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    Flourite makes a sand product, too

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    We live close to Lake Tahoe. As luck would have it, they have a ton of dead manzanita and other woods all over the place. I grabbed a few while there today. Removed the bark off of one piece that I will be putting in my shrimp breeder tank, and the rest in some form may go to the other tank. Here is what I got today. After seeing so much, I might bring the hatchback and gather a ton more next time. Maybe I can sell the ones I don't use? Here is a pic of some pieces. The one on the top I have stripped most of the bark off already. the ones on the left I am not sure if I just prepare those as is, or need to pull bark off? the one on the Right I am planning on adding to the RCS breeder tank. should give them some decent refuge I think? It's about 8 inches long. I have stuck them all in the bottom of a tub of water for now to soak, will add bleach at some point to kill anything that might be living on them. I read to put a 1 to 9 ratio of water to bleach? It was fun searching for some driftwood. We look forward to finding more :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by vegas2k View Post
    We live close to Lake Tahoe. As luck would have it, they have a ton of dead manzanita and other woods all over the place. I grabbed a few while there today. Removed the bark off of one piece that I will be putting in my shrimp breeder tank, and the rest in some form may go to the other tank. Here is what I got today. After seeing so much, I might bring the hatchback and gather a ton more next time. Maybe I can sell the ones I don't use? Here is a pic of some pieces. The one on the top I have stripped most of the bark off already. the ones on the left I am not sure if I just prepare those as is, or need to pull bark off? the one on the Right I am planning on adding to the RCS breeder tank. should give them some decent refuge I think? It's about 8 inches long. I have stuck them all in the bottom of a tub of water for now to soak, will add bleach at some point to kill anything that might be living on them. I read to put a 1 to 9 ratio of water to bleach? It was fun searching for some driftwood. We look forward to finding more :)
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    Folks who sell manzanita power wash the bark off of the pieces they sell

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    Huh, Tahoe isn't out of my range I just haven't made the trip as I'm not the biggest fan of people lol. Might have to go peruse the area if it's got manzanita around, I'm always looking for that "just right" piece and really appreciate manzanita wood.

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    For the RCS breeder tank, try to get a clump of moss - java, christmas, subwassertang, or any of the many others. The shrimp will appreciate that as additional cover.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sfsamm View Post
    Huh, Tahoe isn't out of my range I just haven't made the trip as I'm not the biggest fan of people lol. Might have to go peruse the area if it's got manzanita around, I'm always looking for that "just right" piece and really appreciate manzanita wood.

    Most of the stuff I gather is on barren areas near Tahoe, not necessarily in the busy tourist areas. Just look while driving the roads leading in. Or have a spotter look while you drive. No interaction with people, and tons of treasure! :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slaphppy7 View Post
    Stocking plan sounds good, but consider black phantom tetras instead of the black skirts..BS's can be a bit nippy...BP's are just as nice looking, and very peaceful

    If you start off with about 3-4 PPM of ammonia to start your cycle, you should be able to add all of the fish at once

    With a tank that size, I'd get 10 corys, 12-15 each of the harleys and tetras...never kept rams before, but 4 should work


    I have my sand substrate in, dwarf hairgrass plugs are in there and waiting for those plugs to make runners. My fish order will include a few floating nitrate absorbers...

    I am wondering, you say 3-4ppm ammonia...how long should it take for the bacteria to process that much ammonia to be fast enough to drop my fish in? thanks!
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    Every cycle is different, all of mine have averaged around 3 weeks
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    Cycling times vary. if you have some good aeration and get the temp up to 82-83 that will help the bacteria to grow. The cycle can take 2-3 weeks or a month, sometimes more. Every tank is different.

    I agree with Slap that you can add all of the fish at once when doing a fishless cycle with 3-4 ppm of ammonia. It's how I have started multiple tanks with no issues with cycle crashes. Be expecting some bacterial blooms with the wood-nasty snoty looking gunk-its normal and will go away. If you hate it you can remove the wood and rinse the slime away.

    For low maintenance plants I would have recommended crypts, they are hardy and relatively slow growers, many common varieties like c. wendtii like all manner of light levels and can get nutrients from water as well as roots. Apanos are also easy plants and crispus or longipulmosis would look good in a 55.You may find that hair grass a bit fussy. I have never had luck with it.

    c. wendtii has different color variations:
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    Cycling differs as a result of the composition of the water. The higher your water PH is the longer it can take because there is more free ammonia (that slows down the cycling process) than those with lower PH. So if you dose at 3-4ppm with hard water, it can take your tank longer to cycle than if you dose a 0.5ppm of ammonia and use Prime to bind the 0.5ppm of ammonia. You can still cycle with adding 3-4ppm of ammonia, but you need to add 4x the dosing of Prime. But adding more Prime reduces the oxygen level in the tank, and the more oxygen in your water the better it is for growing BB.

    https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF02701467

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/scienc...6085240500180X

    free ammonia calculator with regards to PH and temperature

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