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DevinWolfe's 5.5G Home Shrimp Tank

This is my 5.5G Shrimp-only tank. This tank is set up with the purpose of providing me with adult shrimp that may be transferred to my 50G as well as continue to be a breeding tank. It currently houses aroun 35-40 juvenile Cherry Red Shrimp.


Dimensions:
16 x 8 x 10 (standard 5.5G)

Substrate:
Soil Master Select - Charcoal

Lighting:
1 x 10W CF bulb in metal dome fixture

Filtration:
Marineland Duetto 50 submersible w/ coarse sponge fit around base

Heater:
Elite 50W

CO2:
None

Ferts:
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From above





The duetto 50





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Acclimating Shrimp








Enjoying their new home






The super glue seems to have "run" down the driftwood from the roots... Will this residue go away?


Current plants are:

3-4 stems of Hygrophila Difformis (Water Wisteria) in each back corner
1 single stem of Sunset Hygro in front left corner
2 small Anubias Nanas attached to driftwood
1 small Java Fern attached to driftwood


I should be receiveing moss this upcoming week, that I will use to cover the rock and maybe some of the driftwood. I have some mesh waiting to attempt a "moss carpet."

Oh, and the driftwood is Malaysian.

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awesome. i love your shrimp- are those snowball and cherries? do they cross breed?. im hoping to convert my 10 gallon into a shrimp breeding tank also with a moss carpet. what kind of mesh you planning on using? stainless steel?

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How much super glue did you use? I don't think that's going anywhere. I may be wrong.

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Dang, you didn't want those anubias to float away, did you?!
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HAHA, I had never super-glued anything to driftwood before.

I put what I THOUGHT was a few drops on the roots. The driftwood was still wet so when I put the plants on the wood I saw it just spread across the surface. When I put all the wood back into the water, all the glue turned bright white Maybe I will pull the wood back out and "chisel" the residue.

I did the exact same thing to a couple pieces for my 50G tonight.

They are all Cherry Red Shrimp from epicfish. They are so cool. I also have some of the same stock in my 2.5G at work. Definitely digging the shrimp-only tank so far.

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looks good! the residue will eventually go away..just takes time.
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Thanks! I sure hope it does. If not, I can easily remove the wood to pick at the residue.

I missed the comment about mesh, sorry JennaH. I picked up some basic "arts and crafts" plastic mesh at wal-mart. It has about 1/8" holes. I plan to check out a Micheals or A.C. Moore to see if they have "finer" mesh (bigger holes, less material) to work with. I am hoping to avoid metals if possible just to avoid any possible chemical reactions.

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Bit of a rescape. I wanted to add a moss carpet to the tank. After my extreme mishandling of superglue I decided to go with plain old thread.

I also added an air stone/wall to help keep the surface scum at bay. Held down by the edge of the rock in the back right corner.


Original idea; cut wal-mart arts and crafts mesh and tie moss to it













After I couldn't keep that down even using the edge of the driftwood and the rock I decided to use the rock in the center. I covered the rock, then covered the mesh and made a carpet with a "spike" (?) in the middle.














I was hoping to be able to put a bit on the driftwood to cover up the super glue, but I was running out and still wanted to add some to my 50G. I supposed I will just use what grows in to cover the roots of the plants later.

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I added a black background and a 50W heater. I have not started using the heater yet, but will soon due to cold nights.

I also swapped the 5" bubble wall to an air stone that I placed under the rock to keep the bubbles spread the bubbles out. I will be moving the bubble wall to my 50G.

The shrimp seem to be showing beautiful colors and growing well, I hope they start breeding soon.








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awesome! im excited to see that moss carpet fill in. i've also seen just putting the moss between two sheets of mesh and letting it grow through.. but it looks like the tying worked just as well

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