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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-23-2013, 09:11 PM Thread Starter
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10 gallon shrimp tank

I just happen to have a spare 10 gallon tank out in my storage shed. Since I probably just ordered too many plants for my existing tanks, I was thinking I'd go ahead and set it up as a dirted tank, capped with sand, and use it as a grow out tank for floating plants that get eaten by my goldfish.

But I am so enamored with the amanos in my 20 gallon that I've been reading threads most of the day, and looking at the photos of the tanks.

And then I thought - why not make it a shrimp tank?

So I've ordered a sponge filter for it. I also ordered a 50 watt Jager heater with a thermostat that can be adjusted from 64F to 93F because the room it's going in stays pretty chilly in the wintertime.

I've got a piece of Malaysian driftwood - about 9" by 6" that I'll put in it. Most of the tanks I've seen here also have at least one flat rock in them. What is that for?

I'd love some thoughts about hard and aquascape since I'll be starting from scratch - except for those extra plants...

And then, how many RCS would I put in this tank?
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I'd put between 20 and 30 shrimp for starters...
I too have a flat rock too but I guess it's only decoration. ?

How I feel about non-planted aquariums.
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Rocks aren't necessary. They do provide a good place for some biofilm to grow, but so will the wood and plants. A lot of people add rocks for aesthetics. Sponge filter is good, another place for shrimp to graze.

So really, just scape the tank to be pleasing to you. There really isn't much to worry about with cherry shrimp.

How many, you could just start with like 10 shrimp and in time you'll have loads. A ten gallon tank would probably keep over 100 shrimp without too much issue. You can sell them off as you get too many or use them as live food.

My advise, grab nicer ones from the start. They aren't that much more money these days and will be worth it if you decide to sell later. Really nice painted cherries will run you up to around $2-2.50 each, I've also seen them as low as $1 each. Well worth it.

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