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Old 05-11-2013, 08:39 PM   #1
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Soon to be Shrimp setup


So im looking to set up a shrimp tank when the next petco dollar per gallon starts(think it's next month),this is the setup im thinking



Tank: 20 Gallon long, 30.3" x 12.5" x 12.8"
Filter: dual sponge filter on each end
Light: dual CFL Bulbs
Heater: Not sure
Substrate: Black Diamond sand
Hardscape: Lace rock inert
Plants: Rotala Indica,Java moss,Flame moss Anubias nana,Dwarf Baby Tears,Cardinal Plant, any suggestions?
Shrimp: Red Cherry.Yellow Neo,Emerald Green

Anything wrong with this setup? anything i need to add or that you can recommend?

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Old 05-11-2013, 08:51 PM   #2
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You can't keep cherries and yellows together unless you're okay with getting wild neos.

I'd go for a canister filter in addition to a couple sponge filters run by air pumps.
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You can't keep cherries and yellows together unless you're okay with getting wild neos.

I'd go for a canister filter in addition to a couple sponge filters run by air pumps.
im fine with wild neos, about the canister filter anything you recommend thats a decent price?
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im fine with wild neos, about the canister filter anything you recommend thats a decent price?
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I've been using this canister, as have a lot of people been using these too, for awhile now. Check item # 250929543033 on EEEE bay, only $50, probably ~$60 with filter media/ceramic rings/bio balls/etc.
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I would choose one neo and do a eheim 2215

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Light: get Fugeray 1 led light to avoid algae, T5 produce too much algae for my liking.

Filter: really depend on your liking. I prefer HOB over Cannister for tank size 15 and below.

Heater: you live in AZ and it's almost summer, it should be extremely hot over in your area. You don't need a heater for now.

Plant: most of them are fine, however, dwarf baby tears do better in active substrate like ADA, UP Aqua, etc... with CO2

Neos: I would keep Pumpkin/Sunkist orange shrimp together with Yellow. But that's just me.
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Thanks everyone for the replys

Its looking like a canister will cost to much maybe in the future,so now im looking at hob vs sponge filter, if i go with a hob i will use one,if i go with sponge filter i will go with one on each end, thoughts?
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Look, a canister filter is best but I've run many tanks I the past with just sponge filter or a single hob filter. If you are going to use a hob I would upgrade at least one size up from the 20.

I think you will have much success with baby tears using an inert substrate unless you put a ton of root tabs in the tank.
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Old 05-12-2013, 01:52 AM   #10
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Also, if you are going to use a hob filter, you will need a way to protect the baby shrimps from getting sucked up in the filter intake. Sponge, pantyhose, etc.

Personally, I would just use 2 sponge filters.

I would like to have this in my next shrimp tank.

http://www.theshrimpfarm.com/feature...cal-filter.php
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You can find those sponge filters on the evilbay in packs of 4 or more for under $10.
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Also, if you are going to use a hob filter, you will need a way to protect the baby shrimps from getting sucked up in the filter intake. Sponge, pantyhose, etc.

Personally, I would just use 2 sponge filters.

I would like to have this in my next shrimp tank.

http://www.theshrimpfarm.com/feature...cal-filter.php
I really like those dual sponge filters, i think im going with those after reading reviews , also scratching the dwarf baby tears.

Thanks everyone so far, anymore info about lighting?
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Those sponge filters are great and if you ever get an eheim in the future you can do this mine was a perfect fit
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on my 20 gal long shrimp tank i have a aquaclear 30 and a sponge filter. i was thinking of also getting a zoo med canister just for extra filtration. its a decent size if you're already using filters and comes with a spray bar which circulates the water really well.
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@inthepacific are you taking about the zoo med 501?

Anyone know if a single bulb T5 would be to much light?
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