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Window sill shrimp tank idea

I was thinking of getting this vase and making it into a shrimp tank and have it sit on my window sill. Any opinions? Is it good, bad, not feasible?

It is 24" long 4" wide 4" deep.
It would hold 1.6 us gallons.

I would put a thin layer of sand on the bottom some moss maybe a crypt or some floating duckweed.

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beautiful tank dimensions but terrible location. It would not take long for the water in the tank to warm up under the UV rays. i wouldnt risk it... It would make for an awesome desk tank tho!!!

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Good point acitydweller. Although it only would get direct sun first thing in the morning for about 2 hours. Would that still be to much?
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Try it empty (just water and plants, no shrimp) first and see what happens. Even if it doesn't get too hot, it might turn into an algae farm. It does look like a pretty neat "tank" idea though.

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You can always try it... Worse thing that could happen is that you have to move the tank. While it cycles check the temp through the day

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It seem like a torture chamber =) Shrimp will have one hell of a time swimming all the way to the surface. If you can find a long enough driftwood it would be cool to see shrimp chilling on different height level.

But yeah best not to put near window where the temps fluctuate throughout the day.
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I think he'd place it horizontally so the height of the tank is only 4 inches high. But yea the temp fluctuations would have to be dealt with. Really cool idea though!

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Where'd you even find a tank of those dimensions? Custom made?
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I had the idea and google did the rest lol.

http://www.save-on-crafts.com/longvase.html

As for the temp fluctuations. How much is unsafe? Are they that sensitive? In nature isn't there a certain amount of fluctuations naturaly. I'm not disagreeing just curious on what's a safe range for them.
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you'll never know if you dont just go for it

everyone can give you "opinions" on why or why not, but if you did start a journal on that, id read it

like someone said, you can always move it if temps are going wild or algae for that matter

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I have two of the same type of vases but different dimension and use them as desktop nano tanks.

Here's a link to them.

Oh, I tried purchasing these from the same site but they were out of stock though the site doesn't indicate so.

I ended up buying one from here and the other one here.

Oh, and I definitely keep mine away from the sun. Temperature fluctuations will kill my fishes and shrimps.

Although, I do suspect whether CPDs will survive. They are from very shallow rice paddies in Vietnam. I'd imagine it's cold at night and hot during the day there.

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I found a glass company in town that will make the "vase" to the dimensions I want for 15 dollars. Tomorrow I'm going to get it made and I will update this thread as I go with pictures.

I'm thinking a sand bottom for a substrate anyone have sugestions for substrate and plants?
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I'd do shrimp, people do planted bowls. Why not this? It would look beautiful with duck weed over the surface or frogbit.
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I just picked up the silicone and glass.

Final dimensions of cut glass.
Glass thickness 1/8"
1ea. 24"L 4"w (base plate)
2ea. 24" 1/4 L 6" 1/2 w (long side walls)
2ea. 4" L 6" 1/8 w (short side walls)

(In US dollars) Glass cost $16. Included edge grinding to make handling safe. Silicone $5.99. Edging tape $2.99
Total $25 with enough silicone and tape left over to make a dozen more.

Online purchase of same item I'm making was $54 including shipping.

Photos of materials and build forthcoming.

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