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I am setting up and redoing and giving one last try to my shrimp tanks. They always seem to get too complicated with tons of plants and driftwood and eventually planaria and die off. So i set up a couple of tanks with just moss and and sponge filter and some floaters and maybe a small piece of driftwood. Is there any reason this is bad idea? If the water parameters are ok is it still a bad idea?
 

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Without a substrate you lose a lot space for bacteria, but as long as you keep up with water changes and are careful not to overfeed, you should be fine some of the most successful breeders use bb tanks so its definitely possible.
 

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I was thinking on taking all the sand out and replacing it with several 3-4 large lava rocks. they have lots of surface area. Then I all would have to do it move the rocks. But when I looked up on painting the bottom of the tanks. I leaned that with acrlic it can have some nasty reactions.
 

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I was thinking on taking all the sand out and replacing it with several 3-4 large lava rocks. they have lots of surface area. Then I all would have to do it move the rocks. But when I looked up on painting the bottom of the tanks. I leaned that with acrlic it can have some nasty reactions.
Gahh - acrylic! I'm a die hard acrylic hater. It scratches, it scuffs, it bends if it gets too warm on the car ride home. And now apparently it can't have lava rock.

Thanks for that post. I was considering buying an acrylic 8 gallon for a shrimp/frog small vivarium
 

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You misheard my friend, you can put lava rock in it. The problem is Painting the bottom outside, so you don't need gavel and the shrimp still feel safe. There is no point in removing my sand to do bare bottom if I can paint the bottom. It does scratch easily, but right now, with moving 2 times in the last 8 months, its lighter and easier for a wimp like me to carry. Plus I got the Aquarius 5 gallon, its light is strong enough to grow DHG, crypts and Marsila Crenata. It's very roomy, and I have driftwood and shrimps in 5 of them. I love my acrylic. I do have 1 that has a nasty scratch, but I plan on adding a background to hide it. :)
 

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AGUILAR3 Can you use any kind of Coarse gravel or sand? I saw that they had a bag of Petco of Black sand (like Pool filter sand) and a bag of assorted small pebbles like from a river.


I like this so much, I am going to do this in my 29 gallon planted tank. I need to replace the tank, and I was HATING the fact I was going to have to get all the sand out. Now, I have a feeling I'll be doing this. THANK YOU!!
 

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I am setting up and redoing and giving one last try to my shrimp tanks. They always seem to get too complicated with tons of plants and driftwood and eventually planaria and die off. So i set up a couple of tanks with just moss and and sponge filter and some floaters and maybe a small piece of driftwood. Is there any reason this is bad idea? If the water parameters are ok is it still a bad idea?
Just use low light plant and make the tank that will fit your shrimp. Many people focus on what the tank looks like and not what the shrimp are getting. In a shrimp tank the less you do to it the better. I would advise, to have a substrate. They will do better if they are happy. Put a few low light plants, a bit of moss and don't touch it. BB can be done but why not make something suitable for the shrimp.


-Chris
 

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In the issue #2 of Breeders and Keepers magazine, one breeder has an interesting setup that I will experiment soon. He doesn't use active substrate but just a very thin layer of fine gravel. He explains his theory and if he can be successful in doing so I think it's good enough for me to try. So, that's another thought.

Almost all of my tanks are half bare half substrate (as can bee seen in this post). I find it working VERY WELL.
 

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I really like the look of the half substrate... but i am wondering is it the substrate that you think the shrimp like or it is the ability to have more positive bacteria growth... what i mean is i filled the bottom with lots of moss on mesh does that have the same positive affect?
 
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