Aquascaping – my first planted tank for shrimp.
I used to have some freshwater shrimp (Neocaridina) in my community Biorb aquarium with my fish. However, they all died last summer in the heatwave and I missed watching them. They are such interactive little things, always busy and full of character so I decided to set up a tank especially for them.
I discovered something called aquascaping – creating landscapes and beautiful underwater habitats or scenes. Some of them are amazing – take a look at these!
I wanted a jungle theme and spent months reading and asking people who enjoy aquascaping and keeping shrimp. Hurrah for internet forums!!
My Tank set up
- 25L Cube (Aquael tank) with tap water. (Less than 12 inch cube).
- Low tech (No feeding with C02) and lightly planted
- External filter – Eheim Aquacompact 60
- Cooler – D-D DC300
- Total costs of my tank (plus maintenance items, tools etc) £536
- Shrimps …. to come!
Fluval Shrimp substrate on top of Tropica Plant Growth Substrate (Soil) in case I want to plant tanks into soil. Also some Unipac Granite Sand on the base perimeter to hide the soil somewhat.
Annubias (a plant that you tie to wood/stone (not planted), Java Moss, Weeping moss (Vesicularia Ferriei) and also another moss Taxiphyllum barbieri.
Redmoor Wood (to make the tree) and Red Canyon Rock, tank ornament and half a coconut shell.
I also bought various tubing, connectors, test kits, water syphon, starter bacteria to cycle to the tank and aquascaping tools.
Weekly maintenance: I plan to do 25% water change and some algae removal. I am using Purigen to help polish the water (makes it nice and clear and as if shrimp are swimming through air).
I hope to finish cycling this week, connect up the cooler and order my shrimp.
I might do some more blogs about the set up what I’ve learnt so far.