Bee ShrimpBee Shrimp

Information on this black colored variation of the common Crystal Red Shrimp.
Wine Red ShrimpWine Red Shrimp

Information on this Red colored variation of Taiwan Bee Shrimp
Panda ShrimpShadow Panda Shrimp

Information on the Shadow Panda variation of Taiwan Bee Shrimp
Panda ShrimpPanda Shrimp

Information on the Panda variation of Taiwan Bee Shrimp
Bee ShrimpBlack King Kong Shrimp

Information on this black colored variation of Taiwan Bee Shrimp
Bee ShrimpBlue Jelly Shrimp

This is a bright blue Neocaridina shrimp bred from blue rili shrimp.
African Filter ShrimpAfrican Filter Shrimp

Information on this large filter feeding shrimp from Africa.
Amano ShrimpAmano Shrimp

Information on this very popular shrimp. Its name comes from Takashi Amano, the creator of ADA, who used these shrimp for algae eating purposes. It cannot breed in pure freshwater.
Bamboo ShrimpBamboo Shrimp

Information on this wild caught species which is a filter feeder. It is very common to find in most pet stores and online. It is not possible to breed this species in pure freshwater.
Black Tiger ShrimpBlack Tiger Shrimp

Information on this elusive all black color variation of the common Tiger Shrimp. Its all black coloration is from selective breeding to widen the black stripes of the common Tiger Shrimp.
Blue Bee ShrimpBlue Bee Shrimp

Information on this newly introduced species to the hobby. Not much is known and they are caught in the wild. Captive breeding is possible.
Blue Pearl ShrimpBlue Pearl Shrimp

Information on this beautiful blue colored species of the wild N. zhangjiajiensis shrimp.
Blue Tiger ShrimpBlue Tiger Shrimp

Information on this blue coloration variation on the common Tiger Shrimp. It is expensive and sometimes hard to find.
Tangerine TigerTangerine Tiger

Information on the Tangerine Tiger Shrimp.
Super Tiger ShrimpSuper Tiger Shrimp

Information on this variation on the common Tiger Shrimp. Easy to keep and a beautiful shrimp
Cardinal ShrimpCardinal Shrimp

Information on the very popular shrimp from Sulawesi Indonesia. Its colors are awesome.
Crystal Red ShrimpCrystal Red Shrimp

Information on this extremely popular, difficult, expensive, and complex shrimp species. Selectively bred for coloration and other features.
Dark Green ShrimpDark Green Shrimp

Information on this beautiful dark green colored shrimp. Its eggs are a nice lime green which really make this shrimp stand out. Its true scientic name and genus are in question.
Ghost Shrimp ShrimpGhost-Glass-Grass Shrimp

Information on this wild caught and extremely cheap freshwater shrimp. It carries many different names and can be found in most pet stores. It is considered a feeder shrimp for freshwater aquarium fish.
Golden Bee ShrimpGolden Bee Shrimp

Information on this all white relative of the Crystal Red Shrimp, Bee Shrimp, Orange Bee Shrimp and others. It is nicely colored but little is known as to its origin.
Harlequin ShrimpHarlequin Shrimp

Information on this specific species of shrimp found in Sulawesi Indonesia.
Malaya ShrimpMalaya Shrimp

Information on this newly introduced and soon to be common species of shrimp.
Neocaridina Heteropoda ShrimpNeocaridina Heteropoda Shrimp

Information on this wild caught grandfather of the selectively bred species Red Cherry Shrimp and Yellow Shrimp. There may be other selectively bred color variations unknown to the hobby at the moment.
Orange Bee ShrimpOrange Bee Shrimp

Information on this wild species and the grandfather of the Crystal Red Shrimp, Bee Shrimp and others. Can be rare and hard to find.
Orange Sakura ShrimpOrange Sakura Shrimp

This is a color morph of the common Neocaridina species Red Cherry Shrimp
rili ShrimpRili Shrimp

This is a color morph of the common Neocaridina species Red Cherry Shrimp
Purple Zebra ShrimpPurple Zebra Shrimp

