View Full Version : Jenn's 5G Shrimp Tank

05-22-2009, 06:49 AM
As all planted tanks, they evolve and even my tiny little 5G has evolved. It began its life on the shelf of a wallyworld, a lowly 5G kit on the bottom shelf:
(Sorry its a cellphone pic)

And then it got life:
Just some narrow leaf java fern, dwarf water lettuce, anarchis, xmas moss tied to a grid on the back wall to hopefully one day form a "moss wall".
The dwarf water lettuce

05-22-2009, 06:55 AM
And here it is about 2 weeks after setup :)

Ive added 2 Anubias nana, 4 petite anubias and better positioned plus added a few more stones. Ive also got an Apon bulb sprouting for another tank in there. The narrow leaf has filled in a bit more, and the moss wall which I thought I was gonna have to write off is starting to work...and naturally the anarchis has grown:14:

The dwarf water lettuce has also almost doubled...its getting some nice roots now to. You can see a bit of aluminum foil hanging down to the right in that pic as well...these incandescent hoods have really crappy reflectors but some plain old heavy duty reynolds wrap can do alot for a 15watt screw in CF bulb. lol

05-22-2009, 06:58 AM
Some close ups of the new plants:22:

05-22-2009, 08:41 AM
nice tank.
put some photos of the shrimps

05-22-2009, 09:18 AM
nice tank thumbs2:

05-22-2009, 10:32 AM
Beautiful little tank!

05-22-2009, 12:07 PM
looks great thumbs2:

05-22-2009, 02:12 PM
Is that ever nice Jenn! Great job!
Your tank is growing in beautifully!:22:

Wild Turkey
05-22-2009, 02:53 PM
Looks greatthumbs2:

What kind of shrimp?

05-22-2009, 03:09 PM
Im ordering shrimp first of next week, probably just 20 cherry shrimp for right now. I may order a few super red cherries and some amanos later on tho :22:

Thanks everyone for the comments :)

05-22-2009, 03:14 PM
Nice Jenn! Not that you'll need it, but good luck with the shrimp. thumbs2:

05-31-2009, 09:55 PM
Shrimp are here! They arrived last Thursday and after a few days to settle in they are doing very well. They are much smaller than I expected, I ordered 25 but Im not sure how many there are as they were honestly to small to count. The largest of them being right at 1/4" with the others being only 3-4milimeters. I did some Macro shots of them and considering their size and my point and shoot camera, the pics arnt to bad :22:

Heres a couple of the largest ones eating a small piece of bottom dweller wafer.
And a little guy up in the java fern

05-31-2009, 09:58 PM
Can you spot the tiny RCS? These I suspect are no more than 3-4milimeters
One of the larger ones on an anubias petitie
Best shot of the day I think :22:

05-31-2009, 11:06 PM
lol Cool pics!:coolphotos:
It looks like that shrimp is pushing the wafer up the rock!lol
Tough little guy!

06-01-2009, 12:37 AM
Nice tank Jen! I can't wait to see how that moss wall looks when if fills in. You are making me want shrimp now. :wavemulticolor:

06-01-2009, 12:45 AM
They are great little critters KF :22: Im sure as mine grow theyll be even more so as I can see them better lol. They are pretty strong and did manage to push that wafer over that rock :)

06-01-2009, 12:55 AM
They are great little critters KF :22: Im sure as mine grow theyll be even more so as I can see them better lol. They are pretty strong and did manage to push that wafer over that rock :)

:lettersrofl: Really! Thats awesome.That thing four times his size! lol
I want some but not at at what they asking here.

06-01-2009, 01:04 AM
They are great, have you checked from other hobbyist? I got my 25 shipped for $20...the small ones seem to ship really well, best I could tell there were no losses in my package and they shipped from CA to VA just by standard priority mail.

06-01-2009, 01:05 AM
very nice tank :)

06-01-2009, 01:17 AM
Thanks Red :)

06-04-2009, 11:47 PM
Another update...I had a bit of filament algae growing on a java fern leaf so I did a switch up on my maintenance routine. Ive been doing a 10% WC on mondays and thursdays adding each time 1/4ml of Flourish Comp, and now 1/2ml of Excel. The results are....

