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  1. journal

    A journal of my tank that's been through many stages of life thus far! Equipment, Plants etc as of September, 2016 Tank: 3 foot. 36 x 14 x 18 inch, 90 x 35 x 45 cm (length x width x height). Roughly 150 litres, 40 gallon. Filter: Eheim 2215 Canister Light: 3ft makemyled LED tube/panel combo-thing. Substrate: 16l of Kaito Plants: Needle Leaf and normal Java Ferns, Java Moss, Bolbitis heudelotii, Hemianthus Micranthemoides, Vals, Chain Sword, Amazon Sword Stock: 60+ Red Cherry Shrimp, 8 White Clouds, 17 Neons CO2: No injection. Aim to keep low tech. Day 1 - 5th Aug, 2015 Jan, 2016: March, 2016: May, 2016: September, 2016: January 2017
  2. Hey hey hey, Hows things everyone? Ive been getting right back into shrimp in a major way now, Had a few days spare so I got around to re-sealing an old tank I had laying around and building a quick stand for it. This is being setup as a shrimp/ low tech planted mostly somewhere for all my anubias to live I have some rather large varieties now, just some lava rock as the main hardscape, then course white sand, lots of ferns etc. standard aquaone heater, and the filter I'm running is an aquaone 1050 series ii. It's quite new I got it on the cheap ages ago and it's sat there lol. The tank was already drilled through the bottom panel from an older project, so I decided to run a closed plumbing system which seems to have stopped the notorious dead spots you sometimes get in tanks bigger then 4ft. And it's working great with only a relatively small filter. Probably Going to end up being for my chameleons and or something else. Loving life right now, even though I didn't sleep and it's water change day today haha peace ✌️
  3. Hey everyone how's things? So I was on and off with shrimp the last 6 months or so while I was doing other things and getting into nano softwater fish, building tanks and saving money, now I've got a bit more free time again I just bought a ton of new tanks, equipment and shrimp in the last few months, it's all coming together now. This is what my lounge room/fish room looks like ATM lol
  4. journal

    Hi everyone im new to this site. I was looking for some advice. I have a 5ft tank i was looking to divide into 4 sections for shrimp. I dont want to run a canister filter if possible and i have sponge filters ready to go but does anybody think glass dividers are a bad option?
  5. journal

    Hi SKFer's, I finally got approval for my next shrimp tank (currently a divided 4 footer trying to push it to a 5 footer). So I thought I would keep track of the creation of the tank here from design to the finish product with the shrimp I end up with. See below my design and first set of drawings. Tank Design.pdf Since it is my first real design for a tank with a sump. Please feel free to critique. I would like to as many idea's from the ppl here as possible before I get it built. Cheers, Baz
  6. journal

    I have recently rescaped my two footer which i started this wonderful hobby with almost a year ago. It started as a iwagumi scape with shrimp but quickly became a shrimp tank lol. Due to this I decide to redo the tank over the last couple of months. Currently i have my Oebt colony, blue gene red rili culls and some chamleons. I will be dropping and posting the last of the rili's this weekend and bringing home some additional chamleon. Shout-outs to @Ronskitz for this awesome driftwood. @OzShrimp for some of the nice plants. @newbreed for the moss ledges really like them. I plan on adding a few more plants and mosses but pretty happy with it now. As always please feel free to give me pointers, advise and critique. Cheers.
  7. journal

    So I took the plunge and went out and bought a 60L ADA Cube Garden aquarium off a shop in Melbourne who was doing a sale on ADA aquariums and equipment. I thought it was about time I started advancing my skills as a shrimp keeper. After keeping RCS, YCS etc for the past 6 months and having a successful breeding colony, I ventured in to the CRS/CBS a couple of weeks ago in an already established 30cm cube tank - they all seem to be doing just fine. So over the course of the next 4-6 weeks whilst my new tank is cycling I am going to learn all I can about CRS/CBS to make sure I limit the amount of stuff ups. Once everything is established and I feel the tank is ready to rock and roll, I will look at adding a TB or 2 to existing selected stock. My ideal kind of set up for the new tank is to be an excellent visual tank along with a breeding ground for many shrimplets. I am unsure of what plants I am going to use if any, besides some mosses and perhaps some anubias on some driftwood. My main concern at the moment is what filter I will be using. As I have limited space and I don't want to clog the counter up too much (I cannot put for example a canister filter hidden underneath the tank), I am conscious of the tank and area around the tank having minimal items hanging around. Tank Setup Tank: ADA Cube Garden Superior - W60×D30×H36 (60 litres)Substrate: ADA Power Sand, ADA Amazonian Normal and ADA Amazonia FineHeater: TBDFilter: TBD - Can just a sponge filter workLights: TBD most likely UP Aqua 60cm LED My plan is to follow exactly what the ADA substrate tells me to do in terms of cycling the tank and water changes. Before I get started I will need to find a filter that meets my needs. I know I can always add plants later but I am sure it is best to get them in there and settled ASAP. Any design ideas and/or filter suggestions would be great. I will keep you updated as I go along......
  8. journal