Information on this wild caught species. Unfortunately it cannot breed in pure freshwater and has slowly disappeared from the hobby as a result.
Red Cherry ShrimpRed Cherry Shrimp

Information on the most common and most popular shrimp in the hobby. This is the ultimate beginners shrimp and most hobbyists begin with this species before venturing into more difficult/expensive shrimp.
Fire Red ShrimpFire Red Shrimp

This is a variant of the Red Cherry Shrimp, it is bred for a deep red color and has several grades.
Red Tiger ShrimpRed Tiger Shrimp

Information on this red color variation of the common Tiger Shrimp. This color variation is apparently found in the wild and not selectively bred.
Red Tupfel ShrimpRed Tupfel Shrimp

Information on this very rare and almost impossible to find shrimp in the hobby. Hopefully it will someday become more available.
Snowball ShrimpSnowball Shrimp

Information on this beautiful all white selectively bred shrimp. Its name comes from its eggs which are all white resembling snowballs.
Sulawesi ShrimpSulawesi Shrimp

A gallery of photos of many different kinds of Sulawesi Shrimp from Indonesia. Newly introduced to the hobby in late 2007.
Tiger ShrimpTiger Shrimp

Information on this somewhat common shrimp. It is the less rare variation than its cousins: Blue Tiger, Red Tiger, Golden Eye and others.
White Bee Shrimp White Bee Shrimp

Information on this elusive and very rare species of Bee Shrimp. It is definitely a cool looking shrimp.
Yellow ShrimpYellow Shrimp

Information on this selectively bred shrimp from the wild N. Heteropoda species. It breeds very well.
Cambarellus montezumae Crayfish"Cambarellus montezumae" Crayfish

Information on care and breeding of this crayfish species.
Cambarellus patzcuarensis Crayfish"Cambarellus patzcuarensis" Crayfish

Information on care and breeding of this crayfish species.
Procambarus acanthophorus Crayfish"Procambarus acanthophorus" Crayfish

Information on care and breeding of this crayfish species.
Procambarus allenii Crayfish"Procambarus allenii" Crayfish

Information on care and breeding of this commonly blue colored crayfish species.
Procambarus clarkii Crayfish"Procambarus clarkii" Crayfish

Information on care and breeding of this popular crayfish species which comes in several different colors.
Procambarus cubensis Crayfish"Procambarus cubensis" Crayfish

Information on care and breeding of this crayfish species.
Procambarus enoplosternum Crayfish"Procambarus enoplosternum" Crayfish

Information on care and breeding of this crayfish species.
Procambarus sp. marble Crayfish"Procambarus sp. marble" Crayfish

Information on care and breeding of this crayfish species.
Procambarus pubescens Crayfish"Procambarus pubescens" Crayfish

Information on care and breeding of this crayfish species.
Procambarus spiculifer Crayfish"Procambarus spiculifer" Crayfish

Information on care and breeding of this crayfish species.
Procambarus toltecae Crayfish"Procambarus toltecae" Crayfish

Information on care and breeding of this crayfish species.
Procambarus vasquezae Crayfish"Procambarus vasquezae" Crayfish

Information on care and breeding of this crayfish species.
Procambarus versutus Crayfish"Procambarus versutus" Crayfish

Information on care and breeding of this very cool colored species of crayfish.
Apple SnailApple Snail

Information of the most common snail found in pet stores, the Apple Snail. Are they good or bad for a shrimp tank?
Malaysian Trumpet Snail SnailMalaysian Trumpet Snail

Information on the common Malaysian Trumpet Snail. They are great for all aquariums given several reasons.
Zebra Nerite SnailZebra Nerite Snail

Information on the beautiful Zebra Nerite Snail.
Pond SnailPond Snail

Information on the common pond snail. They are not bad snails and are in fact good for any kind of tank especially shrimp-only tanks.
Ramshorn SnailRamshorn Snail

Information on the Ramshorn Snail including the different color variations and population control.
Sulawesi SnailSulawesi Snails

