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  1. andyh

    Lava rock + pleco

    Thats very similar to mine, if not the same. Works great. Andyh
  2. andyh

    Lava rock + pleco

    evening Not to be one to disagree but i am a big fan of Lava rock and use it within my pleco setup. The Plecs love it and use it as a feeding ground as it regularly traps small food particles on its surface and also the algae grows well on the rock. I keep a variety of plecs including L46's...
  3. andyh

    Scaper's Day - Hungary

    Wow Viktor, you need to keep us updated more regularly!! They all look fantastic, Talachi Team is my favourite!
  4. andyh

    Andyh's "Twisted Wood" UPDATED 10May14

    Overtime you develop your favourites, and some of the top guys on here spend tremendous time thinking about plant shapes, structures, colours and textures and plan their plants meticulously! I chose these plants to give me the look i wanted, and as can be seen from this journal i haven't...
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    Andyh's "Twisted Wood" UPDATED 10May14

    no worries Jon Ferns in my opinion are not a demanding plant and Java Ferns can can be grown with out CO2, but will it look uber healthy, lush, dense etc? Probaly not, but it still looks great. CO2 will allow the plant to show its full potential. True for many of the aquatic plants we all use.
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    Andyh's "Twisted Wood" UPDATED 10May14

    Thanks for the kind words, its nice to receive such positive feedback. CO2 is the game changer really. Its a big move when you first do it, but will guarantee once you have you will ask yourself why you hadn't. The dense growth can be attributed to a number of factors, light CO2, Ferts and...
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    Andyh's "Twisted Wood" UPDATED 10May14

    The light spends a majority of its time sitting about 6" above the tank, which i have found to be an optimum level for my current setup I find if i run it lower for say a week, the increase in algae growth is noticeable, generally Green spot and some black hairy stuff. The trident as you can...
  8. andyh

    Andyh's "Twisted Wood" UPDATED 10May14

    Maybe.... Thanks Parotet, i use 2x24w and then when taking photos i switch on all four. I have a mix of tubes and alternate which i have on for different effects. I fond alternating the height of the light can really effect things. Andyh
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    Andyh's "Twisted Wood" UPDATED 10May14

    Thanks for the kind words I have a few: A little gang of Corydoras habrosus Shoal of Pencil Fish Chocs and a pair of Apistogramma Cacatuoides 4 Rasbora Mac's I am a fish keeper at heart!
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    Andyh's "Twisted Wood" UPDATED 10May14

    Photo Update, no equipment in tank. Everything growing well, added some graded gravels and keeping my pruning up on the moss on the wood. Untitled by andyh_2011, on Flickr Untitled by andyh_2011, on Flickr Untitled by andyh_2011, on Flickr Thanks for looking Andyh
  11. andyh

    Cliff of Spirits

    Lovely scape a very good photos, what camera are u using?
  12. andyh

    Gourami Gloaming #4

    Hi Lindy, just read your journal from start to finish. Great read and lovely looking tank. Can't wait to see some livestock especially the chocs as I am a big fan of them! Keep up the good work Andyh
  13. andyh

    NAtural Jurassic....shaky video p17.

    Really great looking scape, love the moss
  14. andyh

    Andyh's "Twisted Wood" UPDATED 10May14

    The shot was luck really, had my iphone in hand and took the snap. They are happy now, they weren't when I was pulling apart their home :) Thanks for the comments
  15. andyh

    Andyh's "Twisted Wood" UPDATED 10May14

    Sssssh don't tell anybody about the cichlids, there a surprise ! Cheers, just a chance photo with the iPhone Yup, you would be right. The group is awesome, they defo like to be part of a shoal.
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    Andyh's "Twisted Wood" UPDATED 10May14

    The Boys want feeding!! The chocs seem to be getting very confident! They all appear as soon as i enter the room. Chocolate gouramis by andyh_2011, on Flickr
  17. andyh

    Andyh's "Twisted Wood" UPDATED 10May14

    Following on from the change to my tank, I have completed a 40% WC each day and yesterday i have cleaned my external filter, After which I added a nice fresh bag of purigen to help with any ammonia spikes from disrupting the substrate. The filter was filthy as i expected after disturbing the...
  18. andyh

    1300 litre chocolate lake

    Manchester aint that far ;)
  19. andyh

    Andyh's "Twisted Wood" UPDATED 10May14

    You know how much i like getting to the beach! Yes about half way through i did think why am doing this..........But i am delighted with it, the mature plants give the tank a crisp look. Once i add a little more detail to the sand i will be happy. The Corydoras & Goby love it.
  20. andyh

