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  1. What clever ways have you come up with for jump-proofing a shrimp tank, to protect from losses of jumpy species like Darwin Red-nose Shrimp? The tricky part is that I want a glass-free method for the Summer time, because my cooling system relies on evaporation using fans across the water surface. It also needs to look neat, and not cost an arm and a leg. Easy, right?! This is what my tank rim looks like. Usually the water level is a little higher.
  2. Shrimpy

    Shrimpy's 23L

    Hi all, would like to share the progress of my nano shrimp tank that i am currently setting up. Tank: Fluval Edge 23l Filtration: Aquaone hang on back Lighting: 2ft Up Aqua LED Hardscape: Bonsai wood, Cholla wood and mopani driftwood Plants:  Taiwan moss  Bucephalandra  Native Stringy moss Livestock: Blue dream shrimp Update # 1 : I have recently added the driftwood into the cycled water and am now waiting for the driftwood to sink. I have also added Salty Shrimp Mineral Gh/kh to remineralise the RO water. In addition, i have also added some bacteria powder to the tank. Tank right now Update #2 ... The tank has cycled and i have started to introduce the livestock, moss and bucephalandra. I have tied some bucephalandra "Red Jade" onto the bonsai wood and some native stringy moss onto the pieces of cholla wood and shrimp cave. Also have added a driftwood containing some taiwan moss. Looking forward to see how the plants develop as they become more established. First inhabitants BLUE DREAMS !!!☺️
  3. Standby! gotta take daughter to swimming lesson then i will edit this post. So maintain all that excitement you had when you read the topic! I assure you it wont be worth it! lol Okie Dokie heres the update. So i got my cheap $29 Kmart tank and raided my storage containers and this was what i had to work with. The amazingly best tank ever, from Kmart :P Regardless of the cost of the tank It is always enjoyable setting up a new tank. Stage 1 was adding my left over UP Aqua Shrimp Soil The came the adding of the sponge filter. Now given the height of the tank i am not overly satisfied with this filter given that the outlet is right below the lid it gives minor splash back which you may see later. I also replaced the filter media in the bottom to seachem matrix for greater surface area for the bacteria. I have hidden my Fluval Stratum 50w heater behind the sponge filter but unfortunately i dont think the damn thing works lol. Havent seen it turn on once so far. Just one of the problems i encountered lol. Also lost the suction caps to it so I am using one of my spare eheim heater holders which is slightly too big so It doesnt hold it firm just kinda sits in it. Out of sight out of mind though, The fun began filling up with no bucket! had to use a cordial holder drink thing which only meant about 20 trips back and forth lol. Tap water was used as i will use RO water once it is cycled. Heater is set to 26 (if it turns on) Something magical happened after i added water. About 20+ CRS shrimp magically appeared in my tank! Talk about instant colony! Here comes my fully setup tank! Its the best scaped tank in the world in my opinion, I started with lush invisbilitis plants along the back followed by its miniature invisi grass along the front. You might also note that my thermometer is not fully in the water. Thats because the damn suction cap dont work no more lol. Its no longer in the tank. I am thinking i might just add a bit of bolbitis sorry cant recall spelling right now. I have a light on the way from the tech den which i am looking forward to arriving. This tank is only to give me something to do since I am in the process of clearing my last big tank to save some money to put towards a rack. Its been decided we wont be able to buy a house now for another year atleast so stuck in rentals which will continually impact on having a decent setup if we have to move regularly. Atleast with this I can pull it down and put it back together quickly. With the exception of the tank and the light on order everything else i had laying around. It just doesnt all work haha. You were warned this would be the best tank journal ever!. So my plans are to add the piece of bolbitis, did have 1 piece of Cholla wood left but i cant find it in the left over removal boxes lol so that will be found one day. And when the tank cycles hopefully acquire a pair of shrimp. The filter will be replaced with a lower laying one and will have to replace the heater and thermometer for sufficiently acting ones lol
  4. Hi All, Soon I will be having my own shrimp room so will be adding 20+ shrimp tanks to the existing ones. The mistake I have done with the older tanks is - the water change and drainage were all manual work so it takes quite a bit of time for the water change. Mostly I get weekends only to spend with family and if I spend a big chunk of the time in water change then obviously family will not be happy. So will be selling some of the tanks and will get all similar size of tanks for better understanding and plan is to automate the water change as much as can. Below is a crude diagram of the rack(s) and how the system I am planning - Will be a 3 layered custom made rack, which will mostly keep 3 tanks in each level. Now my area tap water is around 800 tds so will be using RO plus remineralizer. First we will keep a square container around 