. A couple of reasons why I didn't: 1. CRS survived last summer. Tank got to 27-28 degrees some days when we weren't home and I never had any deaths. Not saying it won't happen in the future, but they appear to be hardier than I first thought. 2. My other half isn't keen on another canister filter to run a chiller, fearing leaks. Don't ask lol. I would've bought another Eheim 2213. I have one on my 30C and its perfect. On another note, I just bought a CO2Art Pro-SE regulator. Planning on running CO2 on the 30C. Still need to get a gas cylinder. I have limited cabinet space so I have to work out what will fit as I want the biggest cylinder I can get. I also need to figure out if I run an inline reactor or diffuser in the tank. Any suggestions? I believe inline is the most efficient, but I don't know of any drawbacks. Lizzy
    • sdlTBfanUK
      Great news and hopefully you SHOULD be ok as you have at least got the tank/water sorted before getting the shrimps! There are a lot of jaw dropping aquascapes out there on youtube but as  you have said it is so much more interesting to see movement/life in the tanks? Even in small quantities, it just adds so much more? The shrimps may well moult due to the changes in the water so don't panic if you see a 'Ghost' or 2! Were the shrimps big enough that you can tell whether they are male or female?  Also they may hide more than you expect, until they are 'comfortable' with their new home. Simon 
    • sdlTBfanUK
      When I used TAP water for my Betta the JBL soil I used (may not be available where you are though) exhausted its PH buffering in about 3 months, if that is any help - didn't take long! Incidentally, has anyone ever tried exhausting a soil substrate buffering by adding PH plus, before adding any occupants, I am assuming that will speed up the process. I may get some and give it a go as an experiment? next time I do an order????? Simon
×
×
  • Create New...