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shrimp filtration

I have a biocube 8 with plants, sand & cherry shrimp. The complete time i've kept shrimp I stuffed a sponge in the outlet to reduce flow greatly...This came at a cost as algae appeared on my glass frequently...

With nothing on the outlet the shrimp & everything in the tank get blown around, What should I do? & or what do I do? I was thinking of a spraybar shooting from above the tank but I'd like to get a second opinion.

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What do you have for media in the tank?

Can you replace the pump, maybe? Put in a smaller pump, or one you can adjust the rate? I'm not very familiar with the tanks.

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Using an 80 gph canister with sponge prefilter and spraybar on a ten gal. Got my first berries today.


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If you go the spray bar route it could still blow your shrimp around. I found positioning the spray bar so that it hits the back of the glass works best. It's not too bad! Algae isn't always a bad thing, shrimpies love it, haha.

I've also seen people scrape the algae off the front panels of their tank but leave it on the back and sides. You can try that too if it bothers you enough.
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The section of my tank that has algae (only one side for some reason) is like baby shrimp heaven. I see a good 20+ shrimplets always grazing on it in the morning and at night.
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I ended up building a spray bar & inserting it inside the tank, works great & I don't think the shrimp are bothered by it because I saw one giving birth today.

Filter media is just 3 layers of filter floss, nothing else
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I ended up building a spray bar & inserting it inside the tank, works great & I don't think the shrimp are bothered by it because I saw one giving birth today.

Filter media is just 3 layers of filter floss, nothing else
Excellent! I really like spray bars for shrimp tanks. It makes it fairly easy to ensure high oxygen levels in the water. If the flow is a bit much from it, aim the spray at the back wall. This seems to help disperse the current.


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