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Old 12-22-2011, 03:24 AM   #1
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ShrimpZoo's 10 gallon RCS tank


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Tank: Marineland 10 Gallon Tank Black (20 x 10 x 12)

Filter: Breeder Sponge Filter - 30 by Seapora
Air Pump: Hagen Marina 50 Aquarium Air Pump

Substrate: - CaribSea Super Naturals Aquarium Sand (Black Tahitian Moon Sand)

Lighting [Low light T8 1 Bulb]: - Fluorescent Perfect-a-Strip Light Black
20" Fixture - Holds 18" Bulb Fixtures [are 2.75" high, 4.5" wide]

Aquarium Top: Marineland Perfecto Glass Canopy 20 x 10

Heater: - Whisper® Submersible Heaters [Tetra Submersible Aquarium Heaters] -
[Keeps Temperature @ 22-23C = 71.6-73.4F]

Plants: Java Moss/Java Fern/Marimo Ball/Hygrophila Corymbosa 'Siamensis'/Hygrophila Rosae 'Australis'/Amazon Frogbit

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First time doing a journal, don't know the "right" or "wrong" way to do one but I'm just going to post a bunch of pics and do a mini documentary XD

but first off I'll show the finished product because that is what I assume most people want to see:





Front view of my 10 gallon tank.



Top side view of my 10 gallon tank.

Now to post the pictures of what I've done to get that far.

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Old 12-22-2011, 03:36 AM   #2
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positioning the tank on my table to start the project



adding sand



adding in the driftwood



project ultimate hide & seek



project no baby shrimp left behind



project black background

and I guess that was all to it, other than me placing everything from my old tank into my new tank.
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Old 12-22-2011, 03:41 AM   #3
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Which reminds me,





my coconut from my old tank lol... shrimps seem to know about "no place like home"

but I'm happy that my driftwood offers additional hide outs for the shrimp to feels safe

hopefully the gaps/holes in the driftwood will be a nice place for them to settle in if the coconut hut gets too full







and I guess that's all for now ;o
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Old 12-22-2011, 04:13 AM   #4
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I like the looks of it!

What are the lights? What did you use for the substrate? How about the flora? I'm aiming for a tank that looks similiar to this in the coming weeks...
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Old 12-22-2011, 04:30 AM   #5
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Subbed. Was waiting for you to start one. Be honest, how hard was it removing shrimp lol? And you didn't even drain the water either!!!

You should post your gear and flora list as well
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Old 12-22-2011, 05:57 AM   #6
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Tank: Marineland 10 Gallon Tank Black (20 x 10 x 12)

Filter: Breeder Sponge Filter - 30 by Seapora
Air Pump: Hagen Marina 50 Aquarium Air Pump

Substrate: - CaribSea Super Naturals Aquarium Sand (Black Tahitian Moon Sand)

Lighting [Low light T8 1 Bulb]: - Fluorescent Perfect-a-Strip Light Black
20" Fixture - Holds 18" Bulb Fixtures [are 2.75" high, 4.5" wide]

Aquarium Top: Marineland Perfecto Glass Canopy 20 x 10

Heater: - Whisper® Submersible Heaters [Tetra Submersible Aquarium Heaters] -
[Keeps Temperature @ 22-23C = 71.6-73.4F]

Plants: Java Moss/Java Fern/Marimo Ball/Hygrophila Corymbosa 'Siamensis'/Hygrophila Rosae 'Australis'/Amazon Frogbit
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Old 12-22-2011, 06:01 AM   #7
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@DesmondTheMoonBear

Thanks for the comment and the answers to your questions are posted right above this post

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and lol thanks, made this journal since you asked me to make one when I mentioned I was planning on making a 10 gal tank for the winter break

and oh my GOD it was so !#^!#^^!#!#&#!&!#& catching the shrimp... espicially the BABY ones... "project no baby shrimp left behind" managed to find only one baby shrimp (so so sooo small) after staring into the remains of my 5.5 gal for like a good 10-15 minutes zoning out lol

STILL a success though (: ! I doubt I'll be making any additions/modifications to this tank anytime soon... other than getting some MTS from a LFS since I added way more sand compared to my former 5.5 gal tank. Gotta keep that sand aerated
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Tank: Marineland 10 Gallon Tank Black (20 x 10 x 12)

Filter: Breeder Sponge Filter - 30 by Seapora
Air Pump: Hagen Marina 50 Aquarium Air Pump