Photos of the various species of Sulawesi Snails. There are more species than are pictured as well.
AeglaAegla sp. argentina

Species Info on care and breeding of this non-crab, non-shrimp creature.
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My Shrimp Rack Journal



Article by Wood :


The rack houses ( 6 ) 10 Gallon tanks as well one 29 Gallon Tank. The sixth tank is yet to be set up. Each tank has a sponge filter, the 29 Gallon has a sponge filter as well as a Rena XP1. I am using ADA Amazonia soil in four of the 10 Gallon tanks as well as in the 29 Gallon Tank. One of the 10 Gallon tanks is using inert gravel. The 6th 10 Gallon tank will be installed soon and will also have ADA Amazonia Soil. I prefer the ADA Amazonia because it lowers the water hardness as well as the PH. It also has some buffering capabilities as well. The shrimp seem to really like the ADA.

Since I live in a small condo unit I decided to put the rack inside my walk-in closet. This is actually perfect for me for several reasons including noise control, climate control, etc. It is a small closet so using a dehumidifier will be easier and more controlled. The quarters may be cramped when I am working on the tanks, but I created solutions to get around it. I left roughly 24" of height for the second shelf, 17" of height for shelves 3 and 4, and shelf 5 (the top) has about 3ft to the ceiling.

I purchased the rack at Home Depot. It was roughly $75. Unfortunately it uses particle board as the shelf bottoms. The particle board also is not reliable enough for me to be comfortable with (2) 10g tanks per shelf. The structural integrity of the particle board will also drop dramatically once water soaks into it. I purchased a 4'x8' 3/4" thick piece of Oak Hardwood Ply at home depot and had them cut it in four chapters. Worked out beautifully given the perfect dimensions i needed (2'x4'). The Oak Ply is extremely strong. It is doing great. I have kept my eye on the plywood almost every day since setup and have yet to see any bowing whatsoever. I made sure to try to put most of the weight around the edges of the board and try to take as much stress off the center. Weight distribution is critical when setting this up.


The Storage Rack from Home Depot



Beginning Assembly



Assembly Complete



Setup Complete





Water Changes

I decided to set up an auto fill/flush system. The system I have is very unsophisticated. It only requires flipping a switch for the draining and opening/closing a valve to refill with freshwater. All I have to do is hold a tube to either drain or refill a tank. The main reason for setting up this fill/flush system is so that I don't have to manually change the water in 8 tanks every week. I also wanted to be able to filter the water as well. I thought briefly about using R/O filtration but I opted against it for several reasons: (a) I want the minerals to stay in the water (b) the Aquasoil will bring the ph and hardness down already (c) I dont feel it is really necessary. I purchased a simple GE Home Water Filter from Home Depot and use 3/8" Poly Tubing to run the freshwater line. I set the filter up in the adjacent bathroom and ran the poly through the wall into the shrimp room. Since the water is already pressurized from the tap I simply have a valve on the end of the tubing to open and close when filling the tanks. It is extremely simple and saves A LOT of time.

To drain the tanks I purchased a SEN N700GA Submersible/Inline Water Pump. I attached 1/2" Vinyl Tubing and ran the tubing into the shower drain. This pump is very powerful and can drain 5 gallons of water in about two minutes. It is so fast that I have to be careful that I am not draining too much out of the tank. No need to prime this pump, the sheer power of it just inhales the water through dry tubing. When using this type of pump you cannot have too much head length of tubing going to the pump, meaning you cannot have 15 feet of tubing going from the tanks into the pump. The pumps capacity/speed is decreased the futher distance is has to pump the water from the source.

So I drain the water by turning on the pump and holding the end of the tube in the tank, then I refill by opening a valve and refilling. A great perk about the draining system is that while I am pumping the water out of the tanks I can at the same time clean the snail/shrimp feces off of the sponge as well on the tank floor. I have to be very careful not to suck any shrimp into the tube while I am cleaning this way. The best way I found to clean the sponge is to tap it with the tube and let the waste float off of it, then suck up the waste as it is free floating. Putting the suction directly on the sponge can damage it and suck any unseen shrimp at the same time. Cleaning the floor is easy as well. You just look at the area you are going to clean before you vacuum it, then vacuum holding the end of the tube about an inch from the floor. You dont want to suck up any gravel, you just want to get the waste which is very lightweight and easily vacuumed.


