Some of you saw my other thread where I talked about possibly setting up a planted shrimp tank and what my plans would be. Since I decided to definitely do one, I'm starting a new thread to show the progress of my tank. I had a 10 gallon tank sitting in my basement, so I figured I might as well use that. I found a stand at Petco for under $30, and I now have the stand set up with the empty 10g sitting on it. I ordered a 20" Finnex Stingray LED light and a glass Versa-top and now have them both on the tank. The tank already has a black background on it from when I used it previously, and I plan to keep it on. I think the plants and shrimp will really stand out against the black background and black sand. My plan today is to rinse out the tank and rinse some black sand and put that in. I have a couple fake ornaments and pulled the fake leaves off them. I plan to attach Java moss to the one as explained in this thread. The other one, I'm going to use to attach some anubias to. Here are the ornaments prior to losing their leaves. I have the java moss and anubias on order from Trinsfish along with a few other plants. I'm not sure when they will be arriving (order is still being "fulfilled"), but I want the tank set up and ready to put the plants in as soon as they come. I ordered an AquaClear 20 filter and an Aqueon Pro 50-watt heater, and they both arrived yesterday (along with the light). I also have a pre-filter sponge to put on the filter intake. So, I have everything I need to get everything running while I wait for the plants to come. Once I get the plants in, I will order the shrimp. The plan is to get red cherry shrimp. Once the shrimp arrive, I'm going to seed the filter with media and crushed coral taken from my canister filter that's on my 36g. I have soft water and I use the coral to buffer my pH so it doesn't crash as it has in the past. Also, the coral will help keep the shrimps' exoskeletons healthy. I have a cuttlebone that I'm going to toss in as well for added calcium. I think that about covers it for now. I just have to find the motivation to get up and going with cleaning the tank and sand today! Can't do it tomorrow as it's my nephew's HS graduation party (he makes me feel so old!). It's still somewhat early, so there's plenty of time to procrastinate!