Substrate: - CaribSea Super Naturals Aquarium Sand (Black Tahitian Moon Sand)

Lighting [Low light T8 1 Bulb]: - Fluorescent Perfect-a-Strip Light Black
20" Fixture - Holds 18" Bulb Fixtures [are 2.75" high, 4.5" wide]

Aquarium Top: Marineland Perfecto Glass Canopy 20 x 10

Heater: - Whisper® Submersible Heaters [Tetra Submersible Aquarium Heaters] -
[Keeps Temperature @ 22-23C = 71.6-73.4F]

Plants: Java Moss/Java Fern/Marimo Ball/Hygrophila Corymbosa 'Siamensis'/Hygrophila Rosae 'Australis'/Amazon Frogbit
Add this juicy stuff to the first post!
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and oh my GOD it was so !#^!#^^!#!#&#!&!#& catching the shrimp... espicially the BABY ones... "project no baby shrimp left behind" managed to find only one baby shrimp (so so sooo small) after staring into the remains of my 5.5 gal for like a good 10-15 minutes zoning out lol

STILL a success though (: ! I doubt I'll be making any additions/modifications to this tank anytime soon... other than getting some MTS from a LFS since I added way more sand compared to my former 5.5 gal tank. Gotta keep that sand aerated
Great job with the home relocation though! I drained the 10g tank I was moving them from all they way down to only 1" of water, and they still kept dodging the net and turkey baster combo. Heck, one tiger even flipped out of the net back into the water... omg. How did you get all the sand out with the shrimp still in the tank?

I guess your shrimp are breeding for you as well now ?

+1 to adding MTS. Just don't let them take over the tank :P
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Turkey basters make great baby catchers.

Tank looks good, looks like the stem I sent you is still doing ok. If it wasn't, the leaves would have already started wilted, so i think its taking plant and should start to root in a while and it looks like the frogbit is starting to multiple a bit already as well.

Now, what are going to do with the 5.5gal? lol.
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Old 12-22-2011, 06:24 PM   #11
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@diwu13

moved the 'specs' to the first post and lol I haven't removed the sand out of my 5.5 gal yet... I'm suppose to do it today ;o hopefully there aren't any stranded babies left but I shall know for sure by the end of today. Shrimp out first THEN sand.

& no worries I won't let the MTS overpopulate I've done a pretty good job keeping pond snails under populated so MTS should be no problem. and about the RCS breeding... they were breeding for me in the 5.5 gal tank (green eggs are so noticeable and pretty) but breeding will probably occur again for the 10 gal (don't know when though... few days, few weeks... hopefully not few months) but since I know they are capable of "getting it on" I'm not worried (shall be patient).

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lol I don't have a turkey baster with me but I used my siphoning tube to get most of the agile shrimplets after netting the sizable shrimps.

and yeah the stem you sent me is doing great! When I uprooted it from the 5.5gal it grew another root (so 2 roots in total now) and the frogbit is starting to branch itself out (: it should be able to cover the surface of water sooner or later (bigger surface area now so I'm happy)

and with the 5.5gal... I'm either going to give it away to a friend or make it into a planted tank for the summer. Or keep small small fish in it... or turn it into a quarantine tank... (fun fun)
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Ya, the frogbit grows pretty fast. I have been pulling out bunches and giving to my roomie for his 55gal tank and his feeder guppies love it and have started breeding in it and the spawn hiding in there. Same with my platys, they the babies hang out in there for a week or so after being born.
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Old 12-22-2011, 06:48 PM   #13
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hmm mini update:

the driftwood seems to be growing some white cotton fungus... according to the Google results and some forum threads that popped up, it is harmless lol. Seems like my shrimp are grazing on it too.

Hopefully nothing bad happens.

and yeah I see the shrimp hanging on the frogbit from time to time it's kinda actually cute XD

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The cotton fuzz is totally safe. Had that all over my cholla wood. Took 50 shrimps all of 1 day to clean it up haha. I was amazed. Don't bother feeding your shrimp when the fuzz is still there, they get enough to eat just from that!

But wait.. in this picture
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it totally looks like the sand is gone haha!
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How did you get that Java to drape over that front piece so nicely? I've got almost an exact same DW that comes to the front glass like that; I have Java Moss on both sides hoping it will grow over the top and onto it. Any tips?

Looking good!
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