I was looking at these ecospheres
and was quite tempted to get one, but then I figured that really what I wanted was the shrimps inside it
And as most things in this country are overpriced, I figured I could setup a tank for a lot less.
Ok, I picked up this tank second hand on ebay for £12.50 which is about $20 USD. It included the light, heater and filter. Bargain! I used to own the same model about 10 years ago and kept some tropical fish in it. But yeh, I am trying to do this as cheap as possible.
So I stripped it down and cleaned it. There was only one plug for the whole thing so I modded it so I could have another plug for the light, which I wanted on a timer.
I was planning on keeping red cherry shrimp so I opted for some dark gravel. (In hindsight I would have probably gone for a finer substrate... maybe next time!)
Anyway, I bought 6 kilos of this stuff and 3 large moss balls and a tropical tank start-up kit from API which would help kick start the cycling process.
While I waited for the cycle to finish, I bought a Shrimp gift pack from ebay
It contained some Amazon Frogbit, some Alder cones, a couple of small moss balls and a Trumpet snail.
I also found this nice bit of bogwood in a LFS.
I also bought some gutter guard and a riccia plant to make a carpet around the sides and leave a crescent in the center for feeding time - as you will see in a bit, this didn't work out..
By now I had also bought a Nutrafin test kit, a net, a gravel vacuum, a bucket, some tubing, some filter media, a new charcoal filter and some algae wafers.
The photos will be higher quality now as I am using my camera (a fujifilm bridge camera), rather than my mobile phone.
As you can see, I have taken out the mesh as my trumpet snail got stuck in it
and I didn't want to endanger anything in my tank. So I will get some slate and do it that way. The snail is fine by the way!
Anyway here is the tank with the shrimps in. I bought 10 and after having them for a few days, I feel this was a good number. I am aware that this number could rise!
The shrimp seem really happy. I will be adding loads of photos to this journal as the tank matures and my plant plans take shape.
This photo cracks me up