29G Shrimp Tank

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Finally STARTING to like where my hardscape is going.

4th attempt


7th attempt - Just forget you saw it! :) Too much open space for the type of "old growth" look I am going for but man this piece of wood always tempts me!


Uh, 12th attempt? Getting there but those 2 wavy up and to the right pointing ones were to matchy matchy.


13th attempt - where I am right now. Plan to add lots more wood still and those rocks and towels are just there to prop things up but I will add rocks in along the base of the wood in the end.


General idea with this scape (if I keep it) is lots of height and spikey wood on the left and low flowing wood on the right. I would do some anubias and crypts around the base of the wood, cover most of the wood in moss (that's why I need to add lots more wood) and MAYBE some tall grassy vals or tall crypts in the back. I can't do much more before I get the substrate in there cuz I don't want to take it all apart. Substrate will be purchased tonight but I have a 2 day birthday event this weekend sooo...substrate washing on monday? I plan to visit our long lost friend Msjinkzd on Wednesday or Thursday to get the plants so I gotta get this done! And I haven't pre-soaked the wood! :oops: Luckily all my wood except a few pieces have been in several tanks so they should sink quickly. Poor planning! Maybe I will tear this apart and soak them over the weekend.....

Feedback Please! I need it when it comes to hardscape. :(
 

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Oh, so any opinion of substrate color now? These are the ones I have on hand or can grab easily.

Oil-Dri in my 72g


Black S grade Colorquartz in an old fry tank


Tahian moon sand - in old 72g cichlid tank


Pool filter sand in my 58g juli tank


White T grade colorquartz in my temporalis tank (syno cat is just too fast lol)



Oil-Dri is the only one with any CEC ability so I have to lean towards it but I have so many pretty options! :D
 

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Oh I see you posted more pics while I was typing & goofing around. Red shrimp look very nice on black, I like colorquartz but couldn't find it when I wanted it. To me Tahitian moon looks a bit too shiny sometimes. Not a huge fan of stark white, pool sand, meh, not for cherry shrimp. I wish I lived somewhere where it was darker, yours isn't bad, mine's lighter I think. I love the Peace River look but hard to justify the cost for another inert substrate.

The Oil Dri isn't bad but to be super picky I don't like the red bits, almost shrimp color.
 

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I was thinking you could add crystal shrimp. Black crystal shrimp are awesome, reds are cool too. And maybe some Amanos, only just for a variety.
 

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I like the last 1. Is that Oil-Dri? It's darker than I'd thought. Will you have a background to cover wires & filter?
That is a towel. ;) Yes, I will add that thick craft paper, forgot the name of it as a background. I used it on my 58g and it works SO well. Probably black for now but I might try different things in the future since it so easy to change.
Oh I see you posted more pics while I was typing & goofing around. Red shrimp look very nice on black, I like colorquartz but couldn't find it when I wanted it. To me Tahitian moon looks a bit too shiny sometimes. Not a huge fan of stark white, pool sand, meh, not for cherry shrimp. I wish I lived somewhere where it was darker, yours isn't bad, mine's lighter I think. I love the Peace River look but hard to justify the cost for another inert substrate.

The Oil Dri isn't bad but to be super picky I don't like the red bits, almost shrimp color.
(I forgot to mention that oil-dri picture does have some eco-complete and flourite black sand mixed into it.) The red bits are a bit annoying for me too but they are supposed to help with iron, any red clay is "supposed" to, pfft. The oil-dri does look pretty natural though and on the dark side at least. The colorquartz S grade looks killer with red shrimp or green plants or anything really but completely unnatural. PFS has only been a consideration for this tank cause some many aquascapes I see that I like surprisingly have that natural tan sand. I think I have something in the basement that looks a lot like peace river but bigger. Found a picture of it, it's much bigger, never mind. I know what you mean, I hate how much they charge for substrates!

I was thinking you could add crystal shrimp. Black crystal shrimp are awesome, reds are cool too. And maybe some Amanos, only just for a variety.
Hmm, crystal shrimp prefer the opposite side of the spectrum though and Amanos are know to be too aggressive of eaters and starve out the cherries. I can confirm their appetites for sure, things would take a whole algae wafer and run off with it! Pretty funny actually but my pleco didn't think so. :(
 

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LOL, towel-dri. I wonder if turface mixed with oil dri would work, have you done that combo?

Yeah, the red clay & iron thing. I bought some clay to roll my own root tabs but never got around to it. I think it's tanker that said she gets algae from dosing iron...right after someone gave a bag of the dry. Never used it either. I'm the worst at ferts.

I think you & I both have a basement/garage full of fish stuff from over the years including Lake Mich rocks from our first tank! Still can't find things like my UV light from moving over 4 years ago, you sound more organized.

Back on topic, are nerite snails compatible with your water? They're quite pretty & MSJ used to sell them.
 

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I think turface and oil-dri would work very well together.

Ok, no laughing...My very first personal tank (my parents had a tank when I was young but that doesn't count for me) setup mid 07'


I gifted the tank itself to my best friend when I realized how inefficent this decorative tank was BUT I still have the castle (in my 72g currently, don't tell anyone! lol), the gravel (which I was just talking about), the no fishing sign was my parents from like 1986 and it is also in the 72g, I am currently using that filter on my temporalis tank and the very first fish I ever got was a BN pleco which only just passed away recently from breeding injuries. So yeah, I hang onto to stuff. lol I do have half my 2nd floor living room, basement and a good chunk of our out buildings filled with aquarium/pond stuff. I haven't had to buy something substantial in a LONG time. ;)

Back on topic! Yes nerites do pretty well for me and I will be getting some...probably. I hate all the eggs they leave behind. I like assassin snails but don't want to chance the stories of them eating shrimp to be true. OH just saw Rachel has zebra otos in QT, tempting as a future resident!
 

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What no royal blue gravel?!? No castle here, but of course a no fishing sign (I think I may be your parents age, lol).

I got my only nerite a week before going on vacation. Came home to a very unhappy QT but most of my other auction acquisitions were ok, I think he starved after algae eating. So I never got to experience the rock-like eggs everywhere...are they sexable? There was some talk of that way back when. I also enjoyed purple & pink mystery snails...except they were in a rimless & used to crawl up & over & fall on the floor. Luckily with a ping pong ball thunk & I could rescue them. I never saw the egg masses at the top like many have but I just wanted the 1's I had not extras.

Zebra otos are so pretty, I bet you have a tank they'd be happy in! I'm absolutely positive they're shrimp safe & maybe you can breed them!!! Get a bunch! OK, that's my enabling for today.
 
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