Shrimphaus was created from an ADA Cube Garden 22 litre shallow tank with bespoke slate hardscape.  Shrimphaus is a modified rebuild of the original concept Shrimphaus.

Shrimphaus uses hard, alkaline Cambridgeshire tap water.  An airstone and high surface water flow keeps the water oxygenated.

Temperature is maintained at 22 C with an Aquael Ultra Heater.

Shrimphaus gets twice daily treatment with HCl to lower alkalinity and boost dissolved CO2.

Shrimphaus’ bigger high-tech sibling is the Fireplace Aquarium

Shrimphaus as of 20-May-2024
Notes:  Riccardia chamedryfolia has done very well.  added floating Salvinia minima.  new lamp! – Week Aqua S400 pro




  • No fish.  Fish eat shrimp.




The Shrimphaus is a “low tech” non-CO2-injected environment supporting submersed and emersed plants using an Estimative Index fertilisation scheme.


Previous Residents…

Usually these are ‘previous residents’ because something didn’t work out quite right…


  • Nerite snails
  • Chili rasbora (refugee from Fireplace Aquarium – didn’t work out)


  • Anubias barteri nana ‘Pangolino’
  • Anubias barteri nana ‘Pinto’ – couldn’t live emersed
  • Anubias nana ‘Coin’ – died immediately emersed
  • Anubias coffeefolia – tried, but could not grow emersed without keeping humidity high
  • Bacopa caroliniana – emersed parts dried up
  • Bucephalandra
  • Bucephalandra pygmaea ‘Bukit Kelam’  – didn’t thrive emersed
  • Calla palustris – Bog arum – grew a bit, then rotted
  • Caltha palustris var. radicans – miniature marsh marigold – belongs in a pond – moved to pond
  • Cotula coronopifolia – “Yellow buttons” – stems rotted underwater
  • Cryptocoryne beckettii ‘Petchii’ pink – didn’t work emersed ok submersed
  • Echinodorus grisebachii ‘Tropica’
  • Hydrocotyle verticilliata – long and stringy – moved to pond
  • Iris cristata – couldn’t figure out how to plant this large rhizome!
  • Myosotis Palustris – water forget-me-not – moved to pond where doing very well
  • Pogostemon erectus – took a long time to die but didn’t thrive
  • Pogostemon helferi – never really got going
  • Ranunculus inundatus – never really got going either
  • Rotala rotundifolia ‘Orange Juice’ – stems rotted
  • Vesicularia montagnei ‘Christmas’ (Christmas moss) – did ok

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