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Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by lucasgg, Feb 19, 2016.

  1. ShadowMac

    ShadowMac Moderator Staff Member

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    Great news!

    sent from tapatalk on my phone so auto correct and other errors are bound to happen
     
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  2. lucasgg

    lucasgg Active Aquascaper

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    And some plants are pearling after the Water Change. The spray bar was getting a lot of air down there.
     
  3. keithgh

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    Things are looking great for you any photos after the water change yet.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  4. lucasgg

    lucasgg Active Aquascaper

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    Well, I got myself 6 Brilliant Rasboras. They are very small in their young age, and I intend to keep them that way! I bought them from a PetCo located in Lincoln, and I was pleasantly surprised at the selection of freshwater animals they had! They even had Amano shrimp! If I ever go back, I'll probably get some Galaxy Rasboras that they had. Here are some horrific iPhone pictures of the tank:

    Question: will bronze pipe fittings effect shrimp? Or is it only raw copper that harms them?


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    That sounds like a question for a Shrimp Expert or a specialist Shrimp Forum.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  6. ShadowMac

    ShadowMac Moderator Staff Member

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    you mean brass? Brass is used because it doesn't erode or leach. Ionic copper is harmful to shrimp (Cu+). Brass fittings would be fine, although why do brass when its 3-4x as expensive as PVC or other plastic fittings.

    While inverts are harmed by copper, too much of a fuss has been made over copper like that from pipes, natural sources, and plantex CSM. It is also important to remember that sensitivity may vary with shrimp breed. The highly bred expensive lines have low genetic diversity and have lost a great deal of hardiness because of it. Same thing goes for fish by the way. Wild types are much more resilient.
     
  7. lucasgg

    lucasgg Active Aquascaper

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    So, would amano shrimp be a good future purchase? I'm wondering if I need superb water quality to have any, or if my current quality would be find.
     
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    I keep Amano in my tap water. Should be fine as long as you acclimate slowly. Yes Amano's are great algae eaters, better than other shrimp. 10 for your tank would be good.
     
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    Oh, I'll get them a month from now. I've already spent $16 usd on fish this month...
     
  10. keithgh

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    I wish I could say the same about my Garden plants they cost a lot more than that each month.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    In other words if you have a good water supply there should not be any major concerns.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    lucasgg Active Aquascaper

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    Nothing new. Fish are fine, plants are fine.
     
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    Lucas great news.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Not much has changed. Just noticed a naked snail/slug crawling around on the glass. It seemed harmless, but it was kinda fat.

    Not the best picture, but shows what stuff looks like.

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    What happened to the fat snail ?

    Keith :cat::cat:
     
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    Wow, that tank looks really good! The rim doesn't bother me either, I like the spot of blackness, seems mysterious to me. It almost looks like a cloaked figure in the shadows, bad ass dude!
     
  17. lucasgg

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    Probably crawled back to the dark depths of the substrate.
     
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    As long as its not doing any damage it could be fertilising your plants and aerating the substrate.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Setup is looking as good as normal. The Monte Carlo never quite took off. image.jpeg
     
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    Looking really nice.
     

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