    One of my favourite scapes ever

    Saw this on Facebook today, its awesome! so crisp and clean and that rock work is Bitchin! Thanks for sharing
  21. andyh

    Andyh's "Twisted Wood" UPDATED 10May14

    Hello, Yes its been a while.... I had a moment of planned madness today, this is what the tank looked like this morning. Overgrown, Moss balls the size of my fist. Un-maintained! <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/andyh_2011/13972469701" title="Before the tweak by Andy, on Flickr"><img...
  22. andyh

    1300 litre chocolate lake

    Epic Journal, Epic Tank.....One of my favourites Love the mix of livestock. I still have my 6 chocs, they seem to be doing well.
  23. andyh

    Decisions Decisions on upgrade

    apple x 4
  24. andyh

    Decisions Decisions on upgrade

    Apple.....
  25. andyh

    Bogwoods TMC Signature 60cm "Shrimp Heaven"

    I have to admit i am tempted by the TMC lights, they are nice and the brackets are very tidy.
  26. andyh

    Andyh's Journal "Green Beach" Update 01/03/2013

    Hello, I would suggest that the diy CO2 is not helping, they do not provide a stable supply of CO2. Pressurised CO2 would provide a controlled/quality supply. Also Clive is right, flow is an important piece of the pie. Wharfs is hit and miss, when they get a delivery is the time to visit...
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    Bogwoods TMC Signature 60cm "Shrimp Heaven"

    Looks very healthy, and there is no way u keep that cabinet that clean all the time!!
  28. andyh

    Andyh's Journal "Green Beach" Update 01/03/2013

    Hello and welcome to UKAPS, yes i am from Derby, i live in Chellaston. No problems with the questions. Answers: 1. No problems with our tap water. Please note i use aqua safe at every water change, not because i am concerned its just habit. Diatoms is not something i have ever suffered with...
  29. andyh

    Dragon Stone and Crystal Red/Bee Shrimp

    hello I have used Dragon stone with CRS for many years with no problems at all, completely inert in my humble opinion. I would suggest that problems could be caused by not cleaning the rocks sufficiently, as we all know dragon stone is riddled with holes often full of clay/mud. I always spend...
  30. andyh

    Andyh's "Twisted Wood" UPDATED 10May14

    I purchased these chocs from a maidenhead that had them in supposed specialist tank, they had been there for a long time so had stabilised as i had seen them on several trips. I purchased them at about £3 each which is a real bargain. They lived in my holding tank for about 5 months and then...
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    Andyh's "Twisted Wood" UPDATED 10May14

    Thanks for the kind words mark, with ref to the water conditions i don't think that they are "black water enough" the PH is circa 6.5-7.0 depending on how long it is since my last water change.
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    Andyh's "Twisted Wood" UPDATED 10May14

    Yes, the UP was annoying me and once i had undone it was never quite the same again. I might go back at some point but currently there is no rush as the in tank is doing the job Lets hope so, don't think i have the water conditions as perfect as yours though! Andyh
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    Andyh's "Twisted Wood" UPDATED 10May14

    Yes..................no idea what though yet
  34. andyh

    George's 65cm Natural Aquario

    Tension Builder!!!!
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    Andyh's "Twisted Wood" UPDATED 10May14

    Hey Its been an age since i last updated, to much chocolate and JD over xmas! Everything growing well, its had a massive trim a few weeks back to thin it all out. Anyway here is a few pics: Full tank shot, you will notice the Rotala has gone. I didn't like the way it was sitting. Full...
  36. andyh

    Andyh's "Twisted Wood" UPDATED 10May14

    Its now noisier since i tinkered with it! Booooooo Gonna have to play with it now till it settles down again. Its confusing though, might see if i can get the smaller ceramic tube so i can switch and see which way works best, its appears the bodies are the same. I also have worked out that...
  37. andyh

    Andyh's "Twisted Wood" UPDATED 10May14

    further pics: Taken from Up's website UP AQUARIUM SUPPLY:
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    Andyh's "Twisted Wood" UPDATED 10May14

    Interesting stuff, however! I think its right. Mine is the "Up inline large super co2 atomizer 12/16mm" See this picture: Taken from Tankscape.co.uk where i bought it. I think the one you have is Up Inline small super CO2 Atomizer 12/16. UP Inline Small Super CO2 Atomizer 12/16mm...
  39. andyh

