Vase Shrimp Tank

The outcome of my Vase Shrimp Tank

So my Vase Shrimp Tank has now been dismantled.

Don’t worry, the Shrimp have been moved to a beautiful 30 Litre Dennerle Tank, just for Shrimp, along with the inhabitants of my 12 Litre Shrimp tank.

I dismantled it because it was looking a bit bland, with no heater, no filter and algae build up. The Shrimp didn’t seem to breed much, I think because the water wasn’t that warm. And also the soil beneath the gravel/sand substrate kept seeping through, ending up with a brown fur on everything, making it look untidy.

All in all, the vase looked great. The plants grew as they normally would, the Shrimp didn’t die. One Shrimp even had eggs at one point.

Nano Vase Shrimp Tank
How this Vase Tank first started out
Vase planted shrimp tank
I used a normal LED lamp. However a LED light specifically for fish tanks would have been better for the plants.
Vase Shrimp Tank Planted Dirt
Plants have started to really grow, along with the algae.

I think if I did this Vase Shrimp Tank set-up again, the advice would be to either don’t use soil, or if you do use soil, us about 4 inch of sand/gravel over the top to really cap it off.

Pick your plants wisely, bushy plants won’t do as well as the diameter of the vase isn’t that large. Also any low growing plants wont do well at all as the Vase was very tall and the light source very high up. Anubias however is perfect, it doesn’t need a lot of light, and prefers shade.

Vase Shrimp Tank heavily Planted Dirt
Vase planted shrimp tank
Stem plant off-cuttings first starting out.

You can however do this set up without a light, and just sit the vase next to a window.

The tank was very low maintenance and if you don;t fancy putting the time into a fish tank, you could have a lot of fun setting this up and occasionally feeding/watching the tank.

I do propose a bit of research into Shrimp and Shrimp vase set up’s before going ahead. I use Red Cherry Shrimp, as they’re cheap, bright red in colour, and relatively small.

Baby, juvenile Red Cherry Shrimp close up macro
As you can see there is a lot of dirt particles.

Baby, juvenile Red Cherry Shrimp close up macro

4 thoughts on “The outcome of my Vase Shrimp Tank”

  1. That was a lovely shrimp vase you had. I started one of my own October 2016. Purchased a pregnant Sunkist colored Neocardina, she had 14 babies which are a joy to watch. I’d love to hear how you transitioned them to your Dennerle tank. I also want to move my shrimp into a tank but I’m concerned with the process of doing so, it’ll be tricky. What process did you use to move your shrimp? Here’s a Google photo album of my vase:

    1. Hey 🙂 Thats a lovey little jar!

      I used the drip method. Get the new tank set up and put your Shrimp in a little tub of their current tank water. Get some air line tubing, and suck one end so the water syphons from the new tank into their tub. You want to put a peg, or a little ‘tap’ on the end of the airline tubing so the water ‘drips’ rather than gushes out. You want it to drip for about 2 hrs.

      I wrote a post here: How to successfully acclimatise (acclimate) shrimp

      Hope this helps! Any more questions, please ask.

  2. How did you capture the shrimp in your vase prior to moving them? That’s the part I’m struggling with. Mine were born in the vase and have never been netted before. I’m worried they could become very jumpy if I use a net. Almost think some type of trap would be easier and even that’d be tricky.

    1. Hey Sandra.

      If you struggle netting them out then remove everything inside the jar first and let the water become clear again. And then just run the net around the jar. If they jump they’ll hopefully jump into the net. You shouldn’t have a problem with them jumping out.

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