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post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old 07-23-2006, 10:47 PM Thread Starter
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10G shrimp tank (56k RIP)

I'm going to be setting up a 10G shrimp only tank. Right now what I'm planning on having is Cherry shrimp and Amano. I'm thinking of using white sand and putting lots of mts snails in there to keep it stirred up. It's going to be a low-light low maintenance tank. I haven't decided on what type of lighting I will be using. It will be using a Mattenfilter for filtration. Once I decide on a moss the Mattenfilter will double as a moss wall Any tips, comments, or suggestions welcome.

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1) I found an 8 pack of 6'' x 9'' cleaning pads (aka tampons a recurer) at HomeDepot for $2.88 and some Door & Window Silicon with no antibacterial additives $3.38.

2) Old 10G tank after a good cleaning.

3) Took two of the scrubbing pads and used the silicone to glue them together. Then cut off a strip of another pad and glued that to the other two so the scrubbing pads would fit in the 10G with 1/4 gap on each side.

4) Pads held up against sunlight so you can see they are kinda coarse.

5) The pad wouldn't fit in without bending on the rim of the tank.

6) So I just notched the top corners.

7) Now it sits straight.

8) Now I taped a 1'' section on the inside of the tank so when I silicone the filter pad in the seam won't be sloppy. Then place the pad in and silicone the sides and bottom of the pad. Peal the tape off soon after.

9) I left ~3'' gap between the aquarium side and filter pad.

10) A small 79gph power head that will be running the Mattenfilter.

11) Then I made a small hole in the filter pad and pushed a peice of tube through. Now to wait for it to dry...

12) I bought a 50LBS bag of Silica sand at HomeDepot for $5 (only used ~15LBS). If you use sand this fine, you must have Malasian Trumpet Snails (MTS), fish that will stir up the sand, or physically stir the sand yourself to avoid anaerobic pockets.

13) Notice how clear my tank is right after I filled it up? That's because I washed the sand very well in a 5G bucket before dumping it in the tank. Also when I filled up, I just poured the water into the Mattenfilter space and no sand was disturbed as the water flowed through the filter wall.

14) Side shot after adding some MTS and Duckweed.







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A detailed walk through, I love it! Clever set-up!
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i think the "my ugly nano" has got some minds thinking. Looks great, and I love the idea. But how do you clean the matten filter since you siliconed it in?

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I raise my sword in the air in the battle against clado. I have been beaten in this battle but the war is not over. As my wounds heal I amass another army, an army with many legs, an army of Amano's......

I thrust my tridant into the mass of medusa like staghorn. I am wounded but I refuse to take a knee.
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Yes, 'ugly nano' did give me the motovation to try a mattenfilter. I was even gonna build a tank like he did.... untill I decided to set this tank up on a budget. So far I'm only ~$6 into it This is going to be a matinence free tank, so I'm not going to worry about cleaning the mattenfilter. I chose a corse pad so it won't get clogged and I don't think it will get that dirty with just shrimp and snails.


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are you going to top off or do water changes?

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Just top off. May do a water change every 3 months or so... I only do a water change ~every 3 months on my 20G Endler tank.


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haha, i will have a similar thread soon, also inspired by "my ugly nano".


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Cool, maybe we can start a Mattenfilter club


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i also am thinking about this... one of my friends has a 10g sitting around that he "gave" to me.... maybe time to try out this filter idea.... i already have the tank.... and the pump..... yeah i think i might be making one too....

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Looks good! Can't wait to see how it turns out.

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I was just thinking that I would black out all sides of the area of the tank with the filtered water. Then you could hide your heater on that side and your DIY CO2 line.

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I was just thinking that I would black out all sides of the area of the tank with the filtered water. Then you could hide your heater on that side and your DIY CO2 line.
I was thinking about this also. But I have my tank so the filter side is against a wall on my desk so you can't really see it.


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yeah.... what if instead of puting the mattinfilter on the left or right you put it on the back? would that work?

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yeah.... what if instead of puting the mattinfilter on the left or right you put it on the back? would that work?

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Yeah, I guess it would. You would need some kind of support in the middle. But then with a 10G you would only have ~7'' wide tank.


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I did something like this awhile back with a HOB filter and a tank divider. I had the outflow on onside and the uptake tube on the other. I had two female and a male Endler on one side and kept the fry on the other whlie i was trying to get their numbers up. It worked fairly well. I am interested to see updates whenever you get this scaped though. Might be something i would do with a shrimp breeding tank. Good luck to you!!!
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