A much darker tank apperance?
Oh yes...THIS is why its darker!
Bloom starting to form on an Anubias nana
Long thick roots on the dwarf water lettuce and the java fern has filled in a bit more

06-04-2009, 11:51 PM
Mass of anarchis on the right end
Feeding frenzy
Some perspective on how tiny the shrimp are
Crappy pic of a juvie super red :)

06-05-2009, 12:46 AM
Nice tank, looks great.

06-05-2009, 01:00 AM
Looks great MC!! Can't wait for that moss wall to fill out!
What type of wood is that?

06-05-2009, 01:03 AM
The plants are looking great! The tank just keeps looking better and better. :ssmile:

Wild Turkey
06-05-2009, 01:03 AM
great shotsthumbs2: looking great

06-05-2009, 01:21 AM
Thanks everyone :22: Thats just some leftover manzanita sticks from my 55G. I need to dive in there and work on the moss wall, Ill do that next week when I thin out some of that water lettuce.

Since things are going so well Id like to order a couple more super red cherries and some nerite snails. Im probably going with Zebra and Tiger nerites.

06-15-2009, 06:13 AM
Here we are at almost 2 weeks later thought id do an update.

Big filter or small tank? I was doing filter cleaning and as the 5G is on my bathroom counter I thought this pic was funny as the filter dwarfs the tank and thats just an XP3
Dark tank due to the amount of water lettuce
2baseball sized handfulls removed

06-15-2009, 06:17 AM
Much better now
So much more light!
Anubias nana bloom

06-15-2009, 06:21 AM
Young Female Cherry
Young Male Super Red

Its so neat Ive watched my shrimp grow up in this thread

06-15-2009, 05:46 PM
Nice pictures Jenn. LOL..and the shrimp are soo cute.

06-15-2009, 06:20 PM
Thanks :) They really are neat little creatures....never thought Id like something that small this much.

06-22-2009, 05:28 AM
MTS hanging onto the roots of a floating water lettuce
Drastically thinned down the water lettuce so now it can have some light reach the bottom
Another MTS...with some shrimp in the background
Female cherry carrying eggs under her tail

06-22-2009, 07:23 AM
Wow! thumbs2: Awsome pics! :19: The water lettuce looks great!!!

06-22-2009, 09:48 AM
Very nice photos! That tank looks bigger than 5 gallons. thumbs2:

06-22-2009, 04:48 PM
Thanks guys :22:

06-22-2009, 04:51 PM
Tank looks Fantastic Jenn!thumbs2:

06-22-2009, 04:51 PM
Thanks NG! Its quickly becoming one of my fav tanks :afro:

06-22-2009, 04:57 PM
Isn't it funny that we have all these tanks in the house and some are huge with really exotic expensive fish in them but the smaller tanks always end up being our favorites and getting most of the attention.:hmm3grin2orange:

06-22-2009, 04:58 PM
Looks great! Nice little tank.

06-22-2009, 05:22 PM
lol! Isnt that the truth NG, granted I dont own any real exotics anymore but even still who would have thought a 1/2" invertebrate would be so fun to watch.

Thanks rich :22:

06-22-2009, 05:36 PM
Simple things Jenn, simple things. :22:

06-23-2009, 05:08 AM
saw your tank on the tank of the month list and recognized it from having seen this thread. just thought id hunt it down and wish you good luck.thumbs2:

08-16-2009, 08:05 AM
Wow...almost 2 months since I updated.

Not alot of change,

Some of my dwarf water lettuce is about baseball size in diameter and is starting to get tiny little white blooms

08-18-2009, 11:27 PM
That certainly does qualify as a VERY natural looking aquarium. You sound like an aquatic botanist with all this knowledge of the plants in your tank. Absolutely loving the pictures, can't wait to see the next batch.

Wild Turkey
08-19-2009, 01:50 AM
Love it! great natural style tank jenn!thumbs2: How are the shrimps?

08-19-2009, 02:10 AM
It really grew in well. Beautiful tank!

