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    Call it a creative take on recycling
    Last edited by cafN8d; 03-20-2013, 08:49 PM.
    Chris (the 'h' is silent)

  • #2
    I like it a lot. Really cool use of neat looking bottles.
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    • #3
      Great idea! What is in each of those bottles? Are you concerned the plants will outgrow the bottle or the shrimp will over populate the small space?
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      • #4
        Are you concerned the plants will outgrow the bottle or the shrimp will over populate the small space?
        Short answer...nope.

        I only have 2-3 shrimp in each and I have moved a couple to my aquariums from time to time.
        I just pull out chunks of moss if it gets to thick. I use tongs to pull out stem plants and trim them. It seriously takes less than 5 minutes per bottle per week to keep them ship-shape.

        My oldest ones are going on 6 months old.
        Chris (the 'h' is silent)

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        • #5
          Very cool! You should send me one .
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          • #6
            Very cool! You should send me one
            Thanks! Then you would be hooked too! (on shrimptainers that is)

            I'm up to 6
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            • #7
              Those are awesome looking Chris! Very clean simple look, my wife would be more fond of the hobby if I did more stuff like that.
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              • #8
                They are very funky and you get to have fun emptying the bottles initially sounds like my kind of project
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                • #9
                  Those are awesome looking Chris!
                  Thanks. These are literally the only clean thing about my lab/office

                  and you get to have fun emptying the bottles initially
                  Exactly! Its totally a win-win.
                  Chris (the 'h' is silent)

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                  • #10
                    Do you do anything else to them to maintain or just a trim and ocasionally drop in some food? Im curious about this as there are a TON of places I would love to put these.

                    Not that I have a shortage of empty bottles around or anything .....
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                    • #11
                      Here's my recipe:

                      Lots of moss
                      Stem plants, stuff that draws nutrients from the water column instead of roots
                      2-3 shrimp
                      No substrate, but you could try if you like, it just creates an extra layer of drama. That defeats my purpose of being super easy to take care of.
                      I have the ones with stem plants in east facing window sills. The ones with just moss, i seriously just set out on a counter. They get ambient room light from windows and overhead fluorescents...believe it or not, the moss only ones do great like that.

                      Maintenance

                      It's easy peezy. My maintenance routine has settled out like this:

                      I pour off and replace about 1/3 of the water 2x per week.
                      I mix up a gallon of water at a time using prime and I'll use that gallon for the week. Every other week I put a couple of drops of flourish in the gallon.

                      I feed Hikari shrimp cuisine every day, sometimes substituting a piece of a Hikari bottom feeder wafer.

                      I trim stem plants as needed, and remove moss if it looks like the shrimp are having a hard time getting around.

                      I devised a siphon tube using silicon tubing and a more rigid plastic tubing that snuggly fits inside of it. I gently curved the rigid piece to allow me to aim it into corners, etc... I work in a lab so I have access to siphon bulbs, you can get them on amazon or another thing you can do is just put a bunch of the hose in the bottle, plug it off and pull it out until there is enough water in the hose outside the bottle to start the siphon. I'll take a picture tomorrow.

                      Once there is a bunch of detritus you can use the tubing to siphon it out. BUT NOT ALL OF IT! That's where all the BB is.

                      I've switched to only doing this like once every other week.

                      The cool thing is, if you collect that detritus, it will insta-cycle your next bottle...good stuff!
                      Chris (the 'h' is silent)

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                        This is my siphon setup
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                        • #13
                          What kind of shrimp do you put in? Have you got different kinds?
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Magoo View Post
                            What kind of shrimp do you put in? Have you got different kinds?
                            I have cherries, green, CRS, and just got a ghost last week.

                            If they are in a tequila bottle, are they cocktail shrimp?
                            Chris (the 'h' is silent)

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                            • #15
                              Your syphon looks like the gas tank syphons we sell at my job lol
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