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A Shrimp Tank

Been toying with the idea of a shrimp tank, and heres what I came up with for an aquascape. The tank is a 5 gallon mini bow I had sitting around. I still want to add some moss, but wanted to get some feedback on whats good and whats not.

The Substrate layers

The Hardscape

Placing a Few Plants

The Aquascape


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Great start so far, and Welcome to PlantedTank.net!

I think Vallisneria will be too large for this tank soon. Otherwise you are good. As for mosses, most of them have the same requirements, so pick the one you like! I suggest heading to http://www.aquamoss.net to see the great world of mosses.

I haven't had much luck with mosses recently. They aren't as indestructible as some might lead you to believe.

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That looks great!

I've been mulling the idea of adding shrimp to my 55...what do they eat anyway? I don't want to get into having too many specialized foods. Do they eat dead plant debris?
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Ooh, I am gonna follow this, so keep us updated! I have a 5g minibow too, right now it has guppy fries in it. But I've been wanting to make it a planted shrimp tank!
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That looks great!

I've been mulling the idea of adding shrimp to my 55...what do they eat anyway? I don't want to get into having too many specialized foods. Do they eat dead plant debris?

Most shrimp are scavengers. Check out the shimp and invert forum on here. Theres lots of great information on raising shrimp


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Ooh, I am gonna follow this, so keep us updated! I have a 5g minibow too, right now it has guppy fries in it. But I've been wanting to make it a planted shrimp tank!
they are nice tanks except for when you want to take photos of them. I guess the plastic is a lot more reflective then glass.


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Fine leafed, soft and bushy Taiwan, Christmas, and Peacock moss look great and serve as a rich microfood grazing patch for shrimplets and adult shrimp too. Tie the moss on the driftwood or rocks.


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they are nice tanks except for when you want to take photos of them. I guess the plastic is a lot more reflective then glass.
Yep, that is why I don't like bow fronts or acrylic tanks cuz they scratch so easily and not as clear as glass. The only thing about acrylic is it is lighter and I don't have to worry as much if I dropped it. If I could turn back time, I'd bought a cheap 10g glass rectangle instead. Well anyways, I usually take my pics from the back of the tank, cuz it isn't against a wall.
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