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diwu13's Shrimp Tanks 1 year 7 months ago #62

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All pictures are uploaded on facebook! Check to see if you're blocking it :P

Most recent picture of the left tank, as of 02-24-2013


Most recent picture of the right tank, as of 02-24-2013


These two tanks are right next to my desk on a entertainment center. Making for easy viewing :)


Most recent picture of moss tank, as of 03-17-2013


Left Tank (PFRs) Progression
Equipment
  • 10 gallon glass tank
  • Glass Cover
  • CFL bulbs: 2x 6500K 15W
  • Aquaclear 20 Filter with DIY intake!
  • Sponge filter driven by Whisper 60 gallon air pump (air pump drives both 10G tanks)
  • 1" of seachem flourite black gravel
  • Cholla wood, 2x sea shells, 1x sea urchin
Flora
  • Fissidens fontanus
  • Round Pella
  • Java Moss
  • Marimo balls
  • Pogostemon stellatus 'Broad Leaf'
  • Linderia sp india
  • Anubias afzellii
  • Anubias barterii
  • Anubias nana petite
  • Hygroryza Aristata
Fauna
  • Painted Fire Red shrimp
  • Amano shrimp
  • Olive Nerites
  • Mosquito Rasboras

Right Tank (Yellows & Malawas) Progression
Equipment
  • 10 gallon glass tank
  • Glass Cover
  • CFL bulbs: 2x 6500K 15W
  • Aquaclear 20 Filter with DIY intake
  • Sponge filter driven by Whisper 60 gallon air pump (air pump drives both 10G tanks)
  • 1" of seachem flourite black gravel
  • Driftwood, sea shell, sea urchin, ceramic pagoda
Flora
  • Fissidens fontanus
  • Round Pella
  • Java moss
  • Java fern
  • Marimo balls
  • Anubias nana petite
  • Anubias nana
  • Ludwigia
  • Hygroryza Aristata
Fauna
  • Yellow shrimp
  • Babaulti 'Black' shrimp
  • Malawa shrimp
  • Amano shrimp
  • Olive Nerites
  • Mosquito Rasboras

20L Growout Tank Progression
Equipment
  • 20 gallon long glass tank
  • Glass Cover
  • Single 24" 20W Plant Fluorescent Light
  • 2x Aquaclear 20 Filters with DIY intake
  • 2" of seachem flourite and black blasting sand mix
  • Driftwood, cholla wood, and sea shells
Flora
  • Fissidens fontanus (in one of the three dividers)
  • Round Pella (in one of the three dividers)
  • Christmas/java/taiwan moss (in one of the three dividers)
  • Anubias nana petite
  • Hygrocotyle Japan
  • Random crypts
  • Random stem plants
Fauna
  • Cull PFRs
  • Low grade rili shrimp
  • Assassin snails

And to end off this cover post, some shrimp shots I really like :P
SS CRS

Babaulti Black

Berried Tiger

Yellows-Orange shrimps



Any advice, critiques, and compliments are welcome :D
Fish Shrimp tanks are like cups of coffee, one is never enough.

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Left Tank Progression 1 year 7 months ago #63

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Just thought I'd post pictures showing the progression of the left tank.

















Fish Shrimp tanks are like cups of coffee, one is never enough.

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Right Tank Progression 1 year 7 months ago #64

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Progression of the right tank. This tank was the first one I set up and has gone through much more change than the left tank.



















Fish Shrimp tanks are like cups of coffee, one is never enough.

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20L Growout Tank Progression 1 year 7 months ago #65

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Progression shots. Most recent shot at the bottom.

Initially, this started from a single jar for extra moss.


And then this turned into multiple jars for different types of moss.


However, I noticed that the mosses didn't grow as well in stagnant water (might just be my experience) so I decided to set up a spare 10G tank with dividers. Initially I just threw the jars in with a long bubble wand for water circulation. However, the water wouldn't actually circulate into the glass jars, for obvious reasons. Thus, I changed it to dividers.



This was my first attempt so the dividers were made out of cloth mesh from Walmart and suction cups. The holes within the cloth allowed for water circulation. The long bubble wand was still present. This setup had great moss growth, but there were several problems.
  • the moss would grow attached to the cloth mesh, becoming very hard to take off
  • the cloth dividers began to smell really bad, maybe due to fert-saturated water column



So I decided to redo the dividers. This is how the cloth dividers looked after ~2 months.




Now, for the new boundaries. Made with cut up ziplock freezer bags (thicker). Also cut holes in them to allow for water circulation. For those wondering, a ziplock freezer bag is the PERFECT size for a divider in a 10g tank.




And finally, I started to cull my cherries into this tank. Moss was doing great, but the cherry culls... not so much. The water was really dirty with the snail/shrimp poop. So the shrimp I threw in would all slowly die over a week. We're talking 20+ shrimp dying. So obviously something was wrong. Decided to redo the tank completely, add substrate (thanks to xenxes's idea), and a filter as well.






Ultimately, I decided to upgrade from a 10G tank to a 20L, moving the tank into my room for the AC as well. I also did not want to use tank-wide dividers as they forced shrimp to cluster in specific sections, being too dumb to escape. This, I made tube dividers seen in the pictures below using the same style as with the 10G dividers. I also added 2" of substrate, instead of just 1", as this made planting stems much easier. No more need to use plant weights! Lot of work, but I think the tank will stay this way for a longer time.







Fish Shrimp tanks are like cups of coffee, one is never enough.

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DIY/Modifications in the tanks 1 year 7 months ago #66

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AC20 Modification
AC20's arrived yesterday and I immediately went to Home Depot and bought what I needed to modify the intake to my liking! I went to Home Depot and bought 0.5inch PVC pipe and a matching elbow joint.

The 0.5" PVC fits PERFECTLY into both the "U" intake and the extension tube of the AC20 filter. Pretty simple to put together, I super glued all the connections to be sure it doesn't all fall apart in the tank. It is all very snug though. Finished products (made one for each AC20) cost $1.50 each

Notice I the end is off at an angle. This was on purpose due to the fact I want to place the AC20 as close to the edge of the tank as possible. Thus, I didn't want the sponge getting pressed into the glass, making it hard to vac on it and what not. So the end is at a ~35 degree angle.


Tested with the AC20 motor and impeller, works like a charm! Can't really tell a decrease in suction, but then again I wasn't really worried about it and didn't test it without the bend :X.

On a different note, I didn't know the AC20 media cages were so small! I cut a whisper bag in half, filled it with carbon, and then sewn the sides closed to make my own little carbon bags! :D

And if anyone is interested in how I made the little carbon packets that go into the AC20 lol...
1) What I start with


2) Finish product, you can see it's half the size...


3) Mass production
Fish Shrimp tanks are like cups of coffee, one is never enough.

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DIY/Modifications in the tanks 1 year 7 months ago #67

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Where's the 20L!??

And how are those carbon packets working out for you, how often you changing them? I'm not sure if they actually reduce ammonia...
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