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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-25-2017, 10:42 PM Thread Starter
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This is the story of my most recent 10 Gallon tank. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and most likely you will completely ignore everything I'm writing and just scroll through the pictures.

I'd played around with the owning small fish since I was a little kid but it wasn't until last year that I really decided to become a hobbyist. After spending an unhealthy amount of time watching every King of DIY video imaginable I decided to DIY myself a 10 gallon shrimp tank.

This was how the tank started off its life:
-Whisper Air Pump
-Work lamp with a 40 watt LED
-Eco-Complete black substrate
-Cheapest heater I could find
-A Fuji water bottle stuffed with bioballs and capped with a sponge (sort of like this build but more ghetto - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROkh...TzRRhn&index=1)
-An assortment of stem plants and giant duckweed from petco stuffed in some little acrylic boxes

I then let it sit for a few weeks and cycle before adding a few ghost shrimp as inhabitants
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-25-2017, 11:16 PM
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Very nice!!! I love your tank and the filter especially. : - )

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Like it so far!


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Thank you for the kind words! I will post some more updates in a few days.
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I like the theme for your tank. Looks fun. With a few shrimp, your filter load is probably OK. If you plan to add more, check out the media calc (also not perfect) here: http://www.diyfishkeepers.com/MediaCalculator.htm
Even Joey himself says that this type of filter he made is inadequate for the tank size. Perhaps a good support to a HOB or other, and a good way to seed media with bacteria, though. Maybe consider a polyether foam sponge block (they're cheap too) along with the bottle. To keep your theme, maybe it could be a salvaged sponge glued down to a spare bathroom tile with a big gulp or smoothie straw.
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Different kind of planted tank then the mainstreams... I like it. To the point on the filter if you do end up looking at options. HOB would free space up or a sponge filter or modifications to existing filters. I actually just got done with a video on a interesting mod'ed filter. Having a sponge filter of some sort in the tank is always good for shrimp as they love the bio film that builds up on the sponge. Worth looking at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vuizx5DaI5k

If not keep going with the trash heap theme.

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Just wait, it gets better.

So a few weeks after getting cycling the tank and letting my ghost shrimp settle in, I quickly grew bored of the mini-planters. I also noticed my PH climbed into the 8.0 territory and decided to throw some driftwood to keep it a bit lower.

The duckweed also started to take over the tank so I pulled some PLA thread from my 3D printer and attached it to bits of expanded foam to float on the surface. This made two little rings of open water which I quite liked the look of.

Right around this point my ghosties had started breeding, and with all the little amphipods thriving in the duckweed roots, I was able to see atleast two generations of shrimps running around the tank.
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Ph spiked up then shot back down-now an algae bloom!

I love your tank,esp the rings.They're great eye catchers! I have a 10 gallon planted tank that had been cycling for weeks but still wasn't ready for fish yet.
I decided to shut my co2 off and turn my lights back to 4 hrs a day (I was running them 12 hrs a day) I also added a heater to keep it hot and now I have an algae bloom.
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Awww, you got rid of the little planters? I really liked that look. It was unique and interesting. Not that there's anything wrong with your new setup though
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Awww, you got rid of the little planters? I really liked that look. It was unique and interesting. Not that there's anything wrong with your new setup though
Thank you! Looking back I definitely enjoyed that look as well, and it made maintenance a breeze. Unfortunately I like fiddle around and nothing in my house stays in one location for long
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Thank you! Looking back I definitely enjoyed that look as well, and it made maintenance a breeze. Unfortunately I like fiddle around and nothing in my house stays in one location for long
I'm totally with you on the fiddling bit. Would you recommend the mini glass pots, or was it an all or none type of decision?

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I'm totally with you on the fiddling bit. Would you recommend the mini glass pots, or was it an all or none type of decision?
They worked quite well and it was nice to be able to move the plants around on a pretty consistent basis. Over time, however, they definitely would have needed root tabs or something else to keep the plants well fed.
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The next phase of this tank was really just a mess. I decided to move out of my apartment and drained most of the tank for the move. While in the process of packing I got really interested in killifish and decided to try my hand at hatching some eggs.

After perusing the forums I decided to order some Fundulopanchax Sjoestedi (Dwarf Red Gularis) eggs from Aquabid. Hatching was fairly simple, and just required a tupperware container with aged water. In order to maintain a stable temperature I floated the container in the tank, and simultaneously fired up a little brine shrimp hatchery.

At this point the tank still had a few ghost shrimp and bladder snails running around the tank, so I kept a sponge filter and heater running the whole time. I also was doing bi-weekly water changes to keep the nitrates in check.

Once the eggs hatched, and after a bit more research, I decided the killies would be needing a much bigger tank and started planning a 29 gal to compliment my ongoing Heap (side note, MTS is real people)
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MTS is real. Confirmed. I require special treatments from my Wife to avoid further spreading. Sometimes the treatment is unpleasant...
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MTS is real. Confirmed. I require special treatments from my Wife to avoid further spreading. Sometimes the treatment is unpleasant...
Couldn't agree with you more my friend. Came back from an estate sale with a 1 gallon and a 15 gal column and sure enough my girlfriend went right for the whippin belt
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