    Andyh's "Twisted Wood" UPDATED 10May14

    Interesting you say that about the Up Super diffuser, its has a little more water in it now, but has only been running for 24hrs. Should it be full? Its working fine the way it is, the instructions don't say to fill it with water. Have i got it wrong?
  40. andyh

    Andyh's "Twisted Wood" UPDATED 10May14

    Wow thanks for all the positive comments guys! NA style was my aim so thats good to hear, can't wait till it fills in a little more.
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    Andyh's "Twisted Wood" UPDATED 10May14

    Update Day 29 Just completed my first major prune, hit the Rotala the hardest and then just tidied up the other plants. Removed the tile of Willow moss, it had doubled in size. Pulled off a few pieces and attached on the wood in a few places using super glue. I also removed the in tank...
  42. andyh

    Andyh's "Twisted Wood" UPDATED 10May14

    They appear to be good at hiding, i am sure they will be fine :) Hey Gary, thanks for the kind words. Water change is twice to 3 times per week at the moment approx 25% per time. Thanks Ady, the plants seem to be doing well, i hope to get a real dense plant mass in this one....
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    Andyh's "Twisted Wood" UPDATED 10May14

    Day 25 (just a quick iPhone photo update) Just a quick update, everything is growing well, water changes still taking up a majority of my time. Plant health is great, and everything is growing well. Ignore the floating plants, just a couple of pieces of plant sourced from a UKAPS member i...
  44. andyh

    Brown Hair Algae\Diatoms?

    My gut is that its the new tank scenario i.e your filter hasn't reached maturity and its just diatoms. Water changes and waiting are the way to go.
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    Andyh's "Twisted Wood" UPDATED 10May14

    Cheers Dude, knew you would approve. Yes my best guess is that they are Sphaerichthys Selatanensis. Andy
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    Andyh's "Twisted Wood" UPDATED 10May14

    Yes they are!
  47. andyh

    Andyh's "Twisted Wood" UPDATED 10May14

    Quick Update: The latest Additions, they have been in my holding tank for about 4 months: Chocolate Gouramis by andyh_2011, on Flickr Untitled by andyh_2011, on Flickr Livestock by andyh_2011, on Flickr Thanks for looking Andyh
  48. andyh

    by the Forest Shore (ADA 60P)

    Hello Just read your journal from start to finish its a beauty Your photos and videos are a credit to you and the plant heath is fantastic! I am intrigued by your light schedule as i have a number of red plants in my new scape, and i am slowly increasing my lights over the first month...
  49. andyh

    180L Jungle Thingymajig? - First Attempt

    Keep up the good work! Every tank i do, i learn something or see an improved way of doing things. So use each scape as a learning platform. With regards to loosing fish, unfortunately its very hard to guarantee the quality of what we buy. I now only buy my livestock from a small group of fish...
  50. andyh

    Andyh's "Twisted Wood" UPDATED 10May14

    Hey Gary, yes the wood is quite special isn't it :) I purchased a box from Tom Barr (plantbrain) here on the forum and he arranged for it to be shipped over here from the USA. Ok that backs up my thoughts around its high lighting requirements. I am currently running 2 x 24HOt5's at about 8"...
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    Andyh's "Twisted Wood" UPDATED 10May14

    It looks like from your pic its purple towards the top, which suggests to me the light helps promote the purple. Can you tell me how many WPG you have?
  52. andyh

    Hi I'm newish

    hello ! Welcome on board
  53. andyh

    A little inspiration.

    Stunning tank Mick! Is there a secret to success with Red Plants? You hear lots about Iron, Lighting etc. Can you advise?
  54. andyh

    New lights, new reds

    Looking great
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    Andyh's "Twisted Wood" UPDATED 10May14

    I will be interested to see how the Limnophila Hippuridoides tunrs out: As above This is what it looks like currently: Limnophila H. Starting to grow by andyh_2011, on Flickr This picture from Tropica's website shows it in its full glory: Plant Details Lets hope it gets there, as the...
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    Andyh's "Twisted Wood" UPDATED 10May14

    I have no problem at all Steve:) I was very pleased with the way the hardscape turned out. I agree that its a shame to cover the hardscape but its the same with many of the tanks on here. I do plan to keep some of the features on show with clever pruning. The plants do help hide some of the...
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    Andyh's "Twisted Wood" UPDATED 10May14

    There was a similar amount of alternathera as bonsai. Plenty in pot, I originally bought two only needed one pot. not sure about that Big G, but thanks for the encouragement. 7 pieces of wood, used Bonsai wire 1.5mm as recommended by Stu Worrall.
  58. andyh

    Excited, as my new tank os up and running!

