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I need help with setting up my first shrimp tank.

My sister has goldfish right now, and i want to make her tank more appealing. I was thinking of a RCS colony in the tank, it is a 10g. I have no idea how to set up a shrimp tank, i was thinking of a sand substrate, some moss and java fern and other low light plants with a small piece of driftwood. What substrate is good for shrimp? What is a good sponge filter? What is the best way to achieve low light in that tank, right now it has some garbage incandescent lighting. I just need some basic information on how to set this all up.
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My tap water PH is about 7.6-7.8
Gh and KH are unknown because i dont have a test kit for them
Also, I am hoping not to spend too much money. I will have no rooting plants so i dont need any special substrates for plants

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So, if I got on earlier I may have answered you earlier. I don't think 3+ hours is an unusual wait for answers from the forum, if you want something quicker than that maybe pick up the phone or go to the nearest knowleable LFS.

Now that's over with, some suggestions you were asking for.

Substrate - sand is fine, and dark is better (will show up red colour of the RCS more). Your plant choices - no root feeders so the substrate can be inert.

You can use a spiral fluorescent bulb, 13W to 19W in a brooder lamp from Home Depot or Lowes, not very expensive and bright enough if suspended within a couple inches from the top. Or use a desk lamp that has the socket fixed so the bulb can hang vertical and not sideways. If the socket is sideways get a 23W CFL. Daylight option (5000K or 6500K).

Sponge filter - lots of options, ATI hydro I have experience with, but as long as it's rated for 10+ gallons you should be ok.

Try and get the GH and KH of the water tested, at least you'll have an idea if your tap is way out of whack. pH not as crucial if GH and KH are on point.

Good luck with the project.

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Keep in mind the goldfish might eat the shrimp.

If you get shrimp, get cheap ones, in case they end up goldfish snacks.
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Keep in mind the goldfish might eat the shrimp.

If you get shrimp, get cheap ones, in case they end up goldfish snacks.
Good point, I totally missed that she already had fish in there. Agree.

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The goldfish will eat every single shrimp that goes into that tank.

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Sorry, I should have been more clear. I am getting rid of the goldfish.
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Sand is fine. I use generic sponge filters with small air pumps. Use two horizontal 13w CFL lights.

Something like this but with two lights:


RCS are easy to care for.


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Just a reminder there is a sticky in the shrimp section. Gives a lot of basic info you might want to read.
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