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Just like to introduce myself i'm Andrew and i'm in NTH QLD.

 

i'v had tanks for sometimes now but am only running one at this time that i have built from the ground up over the last two years it's a 1200x450x450 tank on a DIY stand.

happy to answer any questions you may have and enjoy the photos.

 

Stand i made

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drilled and fitted 3x 25mil bulk heads

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DIY weir made from acrylic

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my 2ft sump running k1 Kaldnes media

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co2 set up 

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all set up with a 150A chiller as well.

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Thanks for having a look.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My plan for the tank is 150 Cardinal tetra's and a massive colony of red cherry shrimp.

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My plan for the tank is 150 Cardinal tetra's and a massive colony of red cherry shrimp.

 

 

It's a bit of a risk mixing Cardinals with RCS.

Either the Cardinals will hunt and eat the cherries or the RCS will be in hiding constantly.

 

Nice 4footer btw.

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I no that I will have large losses of shrimp fry (fish will be fish)

but if it don't fit in there mouth they don't seem to care I have never lost any adult shrimp to my Cardinal Tetras.

Right now I don't have much of a hiding area for the fry I'm look for a new plant that will give them a safe place to grow and fit with the look I'm going for in the tank.

Right now the shrimp are the ones getting around the tank nicely and the Cardinal tetras are the ones hiding. Lol

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Very very cool tank setup, love your work dude! :thumbsu:

Thank you squiggle

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Hi and welcome Andrew,

Nice job, looks great, maybe a heap of moss on bit's of d/wood for the cherry shrimplets to hide in would be good.

cheers Pete...

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Hi and welcome Andrew,

Nice job, looks great, maybe a heap of moss on bit's of d/wood for the cherry shrimplets to hide in would be good.

cheers Pete...

Thanks petfish

I just got back form picking up some java moss from LFS.

Great minds think alike.

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Welcome to SKF...nice tank. Lots of mosses and plants, and the cherry colony will hopefully maintain/grow...

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Sweet setup mate!! Lots of tank space for very happy fish and shrimp!

Thanks heaps for sharing the step by step pics too, always good seeing something come together!

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Thank you all for the welcome.

Now for a cherry shrimp related question what is the optimal temperature for them to breed?

My ph is 6.8

TDS IS 160

Temp is set at 23°C

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those parameters are pretty much what mine are, and my cherry's are breeding well, i am only new to shrimp keeping so can't say whether these conditions are exactly the best or not, but someone else will let you know the ideal condition's for cherry's.

                                         cheers Pete...

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I only ask as I keep reading recommendations to keep the water round 26 to 27° for breeding then reading to keep them in temps 18 to 23° so I'm just a bit confused with witch one is right.

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I aim to keep my cherry and crystal tanks at 22degrees. Would not exceed 24-25 for prolonged periods personally!

Ph looks great at 6.8. I have mine around 6 but they are slow to breed, higher ph suits the cherries.

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My tank with Cherries sits at 23 degrees.... They breed around the clock. I mean my girls saddle ,berry and 3 weeks later shrimplets and then it starts all over.

So 23 is fine. I don't think they are too fussy.

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I must admit I'm a big fan of crypts for a bit of ground cover, the ex had a heap in his tank with shrimp (which I designed) and it went well.

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I must admit I'm a big fan of crypts for a bit of ground cover, the ex had a heap in his tank with shrimp (which I designed) and it went well.

I can only hope is fill's that back corner in nicely the shrimp will love it in there as they already do.

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