    Excited, as my new tank os up and running!
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    Andyh's "Twisted Wood" UPDATED 10May14

    Yeah, starting to look good all the plants showing some growth. Hey Gary, Yes the wood is amazing i have so much of it i didn't know where to start (thanks to Tom Barr). The 1-2-Grow Hair grass is so easy. Cheers! Maintenance so Far: Mature filter with Purigen in from day one. ADA Green...
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    Andyh's "Twisted Wood" UPDATED 10May14

    So my aim was to create a scape using only manzi wood and dense planting from the start. Going back to more of a nature style scape. Very photo heavy! The journey: Full tank shot Manzi wood by andyh_2011, on Flickr Manzi wood by andyh_2011, on Flickr Tropica Plants by andyh_2011, on...
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    Andyh's "Twisted Wood" UPDATED 10May14

    Hello Been a bit slow starting the journal, as i have had a lot on with work, but here we go again: Aquarium - ADA 60P Cube Garden 60Wx36Tx30D, now with ADA cover glass. Lights – Suspended Arcadia Luminaire 4 x 24w T5, currently running 2 tube for 7hrs per day. 2 x Osram Skywhite 8000k...
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    CRS - In their new home

    After seeing this in the flesh today, i can vouch for the quality of the shrimp, if i could of got him to leave the room i would of been in there netting myself some super CRS ;)
  63. andyh

    Stainless Lilly Pipes

    Who else apart from ADA does stainless inlet/outlets?
  64. andyh

    Moss question - Tropica Fontinalis Sp. Willow

    Thanks Ian, its nice stuff thought aint it, bigger physically than the normal mosses. Just using it in my new scape
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    Moss question - Tropica Fontinalis Sp. Willow

    Hello Quick question will this species of willow adhere under its right to wood? i.e if i tie it on with fishing line etc. Andy
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    George's One-Pot Iwagumi Challenge

    George! Great work and a refreshing approach that clearly demonstrates that you don't need to spend masses of cash on plants to get an effective aquascape. I have a pot of Eleocharis mini, would you mind popping over and helping me split it into individual blades of grass :wacky: Andyh
  67. andyh

    Hi everyone.

    hello welcome onboard! 400Ltr tank should keep you busy! Make sure you read some of the guides they will be a good starting point Andyh
  68. andyh

    Found my way back..........

    How good is yours!!! Had a little glance through your journal last night. Very impressive that you have bred the choc's! My tank will feature choc's they have been living in the holding tank all summer.
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    Found my way back..........

    Well remembered Tim, as you can see its been a while as that was my last post back in May. :wideyed: Yes the new scape is going to feature some of that lovely manzi! Chose my pieces earlier, gave them a scrub and now soaking them ready for lashing them together in the scape
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    Mark Evans-120 x 55 x 55cm.... 'Convalescence' The joy of shrimp

    Hey mark Just come back to UKAPS today after a very long break, delighted to find your journal, just read it from start to finish and always stunning photos and inspirational scape. Still need convincing on the Cladaphora....
  71. andyh

    Found my way back..........

    I almost spat my stella out then......LOL
  72. andyh

    Found my way back..........

    Hello:wave: After what seems like an eternity with no tank and no time on UKAPS I am delighted to say there is water in my 60p again! This is after a wedge of TGM vouchers arrived for my birthday followed by a trip to Wrexham to visit TGM and i am all motivated again. I will shortly...
  73. andyh

    CRS FEEDING TIME

    Wow that's a lot of crs!!!
  74. andyh

    Sulawesi shrimp experiences

    Hey George, please share this!!
  75. andyh

    Pets @ Home huge planted tank projects and event.

    If i am not on holiday would love to give you a hand at Manchester :)
  76. andyh

    Sulawesi shrimp experiences

    Hello Currently successfully breeding and keeping Sulawesi shrimps and the amazing Sulawesi snails (bright orange) Water Parameters: ph 8.0 plus TDS 300-400 Temp 28c RO water re-minerlaised with; Salty Shrimp from http://www.freshwatershrimp.co.uk/product.php?id_product=112 Any questions...
  77. andyh

    Going Dutch Tropica 1-2 Grow Style

    Ian Love it!! Good to see something different, the many different species are great. On a selfish note your helping me with my new scape as i am checking out all your 1-2 grows and choosing the ones i like for my new one.
  78. andyh

    So what did we get for father's day

    new tent and some Jack D!
  79. andyh

    Congratulations Mark Evans of Tropica!

