Setting up a shrimp tank - Asian style (pic heavy)

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  1. Maurice
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    Setting up a new tank for some of my Taiwan bee and Pinto shrimp (prt1)

    tank is a 120*45*30 divided into 4, 1 canister filter filtering the whole tank and then the ug filters

    [​IMG]IMG_7925 by Maurice van Wyk, on Flickr
    [​IMG]IMG_7927 by Maurice van Wyk, on Flickr

    Added the ug filters

    [​IMG]IMG_7929 by Maurice van Wyk, on Flickr

    Added the biological filter on top of the ug filter. This filter media is exactly like ADA Bio Rio - 14L of it

    [​IMG]IMG_7931 by Maurice van Wyk, on Flickr
    [​IMG]IMG_7932 by Maurice van Wyk, on Flickr

    Adding Aquasoil - 1 bag (8L)

    [​IMG]IMG_7933 by Maurice van Wyk, on Flickr
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    [​IMG]IMG_7935 by Maurice van Wyk, on Flickr

    Added some SL-Aqua bacteria powder

    [​IMG]IMG_7936 by Maurice van Wyk, on Flickr

    Added another bag of Aquasoil (8L) and then some ADA bacter ball 100 that I crushed and sprinkled over the soil - I had some lying around, so added some more filter bacteria on top of all the soil.

    [​IMG]IMG_7937 by Maurice van Wyk, on Flickr
    [​IMG]IMG_7938 by Maurice van Wyk, on Flickr
    [​IMG]IMG_7939 by Maurice van Wyk, on Flickr

    Busy cycling the tank now - takes around a month or so.
    I will update once the shrimps are in and do a second part
     
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    Awesome looking setup you have there :). Can you use the aquasoil on undergravel filters as I have read on the Aqua Soil package that ADA soil shouldn't be used with undergravel filters
     
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    Aquasoil was originally made for planted tanks and so not recomended for a planted tank but you can use it for shrimp yes.
    Using ug filters for a shrimp tank makes the tank more stable as you also use the soil as a filter bed and when doing a water change the new water becomes stable quicker than not having ug filters in
     
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    Thank you. Always eager to learn from the best :)
     
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    Lyk sharp :thumb:
     
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    Not directly, as I suspect it'd clog too quick, but using a base layer of pumice as Maurice did, should work just fine.
     
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    Thanks for the share Maurice, what is the purpose of the front section if I may ask.

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    Hi Greenbean, purely for feeding, to keep food particles out from the main substrate bed
     
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    Really nice!! And well thought out


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    I’ve got a 3ft like that, also compartment, also 1 canister running it. I’ve downsized since......and emptied almost all my tanks.
    Can’t wait to see how your tank looks when you put in the livestock


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    Over the passed three years spread over many shrimp tanks I have been using UGs with crushed volcanic rock as a first layer and then a variety of active substrates such as Amazonia, Black Earth, Shrimp King and Akadama with very pleasing results. Most importantly, I use that plastic fly mesh on top of the larva /volcanic gravel chips to keep the substrate separated from it, creating easier maitenence and easier vacuuming with water changes, works a bomb.

    If I remember correctly I posted some pics of this on one of the main stream shrimp forums..
     
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    Meant to add, nice pro build setup as usual, Mauricimo !
     
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    Very nice also thinking of changing over to ug filtration sponge filters while great is just not doing it for me anymore.
     
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    @Maurice can i ask you where you got the milione bacteria powder from.
     
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    Hi Paul, got the SL-Aqua from Lynton over at shrimpcity.co.za - awesome guy and best shop in SA
    He has all the big names of food and goodies for shrimp tanks at excellent prices
    Aqua Empire in Muldersdrift also stocks shrimpcity’s products at the same prices
     
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    Sjo Maurice, that is a well thought out setup! Well done
     
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    Tx bud.
     
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    Thanks

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