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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 06-06-2014, 04:31 AM Thread Starter
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10g simple scape turned shrimp tank

This is my first aquascape(and tank in general) as I became very fond of the hobby a couple years ago. I recently decided to stop blowing thousands on my drifting and motorcycling hobbies, by distracting myself with this fun new hobby.

My old roommate gave me this 10g and I thought it would be a nice size for learning. After quite some research I decided to buy the equipment, this is what I have:
- Fluval 206 filter
- Marineland LED Double Bright 18"-24"
- ViaAqua 50-Watt heater
- CaribSea Eco-Complete 20-Pound Planted Aquarium
- CaribSea Super Naturals Crystal River Sand

I found this piece of driftwood while kayaking and thought it would make a nice piece for the tank, boiled for a couple days and soaked for a few days. Looks decent in the tank.



The next day my filter came in so I got things started, the rock is there to weigh the wood down, will be removed once the log is... logged.



Picked up a betta for some movement in the tank, as they are pretty invicible.



Then got some cute ghost shrimp



Today I picked up some more ghost shrimp and some plants. It's funny watching the shrimps eat, since they're transparent. I also got some surprise teeny fish that managed to hitch a ride with the shrimp.

Plants are:
- Some sword idk
- Java Moss
- Dwarf Baby Tears

I'll spread the DBT tomorrow or something.




This is all week 0 for my tank, moving a little fast yes, I know. I will be taking in a sample of my water to my lfs for testing.

As for design I have no intentions, just want it to look clean and simple.

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Looks like your ghost shrimp's going to have babies :P. It's got eggs.
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Looks like your ghost shrimp's going to have babies :P. It's got eggs.
Most of my ghost shrimp are pregnant, but my betta find it's fun to eat the babies as they're floating around.
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nice swords and yea that ghost shrimp looks like she has eggs

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Well here's my week 0 shots, I'm liking the way this is coming along. I can't wait to get some more fish, oh and my first water test was good! Little high in nitrites but the plants should take care of that. I appreciate any criticism or feedback

cleaning up


perspective shot


rolled back shot


Week 0 FTS
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I picked up 6 neon tetras today and a couple more plants. My betta loves the new plants and was friendly with the tetras.

I'll pick up a couple ottos tomorrow.

Will post pics / video when I get off work.
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Looks like you got a nice tank in progress!

I love the scape. It looks easy to maintain to me! Have any of you baby shrimp survived or has your Betta eaten them all? Your Betta is beautiful also. Good choice on the otto's. they're really good algae eaters imo.

good luck...

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How are you cycling the tank??
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Looks like you got a nice tank in progress!

I love the scape. It looks easy to maintain to me! Have any of you baby shrimp survived or has your Betta eaten them all? Your Betta is beautiful also. Good choice on the otto's. they're really good algae eaters imo.

good luck...
Thanks for the kind words! None of the babies have made it, as far as I know. Anything that floats around gets eaten or sucked up. The otos are awesome, I don't have any signs of algae for now. But I felt it would be better to have the ottos now for when the algae does finally arrive.

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How are you cycling the tank??
Well I tried to cycle slow but I got really caught up in progressing. I use water from my lfs so I guess that makes the cycling shorter. Idk, I feel like the people who worry about cycling and tank readings end up having a harder time. I have worried about nothing and I have crystal clear water, no "new tank" diatoms or algae, and no fatalities besides the ghost shrimp.

I know I'm taking a huge risk but I guess we will see where it leads me.

The new otos (3) love the tank


6 neon tetras lounging on the coastal line


Coming along real nice

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Just look to your fish for any problems, especially the otos. But overall,tank looking good so far! The simplicity really makes for the tank look.

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Somewhere down the line you may want to consider crypts over swords if they get to large for your tank. I really like the contrast of dark and light substrate boarding each other but what a challenge trying to keep them from mixing.

Looks great good luck.
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Just look to your fish for any problems, especially the otos. But overall,tank looking good so far! The simplicity really makes for the tank look.
What do I look for in the otos? Thanks for the compliments.
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Somewhere down the line you may want to consider crypts over swords if they get to large for your tank. I really like the contrast of dark and light substrate boarding each other but what a challenge trying to keep them from mixing.

Looks great good luck.

Thanks for the tip, I'll keep that in mind. Every few days or so I use tweezers to clean up the border. The shrimp find it very amusing.
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Don't rush too much into stocking since you're far from a cycled tank. Diatoms don't really appear within the first week either.
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I will try and update this weekend. I was on vacation for a couple of weeks and my roommate let my tank go to sh*t. But I was able to revive it, only lost shrimp, and I can only see 2 of 3 otos now..

The tank actually looks better than ever now.

I can home to about 30% water in my tank... I don't know how my fish were even alive still.
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