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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-18-2013, 07:12 PM Thread Starter
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Shrimp?

So I really like shrimp and would like to start a shrimp tank.
I have an extra 10 gal laying around and would love to have a shrimp tank. I would like to know.
1. What equipment would I need?
2. Do I need a planted tank?
3. What should I feed them?
4. Can I have different types of shrimp in one tank? If not could I divide a tank?
5. Where can I buy rare / unusuall shrimp?
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I don't know, but I would like different shrimp, like the blue ones at Big Al's were cool.
I am looking for different ones than ghost and cherry shrimp.
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I'm looking into those blue ones too. As of now I have cherries and Amanos, Amanos are ugly but fun to watch and IMO the best algae cleaner. They don't breed in aquariums though. The blue ones that I showed you are a mutation of cherry shrimp if they were labled correctly, so no keeping cherries with them unless you want ugly brown babies. You could always divide it though!

1) Equipment- Umm... The tank? No heater necessary (but probably beneficial) and filter is optional.
2) Plants- Not necessary, but beneficial. I find that mine absolutely love moss.
3) Food- Depends on how many. Fish pellets, algae wafers, etc are good if there are too many to live off of the plants/biofilm.
4) Mixing- Species dependant. The cherries, snowball, blue jelly, etc are all in the neocardina family and will interbreed and make ugly babies. Divided is fine. With a few exceptions, dwarf shrimp can all be housed together peacefully but breeding is where you get problems. If you want to mix a neocardina and crystal shrimp or something like that that's fine.
5) Aquabid, big als, etc. The rare kinds are expensive.
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Ghost shrimp are good starters but you can find very unusual and rare (read: $50+) shrimp on AquaBids.

I have 2 ghost shrimp in with my betta Rossi, they keep the tank crystal clear. They eat letover betta food but since bettas are carnivores, I add in some tropical granules every few days but not to often so they don't get over fed. A lot of places say that a 10 gal is fine for 100-150 shrimp. No. I would start with only about 10 unless you get a species that is hard to breed, otherwise you WILL be over run.

They don't need a filter but they like large air stones like these http://www.petsolutions.com/C/Aquari...ir-Stones.aspx Make sure they can climb on it some, they enjoy it a lot.

Any shrimp wants a planted tank, they contain tiny good bugs that break down plants for the babies to eat. Add some hiding spots like a half of a small flower pot or large rocks to play in. Duckweed looks nice in a shrimp tank, more so then other floaters in my opinion.

Some shrimp can live together, some can't, some eat specific things like bacteria from water, others eat algae.
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I would recommend trying ghost shrimp first. They are only like 34 cents and if your fish eats them or they stress him out you won't have lost anything. I just added mine today and my most placid fish killed one already, which is completely fine by me because it encourages his instincts but I'm glad I didn't invest much.

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If you guys read the post you would have noticed that it will be a shrimp only tank and that she didn't want ghosts.
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Thanks Matt :)
It will be a shrimp only tank with live plants and dividers,
I have decided to stick with some Cherry shrimp and another kind to start off.
I have extra Fluval Substrate from my planted 20 gal so I can use that. I will also stick in a sponge filter (Thanks Matt for that) and should I have a heater? If so what temp should it be at?
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oh. whoops! lol

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For cherries, I believe 75 is a fair temperature. IF it raises above 78 they are unlikely to breed.
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