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discusluv
08-25-2019, 09:34 PM
I suddenly got the urge for including ornamental shrimp into my aquariums and have recently set up two tanks for them. most likely because I have no room for big tanks and can always slip in smaller ones here and there. Here is one, a 9 gallon Fluval Flex.

https://i.imgur.com/0Gl1FQI.jpg


I love this little aquarium: the contained, all inclusiveness of it. The filter is actually very nice for the size of the aquarium. The only thing did not love was the plastic lid with light that came with it ( really tacky and insufficient light) and replaced it with another clip on light.

https://i.imgur.com/xXY3jnz.jpg

The substrate is Controsoil. Which I am really liking. There are no inhabitants yet; have been cycling for 5 weeks now and letting all those critters and algae that work best for introducing shrimp. Most likely will be adding about 12 Bloody Mary shrimp this coming week.

https://i.imgur.com/BMBXJvF.jpg

Planted some mini pella and floaters ( frog-bit and salvinia) at top of log where growth will be emersed.

https://i.imgur.com/Ac9LFwW.jpg

Slaphppy7
08-26-2019, 01:18 PM
Nice little tank, I like it

angelcraze2
08-27-2019, 04:55 AM
I saw those tanks showcased at my LFS. Love what you did with it :) I think you'll love keeping shrimp. I'm thinking about keeping them again too! They will have fun in your tank.

Riyadh
08-27-2019, 08:31 AM
Nice, I also have a small boyu shrimp tank which the wife has claimed.

SueD
08-27-2019, 07:25 PM
Is that a cover for the input slots near the top to prevent shrimp/small fish from getting in the filter area? I know some of their newer tanks started to have these but can't remember which ones.

sudhirr
09-04-2019, 07:49 AM
Lovely setup, the shrimps are going to love their home.

RiversGirl
04-28-2020, 02:55 AM
https://i.imgur.com/BMBXJvF.jpg



Beautiful set up! I love the way you've arranged your plants.

discusluv
04-28-2020, 04:42 PM
Thank You all!
This tank has morphed considerably since I set it up. The tree stump was really too big for the size tank so i took it out and added some rock instead. I did this so I could better see the shrimp in here. In this tank I have Pure Red Line (PRL) shrimp. Which are really just a crystal shrimp but a higher quality that breeds true. I also have some caradinia babaulti 'zebra". A rare shrimp that hails from India.

I am really enjoying the different experience small tanks with shrimp offer. I find myself looking into these tanks several times a day to see all the "minute" things that are going on in each one of them. Its very different than having fish. More slow, reflective...
I would say that fish give you a one experience- shrimp another. both are wonderful!

Here are some updated photos of the tank and shrimp. The babaulti have been producing pretty much routinely since I got them. The PRL I have had for 4 months and are only just getting berried; but, they were young juveniles when I got them.

Actually, I haven't taken any really recent pictures and the tank is more filled in now since this picture taken. Ill have to do that. But, in the meantime, here is what it looks like generally:

https://i.imgur.com/tM5VmMF.jpg?1

Here are the PRL's when I got them. They are quite nice. :)
https://i.imgur.com/nLcIpaQ.jpg

Here is a picture of a mature female babaulti"
https://i.imgur.com/YjGYYoJ.jpg

Slaphppy7
04-28-2020, 04:51 PM
Those PRL's are gorgeous...you take such great pics

RiversGirl
04-28-2020, 08:28 PM
Very neat shrimp! I especially like that zebra shrimp you've got. So cool looking!

I do so agree with you about the differences in keeping shrimp vs fish. Even though I am not nearly at the level you are (I keep 'easy' everything), I get different enjoyments from each too.

That variety of watching you mention is what keeps me watchful. From a distance, up close. In passing and to sit down with it. Working in it and thinking about it when I'm away. It is always in my mind in some capacity and that makes for a lovely hobby.

discusluv
04-29-2020, 04:34 AM
Very neat shrimp! I especially like that zebra shrimp you've got. So cool looking!

I do so agree with you about the differences in keeping shrimp vs fish. Even though I am not nearly at the level you are (I keep 'easy' everything), I get different enjoyments from each too.

That variety of watching you mention is what keeps me watchful. From a distance, up close. In passing and to sit down with it. Working in it and thinking about it when I'm away. It is always in my mind in some capacity and that makes for a lovely hobby.
Yes. This type of watching really teaches you to be in the moment-- staying present.

RiversGirl
04-29-2020, 03:46 PM
A worth while practice, to be sure. Mindfulness is not as easy as it sounds. You seem as though you practice it in many ways. I'm happy for your successes and wish you many more.

discusluv
04-30-2020, 02:01 AM
A worth while practice, to be sure. Mindfulness is not as easy as it sounds. You seem as though you practice it in many ways. I'm happy for your successes and wish you many more.

It is an ongoing challenge. The world we live in is full of distractions. But, I try to anchor myself as much as possible. :)
How are you @ Riversgirl ? Are you becoming a bit stir crazy? Whenever I start to Ill take a trip to the local nursery to look around: buy some vegetables, plant a fruit tree, grab some succulents for my garden.. Of course, taking the precautions of social distancing, mask, gloves, and sanitizer. Such a strange time. It will be hard to go back to normal 'ease' when in a crowd when we get a vaccine and have more control over the situation. Seems like-- even after-- will have some residual effects -for awhile.
In Texas you are getting back to business much more quickly than other States.
Take care.

RiversGirl
04-30-2020, 09:47 PM
I'm doing well enough with it all, thank you for asking. Our family is keeping on with the social distancing, even though some in our city aren't. Everyone just has to do what they think is best for them.

Baking helps to anchor me, so I'm doing that more. The last time period during which I baked a whole lot were the years when my twins were toddlers and preschoolers. They're middle schoolers now. Ha!

What fruit trees do you have? I am sure your garden looks as fabulous as ever under your attentions.

discusluv
05-01-2020, 12:44 AM
Yes, dont listen to anyone but yourselves and the medical professionals when it comes to this.

Fruit trees i have: I have a mandarin, Meyer lemon, 2 Columnar apple trees, and a pomegranate.

The yard looks very pretty :)

Here are a couple pictures of a succulent wreath I made and some of the succulent garden.


https://i.imgur.com/vR3QYJJ.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/vlCZxvr.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/PJf4Iil.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/dng7ZWv.jpg

And a couple succulents for in the house:

https://i.imgur.com/j5BOmVo.jpg



Ive also been doing waaayyy too much baking. Stress baking- lol!

RiversGirl
05-01-2020, 04:46 PM
Oh how beautiful!! Your yard is gorgeous!

Stress baking - don't know what that is (hahaha)
but really I get lost in the moment of it all and find that so centering. It just engages another part of my mind. I've jumped into the sourdough craze. It is fun.

Your plants all look so delightful. I'm longing to dig in some dirt after seeing your beds! That succulent wreath is a great idea.