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Old 11-24-2011, 09:45 PM   #1
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Shrimp Rack in the ADA Room


I plan on turning the closet in the ADA Room into a shrimp rack sometime next year and plan on slowly aquiring all of the supplies until I have everything. The rack will be built into the closet so that it uses all of the available space.

The Rack:

The rack is going to be a gunmetal colored laminate rack that matches the other stands in the room and will be about 60" wide. It will have 4 shelves and be able to easily support the weight of 2 or 3 smaller tanks on each shelf. I plan on building it without my brothers help. I hope that I have all of my fingers when I finish.

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I was thinking about going with ADA 45P's. They seem to be not too big and not too small. I figure I could fit about 6-9 of them on the rack with room to spare.
http://www.adgshop.com/45cm_Cube_Garden_p/102-8512.htm
I would like to have a shallow tank with a large footprint on the bottom that I could use a chiller on and keep some Bkk's, Red Wines, and Blue Bolts. I could put the chiller in the garage and go through the wall as I did with the other chiller on the 90P. I might have to get a rimless one made by LeMar to get what I want. I could probably find an AGA tank that is the right size but it will not be rimless and I can't have that.

In the tanks:

Sponge filters, Aquasoil Amazonia, low light plants for hiding, and shrimp

Lighting:

I think that some shop lights from the Home Depot will be fine for this.


I would appreciate any comments or suggestions. This project will be in the works for several months due to the fact that I have a few other large projects that need to be taken care of first. I would like to do it right from the start and not have to spend a bunch of cash later to get it right.
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Old 11-24-2011, 09:49 PM   #2
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is this setup so you can start breeding? if so why not save a few $'s and just use cheap smaller tanks rather then ADA tanks?
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Old 11-24-2011, 09:59 PM   #3
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Breeding is the main goal. I also want it to look nice and fit the look of the rest of the room. All of the tanks, except one, are ADA rimless tanks and I want to keep the trend going. I am saving money by making my own laminate rack that will be built into the closet instead of going out and buying a large industrial looking rack.
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Old 12-23-2011, 08:12 PM   #4
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Should I go for sponge filters or UGF's for the shrimp tanks?

I am now thinking about going with 4ft LED stunner strips from Ecoxotic instead of shop lights. This will give me more room above the tanks and save me on my electrical bill in the long run.

http://www.ecoxotic.com/aquarium-led...s-24-watt.html
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Old 12-23-2011, 11:21 PM   #5
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I'd go with the sponge filters, I don't like UG's at alllllllll, way too much mess...and the shrimp can graze on the sponges for extra food too!
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Old 12-24-2011, 12:53 AM   #6
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I was actually debating whether to use UGF's. But Liam suggested to use sponge filters in 10g tanks, which the ADA 45P's are roughly. For larger tanks like 20g longs, then it's better to use UGF's.

And your ADA room is so awesome. You guys should check out his pictures if you haven't seen it yet :O! Why don't you have a link to it in your sig?
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Btw.. what will you do with the two-three tanks currently in the closet?
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What do you guys think about a frag tank for shrimp?

I have been searching Craigslist and found a few frag tanks that are a pretty good price. They are 4'x2'x12" and one had the overflow in the corner but it wasn't drilled yet. I was thinking this might be a good size for shrimp since they don't really need height but instead more surface area to roam around. I am looking at this option mainly because of the price. The tanks I liked are acrylic but a lot cheaper than having Lee Mar build me one out of glass.
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Old 02-13-2012, 04:19 PM   #9
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The popular opinion seems to be that frag tanks would rock for shrimp tanks but not all of us can get them easily.

If you find some cheap then try them out and let us know.
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Old 02-13-2012, 04:21 PM   #10
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What do you guys think about a frag tank for shrimp?

I have been searching Craigslist and found a few frag tanks that are a pretty good price. They are 4'x2'x12" and one had the overflow in the corner but it wasn't drilled yet. I was thinking this might be a good size for shrimp since they don't really need height but instead more surface area to roam around. I am looking at this option mainly because of the price. The tanks I liked are acrylic but a lot cheaper than having Lee Mar build me one out of glass.
A local around me had a 60"x30"x12"H one that I would have loved to get for shrimp. Easy to catch since its not that deep, loads of floor space. I would have gotten it if I had the space. I think it would have been great. This is a pic of it.

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Old 02-13-2012, 04:26 PM   #11
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Btw.. what will you do with the two-three tanks currently in the closet?
I sold those off when I got busy with work and life. I had to cut back.

Life has slowed down and I have more free time now to take on this kind of project.
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what's "the ADA Room"?

Do we know/need to know your brothers?
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Old 02-13-2012, 05:15 PM   #13
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The ADA Room is a room that I have at my house with all of my tanks in it. There is a link to it in my sig.
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Old 02-27-2012, 04:11 PM   #14
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I picked up a 4X2x1 acrylic frag tank yesterday for a great price. This will be my main tank for the KK's, pandas, WR's, and one day blue bolts. The rack portion should be done within the next two weeks.

I still need a bunch of items:
lights--ecoxotic 3ft leds
Fluval 406
4-6 x mini L's
Africana aquasoil
4-6 sponge filters
3 whisper air pumps
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Not sure why you want 3 whisper air pumps for only 4-6 sponge filter. I have 1 dual output whisper with 3 outputs per output, so I run 6 sponges off 1 air pump and I still have to turn them down some or the flow is so strong, you could surf on the water surface.
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