George's "Crystal Palace" - now with HD video

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  1. George Farmer

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    Hi all,

    This is my latest project. Please excuse the poor photo quality taken with my phone.

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    Crystal Red Shrimp non-CO2 aquascape by George Farmer, on Flickr

    It's going to be dedicated to crystal red shrimp (CRS) and I hope to get them breeding. The tank is in my office at work.

    The tank and cabinet aren't in the best condition after years of constant scaping but still perfectly useable.

    Here is the spec so far -

    Tank - German optiwhite 60x30x36cm and cabinet from Aqua Essentials circa 2007
    Lighting - Fluval AquaLife LED (25w, 312 low power LEDs (white, yellow, red, blue))
    Filter - Fluval G6 with sponge fitted to inlet to prevent sucking in shrimp
    Substrate - Environment Aquarium Soil from Hobby Shrimp
    Hardscape - Manzanita wood, Yamaya stone (not in photo)

    The temperature is a steady 20C with no heater.

    I have the spray bar pointing to agitate the surface to improve oxygen levels. No CO2 injection.

    I have a few cuttings from friends to plant; Anubias nana, C. wendtii green, Hydrocotyle tipartia and a couple of experimental plants. Lots of moss covering the wood and stones too, hopefully.

    I will be using RO water remineralised with Salty Shrimp GH+ booster to give conductivity of about 200 microsiemens. This gives me KH 0 and about GH 6. The soil should buffer the pH at about 6.

    I should be adding the plants and moss stones over the next couple of days, and shrimp next week hopefully.
     
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  2. cookie3985

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    So your running this as well as your other scape. You have a very understanding wife. :)

    Will the moss growth be much different without the CO2 injection?

    I always look forward to your scapes George.
     
  3. Ian Holdich

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    This would look great as a 100% moss scape!

    What grade shrimp are you getting George?
     
  4. mi casa

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    Hi george looking good:)
     
  5. clonitza

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    Nice wood George, best of luck with your CRS.
    Can you post a close-up with the soil? Please don't use the iPhone :D

    Cheers,
    Mike
     
  6. fish fodder

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    Looking forward to this one
     
  7. tim

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    Will be following this mate, didn't you state in your other journal just one scape at a time this year ;) looks good George :)
     
  8. Pedro Rosa

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    You managed to get two wood pieces with a similar shape but slightly different curves... they work out nicely :)
    Like we all know.. You have the force with you :D
     
  9. Gary Nelson

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    A very nice bit of hard scape mate - I will be looking forward to seeing more as this develops :thumbup: and what a lovely addition to an office space.... I wish there was more room in my office to do a 2nd project.
     
  10. Ady34

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    Cool,
    Shrimp tanks are great :) will mean however that you get no work done now ;)
    Have you any par readings for the low power fluval led light?
    Wow, a G6, a super posh low tech ;) however you must not have turned it on yet, everything is still in place and the water not brown lol....guessing your running it at reduced turnover? Will add to your water volume though so helping keep things nice and stable for the shrimp, I'm sure you'll have great success and have them breeding in no time :)

    Looking forward to this set up George, so used to seeing your high tech scapes so will be a refreshing journal....I'm sure it will be a very nice aquascape too.
    Cheerio
    Ady
     
  11. George Farmer

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    Thanks. :)

    This tank is in my work office so the missus can't really complain. :)

    I expect all plant growth to be much slower without CO2. I'm looking forward to seeing this one develop nice and slowly.

    Thanks mate. I'm getting some PRL (pure red line) shrimp from Hobby Shrimp. They should be coming next Friday. :)

    Thanks mate. :)

    I love your shrimp tank. The filter on this is about 50% flow.

    No PAR readings for the light. It's quite bright though - to the eye at least. Brighter than a 150w MH suspended 50cm above a 90x45x45 anyway. :)

    Anyway, it's all planted now and ready for the shrimp that are coming soon. :)

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    insitu1 by George Farmer, on Flickr

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    fts1 by George Farmer, on Flickr
     
  12. Gary Nelson

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    George, I noticed on the first photo with the filter that you have not done the G6's pipe clamps up... Also on the last pic too, do you not tighten yours up?
     
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    Any updates? :)
     
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  14. George Farmer

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    Hi Gary, no I haven't tightened the clamps up. No excuse really, just lazy. They're a tight fit so no leaks....

    Sorry for the lack of updates. Here's a few iPhone snaps of the shrimp, added last week. There are 6 in total and Hobby Shrimp are sending me more soon. They're really active and I've noticed a few shedded skins which is a good sign. I'm not changing any water for another week to let them continue settling nicely.

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    CRS by George Farmer, on Flickr

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    CRS by George Farmer, on Flickr

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    CRS by George Farmer, on Flickr
     
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  15. Alastair

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    Really nice this George I like it a lot. Its nice to see another well laid out low tech. Those crs will soon be popping out babies im sure
     
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  16. George Farmer

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    Hi all,

    Apologies for the distinct lack of updates. I tend not to take my camera to the office where this tank is situated.

    I had a HUGE algae nightmare. Even though it's no issue for the shrimp; I literally couldn't stand the sight of it. All the plants were covered in blanket weed, even the glass had blanket weed growing on it.

    The Fluval LED unit is clearly too much light without any CO2 or additional nutrients.

    So I temporarily re-housed the shrimp and stripped out all of the planting, except the moss-covered wood. The tank now has no lighting at all, just a fair bit of ambient light from the office windows. The moss is growing nicely and there's only background levels of algae. :)

    I have 12 shrimp in here now, all courtesy of Hobby Shrimp. Some are carrying eggs but still no sign of babies just yet...

    I took my camera into work last week and managed to get a few half-decent shots of the little critters. I'll try to get a full-tank shot this week.

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    CRS7 by George Farmer, on Flickr

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    CRS4 by George Farmer, on Flickr

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    CRS3 by George Farmer, on Flickr

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    CRS2 by George Farmer, on Flickr

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    CRS1 by George Farmer, on Flickr

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    CRS6 by George Farmer, on Flickr

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    CRS5 by George Farmer, on Flickr

    I have to confess to being quite ignorant about grading and the likes, so if anyone would like to share their knowledge, they're more than welcome... :)
     
  17. Brian Murphy

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    Love it !
     
  18. Ian Holdich

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    Quality pics, love your macro stuff George, always so sharp.
     
  19. Ady34

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    Lovely photos George.
    I'm not hot on shrimp grading either, but they look pretty good to me, solid coloration and some nice colour in the legs too.....I'm sure that counts for something :)
    Shame about the algae issues, it clearly hasn't effected the shrimp though like you say. What sort of photoperiod were you running?
    Usually takes around 4weeks from becoming berried to hatching.
    Cheerio,
    Ady
     
  20. George Farmer

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    Thanks guys. :)

    Ady - apparently these shrimp are offspring from really high grade shrimp so their babies should be good. I really need to do some reading up on such matters. 4 weeks sounds about right from what I've heard. The photoperiod was 7hrs. I'm quite happy with just ambient light. I dare say the shrimp prefer it to high light too.
     

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