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    Sulawesi Journey

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    I had actually started this tank Feburary this year after gathering feedback what will be good for a small tank on my desk.

    All along I wanted a small tank on my work desk beside my main planted tank with CRS.

    I was thinking for a long while either to go for a planted with RCS or Sulawesi? Eventually go for Sulawesi due to the room temperate is too high for planted tank and evaporation is too out of control if I use a fan.

    Since this was started a while back, I will let the photos do the talking


    Found this tank at East Ocean, dimension fits well and is crystal glass, very good price


    Equipments all ready


    Decided to go for a clean look, so used white sand. Did a bit of scaping with the lava rocks and wood I have.



    Cardinal Shrimp and Rabbit Snails in after cycling

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    This video was taken about 2-weeks after I added the live stock.

    This tank was doing well all along except for the planted, which slowly turned brown and disappeared....due to my high room temperature (about 31 degreeC)..


    shrimplets were even spotted.

    But.....as times goes, I regretted using white sand substrate.....look at this photo and see how dirty the look of the sand had became....



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    The thought of re-doing had been in my mind for a while...but it will be a tedious process and I do not have a spare tank to house my Sulawesi shrimps...

    Eventually, I decided to take the risk.

    I removed all the rocks


    And transfer the Sulawesi shrimps out into a container. There were 3 shrimplets and 1 pregnant Sulawesi shrimps...


    Removes all the sand and cleaned the tank.


    Replaced the sand with Onyx Sand bought from fishy business and did some changes in the scaping. Really love the new look. Thanks to Fishy Business for the inspiration.

    Within 20 minutes, the cloudy water turned cleared and I transferred the live stock back into the tank. The shrimps are still hiding behind the rocks, will update again when I have a better photo shots.


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    Re: Sulawesi Journey

    How do you maintain the water parameters for them ? Is there any soil that can keep high ph ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wang View Post
    How do you maintain the water parameters for them ? Is there any soil that can keep high ph ?
    I only use the Sulawesi Mineral 7.5 and Seachem Prime every water change

    And dose Bacter AE everyday





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    Re: Sulawesi Journey

    Do you use RO water or just normal tap water for water changes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheHollowCreeper View Post
    Do you use RO water or just normal tap water for water changes?
    Just tap water


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    Re: Sulawesi Journey

    Hi,

    How's your tank right now?

    As my sulawesi tank is cycling right now. I bought distilled water just for it.

    How's your tank using tap water.

    Thanks

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    Hi James, perfectly fine with tap water. Shrimp Population also increases

    I measured my tap water early this year
    PH 7.8 TDS 108

    My tank parameters
    Nitrate 10ppm
    gH abt 12
    kH abt 3-4
    TDS 263


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    A photo I just took this morning.



    Mother and Baby. Are you able to spot the baby? Haha



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    Thats great to hear. Awesome. I was afraid of using tap water. As advised, by lfs. How much do u dose your 7.5? Lesser than recommended?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesmj View Post
    Thats great to hear. Awesome. I was afraid of using tap water. As advised, by lfs. How much do u dose your 7.5? Lesser than recommended?
    For my case, I only dose every week during water change.

    I change abt 25% of water each week, and dose just slightly less than the 1st marking on the spoon that comes with it


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    Sulawesi Journey





    I have some fishes too



    harlequin also doing fine



    So many shrimps



    How many shrimplets can u spot?


    It has been a long while since my last update.

    I had been really enjoying this Sulawesi setup of a very long time.

    Until......See next post......


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    2 catastrophes happened when I was trying to decomm the other 2 feet tank I have....

    - First one (A super noob mistake )
    I was trying to keep some plants and stock from the other tank alive, I used out all the pails I have.

    Then I saw a pail lying around in the yard, without much consideration, I cleaned it and used it to prepare water for my weekly WC schedule of my Sulawesi Tank....

    The following day, I saw massive amount of dead shrimps, then I began to realize my mistake....that pail!!

    Quickly I rushed down to tackle shop and get some Active Carbon and throw 2 bags into the tank, did managed to salvage about 30 plus shrimps, but Harlequin were all wiped out....

    I was having almost about 100 pcs of them....

    - About 1-2 months later.....wiped out....(again by my wrong decision)

    Again was due to the plants from my previous tank...while waiting for my new tank to arrive, I setup a mini nursery to keep the plants alive, but was not doing good...

    So I tot of maybe keeping the mini fissident and S.Repen inside the Sulawesi tank...

    A day after 2 weeks of WC, I woke up seeing the photos above....really no shrimps was left....



    I realized a few things which I didnít observed previously might have triggered this 2nd time....

    - Probably some of the plants I put in are rotting....

    - Flow rate was relatively slow > I didnít do enough regular cleaning of the sponge at the filter inlet...

    - High pH environment has low oxygen level > probably the rotting or the low flow rate further affects this...



    While draining away the water, I found one survival...but it also didnít last long...

    I was in the midst of doing up the hardscape of my other new tank and these happened...so upset as my effort for more than a year was destroyed by 2 of my actions....



    At that moment, I was really quite reluctant to do that setup again. Ended up I just filled it up with water, throw all the rocks in, and use it to keep some fish...


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    With the spare rocks leftover from my other new tank, I re-designed the look of this.



    I decided to give a last try on Sulawesi Shrimp, this time with oxygen supply and have a schedule to regular clean the lily pipe inlet sponge.

    I run the tank for another 2 months to stabilize the condition.





    This round I have decided to go with:
    - Sulawesi Mineral 8.5 for WC
    - CRS Haven Mineral Max after WC
    - Bacter AE and CRS Bacter Max on Alternate days.

    Finally, my Sulawesi Shrimp Tank Reborn.



    Video taken on 26th Sept 2017, a week after adding new batch of Cardinal Shrimps.



    First Berried Cardinal Mama! Video taken on 26th Oct 2017.


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    Quote Originally Posted by kaen130 View Post
    I love the latest iteration of your Sulawesi tank, a lot. More roots hanging over the rocks will look nice too.

    I noticed that you have a diffuser in this tank. Are you using it with an air pump to get more oxygen into the tank?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NanoScaper View Post
    I love the latest iteration of your Sulawesi tank, a lot. More roots hanging over the rocks will look nice too.

    I noticed that you have a diffuser in this tank. Are you using it with an air pump to get more oxygen into the tank?
    Thanks NanaScaper.

    Yes I am currently constantly supplying oxygen into the tank.

    I read that high temperature has less dissolved Oxygen and low oxygen is not so good for High pH environment. (I canít remember where I saw that, will share the link if I manage to find it).

    The high temperature and high pH is exactly Sulawesi Tank characteristic, so I decided to give a constant supply of oxygen.


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