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4-Shelf Shrimp Rack Build

Like many others here, Ive been bitten by the shrimp bug and decided to set up a shrimp rack in my basement. So I figured theres no better time than now to start up a journal.

As of right now, Ive got 2 shrimp tanks running, one with CRS and the other with PFR's. Ill be moving the PFR's down to the rack but am still thinking about the CRS. I plan on doing 4 or 5 20g longs with each tank keeping a different type of shrimp.

It will be a staggered build with one tank going up at a time, easier on the wallet that way.

Current Set-Up as of 5/28


Equipment
Each tank will have its own sponge filter and heater. Heaters will be mainly for winter time since the basement is unfinished and gets kinda cold.

Sponge filters will be powered by a Coralife Super Luft Pump SL-38

Lighting
Looking for some cheap 30" Fluorescent light fixtures to go over each tank.

Substrate
My current tanks have Fluval Shrimp Stratum and its been great so far. But I think Im going to try something different with the new tanks. Probably Akadama or Aquasoil or both.

Driftwood
I really like the large stick look with moss growing on it, so Im gonna buy some Manzanita from Plantbrain this week.

Plants
Ill be doing what Ive done with my 2 current tanks where itll be 90% moss with a couple stems or something. But Im gonna do a different moss in each tank. Weeping, Peacock, Fissidens, Subwassertang are some the ones Im thinking. But am definitely open to suggestions.

Shrimp
Top 3 are my favorites but not totally decided yet,
CBS
Tangerine Tigers
BTOE
OEBT
Wine Red
BKK

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I went to Home Depot today and got the rack. Its 72" x 36" x 18" and has 5 shelves. It comes with Particle Board shelves which Im not a big fan of, so Im going to swap it out for 1/2" plywood and then seal it up with some waterproof paint.

The rack was easy to set up, took about an hour.

Here is the box


Everything unboxed


Halfway done


Made sure it was level and was done


Zip-tied it to the wall just to be safe
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Had my pops grab a sheet of 1/2" OSB and cut it for me. I picked those up yesterday and grabbed some Rust-Oleum waterproof paint and got them painted last night.

Was a bit worried that the pieces wouldnt fit but they were perfect!




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Had a productive weekend. Got a new 20g long, re-arranged the rack, received my driftwood and my new shrimp!

Wanted to try something other than Fluval Shrimp Stratum, so I ordered 2 bags of UP Aqua Shrimp Sand from GLA. Should be here later this week.

Re-did the rack so it only has 4 shelfs. It was just too tight having 5 shelfs.


Driftwood from Plantbrain


Soaking in a tub to water log and leech out the tannins


10 Tangerine Tigers from ohbaby714


2-hour drimp acclimation
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Got my order of Up-Aqua Shrimp Sand from GLA! Substrate looks good. Nice and hard, wont break apart in your fingers like FSS. A lot smaller than I had expected but thats not a bad thing. This will be in the tank that the new Tangerine Tigers will go into once its ready.

Should have the tank set up and running later tonight. So Ill post more pics when I do.

Orlando even hooked it up with some free bags of specialized shrimp food! Woo hoo!





Got a decent shot of the TT's finally. Theyre in with the FR/PFR for now.
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Awesome! I'm very jealous.

Got any FTS?


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Awesome! I'm very jealous.

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Thanks. Yeah, heres a couple.

20g long - CRS


10g - Holding Tank

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Got the tiger tank set up and running. Still need to scape it though. Took the pre-filter sponge from the CRS tank and dropped it in the tiger tank to help seed it. Ill probably let it run for a month and a half to get some good bio-film build up before adding the tigers.

Also moved the 10g holding tank that the tigers and fire reds are in down to the rack. The reds will be moved to a 20l in a couple weeks once I sell the fish that are in it.

Tangerine Tiger Tank


10g Holding Tank. Ill probably turn it into a moss tank once all the shrimp are removed.
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Just a few random pics...

Fire Red


Tangerine Tiger


Baby CRS's - Ive got a few SSS babies in there. You can see a tiny one in this pic.


SSS Momma


Lots of babies!
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Got the 3rd tank moved from upstairs down to the Rack. Fire Reds will be transferred to it in a week or so.

The Tangerine Tigers have been moved to their tank and are lookin good! Already have 3 berried and have another 3-4 that are saddled. Should be having a ton of babies crawling around soon!!

The ten gallon on top has the Fire Reds in it right now but will become a moss grow out tank once I get them moved.

Tangerine Tiger Tank - Weeping Moss & Subwassertang & Riccia


Berried Tigers!



Fire Red Tank - Taiwan Moss


Moss Grow Out Tank. Right now I have Fissidens Fontanus, Flame Moss, Weeping Moss and Peacock Moss growing in this tank.
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Very nice build and setup


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Any update for use and stability of ph of up aqua shrimp sand?
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