08-19-2009, 04:37 AM
Wow. That is pretty amazing! Now I'm going to have to try and explain to my friends why I started keeping shrimps as pets lol :hmm3grin2orange:

08-19-2009, 03:10 PM
Thanks everyone :22:

This has definatly been my most successful planted tank, and consequently the smallest. The cherry shrimp are doing quite well, I believe that my doseage of Flourish and use of a HOB with a piece of largeish pore black foam on the intake has sort of curbed breeding. Which I honestly dont have a problem with as I dont need 300 cherry shrimp, Ill see the occassional fry shrimp but nothing like I expect it should be with no less than 10 mature females. I do plan to order 20 more super red cherries when temps get a bit better for a grand total of about 45 that I have put in the tank. There is 25 in there now and I dont see many of them at a time due to the jungle.

08-19-2009, 03:14 PM
Congrats on your success with the shrimp tank. thumbs2:

08-19-2009, 04:53 PM
If I was a shrimp I'd love to live in that tank.

10-11-2009, 06:17 AM
The shrimp tank got an overhaul! It had became an overgrown un-managed mess. So i ripped out a bunch of plants and hope it will fill back out into a more structured scape:

10-11-2009, 02:27 PM
A shrimp heaven :) Once again nice looking tank. Can I hire your services to improve my tank?

10-11-2009, 08:42 PM
lol, thanks :22: The scape is very simple just some needle leaf, anubias nana and some anubias congensis...with a couple of petite anubias along the front

10-11-2009, 08:59 PM
Love the tank. Actually in the process of setting a 5g planted shrimp tank up myself! :lol: Your tanks have greatly re-inspired my decorating ideas. I was almost at a loss as to have to create a nice tank with such a small space.

10-11-2009, 09:58 PM
oh Jenn! your tnak look so amazing !
it was really nice to see all the changes over the weeks, months... thank you so much for sharring with us !

i just came back form the fish store right now to check out some prices... and want to by (in a very close futur i hope...) a 6 gallons.it wouls be really cool to have a planted tank that looks like yours! wow! in my room with all the zen and natural look that i love, it will look perfect !

good work girl !

i was wondering ... i am not really into the whole inverterates though and i was wondering what kind of fish would i be able to put in that kind of tank, i mean small and very well planted...? any ideas?

10-11-2009, 10:25 PM
That looks great, nice tank.

10-12-2009, 01:36 AM
Thanks everyone :)

Sure you can keep fish in a tank this size, probably some of your best will be Microrasboras, Pygmy Rasboras or something along that like. Alot of these fish grow to 1" or less in size and a small shoal would do very well in the tank. You could aso naturally keep a single betta or dwarf puffer in the tank.

10-12-2009, 01:42 AM
Thats a great looking tank jenn!
Your plants are so healthy! Tons of shrimp too! Great job!

10-12-2009, 08:27 PM
Sadly all those little specs in there are malaysian trumpet snails, Im down to 1 female super red cherry. I was using tap water and the water company must have dumped some crazy chemicals in to control algae or pests this summer because I lost all but that 1 shrimp. They were totally fine and starting to breed regularly, so note to other shrimp keepers use 80-90% RO water mixed with just a little tap water...its safer that way.

10-12-2009, 11:57 PM
Sorry to hear it!
My landlord calls me every time they change the recipe at the treatment plant.Its proven beneficial to know whats going on before hand.thumbs2:

10-13-2009, 06:35 PM
Sadly all those little specs in there are malaysian trumpet snails, Im down to 1 female super red cherry. I was using tap water and the water company must have dumped some crazy chemicals in to control algae or pests this summer because I lost all but that 1 shrimp. They were totally fine and starting to breed regularly, so note to other shrimp keepers use 80-90% RO water mixed with just a little tap water...its safer that way.

Wow...sorry to hear about this Jenn.

10-13-2009, 08:35 PM
Its alright, Ive known of quite a few cherry shrimp keepers go through the same thing this year. Theyre a hardy species so they dont have to have RO water, and most people myself included just went with tap. Unfortunatly water companies dump tons of chemicals into the water storage tanks in the summer to kill off bacteria and algae so its safe for consumption, these traces are unfortunatly enough to kill alot of people's inverts. I'll be buying another load of shrimp in the next week or so...hopefully I can find more from a near solid red strain :22:

10-14-2009, 03:54 PM
At a girl, don't give up. Ya don't learn anything by giving up.

Would you consider using something like Purigen on the shrimp tank? It's not the best think for the plants, but...

10-14-2009, 10:34 PM
Ive switched to RO water so something like this is not going to happen again, I use like 90% RO and 10% tap to restore some essential elements to the water. :22:

10-15-2009, 08:16 AM
hope everything works out. its a beautiful tank!

