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Best bang for the buck - multiple tanks for breeding

Just some initial info on my plan....

I'm in the beginning stages of setting up several breeding projects and looking for rimless, good looking nano tanks but for a reasonable price. I will likely place these on a bakers rack unless I can find a nice 8' table or an old, long antique dresser.

Nothing less than 4g and no more than 12g. What are some current, good looking, rimless tanks priced reasonably? Looking to buy approximately 5 tanks total. Filtration will likely be sponge and lighting is not an issue.


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2nd those Truaqua tanks. i have a rack of them and they are all great. cant beat the price.
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You can't beat the price and quality of the Truaqua tanks.


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I have been eyeballing the true aqua tanks but was unsure of quality or a possible competitor.

For around the same price, they have seamless tanks with filtration and lights. Though I would sacrifice looks.... hhmmm. Decisions.

Can't beat the free shipping on most tanks too!
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2nd those Truaqua tanks. i have a rack of them and they are all great. cant beat the price.
Eric, you have any pics of your "rack". haha


I would really like to see shrimp tanks become more like the dimensions of frag tanks. I hate a tank that is taller than it's depth (front to back dimension). But I guess if it's a high tech planted, then height does matter. I just believe it's wasted space. And overflows aren't exactly shrimp friendly
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Eric, you have any pics of your "rack". haha
sure. this is the latest set I'm building. Just filled them up over the weekend. I'll try to get pictures soon.
I used matrix to cover the DIY UGF that connects to the Finnex HOB. Then I used about 3" of AquaSoil on top of the matrix.
The HOB filter is also stuff with matrix.

triple 4G cubes.

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Thanks for posting Eric.

Clip on light brand and what is the green tubing on the right for?


I'm on the fence with clip on lighting or one long light. I'll probably compare prices with the amount I need, then make my decision.
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Thanks for posting Eric.

Clip on light brand and what is the green tubing on the right for?
Lights are Up Aqua, unless you have a friend in HK/Tokyo/etc.. easiest place to find them is on Ebay.
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Green tube is the air powered sponge filter, just doesnt have the sponge on the base. they were getting seeded in another tank.

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http://aquatop.com/Aquarium_Fish_Tank.html

These are really nice little tanks that come with the filter and a decent LED light setup
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I've narrowed them down to three different tanks. Again, these will be for breeding projects(shrimp of course) but they will be in my guest bedroom so image is somewhat important. And I plan on purchasing 5 total.

Rimless 7.13g - tank only - $264.90 (either sponge or hob needed, plus lighting = $150-200 more on the total investment) $414.90-464.90 total price

http://www.truaqua.com/aquarium-high...be-hcc-12.html


Rimless 5g - light(not ideal for plants but do-able, about 10000k) - filtration(needs shrimp proofing) - $294.90 total price other than materials for shrimp proofing.

http://www.truaqua.com/zen-nano-glas...ium-zn-5g.html


Framed w/hood 8g - seamless front corners - light(again probably not ideal) - filtration( much easier shrimp proofing) - $284.90 total price

http://www.truaqua.com/aquarium-curv...ank-cc-a8.html


Of course I want option #1 but option #2 seems more cost effective without sacrificing overall appearance. But less space and the crappiest light.
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how many shrimp do you plan to house in these? the 4G cubes are perfect size for selective breeding. Could probably even get the smaller one if you just want to house a few specific shrimp.

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Rimless 7.13g - tank only - $264.90 (either sponge or hob needed, plus lighting = $150-200 more on the total investment) $414.90-464.90 total price
this seems like a lot to me. HOB + Lighting should be under $80 easy. even if you use an AC20 thats only like $26 on amazon.
you can find small clip on style LED lights on ebay for between $30-45 shipped.
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All totals are based on buying 5 of each.


Some tanks will be used for selective breeding, others are multipurpose (breeding stock, hospital tank, raising shrimplets or possible fish fry.
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OK... lighting has become an issue.... there are so many clip ons with very few reviews that I'm still contemplating on buying a large light to just hang over all the tanks.


I am going with 3x AC20's and the other tanks will just be sponge filters.


Thoughts or suggestions on lighting?
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sure. this is the latest set I'm building. Just filled them up over the weekend. I'll try to get pictures soon.
I used matrix to cover the DIY UGF that connects to the Finnex HOB. Then I used about 3" of AquaSoil on top of the matrix.
The HOB filter is also stuff with matrix.

triple 4G cubes.


Looks pretty awesome. I'm pretty jealous of the setup. How much did just setting up the three tanks cost so far?
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