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How to setup your Sulawesi shrimp tank

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How to setup your Sulawesi shrimp tank

Hello guys, we receive numerous feedback on creating a post on you can setup your Sulawesi shrimp tank with our range of MADFU products.

A big thank you for always supporting us and today, I would like to share with you how we can setup your tank successfully. Before we start, watch this video!

Step 1:
Add a layer of enzyme powder at the base of the tank before laying your substrate. This ensures good bacteria growth underneath your substrate where most of the uneaten food and poop goes to.

Step 2:
Lay a layer of sand together with volcanic substrate. I love using sand in my Sulawesi tank because of how well the shrimps contrast with the colour of it. Not only that, it creates a biotope scape for our tanks. You can also start adding some larger rocks to create a simple scape in your tank.

Step 3:
Does enzyme powder again around the substrate to speed up the nitrifying process.

Step 4:
Add water slowly to avoid churning up the substrate. Add water purifier after the tank is filled to the brim!

Step 5:
Add a generous amount of MADFU powder food to induce ammonia in your tank. As our substrate or inert, we need to create a source of ammonia for the bacteria to reproduce.

Step 6:
Add in your nitrifying bacteria and start running your tank.

Step 7:
After your tank is cycled, mineralise your tank to your desired TDS range before adding your shrimps.

There you go, seven simple steps that keeps your Sulawesi shrimp safe and healthy. We only remineralise our tank with MADFU minerals+ as I felt that adding buffering solution creates unstable parameters to the tank. Our tanks have been stable for months now with shrimps reproducing in them and we will be glad to have you here to take a look at them.

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1 comment

  • Ishay on

    What is the shrimp in the last photo? Thanks.

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