10g Overhaul, Shrimp Jungle

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As some of you may know, this 10 gallon was my first ever tank. I went through some major ups and downs when I first started and had no clue about fish keeping. Once things calmed down, it has been home to 4 male fancy guppies, and what started as 6 Red cherry shrimp. I've since fallen in love with shrimp, so today I decided it was finally time to do what I've been talking about for a while. The guppies got evicted, but are much happier now in my 55 gallon freshwater planted peaceful community tank. I don't know how many shrimp I have at this point in the 10g, but I'd guess somewhere around 40+ easily. So, work starts now. Water sprite got a major trimming. The hideous gravel that I don't know why I ever bought in the first place, is getting capped with some black Tahitian moon sand. The remaining piece of non planted driftwood, as well as a new piece, are getting planted with Anubias Nana and Java Fern Windelov Lace. I'm also removing the whisper internal filter and replacing it with a Sponge filter. Here is a before photo, and I'll have an after photo uploaded in another hour or so once it's done. I have 15 more shrimp, but higher grades on their way from Vyvid ranging from high grade Sakura to Painted Fire red. I'm excited to see how this looks when it's all done.

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And we're done! I have way more shrimp than I realized, just goes to show how really adept they are at hiding. With the guppies gone they started coming out of the woodwork, and all the commotion of trimming the water sprite, moving decor and adding more substrate, they're everywhere!

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I'm also thinking of trying to slice some terra cotta pots in half to make little huts to fill in the gaps in the scape, but that will be later when I'm bored.


 
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Thanks! Heres a video of them grazing.

 
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Got my newbies in from Vyvid and they are stunning! Nice rich red color, and my existing shrimp we're glad to have some new friends. Also got a red RilI in the batch as well.

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Their new home looks awesome. Glad you like them. They will get brighter as they mature and settle in


 

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I like the black substrate. I have the same natural brown gravel you just removed. Been thinking about going black too.
 
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Yeah they're already coloring up more since settling in, and I've seen a few more molts just since last night.

Regarding the gravel, it was ok with my guppies but made the shrimp look so bland, they kinda blended in with it too well. They really stand out now and it didn't take much sand to just cap the gravel.


 
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Somebody loves their dinner, they devoured it!


 
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Was, lol

Just a tiny little piece of it because it expanded as I figured it would so I went sparingly.
 

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Bluestreakfl, Beautiful tank, photos and video! Thank you for sharing!
 

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This is exactly what I want to do with my 5.5 but now I'm thinking I should do it with the 10 gallon I have that's empty! Super cool!


 
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Thanks for all the compliments, I'm really happy with how the tank turned out. I may add some more quartz crystals rather than go with the terra cotta as I really like the way they look. I spotted a very tiny baby last night, about the size of a grain of sand, so I'm guessing there are more in hiding somewhere, I also have another one that is prego, so more babies on the way!


 
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My grandfather use to be huge into lapidary, cutting gems, crystals, rocks, making jewelry, so when he passed I inherited the collection of stones and equipment. Quartz is actually fairly common though. If you have any kind of New Age or Occult type store around, they usually carry an abundance of crystals and quartz is super cheap. Otherwise you can get lots of them on ebay or amazon for cheap. Just look for terminated quartz, Terminated meaning it has the natural cut pattern point shape.
 

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Okay, I have some quartz crystals already I just didn't know if you got them somewhere specific. None of mine are that clear.


 
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Id be a bit more cautious if they aren't super clear, as they may contian other mineral deposits on the bases. things like iron, copper etc that you definitely wouldnt want in a shrimp tank. Even super clear ones are pretty cheap, and worth the peace of mind, imo.
 

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