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Shrimp Tank Setup

  • Acclimating Shrimp

    Acclimating Shrimp


    Whys is Acclimating shrimp before placing them in their new tank important?

    When adding new shrimp into your established already existing tank it is important to take the proper steps in Continue reading

  • Starting A Fishless Cycle - Aquarium Fishless Cycle

    Nitrogen Cycle, Cycling a fish tank

    7 Steps to a Starting fishless cycle:

    Aquarium fishless cycle

    1. Chose one of the below options

    (Option A Recommend)

    If you have any way to get access to an established tank. An established tank is one that has been running for a while and is fully cycled. This can be found out by using test kits. offers test kits for sale:

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    Ideally you will want to run the same filter that you will use in your tank you plan to cycle. This can be done by simply placing that filter into the established tank for 24-48 hours this will allow the BB multiply onto the filter media and thus when transferred into your tank it will aid in the process and make It much quicker. offers sponge filter that are ideal for this

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    With this option you will still need an ammonia source. This can be done with basic fish flakes. Adding a very small amount to the tank will cause them to sink to the bottom and break down slowly creating ammonia.

    (Option B)

    Using pure 100% ammonia you can research your tank size and find carts online that will tell your how much to pour into the tank to reach 2ppm of ammonia which is ideal in starting the process. Fish keeping website which require you to know the volume of your tank and the daily ppm of ammonia you have chosen in the tank. Using 2ppm is not usually problematic during a cycle and is probably more common. Some choose to use a slightly higher level so they can house more stock when complete, but high ammonia can cause a cycle to stall and play catch up sometimes, so keepers must be aware this option is more difficult to do as you need to make sure you have 100% pure ammonia with no additives as they can be deadly to a tank. Many Janitor supply stores have these for sale it is sometimes referred to as “janitorial ammonia”.

    2. Add filter/or ammonia source to your tank

    3. Test your water

    Test the water every 24 hours and wait to see the ammonia reading drop. At this point the filter contains bacteria that break down ammonia into nitrite, so the cycle has commenced. Keeping a cycling diary is recommended so you can plot the changes/patterns emerging.

    4. Add Ammonia source again 

    Adding your source of ammonia again and then now testing for nitrite and ammonia and charting results see above chart to understand where your aquarium is in the cycle process.

    5. Watching Nitrite Level

    Wait until the nitrite level drops (It will be high for a few weeks) continuing to add ammonia to feed the bacteria in the tank every day. Nitrite is the strange in that once it begins to drop it will continue to hold at a very level lower until the full cycle process has taken place in the aquarium.

    6. Testing again 

    Once you have 0ppm of ammonia, 0 ppm of nitrite, and a nitrate reading, your tank is ready to house freshwater dwarf shrimp and or fish

    7. Continue to add your ammonia source up until you add your fish or shrimp. Otherwise you may lose all your hard work!


    Ryan Curtis

    The Shrimp Guy

  • 10 Tips for Setting Up Your Aquarium

    10 Tips for setting up your aquarium:

    Aquarium setup is simple if you know what you are doing. Fish can be great pets, and their bright colors illuminated in a well-lit tank can provide a marvelous sight in any home. However, there are a lot of considerations when you plan to put up an aquarium setup. Aside from the many things that you have to know before setting up, you have to be ready and serious in giving time and care in maintaining your aquarium. A lot of activities are performed to ensure you have a healthy environment that would include feeding, monitoring of aggression or illnesses, regular water changes, cycling, and so forth. Continue reading

  • 10 Styles Of Tropical Aquariums

    10 Styles of Tropical Aquariums

    Setting up tropical aquariums can be quite tricky if you don’t know how.  There are many designs and components to choose from.  Aside from thinking of what fish or water animals to put inside, tropical aquariums need to be taken care of, other things to consider besides the fish is making sure the aquarium receives proper lighting and direct exposure to sunlight.  Tropical aquariums should be placed away from direct sunlight to prevent algae problems. They should also be situated near a power outlet. Tropical aquariums need water replacement every fortnight but not all the water needs to be replaced.  Only about 20%-30% of the water should be taken out.  It is important to keep tropical aquariums, clean which you can do by installing a reliable filter. Continue reading

  • 10 Reasons to Start a Shrimp Aquarium

    There are many types of pets which will make your home more entertaining and pleasant. Dogs are great but cost a lot of money to keep and are extremely needy. Cats are more self-reliant but leave excess fur all over the house. Rabbits leave repulsive odors throughout a home.  People who are looking for a pet should consider getting an aquatic pet. Aquatic pets are gaining immense popularity, one of the most popular types is shrimp, which make great pets and can be easily taken care of. Here are the top 10 reasons why you should start a shrimp aquarium today. Continue reading

  • The perfect shrimp fish tank

    We went searching for the perfect complete package to start a shrimp fish tank. And we ran into the Fluval Ebi! The Fluval Ebi is the complete package to setup a shrimp tank whether you are a beginner or an expert!

    The 7.9 Gallon all glass aquarium is completely made out of glass, and has bent corners for full viewing!

    It included everything you need to get your shrimp habitat started, such as a 13 watt daylight compact fluorescent light, an Ebi Internal Filter with spray bar, Fluval Shrimp Stratum substrate, a molded rock background, telescopic shrimp net, thermometer and sample sized Fluval Shrimp Safe, Fluval Shrimp Mineral Supplement, and Fluval Shrimp Granules.

    You will also get the Fluval shrimp Care guide to walk you through the setup and how to care for your new pets!

    To buy the Fluval Ebi, Click Here.

    Of course we have live shrimp for sale once your tank is all setup!

  • Setting up a Dwarf Shrimp Aquarium – Filtration

    One of the most important factors to consider when setting up a Dwarf Shrimp aquarium is filtration. Stable water parameters are essential to health and longevity of shrimp and a good filter helps keep parameters stable. Continue reading

  • Setting up a Dwarf Shrimp Aquarium – Aquarium

    The first step in setting up a Dwarf Shrimp aquarium is selecting that aquarium. There are endless options on the market to choose from, but luckily Dwarf Shrimp are undemanding when it comes to aquarium size, shape and materials. Continue reading

  • Setting up a Freshwater Shrimp Aquarium

    Freshwater Dwarf Shrimp are fairly undemanding when it comes basic care. For the most part they do not require large aquariums, complicated setups or constant attention. What they do require is stable water parameters, good filtration and a comfortable environment. Continue reading

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