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Old 04-08-2012, 04:59 PM   #1
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Jake's 18"/3gal Nano Shrimp Tanks


I've got a fancy new tank:

18" L x 6" W x 7" H = 3gal:



Came with a nice glass cover but I'll either need to have it cut to fit an HOB or go topless. Came with four glass dividers (these tanks are typically used to house Bettas with five separate compartments - and for coral frags) that I may also be able to use to partially cover the tank. Would just mean that a section near the filter will be completely open - about a third of the top.

I've been shutting down a bunch of tanks and this little one is going to be my compromise. Perfect footprint for shrimp, as there's quite a bit of ground space. Will be great as a cull tank or for some

So what will I do with it? I've got three Red Sea Nano filters I could swap over. Could use one on each end to make sure there's plenty of flow. Or I can steal the Red Sea media and toss it in an AquaClear 20.

Don't think I want this to be high-tech so it's going to be fun trying to figure lighting out. Maybe an 18" Marineland Double Bright wouldn't be overkill for mosses and crypts. Have a few bags of UP Aqua Shrimp Sand and Azoo Plant Grower Bed so I'm good on the substrate front. Also have this piece of wood I can butcher for use:



Just need to get the super glue and a bunch of moss ready.

For placement, I've got a ton of options. There's room beneath my Ebi and I have plenty of space on this rack.

Multiple Tank Syndrome is a serious problem, kids. Be careful when you're visiting fish shops in search of coral fragments. You'll end up buying new shrimp tanks.

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Old 04-08-2012, 05:24 PM   #2
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Jake, you're out of control. Lol

Nice tank, I want one!
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Old 04-08-2012, 05:37 PM   #3
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Only out of control if you don't consider that this is technically replacing a bunch of other tanks. Ha.

And let's get real... this is way better than me dragging up another 20L from storage.
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Old 04-08-2012, 05:40 PM   #4
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Lol. Who is the tank manufactured by? Looks like it's made with SW in mind; my LFS is pretty much geared towards SW. How much was it?
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Old 04-08-2012, 05:45 PM   #5
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Sweet little tank Jake! Where did you get that from, and if you don't mind, how much did you pay for it?

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Old 04-08-2012, 05:50 PM   #6
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Made by Deep Blue Professional - tend to focus a lot of their products on marine/reef. This is on page 13 of their product PDF - with the glass dividers for Bettas. They also make all kinds of coral frag tanks that are perfect for shrimpers.

I think it was $34/$35. A little too spendy for a tank so small but the footprint was worth the splurge. Was also at a janky LFS in Southern Indiana that charges out the rear for everything. My preferred fish shops in Louisville never have any tanks worth buying. So I snatched it up when I found it yesterday. I've seen them at a couple shops in AZ for about $20ish in the past.

Now to find an 18" light fixture that isn't a nightmare. Or maybe I'll make my own LED fixture. It's a shame Coralife doesn't make an 18" T5NO rig. That'd be perfect. (As I type this, I'm betting I'll cave and get the dang Marineland fixture that is overpriced and less than perfect. At least it'll be easy to suspend above the tank from the wire racks.)
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Lol. Your style of writing and choice of words is always very entertaining.

Archaea has two 18" fixtures. One LED and one PCL. And both are very sexy fixtures.
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Archea fixtures typically only work with rimless, though. So I'm stuck getting something unattractive and hanging it from the rack.
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Oh, forgot it was rimmed. Any derimming possibilities on this tank?

Looks like it's pretty much the same dimensions as the 45-F if I'm correct... except it doesn't go as far back.
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They use black/darker silicone so they look kinda gross de-rimmed. At least in my opinion.

Actually bought it because it was rimmed. Makes it easier to cover and prevent evaporation.

It's a really short tank so I'm excited about the ability to put it in so many places at home.
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Old 04-08-2012, 07:05 PM   #11
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Wow, this is the longest nano tank I've seen. 18 inches and 3g...lol...
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Just brought the hacksaw up to cut the wood to size and have already Dremeled the intake pipe on the AC20.

Now I'm going to spend all evening finding the perfect fixture. I know it'd be really easy to build a low light LED fixture for under $50. Just... ugh. All that effort for a moss & crypt tank.
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This is an awesome size tank! I'm excited to see what you've got up your sleeves for this one.
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Almost ashamed to admit it but I think I may go with this eBay auction # 300620093692 - it's one of those cheapo Beamworks/Beamswork LED fixtures. But this tank is just 7" tall. So the light would be just five or six inches from the substrate. And it's only $35. WAY cheaper than the Marineland equivalent.

Surely it could handle mosses and crypts?

While it's really low light, something tells me I'd even be okay with suspending the fixture above the tank a bit.

What's the worst thing that could happen with it? I mean, I've already cooked one tank this week. Might as well try screwing up another one.
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Okay. Bit the bullet. Bought that fixture. If it sucks, I can use it to light the interior of a cabinet, closet or some such.

This tank is so short there's next to no way it won't do a decent job.
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