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So im about to begin on a 10 Gallon shrimp tank, and ive been slowly purchasing items one by one, and i just a have a few more things I have to buy.

I have my HOB filter rated just for 10 gallons, i have my driftwood ready, and 10lbs of black gravel for my substrate. All i need now is some lighting, and some plants.

I was just wondering if I would need a heater for the Shrimp, what kind of lighting would be ok, and which plants should I use for this tank. Is my substrate ok being just gravel? Im trying to keep the price low so you guys have any suggestions?

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If your focus is on keeping shrimp, then yes, gravel is fine.

Most lighting is fine, try to aim for daylight (6500k or higher) bulbs if you want to keep plants. I just use regular CFLs with screw in clip on lamps.

You probably will need a heater for your tank unless the temp in your house is stable all year long.

For plants - MOSS :D Moss is perfect for shrimp tanks. Java moss, Christmas moss, Peacock moss, Willow Moss, Weeping moss...so many mosses. They are great for low light tanks. Fast-growing stem plants are good as well, though some of them may require higher lighting.
 

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Thanks Piffy, where did you find CFL bulbs that were rated 6500k? or are you doing a low tech tank as well?

I am most definitely going to do Moss since it is easy to maintain, and doesnt really need fert to my knowledge. What kind of heater do you suggest, or use? i wanna get one that will last some time.
 

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I would just get a standard 10 gallon flourescent hood that takes a T8 bulb and then go get a Repti-Glo UVB 2.0 bulb(petsmart reptile section). its what i'm using on my 12" tall 15 gallon and its working great. The UVA/UVB helps the shrimp, the bulb is 6500k and has a 98 CRI. Its growing my moss and low light plants perfectly.
 

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I would just get a standard 10 gallon flourescent hood that takes a T8 bulb and then go get a Repti-Glo UVB 2.0 bulb(petsmart reptile section). its what i'm using on my 12" tall 15 gallon and its working great. The UVA/UVB helps the shrimp, the bulb is 6500k and has a 98 CRI. Its growing my moss and low light plants perfectly.
Hmm thats interesting. Never heard of shrimps needing/wanting UVA/UVB. I mean it makes sense but just never heard it mentioned before. May I ask where you got that from? I know a decent amount about those bulbs as I keep a bearded dragon. But if you are using a glass top the UVB/UVA will be lost through the glass.

Also it depends on what kind of shrimp you are wanting to keep as far as what your perameters should be. If you have hard water you will need to use an active soil like shrimp stratum or aquasoil. If you already have soft water you should be good. Driftwood is good as well as moss for plants.

Honestly istead of a hob filter I REALLY recomend http://www.aquacave.com/azoo-oxygen-sponge-filters-12.html #5 will be perfect for a 10g. Its safe for shrimp babies and great for biological filtration. And a little mechanical. For shrimp only tanks its more then enough. Just need to get a good air pump to use with it.

I highly recomend starting off with say painted fire red shrimp. They are basically a selectively bred cherry shrimp to be very red. More interesting color wise then regular cherries and just as hardy. And almost as cheap. Check the for sale section. Oh and they breed like rabbits. Damn I just typed out a novel.
 
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