I have been working on this tank for awhile now, slowly working on hardscape, the scape itself and the finally the cycle. But I have finally added my shrimps!!!
Here is a little background:
The hardscape is lava rock from Neptune that I shaped into a cave kind of thing. I bonded the rocks with silicone. In the front is sand blasting sand and in the back and on top of the rock structure I have aquasoil.
I have the back and left glass panels painted black with plastidip, and I really recommend using this product if you want a background. It hardens into a rubbery like material that easily peels off if you decide you dont want a background anymore. Also easier and cleaner looking than vinyl backgrounds.
25W Heater (Hope to run a temp controller and fan by the summer months)
Finnex Stingray 12"
10 CRS(from @ch3fb0yrdee
Bucephalandra 'Black Pearl'
2 Marimo balls
Plants in RED
I am unsure of how they will do long term. Had some extra from my 20L and wanted to see how they do with no CO2 and lower light.
Just for fun I made this GIF of the filling process:
Here are a few FTS post fill while the tank was still cycling:
Look at that slope!
And last but not least the livestock!
Crystal Red Shrimp - Caridina cantonensis
As mentioned I just purchased some awesome shrimp from @ch3fb0yrdee
and they are doing great. Would definitely recommend his stock if you are looking at getting into CRS or need to add some diversity to your current colony. I decided that I would try to take some photos of them and here were 3 of my favorite shots
Shot with stock 18-55mm lens along with extension tubes. First time shooting shrimp, but they are excellent candidates for macro photography. They are super chill... much unlike fish, giving me extra time to get position the shot. I will say that I still need to practice with the extremely shallow DOF with the extension tubes! Many of my shots were too blurry due to my hand moving ever so slightly out of focus. The shrimps in the photo is about a quarter of an inch.
Well that was a VERY long post, hope you all enjoy!