64 litre shrimp and neon tetra planted tank

64 Litre Shrimp Tank: Complete

In a previous post: Replacing the Dennerle Shrimp Tank I talked about how I was going to replace my 30 Litre Dennerle Shrimp Tank with a new larger tank. My old 64 litre shrimp tank.

Well, it’s complete. This is the shrimp tank setup. With photos and a video time lapse of me doing the whole entire thing. 2 hour footage, sped up so you can see the order of processes.

The video will have to be edited so will be available soon.

64 litre shrimp tank setup and neon tetra planted tank


I knew exactly what I was going to do, and I had planned it all out. The whole process went better than I though. There was a lot of water and a lot of mess. But I managed to completely move the entire contents (including the fish) from the 30 Litre, to the new 64 litre.

The fish were left in a large 30 litre bucket with a heater and air stone. The air stone bubbling around the filter sponges to keep them seeded, and the beneficial bacteria on them alive. The fish were absolutely fine. I put a black towel over the bucket to keep the stress levels down.

I had a large cardboard piece on the floor with a towel over the top and everything, plants, rocks, water went on this. I could just throw stuff down on to the floor.

64 litre shrimp and neon tetra planted tank 64 litre shrimp and neon tetra planted tank


In steps the whole process went like this:

Fish in a bucket

Set up bucket with heater and air stone for fish and moved it out the way. With the glass top, heater and filter removed from the Dennerle tank I started pulling up plants. I left the light on top so I could see better what I was doing.

Removing Decor

All the plants went down on to the towel to be put back in the larger tank. Along with the rocks. The only plant I scrapped was the Java Moss, I didn’t want to keep having to trim it so I binned it. Drained the water from the tank and tipped the gravel into a bucket. Put the tank to one side.

New tank

Put the new tank on the unit with the foam beneath it to keep it sturdy. Poured the gravel form the bucket into the new tank and added some new gravel (added too much so had to scoop some back out). Didn’t plan the scape, I wanted to keep it low maintenance.

Adding Decor

I added all the long Vallis at the back, rocks and a bit of driftwood in the middle, and short plants like Crypts, Anubis and some grass like plant to the front. I wanted a a dense middle area for shrimp and fish to hide but lots of open swimming space. Remember the tank is viewable from all three sides so this had to be taken into account.

Final touches

Added a larger 100W Eheim heater and the old filter back in. Turn the filter on straight away to preserve the beneficial bacteria. The gravel, from pets at home doesn’t get cloudy, so within 10 minuets the water was very clear. Made sure the temperature of the water was the same as the bucket, roughly 23c and added the fish.

64 litre shrimp and neon tetra planted tank

End result

I think if you get a tank, and add in a load of plants, it’s pretty easy to make a nice looking aquarium, as I have proved here. Plonked a few stones in and added a bit of wood and you have a very nice, clean aquarium to look at. Extremely low maintenance, I don’t plan on doing much to this tank, except water changes.

I am hoping the Shrimp breed to unattainable numbers, but i also want the Neons to breed.

It looks amazing in my office room. Being viewable from 3 sides is a nice addition. On occasion it gets some natural light too which is nice.