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Old 09-18-2013, 01:33 AM   #1
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20L ShrimpTank: A love story (CRS/CBS/Royal Blue Ti/Yellow Neo)


Here I will post my triumphs and downfalls as I setup my 20L shrimp tank. Its coming together but still has plenty of work to be done before it gets flooded. I will keep info brief but will answer any questions. This wont be fully fully jumped into until after we move when winters over but i gotta get somethin goin







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Old 09-18-2013, 02:57 AM   #2
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Nice start. Keep us updated.
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Old 09-18-2013, 02:03 PM   #3
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If you slap a black background on there, it'll disguise those filters pretty well.

May be my favorite way to filter 20Ls yet.
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Old 09-18-2013, 02:37 PM   #4
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Thanks Tyler, i will

Jake, its coming. Still plenty to do before its running, and after having black backgrounds on 2 of my tanks, the rest will probably also always have it

To do:
-Shelf (or 2)
-Doors
-Substrate/ Plan scape
-Background
-Cycle

At first i will probably only have moss, then plant after the move
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Old 09-18-2013, 05:01 PM   #5
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Decided to knock out a couple easy things today, cut shelving and grabbed some black posterboard for background... I left more space at the bottom of the cab incase i ever decide to get a can filter but i doubt ill convert over for this tank... So it will probably house big bottles that wont fit on the small shelves. Also... Possible co2 one day in that area? Who knows...



Doors are next on the list
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Old 09-18-2013, 05:46 PM   #6
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Is that many dual sponge filters really needed?
I wouldve thought one or two would be enough.
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Old 09-18-2013, 05:48 PM   #7
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Needed for filtering, no. 2 would work as theyre rated for 10gal each. I have 4 for surface area...
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Old 09-22-2013, 12:15 PM   #8
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I believe ive found my wood for this tank . Just not sure how i want it yet... I know id like to keep the right side open for a SS mesh xmas moss bush and feeding/viewing. I also want to add moss or fissidens to one of the upward angles of wood... Slowly but surely! Should be adding doors this week, substrate next weekend
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Old 09-22-2013, 02:15 PM   #9
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I like what you've done with the cab so far - the flat black looks great and I really like the juxtaposition of it and the interior woodgrain in the third pic. The new shelving would look good with a coat of black as well, even though you'll more than likely be the only one to really see the interior. Good idea on leaving the open space at the bottom.

Look forward to seeing what you do with the doors - I say keep it simple with minimal fussing but maybe you could do something unique there considering the diy approach and the time you have. Instead of solid I could even see couple basic door frames with the center portions consisting of ss mesh (this would look great but probably a bit cost prohibitive), minimal-gauge chicken wire or even some black window screen...

And as for the background, is there a tried and true, more preferred method for attaching the black posterboard? I can think of several ways but I assume there is a "standard" for this.

My only addition might be to add another vertical dw-piece to the scaped side, creating a bit more dimensional cover/depth there and furthering the fissi-attachment possibilities. Diamond black sand would look great and definitely lend itself to the overall aesthetic.

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Looking good!
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I like what you've done with the cab so far - the flat black looks great and I really like the juxtaposition of it and the interior woodgrain in the third pic. The new shelving would look good with a coat of black as well, even though you'll more than likely be the only one to really see the interior. Good idea on leaving the open space at the bottom.

Look forward to seeing what you do with the doors - I say keep it simple with minimal fussing but maybe you could do something unique there considering the diy approach and the time you have. Instead of solid I could even see couple basic door frames with the center portions consisting of ss mesh (this would look great but probably a bit cost prohibitive), minimal-gauge chicken wire or even some black window screen...

And as for the background, is there a tried and true, more preferred method for attaching the black posterboard? I can think of several ways but I assume there is a "standard" for this.

My only addition might be to add another vertical dw-piece to the scaped side, creating a bit more dimensional cover/depth there and furthering the fissi-attachment possibilities. Diamond black sand would look great and definitely lend itself to the overall aesthetic.

subscribed. look forward to the progress.
Thanks for the comments! I also thought about painting the shelves, but i feel if i did that, i would probably just do the whole cab (inside) because itd look even weirder with black shell, black shelves, and pine color interior lol.

Had not thought about framing something for the door because of noise issues. Id like to keep it as quiet as possible and i also have a 1yr old daughter i dont want grabbing at the screens.. It IS a good idea thought for down the road!

For backgrounds im not sure what the standard is either. . I have used blue sticky tack and double strenght double sided tape. The sticky tack might drop the background every now and then (once a month) but i like how its easier to remove/adjust compared to the double sided tape aka super glue LOL.

I shouldve taken multiple angle pics, i did try to worry about all aspects and viewing angles, and im trying to stay away from too much "vertical" because i recently read some "shrimptech" and want to set this up more as a breeder tank, with slight emphasis on aesthetics... Especially for now...

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Looking good!
I will print your post out on paper, and frame it above my 20L as inspiration
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Old 09-23-2013, 08:18 PM   #12
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(2) 9l bags of Aqua Soil Amazonia in route!

Last thing to do is get the doors on Should be done this weekend and cycling
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(2) 9l bags of Aqua Soil Amazonia in route!

Last thing to do is get the doors on Should be done this weekend and cycling
Have fun cycling them 😙
I am on my 5th week and still getting 1-1.5 ppm ammonia 😭
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Old 09-25-2013, 09:53 AM   #14
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Average time is 4-6wks.. so thats expected. Just gives me time to grow some moss
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Old 09-26-2013, 06:40 PM   #15
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Ugh, its driving me nuts that I have to wait on someone else to get these doors going, wish I had the tools and Id be setting this thing up right now... last thing left is the doors! Just ordered some salty shrimp gh+ so ive literally got everything i need except the dang doors :/ oh and some fissidens coming

First timer ok? Im excited...




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