    Congrats Mark, well deserved! UK aquascaping...........is it the future? :)
  80. andyh

    IAPLC 2013 - Results are out!

    Managed to sneak one into the competition :)
  81. andyh

    I got wood!

    Hey Back from holidays and managed to sort the wood a little, picked out some key pieces for my new scape. Here is what I have to choose from, over 50 pieces: Manzi wood by andyh_2011, on Flickr To say I am delighted is an understatement. Cheers Andyh
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    Sulawesi Shrimp Project

    Cheers Yes and some other shrimps! Steve Smith!!! Long time no speak my friend! You still Biking? Any algae, is the true answer. They love grazing the stuff, so i am running the lights for 10 hrs and only cleaning the front glass at present to encourage the algae growth. It great not worrying...
  83. andyh

    Seven Moss Cube

    Great Nano, loks great, i like the detail of the plants!
  84. andyh

    Shrimp Rack build.....

    would love to see pics of shrimp rack and setup get them working again :)
  85. andyh

    Sulawesi Shrimp Project

    Hello Its been a while but things are going very well indeed. Moved them from the small tank in the kitchen, to a larger tank in the garage about 3-4weeks ago now. Tank is a spare one i had, 35l Elite. Quick clean and new tube and we are off! External filter added to the tank Eheim 2222...
  86. andyh

    Aquatics live cancelled.

    Hey George, is this held in Weston Super Mare? Never been, is it any good?
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    Andyh's Journal "Green Beach" Update 01/03/2013

    Sorry missed your post! Yes i will spill the beans, i purchased a shoal of Sundadanio axelrodi (blue). They look awesome. Got them from Ripples Aquatics down near Lichfield. No pics yet but i will get some. Planning to strip this tank down in the coming weeks as i have almost sourced all...
  88. andyh

    I got wood!

    Its mine!!
  89. andyh

    I got wood!

    So the big day has arrived! I got WOOD, and lots of it! Dozens and Dozens of pieces OH i am so excited about the prospect of the new scape!! Manzi Wood by andyh_2011, on Flickr Manzi Wood - close up by andyh_2011, on Flickr
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    I got wood!

    Will be for my ADA60P
  91. andyh

    I got wood!

    Says you!!!
  92. andyh

    I got wood!

    Have to share my excitement somewhere!! I got wood!!!!:woot: Just had my order confirmed from the USA for a nice big box of Manzi wood! There is not many people i would tell outside the friendly walls of UKAPS, that i am really excited about receiving a big box of roots and branches from...
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    Andyh's Journal "Green Beach" Update 01/03/2013

    Great filter and well built. Not seen the giesemen (it's probably good if its geeseman) the 1550nd's do seem the weapon of choice at the moment though!
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    Andyh's Journal "Green Beach" Update 01/03/2013

    Sorry for the delay in response, as i am currently working in France. The Eheim 2324 is cracking piece of kit, but remember its rated at 700lph, so probably with media etc be putting out 450-500lph. If you a stickler for the 10x rule it may not be enough. You could consider the newer Eheim 250T...
  95. andyh

    New computer.....iMac?

    You will never regret it! I made the move from PC to mac about 8 yrs ago, best thing ever. On my second IMAC and love it. Considering getting the latest one, later this yr.
  96. andyh

    Andyh's Journal "Green Beach" Update 01/03/2013

    Yes its resilient stuff. Thanks dude! NO:stop: Thanks for the comments I wish i could tell you some elaborate technique, but there isn't one. I planted densely from day one, so it kind of supports itself. It is not in direct flow.
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    Sulawesi Shrimp Project

    Cheers Paulo, will try. Not managed any decent ones yet. If you need any lessons let me know ;) :woot: Will be setting up the garage tank, over the next few weeks. Just got to check everything is working, light filter etc Yeah could be tempting, would need the colony to be a little bigger...
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    Andyh's Journal "Green Beach" Update 01/03/2013

    Evening people! Just cleaned the tank, and added some new livestock, keeping it secret for now. But they will make an appearance soon. Never had them before. Full tank Shot March 1st 2013 by andyh_2011, on Flickr Never introduced any fissidens to this tank, now having it growing in...
  99. andyh

    Sulawesi Shrimp Project

    5 babies!! Biggest being 8-10mm now!
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