Since I regret not doing this for my 36g bowfront rainbow community tank, I thought I would start up a journal for this tank.
After trading with a local lfs, my 9 gallon shrimp tank has become absolutely overrun with scuds. I trap with a cucumber end multiple times a week and hardly make a dent in the population. Lesson learned, I will not step foot in that store again. The scuds have decimated all moss and glosso in the tank, and so I figure this is the perfect excuse to set up a new tank.
I've always liked the rimless look, and wanted something with a large footprint and low depth to suit shrimp. No need for an 18" high tank afterall, right?
Enter the Deep Blue 24" x 24" x 12" shallow "frag tank" cube. I've seen this tank used in many salt water applications, but don't think I've seen in fw before, so I figured I would give it a try.
(credit to Amazon for the stock picture, of course mine will not have the overflow)
Tank and stand are on order, and I should be picking up Tues/Weds. Here is the rest of my planned breakdown:
Tank: Deep Blue 24"x24"x12" Shallow Reef Tank - roughly 30 gallons
Stand: Marineland Ventura Black
Filtration: Eheim 2213
Lighting: (2) Current USA Satellite + LED fixtures
Substrate: (2) 9l bags of ADA Amazonia - I don't think all will be used, but did not want to come up short either.
Heater: I am going to monitor tank temps while cycling. I don't honestly think one is needed, as my apartment is kept ~70-76 degrees year round
Water: Distilled water from supermarket and Salty Shrimp GH+ Remineralizer
Ferts: Flourish Excel and Comprehensive Liquids as well as Flourish Root tabs if I see the need
I am still planning fauna and flora, but here is my plan so far:
-Either CRS or Super Tiger Shrimp, depending on the quality of what I have access to when the tank is ready
-A few Nerite Snails
-Maybe some kind of small schooling fish once the shrimp populations and foliage are up
-Green Tiger Lotus
????? Need ideas for right, front right, and in the Y space of the driftwood - any recommendations?
That's all for now! I will try to update this with pictures as things come in and are set up. I figure it will be at least a month and a half before shrimp go in, depending on how long the Amazonia leaches ammonia. I'll snap a picture of my 36g bowfront and post up to hold over until then.
Critique of equipment and everything else more than welcomed! Thanks guys!