250-300 lt at ground level where I will put RO water and will mix the remineralizer and then at a decent height one more container of around 200lt will be kept which will be used to distribute water to every tank(s). From the ground level to the top level water will be sent using a pump. Will replenish the bottom container once its empty. Each tank will have 2 pipes - 1 for input and 1 for output. Each tank input will be connected to a master PVC input and the PVC will be connected to the top container. And each tank output will be connected same to a master PVC output which will be connected straight to the drainage. Each of the tank inlet and outlet will be controlled by valve and will be opened during water change. Below is a diagram of the tank sizes, filtration etc. Tank dimension are mentioned in inches. Each tank will have 2 filtration - Taiwan style UG filtration and one sponge filter. A 4 inch partition will be done in the tank where the UG plate, filter media and soil will be kept. The UG and Sponge filter will be connected to a bigger Hiblow XL pump which will run all the tanks. So each tank will have 4 air pipes - 1 water drainage -valve controlled 1 water inlet - valve controlled 1 air pipe for UG 1 air pipe for sponge filter Mostly will be using LED for all the setups. Now would require members advice on the system we have planned. Please share your thoughts/suggestions/area of improvements. My end goal would be to provide efficient filtration and also to automate the water change as much possible as it can be.
  5. So after having a horrible first experience with shrimp, plecos and planaria. I decided to start up a new tank late Dec 15. So heres the setup. Tank: 3 Foot Komoda 90x45x45 Filter: Aqua one Ocellaris 850 (in box media) + Large single bio sponge filter Lighting: Up aqua Pro Z 90cm Substrate: Mr aqua soil 8L x2 + Up aqua shrimp sand 5L (had it leftover so i just chucked it in) Co2: Yes. Inline atomiser. Heater: None (will get one as soon as winter comes) Cycling process - Just used water straight from the tap and added some Api stress zyme and squeezed wool from an established tank into the cannister. After a week Ph 6.6 Nitrate 0 Nitrite 0 Ammo 0. TDS = didnt check Gh/kh = didnt check. So after about a week i added some neons to speed up the process. Could not wait any longer so i took my chances and added some pandas and CRS within the fortnight. No deaths thankfully ? Since then i have added Oebt + MBB + BB + SW + GB and ottos. Issue #1 Micro organisms. Had a mini outbreak of planaria first week within cycling. Probably due to plants added. Solved with manual removal. Battling limpets daily. Solved by giving up squashing them. Lol. Last week saw a hydra killed it. Solved, none since. Nematodes, copecods (cyclops) and possibly seed shrimps starting to appear after introduction of new driftwood last week. Harmless so mostly ignored. Lesson learnt = WASH YOUR PLANTS AND WOODS BEFORE ENTRY. Issue #2 Algae. Had an outbreak of string/hair, green spot and BGA within the first fortnight. Most likely due to excessive lighting periods and poor circulation from the Aqua one cannister. BGA fixed with less light time and manual removal. Currently on 2nd dose of Algaefix. Seems to be working on most of the string/hair algae. Not so on the green spot. Issue #3 Ph rising. Not sure why it has gone up to 7.2 in the last fortnight. Possibly excessive seiryu stones. Left 1 in there only now. Could also be from poor substrate. Also treating with IAL and mulberry. Alder cones on the way aswell. Deaths: 1 MBB and 1 Otto ? Here a some recent pics. Can anyone recommend some nice background plants for my set up ? And should i use fulvic grains to try and reduce Ph ? And should i just buy a new cannister filter to increase water circulation or just buy a wavemaker ?
  6. After a 5 year break from fish keeping. Thought I would get back into it with a shrimp tank. Ill keep a tab on all expenses etc because I find it helpful and like to see what I spend on a tank. Also dad has a shed full of fish gear so alot of things came from there. AR-620- free from the shed Sponge filters - From the shed Schego WS3 air pump- free from the shed Eheim 2215- $25 Pisces iron sand 20kg- $60 The tech den Up aqua shrimp sand red- $50 The tech den Ceramic shrimp breeding cave- $8 The tech den Java moss- $5 Weeping moss- $5 SS mesh x 4 - $5 Wood- free Shrimp are 10 yellow 5 carbon rilli and 5 blue cherry shrimp. Wanted some colour but didn't want to go to expensive as Im just starting out. End goal is a display tank with white gloves as they are my favourite but $$$ for my liking. Thinking of adding some CRS in soon, I see alot of micshlings which look like CBS to me. Need to read up on those. Pictures from start until now. Cycling with the help of some established sponge filters Sand and moss in. Lilly pipes in. Still deciding on what to do with the intake cover. This is just a cut up piece of foam. Trying to make a nice display piece of wood out of about 10 pieces. I ended up using 3 pieces. As it sits now Still playing around with the wood designs etc. Also will cut the sponges out next weekend. I have read that shrimp love a lot of air and most just use sponge filters. Are there any nice looking sponge filters on the market? Black back ground will be applied this weekend. Thats all for today. Any help and tips will be greatly appreciated! Thanks Zac
  7. neo-2FX

