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Post Free 10 gal. Snail Farm / Shrimp tank

So i was at my cousins the other night and he told me he had a 10g just sitting in his driveway. So i took it home and made a project out of it. i recently got a red eye puffer who is currently in another 10g. and i figured i could use this as a snail farm / shirmp tank combo. hopefully this wont be a problem let me know your thoughts befor i buy shrimp lol.

The tank when we got home


I Decided to take off the top trim and see how it went hey the tank was free anyways...


Gave it a nice cleaning and removed the little silicone it had.





Add yes its true that glass is sharp...




I decided to re silicone the inside seams on the tank since there was barely any at all and i had a tube anyways...

I cut out an old credit card to help make nice seam after i put down a bead of silicone...




While that had to set and dry i made a little DIY sponge filter









Did some heavy washing of some SMS




Began the fill...




The completed filter before going in.




Moved the JAVA mushroom in tonight
mainly just stuff in here from a mini snail farm i had going and clippings. The mushroom came out of my 20gal cause i'm about to pump up the light in there and re scape. figured it would be a heaven for shrimp. and snails.... Well so far what you all think?> this in total took almost a week. tank should realy be already cycled i had the sponge around the intake of my 20 gal while the silicone was drying on the pvc for a few days. also that bio wheel at one time was in the 20 and was also in the mini snail farm.
Tongiht wheni ot home i saw about 50 specs on the glass when i took a closer look i relized allot of the snail eggs from mini farm have now hatched in theire new home

Total spent so far $6 on the sponge from LFS ... shoulda gone to the depot : \



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ive been browsing the journals and tank section for days for scape ideas. should i keep the mushroom or toss it and use the moss for something else?

i will soon be adding more light and pressurized co2 and soon is the next couple of days i have the equipment already just need a tank fill.


i wont have an issue with snails and shim in the same tank will i? will the snails be to much of a bio load?

i would love some plant suggestions that shrimp will like but snails wont kill.

anyone have some input or suggestions before i take this tank to the next level next week?
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i like the java shroom, how did u make it? i wud keep it in the tank for sure, the shrimp will love it like u said.

i dont think u wud have any issues with the shrimp and snails together, but i cud be wrong. also, i suggest just adding more plants when u get the co2 running. i like it so far good luck!

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what kind of snails do you have in there?


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the java shroom is a large stone mushroom a friend gave to me years back when he worked at a garden center. the stem and top came apart and were just sitting around i siliconed em back together and laid some java moss across it and tied it down with some nylon thread. Has me growing strong ever since.

As far as the snails they are just regular old snails pond snails i guesse u call em, and some of the cone shaped one. just for puffer food.
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I like the shroomy too

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put some smaller "shrooms" around it and you'll have a cool scape...
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how does that sponge filter work? (like how does it filter stuff)


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nice tank.. you should sand down the edges of the tank so you don't cut yourself again!
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Thank you all vary much i think its the first tank i will be realy happy with when its done.

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put some smaller "shrooms" around it and you'll have a cool scape...
Cool idea didnt think of that. i was trying to think of a kinda fungus looking scape. kinda like where fairy or gnomes would live fantasy land kinda thing. Didn't think of somthing as simple as more mushrooms.. ill keep my eyes open

Oredered some plant just town off skewlboy in the swapandshop

pogostemon erectus
Riccia <- anyone have tips on this? making a forground carpet ?
lobelia cardinalis small form
Ranunculus nodosus <--- not sure if ill use in this tank
Hydrocotyle verticularis < thinking this will go well with the mushroom scape


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nice sig btw down shift. i wouldn't mind flying into a turn and dropping down a gear in that. or even better downshifting when comping out of a nice long turn mmmmmm
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how does that sponge filter work? (like how does it filter stuff)
]sorry forgot u asked... its all about presure from what i under stand. I learned about it here

i aslso did some searching around seams like allot of people do some DIY filter even found a couple things on you tube. i guess its just the idea of pressure pushing out then a vacuum after wards? not to sure but seams to be working. that filter was just put in when i took that picture and as you can see the tank was kind of dirty. I went to bed and when i woke up the watter was much clearer. ive also seen in suck a few things agaist the filter. and it apears to be slowly getting some color to it if you need some mor edetails on how i made mine or constuction or pics just is ill do the best i can.

note i would use this for larger tanks or with lots of fish that need good filtration.
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for a riccia carpet, u can either get a hairnet and spread the riccia over a slate rock etc and then cover that with the hair net tightly. also, u can get plastic grids and sandwitch them together with riccia in between them.

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any suggestions on what i could find locally to use for the plastic grid. should i just walk around the H-depot
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any suggestions on what i could find locally to use for the plastic grid. should i just walk around the H-depot
ive read on here that u can get them a H-depot. look for the plastic green grids. those are tank safe.

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