No Electricity Eco Shrimp Tank

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Update:
First day with zero ammonia, nitrite dropping :).

Looks a mess at the moment but I like to log the progress.

Plants all added except the Christmas moss.

Currently:
Pygmy chain sword
Guppy grass
Ludwiga Repens
Hornwort
Water wisteria
Rotala rotundifolia
Bucephalandra Kedagang
Anubias Nana Petite

Very green at the moment but after the large water change once cycle ends and turning down the light hours I should be able to reduce it.
If not I can cover the back panel but we will see.

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The tank finished cycling ☺️. Did a large water change to get the nitrates down and went to pick up my shrimp!

Found some great deep coloured Velvet Blue Shrimp, hadn’t seen any this dark anywhere else usually they’re fairly pale in LFS’ so I was chuffed!

Went for 5 to get started, and bought some Monte Carlo while I was in there.

Just drip acclimating at the moment waiting patiently to get them in there!

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I’m sure they will love it in there! Your main tank looks really good.

What are your plans with the algae?
 
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Thanks 😊
No plans with the algae really, I’ve cleaned the front panel though. I imagine the algae is only a good think for the shrimp, and once the plants get going it should find a balance. If it goes too far I’ll block off the back panel to reduce the sunlight and go from there.
 
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48 hours after removing air stone - oxygen levels still good around 11ppm. Lots of o2 bubbles from the plants, especially the hornwort!
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