10-15-2009, 01:57 PM
I just started a thread asking for suggestions on a planted 5g I have that lost its Betta occupant.

I was toying with the idea of shrimp, and now I have some serious envy over your beautiful tank!! I'm sold on the idea, because I can have lots of them without overstocking.

I've never kept inverts before, so this is new territory for me. Thanks for posting all those gorgeous tank pics - seeing them was inspiring!!

Good luck with the restocking!

10-15-2009, 03:47 PM
Ive switched to RO water so something like this is not going to happen again, I use like 90% RO and 10% tap to restore some essential elements to the water. :22:

What would you have done if you didn't have access to RO water?

10-16-2009, 08:48 PM
RO is pretty easily found, you can buy pre-bottled water at walmart, or even run your own from one of their machines. But if that isnt an option then you can pre-filter your tap water in a holding container like another bare empty tank or a rubermaid with some of these wonderful chemical medias today that damn near remove everything known to mankind from the water. I do like Purigen and PolyFilters as far as chemical media goes :22:

Thank you all, for all of the lovely kind words regarding the tank, when I first started this project I honestly didnt expect it to do very well as its only 5G and my planted are all so low tech I was expecting an algae coated mess and eventual dumping it :11:

10-16-2009, 08:56 PM
This is going to sound sort of dumb, but couldn't you run the water through a brita system or something like that? Would that get rid of all the trace stuff in the water?

10-17-2009, 02:35 AM
lol, nope. My parents have a large carbon and micron filter for all of the water coming into the house and it still wasnt enough.

11-23-2009, 03:18 AM
Just an update. I had procrastinated around and never re-ordered shrimp, and my neighbor called me asking if I wanted some guppies they had in a fish bowl their kid got tired of. This has became a habbit for those people...dump the unwanted pets off on Jenn...shell take them all. So I did, one of the guppies was in sour shape so I euthanized it. I have the other 2 in the 5G tank for now they seem to be in good shape...Ill probably pick up another one to make 3 sometime this week. The plants have also filled in since Ive been keeping the water lettuce in check :22:

one of the gups

11-23-2009, 03:50 AM
Looks great! Very pretty tank.

01-03-2010, 05:09 AM
Thanks Rich :22:

Here is an updated pic, this was my only tank to survive the power outage. I did loose those freebie guppies but the ghost shrimp survived without any issues. I may have lost 1-2 but the snails took care of them.

this is also the maiden voyage of my new zoom lense :hmm3grin2orange:

01-03-2010, 05:14 AM
Nice Tank! Do you have the shrimp yet?

01-03-2010, 05:15 AM
I tossed a dozen ghost shrimp in there until spring when i can order some nice cherries :22:

01-03-2010, 05:16 AM
That's an awesome 5 gallon you have there MCH! Awesome! thumbs2:

01-03-2010, 05:17 AM
The cherry shrimpp will look really nice!

01-03-2010, 05:18 AM
Thank you both very much :22:

01-03-2010, 05:20 AM
Looks great Jenn! Glad it survived.

01-03-2010, 05:50 AM
Thanks labby! Im glad it survived as well, probably my most successful planted tank to date :22:

01-03-2010, 05:19 PM
It's an outstanding example of what you can do with a 5 gallon tank. thumbs2:

01-03-2010, 05:26 PM
I love your 5 G! If you don't mind me asking, what plants are you using in it?

01-03-2010, 05:43 PM
Thanks :22: 5.5Gs are actually alot more versitile than many assume. This is just a walmart kit tank, so it has no special equipment or anything.

The plants are Needle Leaf Java Fern, Anubias nana, Anubias Congensis, Cryptocoryne lutea, Anubias petite, a few sprigs of Tawian moss on the wood, and some floating Dwarf Water Lettuce.

01-03-2010, 05:43 PM
Neeeeevermind, I'll try reading from the beginning of the post from now on (blush)

01-03-2010, 05:44 PM
Thanks :22: 5.5Gs are actually alot more versitile than many assume. This is just a walmart kit tank, so it has no special equipment or anything.