    Hello, My name is Andrzej and I'm from Poland. If something is against the rules, please let me know. I will like to show you my tanks. A few of my aquariums :) Ok some information: Aquariums as you can see is 15 7 is 30x30x50 - the rest is different but mostly 35-45L Filtration Sponge: e-jet 104 or 103 and some u-jet 3 + several biological: such: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWhr-uCYX6Y Pumps have three: 2x Sera 550R and 1x Hailea ACO 9620 And now some of my shrimp: Thank You. I will try to put some new foto and film every few days. If you have any questions, ask. https://www.youtube.com/user/szopen2004
  9. journal

    Hi there.... I read some interest topic here. I am a plant and shrimp keeper. Im running 12 tanks now. I keep Snowball Crs neocaridina ( yellow, red, orange, blue) Sulawesi dennerli I saw a lot photos. :) My 180lt dutch tank. :) Red cherry , rummynose and bnp. A 10lt with red chery , without filter and heat. Just growing plants. 90lt Sullawesi cardinals 30 lt topaz blue 30 lt crs tank1 30lt crs tank2 30 lt neo Yellows 30lt snowballs 30 lt orange neo And a some videos... Thats all ... :)
  10. Hello, Just wanted to share a build I've been working on. I bought this small 2ft beta tank divided into 5, and figured for the price of doing each one individually I'd have a go at plumbing my first sump. I got an old tank I had lying around that fits under a 3ft stand perfectly, and a 3ft stand. I cut down the stand but haven't taken a router to the one plain edge yet, meh. Drilled a 1" hole in each section and just siliconed in a mixture of pvc and poly pipe fittings cause it was like $20 instead of 5 bulkheads for like $50. Im just using 13mm poly irrigation pipe and droppers as the return back into the tanks, there's a ball valve on the return so Majority of the flow just recirculates through the sump keeping the water pristine for the shrimp. 😊 Waiting on a proper return pump and stainless steel shrimp guards that just slip straight over the poly fittings inside the tank. Still a work in progress, I have to figure out the best design for the sump, I'm thinking something that will help cool down the whole system etc, need to design it all before I find some 2nd hand glass to get my DIY on lol. Any ideas welcome. cheers
  11. journal

    After my first, somewhat successful tank, I decided to do a basic, shrimp dedicated tank. I think I will go with CRS but I'm yet to decide. Tank - 45cm Light - Flexi Mini Substrate - ADA Amazonia Powder Heater - 50W AquaEl Filter - Dual Sponge I'm not convinced with the Dual Sponge, may swap over to a hang on filter. The outflow tends to splash water everywhere with bubbles popping. Happy with the heating compared with my last experience. Heater set to 23 and it's maintaining that temperature perfectly unlike my original tank with the Jager. The ADA substrate is great, but lots of air pockets atm which I'm sure will dissipate over the coming days. Extremely happy with the Flexi Mini, great light. Does anyone know if the part that clips onto the tank can be covered with water? Will it rust? A few things coming soon: 1. Cholla Wood 2. Some goldvine 3. Mineral balls 4. IAL 5. Java moss Stay tuned...
  12. Hey guys and girls just wanted to show my setup. Firstly i want to say a massive thanks to Baz (disciple) for holding onto this tank for me so i could sort myself out. The setup didnt come with a stand so i started with this Then after a bit of reinforcing, some 12mm ply for the shelf, fronts and sides, a tin of stain i was ready to pickup the tank. Now coz the tank was running and had shrimp in that were coming with it i was crapping myself about getting them here alive and well anyhoo i got it here along with 90% of the water and started to setup Then once all shrimp mosses and driftwood were in place i added the light and panels and this is the end result So all in all im absolutely stoked with how it came up and the move was much easier than i thought ( although i pondered how i was gonna do it for weeks lol) so stay tuned and over the next week or so I'll show you guys each division and whats in there cheers for taking the time to have a look
  13. journal

