Thread: Iwagumi Shrimp Nano
01-30-2013, 04:22 AM #11
So tonight I went out and got myself two lovely female bettas on my way home from work. I ll post pics of them when they get use to me and start to pose for the camera. I am not sure if I over paid for these ladies. They cost me $4.99USD each, is this too much? I usually shop around but I didn't feel like running around today. Feeling a bit under the weather.
I added a DeepBlue betta heat stick( which I hate). It is only temporary until I find something better, Im in no rush and neither is my wallet It works fine keeping the water at 80 deg F.
I also set up the AquaClear 20 that has been running on my 30gallon for the last 2 month.
The last thing I added was this cool little glass planter that I found on Ebay. It is currently empty. I'm not sure what to do with it, but it looks awesome lol. Not sure if it goes well in this tank. I am open to suggest. Its called NAG-aqua music Aquarium Tank Mini Crystal Glass Pot, such a long name for such a tiny thing. It cost me $15, but I am happy with it even though I have no idea what and where to use it with. Here are some pics of it.
oh you can see one of the girls in this pic. I also added Marimo moss balls. I believe moss in very important for dwarf shrimp. I did not want to deal with loose java moss or having to it down. I am trying to keep this tank as simple and minimalist as possible.
I probably will eventually plant something in it like Hemianthus callitrichoides(baby dwarf tears). That would give the future shrimp a second level of grazing. I am just worried that it might distract to much from the rock garden. IDK.
I am also planning on getting a white background. I think this will make the rocks and plants POP. What do you guys think?Roll the Dice!
02-02-2013, 12:53 AM #12
I stop by LFS and got a new girl. I got a crowntail female betta. Now I have a total of 3 bettas in the tank. I will prob add 2 more by the end of the month.
I have noticed the mirco swords are wilting a little ( or is called melting in aqua terms?) Its not so bad maybe one leaf ever other plant. I thinks this is happening due to shock of replanting. Next week I will be adding root tabs. I am not a big fan of ferts in a shrimp tank, but I have used them before in the other shrimp tank. I think root tabs are safer then liquid ferts for shrimp. Since I won't be adding the shrimp for a couple month anyway, figured this will help plants establish healthy root system. I have read that mirco sword can be difficult without a CO2 pump. We will see. I like gambling.
Its a little hard to tell from the pic. Notice the different coloration of the dying leaf.
Usually it is always best to prune dying leaves from plants, aquatic and terrestrial, but since they are just planted it is best to wait a little for the plant to recover from the initial shock. Just like fish, to much stress might kill the whole plant. I will most likely wait 2 weeks before pruning. Next week will add root tabs.Roll the Dice!
02-02-2013, 12:58 AM #13
Pygmy Chain Sword
The pygmy chain swords are doing good.
Moss balls doing good too. I love those things. People either love em or hate em.
Roll the Dice!
02-02-2013, 02:31 PM #14
Plants look good, although I'm not keen on the moss balls (personal taste for this style of set-up).
This might be an annoying suggestion (as you're already planted and set), but...
Have you considered rotating the two smaller rocks so that they all lean to the right? Like this ----> / / /
Seems to be more in line with the Iwagumi style if they look harmonious. At the moment they look splayed, although this will lesson as the plants bed in.
Be aware that some planting substrates leech ammonia. I'd be concerned that you have stock in there already so watch your ammonia levels and test daily. It's a good idea to do small, partial water changes on a daily basis in the first week of set-up.
Looking forward to seeing your shrimp stock in. You might want to consider using some sort of carpeting moss at the front - I'd consider moss essential for a shrimp set up.
Overall, a professional looking set-up. Clean and slick. Keep it up!"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." Carl Sagan
~ My 350 Litre Tank Journal ~
02-02-2013, 06:46 PM #15
02-02-2013, 07:00 PM #16
Thanks for the detailed replies (and taking my suggestions in good spirit). I think the shrimp will enjoy the moss balls"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." Carl Sagan
~ My 350 Litre Tank Journal ~
02-03-2013, 04:51 AM #17
Fantastic work, Gogi! Like Firefly said, it's quite professional looking. Are you going to put a plant in that glass planter or see if the Bettas use it as a hammock? ;P I bet a male would probably build a bubble nest in there.
02-03-2013, 04:12 PM #18
Thanks Kevin Not sure what to do with that planter yet. It might not even stay in that tank. I put a mossball in there yesterday and the girl bettas try to squeese in their wih the ball. I ll try to capture pics.Roll the Dice!
02-06-2013, 12:30 AM #19
Micro Swords are still in shock mode or they do not like my lighting. I am NOT getting another light. Spending $$$$ on an additional plant light is not in the budget. Guess they either make it or they don't.
Dosing 1 ml Excel every other day. Root tabs went in over the weekend. I am confident the swords will be okay later on. Patience is key with plants.
On the bright side the pygmy chain sword threw out its first "jumper" LOL. Unlike most plants that send out runners below the substrate, this plant shoots out the young plants from above the substrate. No "runners"
Last edited by Gogi; 02-06-2013 at 12:34 AM.Roll the Dice!
02-06-2013, 12:47 AM #20
Gogi, those things will overrun your tank if you let them. Keep those suckers in check! ;P While they do throw runners out, above the substrate, they will attach themselves (quite well), via roots. Sometimes, however, they'll shoot a runner up and out, so you have a floating plant, then another one back down which attaches itself.