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just a side note, RCS should not interbreed within its own species, e.g. blue pearl, yellow shrimp, sakura shrimp, red crystal shrimp. It will produce brownish babies because the color revert back to the original color.

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crystal red shrimps are carindinas I believe.
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It is gonna be at LEAST a month before I add anything else. I tried two baby snails and they died :( The ammonia is high because my tap water has ammonia (0.5) so I have been doing changes everyday and Prime and stability everyday too. I am gonna try adding bottled (spring) water today for the changes to see if that gets the ammonia down. I hope I can get this under control. It is only the first week of cycling so I have a while to go.
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If I do get to the point where the levels are all ok for shrimp I will prob try red cherries first. MAYBE fire reds. I will only do one color though as I don't want multiple types in one tank. IF I can keep the RCS healthy in the larger tanks, I may try the Yellows in my 4 gallon. I have a long way to go with cycling though first!

Todays agenda is try to get ammonia to safer levels with the bottled water and find/order some more plants!! ;)
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RCS are the easiest for first time owners: guarantee success if the tank is cycled and properly maintained. FYI SPEC V will be a great shrimp tank.

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Thanks! I am excited! :) Now to get THOUGH the cycle without killing my poor Bettas!
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try TheShrimpFarm.com for starters just to get experience on RCS. He sends RCS that are already berried. But DOA rate is about 40%. He does have a DOA guarantee if you report it within 2 hours of delivery. I cannot do that since I am at work, oh well...

FYI, RCS can go with Amano. But Amano will be three times its size. I had my amanos when I had my fish-in cycle and they survived fine.

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I hate to admit it but When I first set up my tank (before I knew better) I bought 2 ghost shrimp. I acclimated them as advised, but they both dies within a few hours. SO now I am terrified to get anything else yet!
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ghost shrimps do not last as long as amano. but yes, it's always better to have inverts when the tank is fully cycled just to be safe.

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shrimps are super sensitive. especially those with fast metabolisms like the ghost shrimp. You probably need to plant enough to accomodate the ammonia levels first...

Fire reds are a grade of red cherry shrimps.

I think I saw some one selling cherries at a good price on the tropicalfishkeeping.com's classified forum
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