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Old 02-06-2013, 03:36 AM   #31
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Nano marine aquariums have become very popular, typically one (or up to three) small critters with some liverock, maybe an anemone and perhaps some macro algae. Many of the latter are easy to grow if given enough light, many, though (especially caulerpa) will take over a tank in no time flat!

For those unfamiliar, it is important to have the right type of lighting, as many marine inverts host photosynthetic symbionts in their tissues.
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Old 08-16-2013, 02:40 PM   #32
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I'm bumping this thread to see if anyone has followed through on keeping saltwater shrimp yet, or is going to.
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Old 08-16-2013, 02:53 PM   #33
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Fluval spec is perfect for a simple saltwater setup. Fluval spec flow is too strong for planted tanks but perfect for saltwater I suppose.
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Old 08-16-2013, 02:55 PM   #34
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As things tend to go with me, I did build a 2 gallon saltwater shrimp tank. It progressed into a 10 gallon mini reef with Sexy Shrimp and way too many coral type animals. Once the hermit crabs started knocking the corals and live rocks over I put them back in the still running 2 gallon tank where they are enjoying life with chaeto macroalgae and some "sandfleas".

The Sexy Shrimp haven't produced young yet, though the hermits did twice. The second time they were in the 10 gallon tank where the young got gobbled up by the yellow watchman goby.

The two gallon (now) hermit crab tank is very simple. Live sand, live rock, the chaeto and a small air driven filter that attaches inside the tank with suction cups. The hermits are doing well in it with no fish as crablet predators.

Below is the 10 gallon tank...
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Old 08-16-2013, 03:26 PM   #35
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That is very pretty. I have to admit, as picturesque as that is, I'm more interested in seeing the bare bones tank for your crabs. Any chance of a pic of that?
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Old 08-16-2013, 03:27 PM   #36
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I'll get one this afternoon.

It's plum full of chaeto. The hermits love it...
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See, this is where I'm coming from. The absolutely simple Saltwater tank for shrimp.
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Old 08-16-2013, 03:40 PM   #38
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Live rock and live sand are pretty darn simple. And they serve as filtration. Aragonite sand = stable parameters, as well.

So you could use live sand, a ton of live/soon-to-be-live rock (it'll look pretty) to let coralline algae grow, maybe even a polyp or two of zoas and you're all set.
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True, however since the larval stage of marine shrimp is so small and prolonged, they'd be in danger of being eaten by anything that may come on live rock.
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Just takes some live sand or a tiny piece of live rock (which you can brush off before dropping it into the tank) to seed the entire tank. Once coralline algae starts growing, all the old/dead rock will look awesome.

P.S. Time for you to set up another tank.

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LOL How many times have I told myself that? :p
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Old 08-17-2013, 04:47 AM   #42
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my vote is with the mantis shrimp. then again, im a bit biased to my own...

i have been keeping an 8 inch zebra mantis for the last few years now.
they are incredibly tough critters, i dont think you could get any simpler. they can withstand absolutely atrocious water conditions and they eat fish, easy to feed.
i feed mine gold fish.

when i moved from north carolina to california, i transported the shrimp in its 14g biocube in the back of a chevy equinox:



it made the trip just fine. and they dont need anything special, just some fine sand for them to burrow into.
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Saltwater is my next project! Those cleaner shrimp, sexy shrimp, peppermint shrimp, etc... having been tempting me for some time.
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Lover of mantis shrimp! Watch your fingers!

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Old 08-17-2013, 05:43 AM   #45
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dont spend the money on live rock buy base rock which is essentially live rock that has been cleaned and dried. cost about 1/3 the price of live rock. ask your LFS or where ever you plan to buy your stuff if they can give/sell you a cup of live sand to seed your tank. even better if you know someone with a salt tank as they will give it to you for free and you will know it is safe. takes a little longer for the tank to cycle but you can save a ton of cash.. about 10 yrs back i set up a 70 or 76 gal bow front for less than $500 plus i bought most of the equipment used.
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