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Old 08-23-2013, 01:43 AM   #1
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6 x 10g shrimp rack under kitchen countertop (56k)


My El Natural tank is taking off, but the down side is that I can't really see my shrimps anymore... Plus I want to try breeding my own CRS so here we go!

I found a perfect spot for the new shrimp rack that won't take too much space from my living room. It is under my kitchen countertop that I designed for bar stools but rarely been used.


I originally decided to go with 6 individual 10 gallon tanks running HMF as filter/divider plus air pump. But my friend fro Hong Kong, who has been breeding shrimp for a while, insisted that I need bigger water body and more filtering power. After some more brain storming and questioning around I came up with this:
6 connected tanks with sump plus HMF on each tank


The space is pretty tight so I have to build my own stand. Thanks for the experience from the last DIY ADA stand project I don't free stress at all! Here are some photos:

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Old 08-23-2013, 01:54 AM   #2
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So is shrimp going to be on the menu then?

This looks like an amazing project! Can't wait to see the system up and running.
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Old 08-23-2013, 02:45 AM   #3
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Subscribed. Can't wait to see how it turns out!
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Awesome!!
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Old 08-23-2013, 03:05 AM   #5
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I hope you do not give up it soon. It looks very nice
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Thanks for the comments!
Of cause shrimp will be on the menu. It will be a CRS/CBS only rack. When the tanks are cycled I will first move my existing shrimps there to test it out. When I feel everything is fine, I will then ask my friend from Hong Kong to pick out and import some nicer quality cuties.

Here are some photos of spraying, drilling & preparing the tanks:
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Awesome idea... it'll end up looking kinda like an in-wall set up! Very excited to see this! Subscribed!
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Old 08-23-2013, 04:27 AM   #8
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Plumbing...

Testing before applying cement


The primer & cement smell aweful!


And this is how it looks empty.


Next step is to test the LED light bulbs I bought from no ebay links allowed
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Old 08-23-2013, 04:37 AM   #9
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That's impressive. Looking forward to see how things turn out.
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Oh...my comment was supposed to be humorous and less literal...that's embarrassing...
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Old 08-24-2013, 05:23 AM   #11
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I ordered 4 of these bulbs to try out. One was already burnt in 5 min 😣. Putting 2 of these on each tank seemed to produce med to high light. The outflow pipes seemed too long so I shorten them and added Poret foam to all the exits.


After test the plumbing system with water I realized that the pump is too powerful, and I need more outgoing power for the bottom two tanks. Tomorrow I am going to drill one more hole to the sump and add an additional pipe from the bottom left tank.
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Old 08-24-2013, 07:19 AM   #12
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love the idea and location! Whos needs a dinner table when you could have a dinner for watching shrimp?

Awesome idea!
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Old 08-25-2013, 06:40 AM   #13
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Thanks Ebi! I do have a dinner table through 😆.
Spent the whole Saturday fixing plumbing & air tubing... Finally I have the soil added andnow the system is on test run! The tetra 500 pump doesn't seem to provide enough air for 5 tanks' HMF filter. I may have to change to use multiple small pumps in stead.

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man you have been one busy dude!
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Old 08-25-2013, 06:50 AM   #15
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Lol indeed. Since I started this hobby I learned wood working, plumbing, electrical and all the freshwater quality control science. I am so geek out 😆!
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