Dancing Matt Posted July 8, 2022 Share Posted July 8, 2022 (edited) I have been posting about some different projects recently so I figured I may as well consolidate my future postings into a single journal... for the most part. My most recent project, beside my pond, has been setting up my 5g(8g?) tank as a shrimp tank. I found it at a thrift store and this was the tank that started my journey of aquariums. I had some shrimp in this tank (with a betta, which did not go well) but had no idea what I was doing (the cherry shrimp all died) and so I haven't touched shrimp for about 3 years. I removed the old LED that was installed on the inside of the tank and DIY'd a functioning stand for a 12"stingray light. I added old eco-complete substrate and some crushed coral along with leftover drift wood from a previous setup. I ended up using a cycled sponge filter and water (along with the mulm) from another tank along with some plants from that tank. I added catappa leaves, acorn caps, and wonder shell, my hope was to create an environment for success. It ran for a few week and developed quite a few micro organisms that I have not yet identified (daphnia/cyclops related?) while I fed it parodically. I noticed the hitchhiker-snails (has anyone done a hitchhikers guide to the galaxy w/ snails meme?) were doing well and I was itching to put some shrimp in, so I went to my LFS and picked up a few different ones trying to make a "skittles" tank. I noticed that one shrimp was berried and she still was tending the eggs after I had transferred the shrimp in. Imagine my excitement a few days later when I saw a few tiny shrimplings hanging out on the glass. Over the past few days I have noticed them hanging out on the wood and such so hopefully they are here to stay. It has only been a week but I have more hope for these shrimp than the first ones I bought (though I still have an Amano shrimp who went through all(most?) of my mistakes over the last 4 years and has survived). Here is the tank with a melon sword (couldn't compete in the 45gal) some amazon fernlings and Christmas moss (my favorite over java). First spotted baby shrimp: One of the mature yellows. The shrimp seem to eat off the glass so I have neglected cleaning it. 2nd Baby Shrimp: Edited July 8, 2022 by Dancing Matt 4 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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