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.

Shrimphaus’ bigger high-tech sibling is the Fireplace Aquarium

Shrimphaus as of 25-June-2023
Notes:  new leaves growing on emersed Anubias barteri nana ‘Pinto’ and Anubias gracilis.  Added Pogostemon helferi, Limnophila sessiflora, Cryptocoryne crispatula





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


  • Alternanthera reineckii ‘Mini’
  • Bolbitus heteroclita ‘Difformis’
  • Cryptocoryne
    • affinis
    • beckettii ‘Petchii’ pink
    • crispatula
    • walkeri
    • wendtii ‘Green Gecko’
  • Helanthium bolivianum ‘Quadricostatus’
  • Limnophila sessiflora
  • Pogostemon helferi
  • ferns
  • mosses
    • Vesicularia montagnei ‘Christmas’ (Christmas moss)
    • Taxiphyllum barbieri (Java Moss)


See also:  Emersed plants of Sri Lanka


Previous Residents…

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


  • Nerite snails


  • Anubias barteri nana ‘Pangolino’
  • 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
  • Rotala rotundifolia ‘Orange Juice’ – stems rotted

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