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    Well here is my first attempt at a journal, and also my first attempt at a planted tank. I decided to try the journal because I have seen lots of good and helpful tips on these journals. The tank I am using is my 75 gallon that I recently updated to a 180 gallon. I of course could not be happy with just one tank, so here goes number two. I am still about a month and a half away from actually planting and stocking the tank. I have some of my Equipment but still gathering some other parts. I have got my light, already had my sump, and have found some driftwood. Soon to follow will be my CO2 equipment, and hopefully this weekend a piece of driftwood I am happier with. A buddy of mine just grubbed A bunch of Mesquite, I'm going to go hunting for a good root ball that I can turn into a nice piece of driftwood. After that will be my first experiment when I learn to cure a piece of driftwood. Any tips there would be awful appreciated. I put some pics below to show the state of my aquarium and my current supplies. I'm looking forward to a beautiful planet tank. And a couple of days I should be able to post pictures of post cleaning and hopefully in the next few days a beautiful piece of driftwood.


    Dirty and shameful how I let it get. It's turned on its side in the pic for easier cleaning.


    The only reason there is water in at all is I had to rescue so fish I tried to introduce from my tiger oscar


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    The piece on top I know I'm going to use the piece on bottom I won't if my weekend hunting trip is successful



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    You've got a lot of work to set this tank up but it will be worth it. I love the DW pieces and I will be following along to see how your build goes. Good luck.

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    Nice pieces of DW.

    Use white vinegar to clean that tank glass, it works quite well
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    thanks guys, i am really excited about this tank. I used a 50/50 vinegar mix on the tank last night and got it pretty clean. It has glass pieces for a lid and they are worse off, tonight will be cleaning them and getting that sump in better shape. After I was done last night i started doing more research and i got onto the subject of shrimp. I don't have any experience with them being my current tank is a south American cichlid tank and i knew it wouldn't work in there. So what is the realistic number of shrimp in a 75 gallon planted? Ive seen anything from the tiny numbers to the ridiculously high number in aquariums. The number I've seen more than anything is one per gallon, is that right? i was thinking, Amano shrimp and cherry red shrimp.

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    You could have plenty of shrimp in that tank...one per gallon I've never heard of, and don't agree with...I have at least 50 blue Neo shrimp in my 10G tank....probably more

    Red cherry shrimp (RCS) are a good one to start with...I've no experience with the amanos
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    Wow! I guess when you've never messed with shrimp you don't realize just how many you can have in a tank. The Amanos from everything i have read are amazing at helping with any algae but they dont breed in freshwater. Hence the RCS, it sounds like they will pretty much keep up the population for me.

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    Yes, in a balanced healthy tank RCS will breed quite well, with no intervention from you needed....they're fun to keep

    There are other color "morphs" of the RCS that are just as easy to keep, I have yellows and blues along with my reds...you have to keep them seperated though, or they will interbreed and you will lose the singular colors
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    You are correct. Amano shrimp grow larger than RCS and I'm pretty sure they are eating my filamentous algae. I even keep my amanos with docile South American cichlids.
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    Good luck with the project! Should look nice when up and running.

    If you have some crud stuck on the glass that the vinegar won't get rid of, Bar Keepers Friend is an excellent product. I think it cost me about $3 at Home Depot. I bought a used 55g that had awful stains that vinegar wouldn't touch, and BKF was the only thing that did the trick. I use it on all new tanks now as I can't stand the smell of vinegar haha



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    Quote Originally Posted by angelcraze2 View Post
    You are correct. Amano shrimp grow larger than RCS and I'm pretty sure they are eating my filamentous algae. I even keep my amanos with docile South American cichlids.
    Yes from I understanding they do grow larger, but suppose to be just fine with the RCS. I would love to put some in my tank but my fish aren't always so docile. Its an aggressive tank, although i have never fed any live other than the occasional cricket. I feel like the shrimp would disappear.

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