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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 12-01-2013, 07:11 AM Thread Starter
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Re-birth of a 10g shrimp tank

Earlier this year I set up a 10g tank for some PFR culls I got from a member here. Over time the numbers slowly dwindled and they all finally died. I think it was mostly due to hardness and water quality issues. Needless to say I broke it down and put it aside.

Later I de-rimmed it and tore it down because I thought part of the reason why everything died was possibly due in part to the fact that the previous owner kept baby birds in it and something funky might have got into the silicone that was holding it together. Plus it gave me a good excuse to de-rim it (like I need one ).

I kind of set this up in a rush due to getting a bunch of *cherry reds for free from my LFS. They came in with a shipment from a cory breeder and the shrimp had multiplied out of control. My buddy who owns the LFS didn't want to deal with the shrimp and knew I wanted some so he gave them to me. I'm guessing there are 30 or so shrimp of all different maturity levels. There's even a big one that came in the mix that I'm not convinced is a cherry.

It started out something like this:


And was turned into this:


Start of substrate. I just went with plain sand. Didn't have time to set up a dirt substrate or anything else. I just put some azomite under the sand and I'm going to drop in some low tech plants for now. They should be OK.

Black petco sand in front, PFS sand in the back (didn't have enough of either to do all of one kind)


Not much for a hardscape right now. I just dropped in some lava rock I had laying around. I think it looks OK. I'm going to keep my eye out for a nice branchy drift wood or some nice stones to complete the scape.


And some random shots from around the tank. Yes I did put the shrimp in right away. I had a sponge that I had been using as a water polisher in my main tank that was full of BB so I don't really need to worry about a cycle.









Plants consist right now of a small stem of sunset hygro, java fern, jungle val and DHG.

And this, but I forgot the name.


Here's the giant shrimp that I don't believe is a regular cherry. Silly thing wouldn't sit still for a second to get a decent picture of it so this is the best I could do.


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More shots:

Better FTS


blood worms nom nom


With as many saddles that I'm seeing I think I'll be experiencing a shrimpy explosion soon


They loved the aged sponge filter


Little tiny baby


And some pictures of the big mamma that is roaming the tank. She looks different than all the others and I'm wondering if its something other than a crystal red? Almost looks like a PFR but she's way bigger than my other PFR's ever got.



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Its coming along. I need more plants. Not sure what to put in there.


Fat mamma about ready to burst


Nothing in particular, but I think this lava rock is super photogenic lol






3/4 FTS

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Shrimplet explosion!




And my spixi snail. Open wiiiiiiide. Ramshorn snail eggs nom nom.

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Filter cover

I need to get a filter cover too. They like hanging out on it and when mine start breeding I'll propably end up with a filter full. Nice start on the tank! I like the rimless tanks.
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Thanks! I've converted all my tanks to rimless. Its such a nice clean look.
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I found some neat pieces of driftwood at the shop last night that went together well to make one little tree. Zip tie is to hold the parts together while the glue dries. The 'tree' is actually made up of 4 individual pieces.



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That DW with the moss looks really great! The shrimp look super happy! Can't wait to see how everything continues to grow in

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I think the shrimp are kinda peeved at me right now because I removed a pound of salvinia minima from the surface so there is a lot more light in the tank then there has been for the last few weeks
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Nice little shrimp tank you have going. You have cherry shrimp not crystal red shrimp. That big one looks like a low grade fire red and the rest are regular cherry grade.
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Nice little shrimp tank you have going. You have cherry shrimp not crystal red shrimp. That big one looks like a low grade fire red and the rest are regular cherry grade.
of course, I knew that. I WISH I got a bunch of crystal reds for free.
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Changed things up a bit. I finally added a background to the tank which helps things pop a bit more and modified the heater so I could hide it away in the corner.



'tree' close up


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I just culled a bunch of clear males. I have a few nice red females in the tank and want that color to come out more. There are a couple real nice dark red males at the LFS that I'm going to pick up and hopefully I can get a sakura or PFR line to develop.
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