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36" long rimless 12g tank..... a shrimp farm in the works!!

Well I am the lucky owner of this setup that has never actually been used .

It was purchased by a good friend of mine, and now he's selling it to me .




It's from Greenleafaquariums.com--- a rimless, 36X8X9.






Of course, the 2X39 T5HO is RIDICULOUS light overkill. I may actually pop out the T5 guts and retrofit the fixture with a heatsink and some LEDs, I figure 12 cool white Cree XPG's or XM-L's over this will look quite nice.


I may also suspend the light instead of using the legs. I could do that to reduce the intensity.



PLAN: Lots of plants, lots of red cherry shrimp. As they grow larger, they'll be placed in my 70g "cube" tank (not set up yet either).
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Substrate---- I may use Flourite but honestly I may just toss in some pool filter sand or even pea gravel.


Plants--- Originally I planned on this being a low-light tank, but when that T5 became part of the package, suddenly it became a "nasty overkill high light" tank.

I want to avoid CO2 just because I want the tank parameters as stable as possible. I may just put in some fast growing chain swords or saggitaria, some driftwood, and let the algae grow however it wants.



Fish-- only otocinclus. Can't have anything eating the shrimp.
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Avoiding Co2 will be hard if you're gonna crank the light...
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Not if you don't mind algae .
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Not if you don't mind algae .
Well, there's that I guess. Definitely watching this one. Im interested in a 12 long myself.
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The algae just depends on the type. If it's filamentous green algae that the shrimp will eat, so much the better. I know they won't keep it squeaky clean but at least the nutrients will be recycled in some way .

If it turns out to be cyano.... eesh..... no way.


By the way, this tank will either be filterless or just have a small air driven sponge filter.
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