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Exclamation Containment "camp" for shrimp? Pics included!

So I got some FRS in the mail from Nathan (dmattfan5). I attempting to turn 8 into the most that I can for my 55 gallon. Moneys short so I cant buy anymore atm. I made a containment tank of sorts to keep the shrimp safe so they can hopefully breed and once there are enough I'll let them out into the open tank. I used a semi small plastic container and poked many holes with a small nail. I have it situated right under the flow of a power head in hopes that the water flow will flow throughout the container somewhat. I've loaded it with the gravel that has my last bit of bba and a few plants to keep them happy. Their buzzing around exploring happily.

If anyone has done this sorta thing before please let me know!

Also do you se any problems this setup could cause the shrimp? I plan on feeding them a sinking wafer every few days. Will they be okay to "colonize? What do you guys think?

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-20-2012, 05:55 PM
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That container is not getting enough circulation, if at all. Just poking holes in the plastic won't help circulation, your best bet is to get a hang-on breeder box like others here and let them breed out.

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I'm concerned about water/air flow. Are you able to add an airstone?

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You need to add a small filter (like elite mini) that will pump tank water into the box and the holes in your box will let the water. The shrimp need a regular supply of clean oxygenated water, the water standing in your box will go stale and your shrimps will not live for long.

BTW how are you going to clean the leftovers from the algae wafer?Everytime you will have to remove the box out of water this will stress the shrimps. I hope you know that food should be left more than 1-2 hours in a shrimps aquairum as it starts to rot leading to rise in nitrate and Planaria, tubifex worms, etc.
I can only advice try to move them to a shrimp only tank if you truly want to enjoy your shrimps or buy a satellite 2L breeding box.
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babies will get though the holes i bet
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Your better off putting them in a gallon jar with an air stone Sponge filter and water changes every other day! They would at least be happy for a month or so till you cycle a real tank!
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Ok haha I get the hint! This was a quick fix! I was in a rush to get things done yesterday and I didn't know what to do with these guys. I have a few 1.5 gallon tanks kicking around. I'm new to shrimp and I know my tank is ready for them but what am I trying to accomplish form a shrimp tank? I cant add co2 to it. I'm also not sure where I'll be able to out it so it can get adequate light for plants.

I see so many of you guys with shrimp only tanks but I've never thought of doing one. I got these little guys in hopes I eventually have a colony big enough for my 55. I have today off so I guess I gotta get started on a shrimp tank! Should I use water from my 55 to fill the 1.5 tank for them?

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Ok I just looked up those breeding boxes. I think I'll give a crack at diy'ing one today and see how that goes! I'll keep ya'll posted!

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I took it to the next level and set up a tank for the little guys!! Check out the thread!


Thanks for all the help! I really appreciate how everyone on here is always so quick to point someone else in the right direction! Not many other forums like that...

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