A year a so ago a good friend of mine took a trip to Vietnam and sent me pictures of Halong Bay. It truly is an incredible looking place. Though I lived in Japan for school and was able to travel to Thailand and Indonesia I've never been to Vietnam much less Halong Bay.
Image is in public domain (wikipedia)
I've been wanting to set up a shrimp tank with lots of mosses and then it dawned on me that they would look great hanging off of and climbing 'mountains.' I had some pumice/lava rock around and black sand and set out to create the bay against a moss wall.
I also had an antique stainless steel framed 10g tank with slate bottom and original hood and light that needed restoration. I stripped it down to the metal and rebuilt it with black silicone and opted for new glass while I had it apart. (you can see other less interesting chores I am avoiding in the background) Halong Shrimp Scape
10g antique (60's) stainless framed glass aquarium with slate bottom
Stand is metro-style chrome shelving which I made laminate covered birch ply shelves
2 15w 6500k GE coiled compact fluorescents in original stainless light fixture
100w visitherm heater (diy inline in progress)
ZooMed 501 Turtle Canister Filter
black silica sand
I will be concealing wiring in a basket or box on the bottom shelf but haven't found one yet.
Flame moss (maybe..)
Pellia (hoping to find some mini and change it out)
Riccia (hoping to find some mini and change it out)
Najas sp 'Roraima' (for cycling but I love this crazy plant)
Currently only one ottocinclus and one amano shrimp
15-20 Yellow Shrimp
5-7? Boraras Micro (from Niko at http://www.invertzfactory.com/
, if you haven't checked out their stock you should, really cool fish and inverts)
5 Amano Shrimp
This is a terrible picture I realize but imagine yodeling and lederhosen in a headstand and it works
I just can't get over how funny and interesting shrimp are.
I'll continue to post progress on this tank.
Many thanks to Niko and Texgal for moss and ongoing inspiration.