The plants are Needle Leaf Java Fern, Anubias nana, Anubias Congensis, Cryptocoryne lutea, Anubias petite, a few sprigs of Tawian moss on the wood, and some floating Dwarf Water Lettuce.

Thank you!

01-03-2010, 05:44 PM
:hmm3grin2orange: Its alright, a few different species have been added since then.

01-03-2010, 08:46 PM
Nice tank! I dont know why mine dont turn out like your guys'...lol

Anyways I was just wondering if its hard to clean, with so many plants, and shirmp everywhere. Do you vac?

01-03-2010, 08:51 PM
Thanks :22:

Most planted tanks go through a rough stent, my 55G has been proof of that lol. This one for whatever reason has been trouble free from day one, I assume its because I loaded it down with plants instantly and only do minimal ferts, with the slow growing plants and low lighting. I dont vacuum the subsrate...its been setup nearly a year and has never had a vac. Planted tanks usually ton "require" substrate vacuuming as the plant roots will use the detris as fertilizer. Of course that does mainly apply to heavily planted tanks, those with open spaces should be vacuumed every so often.

01-03-2010, 09:28 PM
Great thread Jenn!
Glad to hear/see it survived!thumbs2:

01-03-2010, 09:38 PM
It's great to see this tank survived and is doing so well. It really looks great! thumbs2:thumbs2:thumbs2:

01-04-2010, 11:15 PM
I hope you aren't getting sick of all the comments. Your tank looks great and I enjoyed your entire aquarium journal. Would you mind explaining what you used the reynolds wrap for and why it was necessary?

01-04-2010, 11:37 PM
Not at all, the comments here are very much appreciated. I use the tinfoil to help bounce some of the light down into the tank. Im using a GE screw in CF bulb from the household section in the incandescent hood...the reflector is a very flat grey and doesnt do much its also much smaller than my bulb. I used some electrical tape and taped in some tinfoil all around behind the bulb so that it acts as a reflector...it works much better than the provided one. You can actually see a fairly big difference in the tank without it than with it.

03-08-2010, 12:06 AM
This tank and gotten *way* overgrown to the point you couldnt really see anything but various green leaves. I honestly think there were more plants than water in this tank. Not to mention my near year of constant neglect had made for a pretty gross substrate :hmm3grin2orange:

So I netted out the ghost shrimp and the remaining female cherry into a bowl and tore the tank appart today. I rinsed the substrate in dechlorinated tap water and got it back to a presentable level of clean. I also put back a fraction of the plants. I removed an 8"*6" mat of thick needle leaf, split my C.lutea in half and took out the two small A.congensis. The removed plants will be going into the 150...they fill half of a 2G bucket if that tells you how overgrown this thing was.

Anyway, pics to come later tonight :22:

03-23-2010, 02:53 AM
Yeah its taken me quite a few days to get off my ass and get pics :hmm3grin2orange:
This is about 1/2 the plants that was in there if that says anything.
The surviving female super red cherry

I have ordered 6 Chilli Rasboras and 10 more Cherries for the tank, along with a couple zebra nerites. Should arrive in a couple weeks, seller has had some issues getting stock.

03-23-2010, 03:16 AM
Very nice! Great shots.

03-23-2010, 06:32 AM
Thanks again :22:

06-30-2010, 02:44 AM
The tank got moved and since the shrimp and rasboras went to the 10G...it is now home to my freebie blue dragon hmpk. I will add some amanos or red clawed shrimp eventually. I also need a new background for the tank.

06-30-2010, 02:47 AM
Looks good, the freebie looks like he's quite happy in his new home.

06-30-2010, 02:48 AM
Very nice and great shots!

06-30-2010, 02:54 AM
I like it.... I just bought that exact some 5 gallon as you. You gave me some really good ideas....thanks for sharing.

06-30-2010, 03:32 AM
Thanks all :22: Its not a bad tank kit, you can do alot of things with it especially with some screw in flo bulbs and moding the relfector.

06-30-2010, 03:34 AM
Wish i could get my 5g to look like that. Maybe if I had a little patience? LOL

06-30-2010, 03:44 AM
Did you use the filter that came with it or use a diff one? I am in the process of setting mine up and the filter seems kind of cheap, but I ran it for a little while and it was awful quiet.

