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post #301 of 481 Old 03-23-2013, 08:02 AM
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haha, that sounds adorable! REALLY wish I could keep shrimp :/ I may have to give it a try one day, all cichlids aside. . . yours seem to be managing. I imagine when I get into the 125 there would have to be enough hiding spots.
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post #302 of 481 Old 03-23-2013, 08:48 AM
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I think hiding spots are the key. My driftwood has cracks and crevasses which they prefer over the plants. They come out to the leaves but actually prefer the wood and java fern or moss that is attached to the wood... that's why I think it's a proximity thing.

Cichlids may never have seen shrimp, but if it moves and is anywhere near fitting in their mouths, they are considered food.

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The shotgun approach to a planted tank with an LED fixture

Small scale nitrogen cycle with a jar, water and fish food; no substrate, filter etc
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post #303 of 481 Old 03-23-2013, 09:09 AM
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Lol, yeah. . .I know. That's why I haven't tried it just yet. I *think* I have a lot of hiding spots, here's the current vid of my tank but the cichlids use them, too - so I haven't been brave enough to sentence shrimps to doom. Perhaps they'd hang in/under/around the rocks at the right of the tank? Nah, the 55 is too small - they'd never make it. Just got ahold of a 125, *maybe* when I upgrade I'll give them a try. . . I just have to convince myself that I'd be okay with risking their lives. I don't really like the idea, but if I had a big enough colony to start with, maybe? *ponders*

This has nothing to do with Jen and her gorgeous tanks tho, lol. Sorry Jen! Didn't mean to steal your thread :) I just love shrimp, can't help but try to get opinions on if they'd work - even though I know I shouldn't!
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post #304 of 481 Old 03-23-2013, 04:34 PM Thread Starter
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JDM that sounds so cute! Especially the parachuting haha. I wish my LFS stocked them, all they have are ghosts. Which are cute and all, but I'd rather not play 'Where's Waldo' on super hard mode. I don't think my rasboras or kuhli would bother the adults, but I have no idea if they'd pick at them or not. I removed my big pieces of driftwood, but I'm hoping my little 'crypt forest' would be enough shelter...Shrimp would probably be my last addition though.

No! You're not derailing it haha, I like hearing about other peoples tanks and experiences. We've been over this ;)

My sister had the two German Blue rams (which have both since passed...I told her they're sensitive.) and she also had shrimp...which only lasted a few days both times she bought them. This isn't to say the Rams for sure ate them, but..idk. She also has a ton of big tetras who could have had a hand in it.
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post #305 of 481 Old 03-23-2013, 04:56 PM Thread Starter
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Also, Ches, when are those crypts you sent me supposed to melt? They've already started sending out new leaves, I think they like me! :D
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post #306 of 481 Old 03-23-2013, 05:05 PM
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Crypts don't always melt. Mine never did.

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post #307 of 481 Old 03-23-2013, 05:22 PM Thread Starter
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Neither my lucens nor wendtii melted, but Crypt Spiralis is one of the worst melters out there. I thought for sure it would fall to pieces but it's been doing great, I'm super surprised. Have you seen Boredomb's puffer thread? His poor crypts have all fallen to pieces. :(
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post #308 of 481 Old 03-23-2013, 05:44 PM
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I'm SO happy to hear they're behaving themselves for you!!! I've never had a problem with Crypts melting on me, either. The C.Sprialis were the worst, but I only lost a few leaves when I brought them home - as opposed to the entire plant, lol, and they've been fine ever since. No other Crypts have melted on me. . . Makes me happy that they're already growing so well for you - they'll be spreading soon, I hope!
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post #309 of 481 Old 04-02-2013, 06:08 PM Thread Starter
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The day has finally arrived! 10 Harlequin Rasboras are now in QT, so excited to finally have gotten my hands on a few more! Goodness gracious they're so tiny, most are about half grown, maybe 3/4. And the poor guys are incredibly pale. I'm thinking about 2 months for QT, but it depends on how things are going after the first month.

Funnily enough, I just did a major overhaul on the QT yesterday, it looks totally different haha. I decided to remove the driftwood and the rocks, plus the remaining lilies to go outside into the tadpole tank.

Eventually after I finish stocking the main tank (I'm thinking 14-18 Rasboras and 9 or 10 Kuhli...) I want to turn it into one of of these, but that's like...6 months down the road or so xD
-Neon Tetras and Corydoras
-Betta
-ADFs
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post #310 of 481 Old 04-02-2013, 06:42 PM
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OH YAY!!! I'm so happy for your new arrivals! I'm sure they'll color up and settle down in no time with you!!! And when they do? I expect some pictures ;)

Ooooooh! Froggies are in your future?!! ADF are so lovely. ^.^
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