10gallon shrimp tank.

  1. DanB80TTS

    DanB80TTS Well Known Member Member

    Had an old 10gallon tank that I picked up from goodwill for $3.99 a year or so ago. I think it might have actually been a terrarium, so I did some research and it seems like it should be fine with water.
    So I decided to make it into a shrimp tank.

    Looking nice so far, needs moved to its permanent location and then planted. So I thought I would create this thread just to share what I do with it. Its my first shrimp only tank and I would call myself a shrimp noob.

    Here is how it's looking right now.
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  2. AquaticBrandon

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    The tank looks great! Maybe add some Java moss in the tank, shrimp love java moss :)


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    DanB80TTS

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    That very tiny little patch of green on the right is actually Java moss. I have it in another tank trying to see if I can get it to 'wall'. I'll keep pulling the free floating bits off the filter intake and moving it to the 10g.
     




  4. AquaticBrandon

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    Oh okay yeah I see it. What kind of shrimp are you thinking of getting? Cherry?


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    Im going to try the Dream Blue Velvet variety, little more hit and miss than red cherries, but still on the easier side in terms of shrimp. If I do well with them I might try my hand at crystal blacks. Have another unused 10g laying around, although they should be ok to mix, not worried about that anytime soon though.
     
  6. AquaticBrandon

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    Nice! Those are some very nice shrimp :)


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  7. Coradee

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    Crystal blacks I've found are very sensitive to water quality & will only breed if the conditions are perfect for them.
    I keep a few in one of my cory tanks & so far they've only bred twice, they'd probably do better in a shrimp only tank.
    Good luck with yours, hope they do well for you :)
     
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    Tested water tonight, got some ammonia, 1-2ppm from the flakes I threw in the other day, no nitrates yet though.

    Trimmed the hornwort in another tank and replanted the tops in the 10g and I am super proud of how good and bushy I got it to look as opposed the way the rest of it looks in my bigger tank.
     
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    Anybody have and suggestion for some stone/rock that I can get some Java moss on, I really like the look of ryuoh stones but want something that will not mess with water chemistry, any suggestions?
     
  10. AquaticBrandon

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    What about getting some rocks from a beach or lake? I got some really nice rocks from the beach last year


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  11. Kasye

    Kasye Valued Member Member

    Love the tank so far! I especially love the look of those plants growing on the driftwood.
     
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    I have never attached plants before so I have no idea if it will work, it's Anubias nana and I used some thread to tie it one, hopefully it roots before the thread rots away. The thread is cotton/polyester I think.

    like I said I'm on the look out for a stone I like to attach some moss or subwassertang to.
     
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    I received my stand today, so I will be draining and moving the tank, I'm wondering if when I refill it I should use water from a cycled aquarium? Would that help the tank cycle any faster?
    or would it just show nitrates and make me thing I've cycled the tank when I've really not?
     
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    Got the plants I bought from Dolfan today and planted them, my arrangement skills are pretty bad, I figured I would let them grow in a bit and see if I could arrange them better once they fill up some, here's a pic showing how bad my planting skills are.

    I have a black mesh type thing I forgot I had put in my canister a long time ago that I stuck behind the sponge filter to seed the tank, also have about 5 bio rings in there that I pushed into the substrate (not sure if that will effect their ability to seed, but they look ugly having sat on the substrate for a few days.

    I tested and was seeing Ammonia 0.25, Nitrite 2.0 and nitrate 5.0. Did about a 50% water change and will test tomorrow (24hrs after adding prime) to hopefully see the cycle completed (first time seeding a new tank, the seeding materials have been in about a week or so)



     
     
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    DanB80TTS

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    Little rearrange, black background, filter moved. Shrimp ordered!

     

    Really need to get a real camera... Looks much better in person.
     
  16. AquaticBrandon

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    Looks very good!


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    Shrimp added to the tank, here is a little video with bad quality if interested!