06-30-2010, 03:51 AM
Those regent filters arnt bad, they are made by marineland so are essentially penguins without the biowheel. I ran it on the tank when it contained shrimp, its to strong for the betta so Im going tomorrow to look for something slower...but the filter has never given me any problems.

Thanks Amy, I cleared out a slew of plants when I broke it down...Im hoping those anubias nana grow and fill in on the right side but I doubt Im gonna do much more with it. I may try some 4leaf clover as a forground...or get more petite since I took them out of here for the 8" cube.

06-30-2010, 04:03 AM
I think I want more petite for my 5 gallon. Need to start watching ebay for it I guess.

I think you honestly have a great touch when it comes to 'scaping your tanks.

06-30-2010, 05:13 AM
I broke down and ordered a Tom Rapids Dive Clean Mini Filter. I like how it is only around 45GPH and has a spraybar...it should be adequate for the light bioload of the tank but still provide decent enough circulation thats gentle enough for the betta. Plus it only cost $12 so thats a perk.


Thank you very much Amy, Im sure your tank looks very nice as well...your 55G has really came together nicely. It sucks how petite is still somewhat hard to track down.

07-12-2010, 04:30 AM
Got the filter in, and Im trying out a white background...it makes the tank look brighter than black did...and it does show the plants nicely. Only problem is it reflects things...should have used flat paint instead of glossy.
The betta :)

I have decided to try out an amano shrimp and depending on how large the ember tetras I ordered came they may go in here as well. :22:

07-12-2010, 05:06 AM
Beautiful little setup. You do have talent for aquascaping. thumbs2:

07-12-2010, 08:17 PM
Thanks Spardas! This little 5G is my longest running most successful planted tank :11:

07-12-2010, 09:07 PM
Wow Jenn! All your tanks are beautiful. :ssmile:

07-12-2010, 10:51 PM
Thank you very much Taurus :11:

07-20-2010, 11:11 PM
Completely jealous of your tank. Just bought the same 5 gal and is trying to figure out a good set up for my betta.

07-20-2010, 11:40 PM
Sweet little tank!

07-21-2010, 02:42 AM
Your tanks are wonderful Jenn!
Great job!Love the pics too!thumbs2:

07-27-2010, 07:07 AM
I beefed up the white background so its not transparent anymore. I also added a couple of petite to the front.
Betta showing off a little

07-27-2010, 10:24 AM
Your tanks are amazing and that betta is just beautiful!

11-27-2010, 06:07 AM
I moved and rescaped my blue HMPK's home...I think he likes it better being a bit more open


Lady Hobbs
11-27-2010, 01:58 PM
I can't believe this thread is still active after 1 1/2 years. LOL I really like it now and especially noticeable was the change in color of the substrate. Darkening it up some gave it a nice subdued look. Awesome job, Jenn.

Now we have to hear about that move! What, when, where, why......

11-27-2010, 06:04 PM
Thanks! Oh I didnt move if thats what you mean, I carried the tank across the room and it now sits on a bookshelf. I cant believe my longest running planted tank is a tiny little 5G.

11-27-2010, 06:07 PM
And i cant believe the number of mini tank journals you have going at once! Not that I'm complaining, your tanks are beautiful!

11-27-2010, 06:11 PM
lol, the fate of small tanks...they get torn into more often than large ones.

10-22-2011, 12:12 AM
How many shrimp can you put into a 5 gallon tank?

10-22-2011, 04:00 AM
I would start with 20-30 shrimp, when your herd gets to around 75 Id thin them back down.

10-22-2011, 06:26 PM
Do you think that a Peacock Eel would be an apropriate tanke mate, or would it find it as a tasty treat?

10-22-2011, 08:48 PM
Peacock Eels grow far too large for a 5G and would probably eat your shrimp.

10-22-2011, 09:09 PM
I should have written that it was in a 55g.

10-23-2011, 06:03 AM
Ah...well then the peacock eel is a good fit but will still eat your shrimp. IME it is best to go with a shrimp dedicated tank of even 2G vs having them in a community setup.

10-23-2011, 11:21 AM
This is my first time reading this journal - wow - great job! I know it was a while back that you put the betta pic on here - is he still doing well? very pretty!

10-23-2011, 03:31 PM
The betta is well, he has moved into my divided 10G with 2 other male HMPK bettas. This tank has taken on saltwater status at the moment, it is at work currently as well.