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I am planning to upgrade my 10 gal shrimp tank for smthng bigger, I really like 20 gal long, but which would You choose long or high,. for 20 g long, You need to complete everything separate like hood ect.. petstore sell just tanks, and 20g high You easily can buy it as a complete kit
 

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20G long. More of a foot print for the shrimps to graze on. Also more space for shrimp in general since they are on the ground most of the time unlike fish

Petco has their $1/gallon sale soon.you don't need a hood or complete set. Just get the bare tank and load it with substrate and a sponge filter or two with your Choice of canister or hob. Along with a nice led light
 

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20 long if you have the space for it, if you have the space you could also go for a bigger tank with a bigger foot print but only relatively more water, like a 33 long or 40 breeder

The shrimp will definitely use more of the surface are of the tank than the volume, however bigger tanks allow bigger plants or more intricate scapes
 

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I had shrimp climb out of tanks before through a small opening where the airlines were fed into the tank. I since taped that hole shut. A shrimp tank needs a lid. Even if you keep the water level low they will climb up the airlines.
I don't think it matters if the tank is long or tall. I have a 10 gal hex and it is the tank were my shrimp are breeding the most. I would base that decision on the type of plants and decorations I wanted to add.
 
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