20 gallon planted multi shrimp variety tank

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20 gallon planted multi shrimp variety tank

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The Tank... 20 gallon regular size (24 inches long) Plants in the back corners are Amazon Sword, in the front left to right are Cardinal plant, and Anubis. Mid ground plants are from left to right Madigascar Lace, Java Fern, and Hygrophilia.

Shrimp are (3) Asian Filter shrimp AKA: Bamboo shrimp, (2) Amano Shrimp, 100 Cherry shrimp from 1/4 inch to 1 1/2 inch in length.

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Berried Female Cherry Shrimp
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Cherry on Madigascar Lace (shrimp is 3/4 inch)
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Nice Female Cherry on Moss Ball
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All photos Manual focus with Pentax K-7 body. Lenses were Pentax 70-200 w/ macro setting at 200mm, Tamron 70-300 with macro setting from 180-300mm, Sigma 180mm, and extension tubes used some of the time; Flash provided by Pentax AF360 and camera's onboard flash (one or the other at a time).

These photos are unedited

This tank is filtered with undergravel filters using reverse flow. The sponge filters are two Hydrosponge from ATI with panty hose over them as a pre-filter, Powered by two Marineland 660R powerheads for 180 gallon per hour flow each. The powerheads pull water through the sponge filters and blow the water and air down the riser tubes and under the filter plates, and then the water and any debris comes up through 3/4 to 1 inch aquarium gravel with a layer of eco-complete substrate topped with a 20 pound bag of very aged aquarium gravel (up to 1/4 -3/8 inch in size) that has been in that tank for over three years.

Under the filterplate and in the substrate/gravel are a copious amount of live Blackworms.