    Neo's Journal

    Hi guys, I'm about to jump into the shrimp hobby and was hoping for some advice on the setup I'm thinking of getting. Tank - Fire tank (45cmx27cmx30cm) - originally wanted ADA 45-P but it's double the price.. Filter - Eheim 2213 Substrate - Cal Aqua Labs Fine Light - Up Aqua 45cm Looking at starting off with CRS. TDS of tap water is 30ppm. What do you think of the above setup? What other essentials will I need? Thanks Shrimp Lovers
  8. BlueBolts

    Breeding Rack No.2

    As per my previous post, perseverance and patience, has won the day ! Planted the seed on the family that I needed another breeding rack, and eventually got the green light ! Yahoo, only condition, is that it needed to look nice ! So this was my 1st breeding rack ... And this is the framework for the 2nd.... Approx 20% reduction in side...just needs to be sanded, and painted with a highgloss/piano finish white. Sump design will be identical, with 2 filters (2215 & G3) to sump, and a sump pump to UV to tanks. Like the 1st setup, each tank has a outflow tap, for optional isolation. Had used a denitrator previously, but may consider another option/means for nitrate reduction. Used corflu, for the flaps, with magnets, and works really well,....very happy with the 1st setup/design, so keeping status quo. Just waiting for Oli(Aquotix & Forum Sponsor) to build my tanks/sump (c'mon Oli, there's 24 hours in a day...hehe). This will be replacing my Aqua620T, and the existing 2215 filter/chiller will be used for this setup....so filter seeded, G3 in full cycle mod, and we'll be off and running..... Will have a Aquaone 620T to give away in 2013, modified with a CADE light... Cant wait ....
  9. eternalc

