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Old 02-23-2012, 04:29 PM   #11
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I am definitely following. I would definitely go with a sponge filter. Heating could prove awkward lol A piece of driftwood with plants attached and maybe a clear glass rock/marble substrate? What kind of shrimp?
Just out of curiosity why bottom lit?
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Old 02-23-2012, 04:43 PM   #12
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I am definitely following. I would definitely go with a sponge filter. Heating could prove awkward lol A piece of driftwood with plants attached and maybe a clear glass rock/marble substrate? What kind of shrimp?
Just out of curiosity why bottom lit?
Bottom lighting for 2 reasons.

1. The size and shape would make standard overhead lighting difficult.

2. The lower part of the tank will house most activities with the shrimp due to the plants and wood etc.


I was considering RCS but I'll have to check around me for a reliable source.

The gravel will be black from my current tank, or maybe black sand? Not sure yet lol.

I'll find wood that can house a heater, with some modification if necessary
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I'd go with the sand! Especially if you're looking at cherry shrimp or crystal shrimp--talk about a pretty contrast with the red, black, and green. ^_^

As for plants, I'd say java fern and anubias. Java fern gets some height on the leaves--I have some with leaves that are at least 6 inches high. Anubias is another good low light. Maybe some mini (not micro) amazon swords--they hit maybe 4 inches high. They're not super low light like the others, but if it's going to get a fair amount of natural light, that may take care of it. And a Marimo Moss ball--because they're awesome, and shrimp love picking the detritus off them.
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Old 02-23-2012, 05:44 PM   #14
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Bottom lighting for 2 reasons.

1. The size and shape would make standard overhead lighting difficult.

2. The lower part of the tank will house most activities with the shrimp due to the plants and wood etc.


I was considering RCS but I'll have to check around me for a reliable source.

The gravel will be black from my current tank, or maybe black sand? Not sure yet lol.

I'll find wood that can house a heater, with some modification if necessary
Ah ok I understand. I am interested to see how it looks when it is done!
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Old 02-23-2012, 05:56 PM   #15
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Definitely a java fern! Been wanting to use one for a while now

Think the moss bass may be hard to find near me, (online would be easier but pricey) Anubias are working great in my main tank so I'll consider em

Black sand would be a great contrast for the bright coloured shrimps.

Cant wait to get starter planning on Saturday
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You don't need a heater for RCS. In fact, IME they thrive at lower temps. My shrimp tanks generally don't drop below 70, but RCS can survive at much lower than that. Breeding slows or stops around 65 though.

I have anacharis, water sprite, and pennywort growing in small tanks lit only with natural light.
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This is interesting I'm definitely following.
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Old 02-24-2012, 11:22 AM   #18
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Good to see people like my ideas lol

On a side note I just got another jar, hopefully if I can make this one work I can try to sell the design to friends? Lol
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So I've decided on a sponge filter, but now I'm wondering; should I build or buy?

And what is the quietest air pump I can get for cheap?
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So I've decided on a sponge filter, but now I'm wondering; should I build or buy?

And what is the quietest air pump I can get for cheap?
Build! Its so easy! Plus you can get an external air pump to up the aesthetics!
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