So my Vase Shrimp Tank has now been dismantled.
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.
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.
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.