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Old 05-07-2016, 02:58 PM   #91
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So I just stuck a small stone into each peice and they sink just fine! Now I've got to soak them until there isn't as much tannin leaking and I'm good to go. Updates with pictures will come after I've installed them

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Can't wait to see how it comes together!
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I placed a root tab under each plant then covered them with some sand. Hopefully the grass takes off. It will look really good in a few months.

Also I'm going to add a dozen or so shrimp from my 55gal to help start the "shrimp cholla village"...or I'm going to buy new ones.. Just not sure what color would look best. The ones I have are(were) blue, but most have been maturing to a reddish brown color. I'm thinking a really dark shrimp would look cool.

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That looks great! Make sure you push the tabs down 2.5-3 inches. That helps prevent cloudiness.

Orange Sakura are nice. There are so many choices!!!
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Yeah the tabs should be covered nicely, they are underneath the 2 inch pots and the pots are covered in sand.

With colored shrimp, does it depend on the type I get if I want them to stay that color? I was disappointed when I realized I wasn't getting blue shrimp anymore (though I still love the little guys)

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Wow great job! Love the scape!!

Amano shrimp would be cool, the orange might blend in too much with the sand...
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Yes, it happens to matter. Neocaridina aka Neos vs. Caridina.

If you have Neos, Blue Velvet for example, and you end up with another blue kind seemingly the same (blue shrimp) but not really, they can breed because they are both Neos, but the breeding causes crosses in the line of shrimp. The certain lines of special color shrimp are refined and selectively bred for color and features, when a differing shrimp gets in it can mess up the color line breeding.

If you have certain kinds /lines of shrimp - say Blue Diamond, they can have offspring of differing colors, dark or medium blue, brown, bronze, purple-ish. Those are then culled for the color the breeders are looking for.
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Wow great job! Love the scape!!

Amano shrimp would be cool, the orange might blend in too much with the sand...
Thanks! I'm enjoying it as well. Just makes me want another tank tho!

I like Amano shrimp except that they won't reproduce...which makes me hesitant. Still though I was thinking a few bamboo shrimp and Amano shrimp would be good additions.

I think for now I'll stick with adding from the colony I already have and consider some Amano and bamboo(wood?) shrimp.

I tried out bamboo shrimp before but they didn't survive. That was over a year ago in a different tank. If I can get them on a deal I might go for it again.

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