8.5 gallon shallow shrimp scape

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Time for another showcase. I have been keeping shrimp for 20 years and keep them in all my tanks. This is the largest shrimp-only tank I have. As with all my tanks; the looks of the tank are just as important as the animals I keep. The tank is situated in my basement.

Aquarium
  • ILA rimless 8.5 gallon/32,4 liters
  • 24 inch/60 cm in length, 12 inch/30 cm deep, 7 inch/18 cm height
  • 5mm glass thickness
Technology
  • Eden 501 canister, spraybar on the right, intake on the left
  • Twinstar B-Line with controller; light schedule starts early in the morning at 1%, gradually reaching 10% at 14:00, and gradually fading black at around 20:00
Scape
  • ADA Amazonia + lava split
  • Two pieces of driftwood
Plants
  • Eleocharis acicularis 'Mini'
  • Hydrocotyle tripartita
  • Various Bucephalandra
  • Staurogene repens
  • Ceratopteris thalictroides, submersed and emersed
  • Bolbitis heteroclita 'difformis', submersed and emersed
  • Vesicularia ferrie (weeping moss), submersed and emersed
Animals
  • Few dozen Neocaridina zhangiajiensis 'Snowball'
  • Few dozen Crystal blacks/Mischlings, Taiwan bees, Tangerines
  • A dozen ramshorn snails
Water
  • Temperature: Fluctuates around 21d Celcius +/- 2d; 70d Fahrenheit +/- 4d
  • Chemistry: Caridina specs, but a bit on the higher end (hardness)
 

PAcanis

I can't believe that is only 8.5g.
Perfect microcosm.
 

ProudPapa

Very nice. Hydrocotyle is one of my favorite plants, especially mixed with Brazilian Pennywort.
 

SouthAmericanCichlids

A couple of questions, 1: For a first-time shrimp keeper or even a more experienced one, what is a really important thing you don't see in most guides that you think would be helpful to know.
Neocaridina zhangiajiensis
2ndly, is this their actual name or just a ton of random letters? If it is their real name, how in the world do you pronounce it?
 

ruud

I can't believe that is only 8.5g.
Perfect microcosm.
Thanks to using small leaves and small leaves only.
Very nice. Hydrocotyle is one of my favorite plants, especially mixed with Brazilian Pennywort.
Yes, love pennywort, but the leaves are a lot bigger than the species I use in this tank. So it would make the tank look tiny.
A couple of questions, 1: For a first-time shrimp keeper or even a more experienced one, what is a really important thing you don't see in most guides that you think would be helpful to know.

2ndly, is this their actual name or just a ton of random letters? If it is their real name, how in the world do you pronounce it?

I would simply point out the natural habitats of bee's (Caridina cantonensis) and cherries (Neocaridina); very shallow streams with abundant biofilm and lots of leaf litter; the latter especially in bee habitats. Having a shallow tank with plenty of leaf litter and plenty of water surface agitation, will do shrimps good.

In the pictured tank, the leaves are located behind the driftwood. This is also where most of the shrimp are.

Zhangiajiensis is pronounced as "snowball" :)
A name derived from the tiny white eggs that are visible in the translucent females once berried. No other shrimp I know off, has such a gorgeous and clear display of eggs.

Zhangiajiensis I believe refers to a region in China.
 

coldpines

Just popping in to say this is one of my favorite scapes I've ever seen
 

ruud

Just popping in to say this is one of my favorite scapes I've ever seen
So I m guessing your next tank will be a shallow shrimp tank :).
 

coldpines

So I m guessing your next tank will be a shallow shrimp tank :).
I'm actually planning on doing a 40 gallon long planted :)
 

nanoaquariumguy

Nice shrimp tank.
 

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