    Maiden Shrimp Voyage

    Finally after so much readings into shrimpy thing, i decided to start one. went to my local aquatic pet store and talked to the owner of what kind of tank i wanted.this is the initial setup that we came up with. the drift wood will be eventually tied with moss, on the top middle perhaps some stem plants, and the bottom right some carpet plant.so we used amazonia as first layer, then scattered some bacterial powder on it, and top it off with another layer of amazonia. poured some purify on top of it. and let it dry cycle for 3 days.stones and driftwood to be put in after 3 days.so back at home, a day before putting in the stones and driftwood, i washed them and soaked them in water for a day.this is what it looks like after water had been put in. i made a little adjustment on the stones placement. now the waiting game begins. 21 days of cycle before i tie the moss on the drift wood and putting some carpet plant, probably fissiden fontanus. lights will be around 6 hours per day.
  10. Hi I've been keeping shrimp for about a year now and I just wanted to find out how everyone else cleans the tank without throwing away babies? I siphon an icecream bucket of water out then sit it under a light and fish out any fry with a syringe. Have any of you got different/better strategies? Here is my 30L 'jungle' tank I've got RCS, Red Rilli and there was three Caridina Spp that have recently had babies I kind of scaled it to start with but I've gradually added things until it went wild. Here are some pics Caridina Spp Female Rescued Caridina Spp Babie (these guys are so small I suck them up with a syringe after siphoning) https://vimeo.com/168918484 Here is a baby RCS on some cholla wood (at the bottom near the sand) Adult Cherry Red Rilli Buried Cherry Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. I've been told to get the AquaOne nano out of its temporary location inside the house so decided to upgrade it at the same time. New tank 2' x 1' x 1' going in the garage on my tool rack currently doing a water leak test. Equipment list ordered: Up Aqua Pro Z LED Light ordered from SKF Sponsor @newbreed Fluval 201 ordered from SKF Sponsor @ageofaquariums Mr Aqua Black Gravel 9Kg ordered from SKF Sponsor @newbreed Black Vinyl sheet for tank back ordered from eBay
  12. Well on the weekend drove from Brisbane to Maryborough for a breeding system. Was a long drive and even longer home thanks to some fallen power lines just out of Gympie. But for the price it was worth the drive. Wooden stand, 12 2ft tanks, 4ft sump, lights, sump pump, some media and all plumbing for a crazy price of $300!!! Only problem is that I have no room until I buy a house at the end of the year. So this will sit at dads house until then. All 13 tanks went into the cruiser and the stand into the trailer. Few pics of the car and trailer Will be changing it around a little bit. Not to keen on the way the sump is set up so will be changing that. White paint will come off and redone in black. Currently the top tanks feed to the bottom tanks then to the sump and pump back up to the top so that will be changed. Will have another 3 tanks next to the sump that will run separately. Depending on how big the shed will be maybe another 6 tanks on top. Re-enforce the stand. Take out the fluros for some LED's. Thats it for the moment I think. Will be updating when I change things around. If you guys have any idea's for it don't be shy! This will be my first shrimp system. Cheers Zac
  13. Hi All Im new to this Forum so thought I would put up my new Zebra Tank for Opinions criticisms etc. I see a few familiar names from another Forum Im a member of. Tank Size - 90 x 45 x 45 Filtration - Sump with Bean animal overflow (marine Pure & mat) Tank is heated to 22 deg, will add a chiller prior to next summer. Tank is open top and the sump has a float valve connected to me 200lt RO tank. TDS - 35 PH - ? GH/KH - ? I have 22 Zebra's which are being fed shrimp cuisine, snow and Almond Leaves. Looking for a supply of Mulberry leaves to add to this. Thanks for looking, please offer you advise, as I want to give this a real good go. Thanks Mark
  14. Hello all new member here. Im currently setting up my first shrimp tank since moving back to WA. Had alot of fish tanks and 1 shrimp tank with numerous cherries a few years ago in NSW. Tank im setting up is 3ft around 130 litres I think. 18kg of ADA amazonia substrate and currently has a Fluval internal filter until the water is cleared up from the damn substrate! Planning on switching to 2 or 3 sponge filters once I get some shrimp. I will be planting the tank with some type of moss and a few plants yet but im still undecided on which.. and also undecided on lighting. Shrimp going in will be chocolate cherries, and ill be setting up a small 1ft tank for some other shrimp.. ill post pics once the water clears up a bit.
  15. OzShrimp