Fill and Drain Tubes



Water Fiter in the adjacent bathroom



Water Tap underneath the bathroom sink



Water Pump with Tubing attached

(yes that is a total mess of tubes and wires, I have yet to tidy things up)










I am using a disassembled desk lamp from home depot for each tank, except for the tanks on the top shelf which will have hoods instead. This I found was the PERFECT solution to my problem, which was lack of space above each tank. The lamps come attached with a metal arm that is adjustable, sort of like a backhoe. I removed the electrical wiring from the arm, threw out the arm, kept the base of the lamp, and attached the light to the above plywood using industrial velcro meant for outdoor use. Removing the electrical wiring from the arm takes some time. To remove the arm it takes 5-10 minutes per lamp since there are a lot of screws and you will have to detach the wiring from the base in order to run the wire out of the arm. The lamps cost about $15 a piece and come with a 14W CF Lamp. The lighting is perfect and the moss does very well in each tank. Also, the heat from the lamps is very minimal. The lamps are very lightweight and the velcro holds them perfectly without a problem. I was actually surprised at myself that I found such an excellent solution to the lighting/lack of space issue. I must have run back and forth to Home Depot trying different lighting solutions. This, in my opinion, is the best solution if you are using a similar setup. It allows you to get away with less space, and best of all....... you can remove the lamps since they are attached with velcro =)





Lamp base, without arm, behind the tank



Velcro affixed to top of lamp





I currently have 5 Elite Single Sponge Filters for each tank except one 10 Gallon Tank. I will soon replace the AC50 HOB Filter on that single tank with another sponge filter. I am very happy that I decided to use sponge filters because of the minimal space required, ease of cleaning, very low cost, and for the safety of the shrimp. The 5 sponge filters currently running are connected to one Dolphin 5 Star Air Pump. The Dolphin Five Star Pump has four outlets and is inaudible. I like the sponge filters, however I may end up getting another pump since I am unhappy with the waterflow in the tanks. The Dolphin Pump is connected to a battery backup. If the electricity goes out, the battery backup will keep the sponges working. I have not calculated the power consumption of the dolphin pump versus the life of the battery in order to know how long it will keep the pump running. Due to the fact that I am in a hurricane zone I may get a bigger battery backup. The Rena XP1 is running on the 29 Gallon to give it more filtration and there is also a sponge filter in there as well in case the power goes out.


Elite Single Sponge Filter



Rena XP1



Dolphin Five Star Air Pump



Battery Backup





Climate Control

Humidity, room temperature, and tank temperature are extremely important parameters. It is also more of an issue for me due to the lack of space in the shrimp room. The walk-in closet is a very compact space without an air vent which makes climate control a big priority. If I did nothing to assist in climate control then the tank water would evaporate rapidly, the room would be a sauna, and the tank temperature would be inhabitable for the shrimp. I already tried to not do anything and I quickly realized that something had to be done.

Right now I have a simple solution to the heat/humidity issue. I purchased four fans, as seen in the picture, to help circulate air, reduce heat from the lamps, and reduce tank temperature. These fans are very powerful and do a great job despite their compact size. The tank temperatures are kept around 74F during the day (lights on), and 72F at night. When I am not at home I keep the door open and let the air into the bedroom. I also keep my bedroom door open at the same time. This helps a lot to bring in cold dry air and lowers the humidity significantly. Since the lighting is off when I am home at night (I am rarely at home during the day) I am able to close the shrimp room door to prevent the noise from keeping me awake and still not have humidity issues in the room overnight. Soon I will vent the air inside of the shrimp room into the bathroom using a fan and air duct instead of keeping the bedroom door open. For now I just keep the fans running constantly throughout the day and night.


Fans Circulating Air



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