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shadetreeme 01-31-2013 03:54 AM

Shrimp system 56K
OK so I have been playin with this for a while. I have a 15 gal tank with cherry and crystal shrimp, and the time has come to expand.
I had this acrylic tank made this week.

It comes out to about 22 gallons or just over 7 gallons per section.

This is getting installed under my current 15 gal shrimp tank .

The other night I decided to try a small strip of LEDs on the back.... WOW!!

Tonight was setup night... I got another 20 lbs of black Eco Complete

I actually filled it through one of my sponge filters, and the water stayed almost perfectly clear!!!

So everything is setup and I have tiger shrimp in the middle section, and green shrimp on the right... getting bumble bees for the left side, and Orange dwarf Mexican crayfish for the top tank next week.

In case you didn't figure it out.... I LOVE the way the LEDs look LOL

shift 01-31-2013 04:19 AM

nice settup. Is the shrimp tank completely separate compartments or does the water seep from tank to tank?

shadetreeme 01-31-2013 04:38 AM

It is completely sealed. I had 3 5 gallon tanks that I was going to use, But I think this looks much better. Besides the top rims on the 5s really blocked my light. I am hoping to get some breeding going.

shift 01-31-2013 04:40 AM

What did it cost you to get it made? I like it :)

shadetreeme 01-31-2013 04:43 AM

$50.... but I had to silicone it myself. That included the lid as well. I am pretty sure I want MORE.

shift 01-31-2013 04:47 AM

so $50 for the chucks pre-cut? what thickness?

If you do a new one try using methyl chloride instead of silicone. It will "weld" the seams and make nice crisp clear edges :)

shadetreeme 01-31-2013 04:56 AM

1/4 inch... cut and glued, a buddy did it for me. I did the silicone to be safe. It is kinda thin for that size tank, but with the dividers ... it didn't flex at all.

homemadepopcorn 01-31-2013 05:10 AM

Nice looking tank(s..?). Gonna have a little shrimp factory over there haha.

shadetreeme 01-31-2013 05:37 AM

LOL shrimp condo. I want to get some nice Mopani for each section.

Bananariot 01-31-2013 09:39 AM


Originally Posted by shadetreeme (Post 2404890)
LOL shrimp condo. I want to get some nice Mopani for each section.

Go cholla, malaysian, or manzanita. Mopani may rot and give you some filmy stuff. It also smells like pure death if you let it sit in water.

shadetreeme 02-01-2013 01:47 AM

I have Mopani in my other shrimp tank and it got covered in Morimo..... I kinda like it.

I will look into the others, and see if a lfs has any.

Thanks for the advice

KD8ATF 02-01-2013 03:14 AM

I like this!

shadetreeme 02-05-2013 11:07 PM

Re: Shrimp system 56K
Well i caved..... I am getting a second tank made... It is just too perfect. It should be ready this week. Got a larger air pump, and ordered more sponge filters.
The system will be pretty cheap to run. 2 x 14 watt t5s, 2 led panels, 7.5 watt air pump. I also have a 2.5 watt 35gph filter/ power head in each section.
I don't really need them, with the 20 gallon rated sponge filters, but i like the water movement.

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pirayaman 02-06-2013 08:23 PM

hey that is awesome. pretty cheap too. really great idea

defender.TX 02-06-2013 08:31 PM

Man I love those Mexican Crayfish - so neat to watch them box.

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