    Anubias Shrimp Tank

    Got my new Anubias plants today and got another 10 on the way, brought more then i need lol :S Heres a couple of photos baring in mind its not scaped and wont be until i move house in 5months or so as i dont want to have to move wet lava rock.
  16. Hi all. Been a member for some time now and had ups and downs already breeding tb/mish. I have just moved in with my girlfriend to a nice apartment and am setting up my four foot as a divided mish/tiger/tb breeder. Using my existing substrate which is around 5 bags of up aqua shrimp soil with a bag of benibachi powder over the top. Hardware will be a halea chiller, eheim 2217 and an aqua one 800 cannister also. Chiller will be run via the aqua one cannister as the slower flow rate will keep temps a bit more constant when the chiller kicks in. Have still got the aqua one in a bucket running with old tank water until my new ro unit arrives. Already lined the bottom of the tank with bee mineral bacteria aswell as micronektron powder. Plan on updating this journal with plenty of pics as I go. I have some beautiful perspex dividers on the way from Korea so will update again when they arrive. Can't wait to get it cycling. [ATTACH]6757[/ATTACH]
  17. Greetings to all fellow shrimp keepers and breeders in OZ and the world... I have been keeping shrimps for about 2~3 years... started off with Cherry, Sakura.. and jumped on to CRS and CBS.. Had a taste of keeping Black King Kong (just 1pc) but ended up in failure because keeping them was so hard initially.. After that, I had a big jump into having a 6 tanks (each 60cm x 35cm x 30cm) rack which filtration is using a sump and each individual tank has 2 air sponge filters and 1 bottle of K1 media to provide extra filtration, and I am also pumping in air via EHEIM air diffuser to each of these tank.. This is the rack which I started off with and right now I am still using it to house my PRL (Pure Red Line) of 2 different bloodline. And recently I have started another rack which I have bought off another hobbyist who is temporary stopping. This rack, each tank is 120cm x 40cm x 30cm. But this filtration is totally different from my first rack.. For this rack, I am running 1xPre-filter (packed with just wool) + EHEIM 2026 + EHEIM 2217 + EHEIM 2215 per tank. (meaning I have 2 Prefilters and 6 canisters under my rack.. haha) For setting up, can say that right now I 'swear by' ADA New Amazonia soil.. No doubt it takes a long time to cycle and somehow it has been a very stable soil if the tank matures. In order to enhance the bacteria during cycling, I use Prodibio Biodigest.. Somehow this little vial of liquid bacteria hasten my cycling by almost half.. (Normally a full cycle takes 4~6 weeks, but mine, I introduce shrimps after the 2nd week) Here are some of my shrimps photos to show.. Hope to hear some comments and feedbacks from all fellow shrimp keepers.. Thank you... The PRLs... The Black King Kongs.. Sorry that some of the photos are not very well taken as they are taken with iPhone. I will try to post more photos as time comes as I have yet to take photos of my PBL (Pure Black Line).. Enjoy and thank you...
  18. rawprawn

    Custom Aqua One 620T

    Picked this tank up locally for 150 bucks. I'm hoping to keep yellow cherries and royal blue tigers together in it. Don't like the filter in the hood or the lights either, so I'll go a bit custom and go for what I understand to be a low tech, medium/high light planted tank. I've already got NZ black iron sand, an 800L/hr ebay cannister filter, and some ebay led flood lights. I'm pretty new with this, but have a big background in technical fabrication. Please feel very free to advise me. Cheers,
  19. Z-Aquatics

    A Nano Shrimp Scape

    I had a 45cm tank lying around so might as well make a little home for some shrimps :D I'm using Benibachi Shrimp Soil, assortment of low light plants, HOB filter, and fair bit of lava rock. The rocks will provide heaps of surface area for the beneficial bacteria to colonise.
  20. Zaphreit

    Simple scaping

    Before: In the progress of rescaping: Waiting for water to clear up: Right after re-scaping: One week after:
  21. newbreed

    TB three foot tank!