    Hi all and welcome to the journey of my shrimp tank. Decided i would start up another shrimp tank so i purchased a 70L rimless. 😆 Setup Details: Tank: 70 Litre. 61x30.5x38. (2 foot) Filtration: 1 Sponge Filter and 1 HOB (Marina S20) Lighting: eBay Light Substrate: CAL AQUA LABS - Fine Hardscape: Gold Vine Driftwood, Cholla Wood Plants: Needle Leaf Java Fern, Java Moss, Blyxa Japonica Also added: Mineral Balls, IAL, Alder cones. Hope thats all for setups? Initially was not going to scape the tank in any particular way but i have quite some bit of driftwood laying around so why not! Will be housing CRS. and keeping it low tech if possible with blyxa. So i got a new shelf. those two empty cubes will have a bonsai and a terrarium for display. Does anyone sell ADA stickers so i can stick it onto my tank? 😅 Added some mineral powders and bacteria. Set up hardscape. (no rocks as i am keeping it simple) I left a large open space on the left only because itll be easier to see shrimp and not take up too much with the scaping. So i kept it to a minimum. And then comes the plants. Needle Leaf Java Fern Blyxa Japonixa Java Moss. Also added gravel because i have them in my other tanks and i love the look. Once everything is set, i will make the gravel look less organised.. AANNNNDDD now the wait for the cycle to finish... 😥 Added bio balls from old tank into HOB. Using sponge filter i have prepped for three weeks. Added some old filter floss also into the HOB along with fresh floss. Slowly removing air bubbles from subsrate also. Will upload tank photo once everything is setlled. Maybe later today.
  14. so my new rack is at a point where I’m going to start a journal for it. as it sits atm its 6X 30cmx60cmx45cm tanks set up as 3 on top 3 at the bottom ( :mad:I went for 6x 1foot tanks rather then 2 3 foot tanks the extra few mm of tank edging means I can’t put the 6 on the same level its legit like 3 mm and is doing my head in) All the tanks are drilled in the base and will have stand pipes, so i can have the plumbing under the rack rather than at the back and have the rack hard up against the wall. The return water will be run at the front for access and flow. Sliding lids and only enough gap to get air lines and return hose will help prevent escapees and they look great! They were built by a Brisbane tank builder as was the sump. The sump is a 120cmx45x45 , it’s going to have filter socks then a chamber of noodles and clay balls, k1 chamber, then a chamber for things I might want to add to the sump at different times like carbon, Macropore, purigen and that kind of thing. I’ll probably put a some Marine Pure in there too as permanent fixture. The return pump is going to be an aqua medic dc runner 6000. I’ll be using my current chiller until I expand the rack then I’ll be upgrading to a teco 1000. Each tank will also have a sponge filter in it. im using ADA AS amazonia for the sub 10 bags should hit the spot.
  15. journal

    hi all. i have just got my hands on a plain rectangle 20l tank which i am looking at making into a shrimp tank. i am planning on a heater and filter but i would like advice on substrate plants plant additives as i wont be using co2 any advice would be great
  16. journal

    Here is a video of my little shrimp room. Still work in progress, i have added 3 more tanks since then, fingers crossed i will have 2 full racks up and running by the end of the year.... Hope you enjoy
  17. 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.
  18. journal

    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 !!!☺️
  19. 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
  20. 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.
  21. 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 ?
  22. I was browsing for this section, and when I read the description (Shrimp Tank Journals: This area is for people wanting to show their tanks progress from start to finish), I figured it was perfect for me... This is my tank as of this morning. It started as a 6X2X2, I just bought it, but then... It cracked. Two of the 6ft panels gave way in the heat. What you see in the first picture is what was the front pane, and will be my bottom. I'm having panels cut, I should have them tomorrow. But I need to build a wooden stand before assembling the tank, as I'm building everything in place. Here are my current tanks. 60L hex cherry tank. 30+ low grades stock. And custom 38g 3ft. Stock: one single 3½ months old female guppy.
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. journal

    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 ....