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About briscoe

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  1. About a year ago, I was living with my girlfriend at the time and I had two tanks set up. She bought new essential oil diffusers and started using them in the house, but not in the room where I had my shrimp tanks. Not long after she started using them, I had die-offs in both tanks. My suspicion fell on the diffusers as the culprit but I couldn't prove it. I'm not sure what exact oil(s) she was using but I think they involved lavender. I just did several water changes and asked her not to use them, and the die-offs seemed to stop. I've since moved out into my own place and have both my tanks set up. I walked into my house the other day and noticed that my house wasn't exactly smelling fresh, mostly due to my dog. So my question is, does anyone know of any scented home products that will NOT have an adverse affect on water chemistry? I've heard that the oil from scented candles can get into the water and cause problems. Are there any particular oils/scents that are tolerable? Thanks in advance.
  2. What made you guys choose the Polycarbonate Panels? I got the light set up but it runs WAY too hot for the plastic lid that I have on top of my tank. I will either have to get a new lid, a new light, or rig something to hang the light over the tank.
  3. How hot does it run? You have it on a Twinwall Polycarbonate Greenhouse Panel, is it just sitting on top of that facing down? I'm wondering if I need to do the same thing or if I can get away with just the regular clear plastic lid that came with the tank. Thanks for the info and apologies for all of the questions, I just don't have much experience with DIY.
  4. Hmmmm, interesting. I assume you use the 6000K Daylight white, 15W?
  5. Thanks for the suggestion, Edwin. But to be honest, I really can't afford a Kessil right now.
  6. I recently bought a 20 gallon (I think) hexagon tank and stand for really cheap. It came with a filter and heater. The only thing I need hardware-wise is a proper light. I've been doing some research online but haven't been able to nail down a good compact light that can get deep enough for plants. Tank depth is around 19", but will be a little bit less once I add some sand as a substrate. Tank isn't rimless, so I need to take that into account for any clip-on lights. Anybody have ideas/recommendations?
  7. I have a 75 gallon low tech planted tank with sakura/fire red neos. I'm looking for a type of caradina shrimp that can live in neo parameters, i.e. 7 ph, 2 kh, 7 gh, 225 TDS. I have a few wild-type bee shrimp in there that I bought from an LFS that seem to be doing well. Looking for either some more of those or for some tigers, namely super tigers, OEBT culls, or just regular tigers. Would even be willing to consider low grade crystal reds/blacks, but need to keep my parameters in mind. Not interested in tangerine tigers unless the price is good. Let me know if you've got anything. Thanks in advance.
  8. Wondering if you guys could give me some advice on whether to buy some CBS/CRS shrimp. My tank is a fully cycled and planted 75 gallon tank. I use RO water only, remineralized with SaltyShrimp GH/KH+, and the substrate is Black Diamond blasting grit (inert). pH is around 7 and TDS is steady at 250. I don't test for KH and GH because I don't trust any of the test kits. I was considering buying some caridina shrimp, and these are the parameters of the tank that they'd be coming from: PH: 6.2~6.5 TDS: 150~180 Substrate: ADA amazonia soil With a prolonged acclimation process, could the caridina shrimp not only survive but thrive in my tank's parameters? Would doing water changes to get my TDS down to 150~180 help? I'm fully aware that conventional wisdom says no, just figured I'd ask.
  9. Not adding any type of CO2. Substrate is Black Diamond blasting grit with Seachem root tabs. Plants are basic undemanding types, with various rotala and ludwigia in there. Foreground is microswords. I previously had a similar 75 gallon setup going a few years back with a Hagen T5 double bulb light fixture. Every plant I put in there thrived. Thanks all for the answers. I'm thinking I should just save up and get a nice proper light.
  10. I'm wondering if yous guys can give me some recommendations on a 48" light. I got back into the hobby a few months back, and purchased a used 75 gallon set-up. It came with a 48" Aquaneat LED light. I've noticed that some of my plants are definitely not getting enough light, especially the smaller carpeting plants (micro swords, etc.) The tank looks fine overall, but it's clear that this light isn't getting to the bottom of the tank. I'd like to upgrade the lighting, but money's tight. And I'd rather go with LED than one that needs replacement bulbs. Anyone have any suggestions for a light that is known to work in deeper tanks? Thanks in advance.
  11. I ordered some Cajun dwarf crayfish and they arrived yesterday. Looking at a couple of them in the tank, i thought i could see something lighter-colored and "fuzzy" on it's head. Tried to get a few pics but my phone isn't the best. Does anyone know if crayfish get things like Vorticella or Scutariella? Or could this be something else? If so, any ideas to cure them?
  12. Hello all. I've recently decided to get back into the hobby after an extended hiatus. I'm in the process of setting up a 75 gallon tank for neo shrimp (haven't yet decided on what color). Substrate will be Black Diamond blasting grit, as I've had some success with it in the past. I'm wondering if you guys can give me recommendations on what type of root tabs to use. I don't dose any ferts into the water column or anything like that, so I need something that will give plants an adequate nutrient supply. I used to use osmocote plus, as they're so cheap. But I've read conflicting reports on whether they're completely shrimp-safe.
  13. I had a similar experience with a seller on aquabid. He sent me a bag of dwarf crayfish with a heat pack sitting directly on top of it. As soon as I opened the box, you could smell death. They got completely roasted and had been dead a long time. I've never even shipped live animals of any kind before. But all I could think was "Why the heck would someone put the heat pack directly on top of the bag?" Needless to say, it's an extremely stupid thing to do. And for a company that does as much business as Bob's Tropicals, it blows my mind that they would do something like that.
  14. briscoe


    You're right in that it's gotten hard to find anyone selling low grade CRS. I've been looking but decided to buy from a guy named Ark on Aquabid for the second time (my first colony crashed). Great price and good looking shrimp, they're just not low grade. But like I said, they're a great price. $45 buy-it-now with $14 shipping for 15+ shrimp comes out to roughly $3.50 each. http://www.aquabid.com/cgi-bin/auction/auction.cgi?fwinverts&1458843049
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