My Cryptocoryne dominated 100 lt riverscape .

Sarpijk

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Hi all, I don't believe I have ever showed you a tank of mine. This is scape that I feel confident about. More of a planted , less of a scaped tank. The whole idea was to have a tank that doesn't require much intervention on my part.

I like Cryptocorynes and I enjoy Sewelia Lineonata so a fast flowing tank was in order.

This is an Aquael Leddy 75 lit by a Twinstar 600 EA. I used dirt and laterite balls and also sprinkled some Osmocote. It was setup in July and only now it seems that plants have matured and started actively growing. As expected Cryptocoryne Balansae took it's time to develop a root system and now grows like crazy. C. Usteriana also is a slow grower.
For fish I have

5 x Sewelia Lineonata
2 x Yaoshania-pachychilus
5 x Danio Rerio
10 x Tanichthys Albonubes
2 x Bamboo shrimp Atyopsis Moluccensis

a lot of Neocaridina Davidii var.Orange.

Filtration wise I use a Fluval 206 and two 500 l/h Aquael powerheads.

Hope you like it!
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C. Usteriana also is a slow grower.
and it seems less keen on soft water, I’m an avid melter of C usteriana, followed by e.x.t.r.e.m.e.l.y S.L.O.W growth
(I always end up impatient of its progress :nailbiting: :( o_O :meh: :shifty: :sour: :dead: )
 

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and it seems less keen on soft water, I’m an avid melter of C usteriana, followed by e.x.t.r.e.m.e.l.y S.L.O.W growth
(I always end up impatient of its progress :nailbiting: :( o_O :meh: :shifty: :sour: :dead: )
Yes this is very convenient as I do not want to use R.O water. I got the Usteriana in spring from a fellow hobbyist but before it could settle I had to move it to this tank. At first I was worried it might not do well because it was planted right next to the Balansae. Thankfully it has started putting out new growth. As for the snails I know they might be unsightly to some but for me they are an indispensable part of a small scale ecosystem and help keep BBA at bay.
 

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Gorgeous and natural looking tank. I love C.balansae and dream of mine growing as well as yours. Really like the look.
 

Sarpijk

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Thanks Surya! I think the dirted substrate really makes a difference.
 

Sarpijk

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The Panda loaches look great and I really enjoy them because they are very lively and outgoing. Too bad I only got two of them. They were 30% on Black Friday and although I ordered six the shop send me 3 because they were sold out and also lost many fish before even selling. Out of the three one was DOA. Hopefully I can get some more as soon as they are back in stock.
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Quick update. Cryptocoryne Usteriana is actively growing and sends runners all over. I wish I had a 200 litre tank to grow it to its potential. I had to thin out the Balansae because it really restricted the flow. Finally a small Crypt Nurii has taken off after about a whole year. The panda loaches have grown a lot. My two bamboo shrimp look great, they molted within three days and I feel that this setup is great for them. Previously, whenever I kept this species in high tech tanks they wouldn't last long and were never healthy.
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Sarpijk

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What a great looking tank. How do you find keeping WhiteClouds with shrimp? Do they prey on them at all?
Thanks! Yes I would say that they definitely prey on shrimplets occasionally. I also keep 4 Zebra Danios in and I am sure they also prey one little shrimp. Last year when I kept just shrimps and then added the sewelias as the only fish in a 50 litre I remember that I had a huge population of shrimp.

Having said that they do not actively hunt for shrimp. I have been keeping White cloud minnows for as long as I remember and they are relatively kind to shrimp. If there are hiding places and a big patch of moss you will always see smaller shrimp.
 
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Thanks! Yes I would say that they definitely prey on shrimplets occasionally. I also keep 4 Zebra Danios in and I am sure they also prey one little shrimp. Last year when I kept just shrimps and then added the sewelias as the only fish in a 50 litre I remember that I had a huge population of shrimp.

Having said that they do not actively hunt for shrimp. I have been keeping White cloud minnows for as long as I remember and they are relatively kind to shrimp. If there are hiding places and a big patch of moss you will always see smaller shrimp.
Thanks for the reply. I asked because i plan on stocking my tank with WCMM and shrimp and was just curious how the got on with each other. I will be adding the shrimp a good while before the fish so they should have time to settle in first.
 
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Lovely looking fish mate. Very striking markings. And they hit you in the eye.
Love the tank. Brill.
Fred

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