low-tech planted shrimp tank?
I am looking to set up a 9 or 10 gallon shrimp tank. I am new to exclusive shrimp tanks- just have some cherries in my heavily planted 30g community tank. I'd like to get them their own setup.
I've read quite a bit on this forum to try and learn how to set up a shrimp tank. However, lots of people seem to say that shrimp and plants just don't go along too well. Is this true? It seems to me that many of the goals of low-tech (no CO2, light fert schedule, few water changes) counteract the objections to shrimp and plants. Has anyone done this successfully??
And, this is a new setup for me, so I want to set it up right. It will most likely house my cherry shrimp, although I MIGHT get some orange sakuras or yellow neos from someone local, depending how they do in his tank and what I decide to do.
Plants- Moved over from my 30g. Mostly anubias and crypts, although I am trying to get the mosses going. Some stems too.
Light- I'm probably going with a 20" Finnex Fugeray although maybe an 18" Ray2 (not sure- think that may be too much light).
Substrate- Open to suggestions. Thinking of aquasoil because that is good for plants and I think its good for shrimp also. Anything else that works well?
Filter- This is my biggest question. For shrimps, I see that sponge filters are considered the best. I'm hesitant to go that route because of the extra bubbles, maybe not so good for minimizing algae in my tank. And, my only memories of air pumps are from my goldfish tank 20 years ago- so NOISY. Are they still that loud? On the plus side- friendly to my pocketbook!
Also thinking about an in-tank canister (just not sure about that, don't know many people that use them). Or maybe a HOB or external canister with a sponge over the intake??? I'm more familiar with those.
Suggestions, experiences, and stories welcomed. You guys are the shrimp experts- what do you think?