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Blue Ridge's shrimp rack

This is going to be a long progression and I probably won't be sourcing much livestock until near year's end. But even though shrimp are a long way off and I had wanted to set this up in my home, I'm pretty excited about it.



As many of you know, I opened a local fish store in 2007 but was forced to switch focus to dog and cat supplies in 2013 since that's what was keeping the store open. And then I was left with over 100 empty used aquariums. I've sold off quite a few over the years, but still have 4 racks of 8 20 gallon long tanks. I've decided to set a few of these up in my back room and start some breeding projects for shrimp. If all goes well, I may expand this from the current 4 tanks to also filling the 4 above them. If that goes well, I have 3 more racks of 8 20 longs (for a total of 32 20 gallon tanks) but that's getting waaay ahead of myself. For now, here are the 4 tanks I'm starting with on the bottom row. Ignore the top row, they had crested geckos in them once upon a time and are empty except for plastic plants and caves:




I filled two of the tanks in April, just putting in a thin layer of Flourite for substrate and Aqua Clear 50 filters. A single bulb T8 light illuminates them for now, will need to upgrade that in short order when I add some plants. Added ammonia daily for a while, then just started throwing food pellets in there when I think to. Getting some brown and green algae going in these two. Never would have thought I'd be happy to see film algae.



The other two I got cleaned out today; they'll be set up for Caridina. These all had saltwater in them previously and even though I cleaned them when I broke them down, there was quite a bit of purple coraline algae still on the glass. 2 hours of elbow grease, a razor blade, and multiple vinegar rinses and it's almost all gone. I'm guessing the rest will eventually dissolve in the soft acidic RO water. I will be using active soil, but haven't settled on a brand yet. I've only ever tried ADA and Dennerle, which seem identical to me.



I will be using air driven sponge filters for all of these, though may leave the Aqua Clears on the neo tanks. The two empty tanks on the left have 2 54 watt T5 HO bulbs suspended about 12-14" over the top. This was fine to illuminate fish for sale, but a lot of light intensity is lost at that distance -plus the glass tops have seen their better days. I'm thinking I might be better off putting LEDs over all four of these.


I have ordered sponge filters and a large air pump which should arrive Friday. So if the store isn't too busy, will get the other two at least filled and circulating by the weekend. Still unsure on using the glass tops. They are older, scratched, lime stained and block more light than I would like. But I've found more than my share of shrimp on the floor so either the tanks will stay 2" from filled or I will have to use something as a cover.



Stocking plans for the two that are filled will be the best blue Neos I can find and the best red Neos I can find, trade names be darned. The two on the left I am leaning black King Kong Caridina and red galaxy or similar. I'm going around and around in my head about testing these tanks out with shrimp I currently own. In my past tanks I've always done that, but as sure as the sun shines I will miss some when I go to remove them. That's not too bad when it's a CRS in a michling tank, but another matter when it's a CRS in a BKK tank and might breed with them. I've also considered breeder nets to put any tester shrimp in. The two tanks that are currently filled are only some plants and a water change away from being ready. Well, and a light that will actually grow plants that aren't single-celled.



Thanks for looking and happy to hear any thoughts or ideas!

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I assume by that you meant I should go ahead and fill the other two with RO water, so I did.


Might try the buffering substrate in a bucket and otherwise glass bottom in these two. Something tells me I'll be up all night watching shrimp-bro videos.

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I am excited to see this come together. What is the name of your store?

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I assume by that you meant I should go ahead and fill the other two with RO water, so I did. <a href="https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/images/PlantedTank_net_2015/smilies/tango_face_devil.png" border="0" alt="" title="Devil" >:-)</a>


Might try the buffering substrate in a bucket and otherwise glass bottom in these two. Something tells me I'll be up all night watching shrimp-bro videos.
I am glad you understood what I meant.
Truly envious, excited for you and for the coming updates!
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Looks like it will be a really cool project! It will be fun to follow along.
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Pitty it didn't work out the first time, I'll follow this itll be interesting, do you intend putting some sacrificial shrimp in the once salted tanks or are you happy
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Of course, I'll test the water thoroughly before adding livestock. I don't expect it to be an issue. Most every tank in my house was formerly saltwater and they didn't present problems switching over. As for stocking, I'll test them with shrimp from my home tanks for a few weeks before introducing new stock, though I don't expect them to be "sacrificial."

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Pbbbt. I've used dirtier tanks than that - some of them caked in coraline and salt creep - with all kinds of sensitive shrimp in the past.

This is going to be a great project and I have a feeling you'll really enjoy it.
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Added substrate in the Caridina tanks today, and Friday put a new bag of Flourite split between the 2 Neo tanks.

The dusty ones nearest camera are the Caridina ones. The second two are remarkably clear already. I rinsed Flourite until I thought I'd lost half of the bag's weight and it still clouded up both tanks. But 48 hours later and crystal clear water. Thinking of leaving the lights on 24/7 to grow more green and less brown. Will move some plants to them when I get lighting sorted. I think the T5's over the Caridina tanks will grow low light stuff fine. The other two need a strip. And I have tanks at home running 24" cheapo Finnex lights that I could use on these and replace them on their current tanks with something a little better. Those new Fluval 3.0's have definitely caught my eye since the latest update.

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I am so jealous! Just look at those racks of tanks!
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Ha! If it makes you any less jealous, just know that these racks of tanks represent the worst financial investment I ever made in my life.

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Is that investment reefing? Or fish keeping in general?

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