    So I decided the CRS colony needed a new home, so I have reset the tank with new Benibachi soil and have planted it pretty heavy for the TBs. The tank is using an existing canister. So I allowed it to cycle for a few weeks, did a 50% waterchange, then added the TBs. Thankfully all new inhabitants have been doing really well. And first drop of Shrimplets has occurred. I have kept these TB in a single tank, with all colours together. Parents from Bluebolts, Dean's, and a couple of other breeders lines. Am getting a good mixture of shrimplets now, in all colours. I set up a diffuser and connected to CO2 bottle, but I heard of another option that was worth trialling. Sochting have a product called a Carbonator, which acts as a slow release CO2 diffuser. I have set one up today to test out, and will most likely stock these as a product next year, once the results are in.
  22. Hi new here, but not new to shrimp keeping, about 4 years ago I decommissioned all my tanks x3, when we had our first kid... still have all my gear sitting in the garage ready for when I have more time. Last xmas I decide I wanted to start a low tech easy to maintain tank. Always wanted a fluval edge as its clean looks and would look great as a centre piece in the dining room. EquipmentTank: Fluval edge 27LFilter: Stock Aquaclear 20Light: Stock 21 LED... thinking of upgrading to the 42 LED but will wait and see.Substrate: Fluval Plant & Shrimp Stratum... maybe bad choice, have been reading it stops buffering after 6months... should have went with ada FloraPeacock mossUs fissidens Subwassertang Still to come Star moss true aquatic, Anubias nana petite. Hardscape Mix of Dragon rock, Lava rocks, Mineral balls, Alder cones. Stock Started out with 5 yellow cherrys when tank was cycled... now have 20, and 10 CRS was added last week Here is the tank after 3 months... will be adding more moss in the coming weeks and can't wait for the moss to fill out. The little opening of the fluval edge has been a pain to move stuff around and to work with...... so I am tempted to start up my 30 cube as well, multi-tank here I come.
  23. So finally finding the time to post a quick intro and progress of my previous / current tanks. I've been into planted tanks for the past couple years but I'm slowly drifting away and focusing more on shrimp. They're just a lot more fun to look at. haha I don't want to photobomb you all with pictures so I'll just post pictures of my current shrimp tanks. My selective breeding cubes: and my newest rack and tanks. Yes, those are 40 breeders... I originally purchased my storage rack with the intentions of building custom rimless tanks with a shallow footprint (36x18x12) but I couldn't pass up the dollar per gallon sale at petco so I left the store with 4, after just wanting to "look at them". haha I plan to mirror both bottom tanks with each other, most likely with a large piece of driftwood covered in coral moss. The top tanks will be divided into maybe 2 or 3 sections so I can house multiple species and get rid of my selective breeding cubes. I'm still debating on how I want the filtration set up. I will probly run 2 canister filters on the bottom tanks in conjuction with a UGF and the top tanks will be just the standard dual sponge filters. I'm always open to suggestions as well
  24. JacksonL

    22L Ocean Free Nano

    This tank is still a long way off from having shrimp in it but I figured I would start a journal from day 1! The tank itself is a nice neat unit purchased from Aquotix, it was surprisingly cheap considering the build quality and great lighting unit. It has the filtration and pump in a compartment in the back, with two pull out cartridge style filtration units that can be filled with whatever filter media you choose, mine will be full of ceramic rings and a bag of purigen as with all my freshwater tanks. The light unit is a 12w LED that seems to have a good spectrum and a separately comtrollable moonlight (2 blue LED's). Hopefully the pump provides enough circulation for good plant growth so the only mod I have to make is some fine mesh over the intake to the filter section. plans for plants are mini pellia moss, HC 'cuba', mini alternanthera and some pogostemon helferi stems. stocking plans are a couple of Oto's and hopefully some good quality Red Rilis. Maybe some Darwin Algae shrimp for bba algae control, do they play nice with Red Rili shrimplets? The tank will be 'dry started' to let the HC take root and carpet before I fill the tank with water, it will be the first time I've used the DSM to start a tank, so I'm interested to see how it goes. here are some photos of the scape so far, any comments and suggestions are most welcome! Tank and rocks ready to go: front on view view from the angle the tank will be most viewed from
  25. As I've stated before I've kept a number of tanks and occupants ranging from native fish to eels but have had an 8 year hiatus. I have a small daughter and have rediscovered the joy of tanks now with inverts. The executive summary is I got a dozen cherries, they bred then the adults died. I've restocked and am keeping a close eye on the tank (as well as reducing the number of fish) and got another free tank that I am currently cycling. Has anyone out there used similar wood to this and found that it's clouding the water? I soaked it for two weeks but it seems to be releasing a bit of slime...?
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