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Old 09-08-2012, 07:08 PM   #1 
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Shrimp for smaller tanks?

So I was thinking of getting a few shrimp for my tanks. I was concerned though on how much bioload shrimp produce if they need any special needs or if you need a fair few of them to thrive. And what type of shrimp are best? I've seen Cherry Shrimp and Darwin Algae Shrimp but havn't been able to locate Ghost Shrimp as yet.
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Old 09-08-2012, 07:21 PM   #2 
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So I was thinking of getting a few shrimp for my tanks. I was concerned though on how much bioload shrimp produce if they need any special needs or if you need a fair few of them to thrive. And what type of shrimp are best? I've seen Cherry Shrimp and Darwin Algae Shrimp but havn't been able to locate Ghost Shrimp as yet.
Unless they are bamboo shrimp which need huge tanks oxygen very intolerant to ammonia and nitrites.
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Old 09-08-2012, 07:24 PM   #3 
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Ghost shrimp are at petsmart and PETCO. Some LFS will keep them in the back because they're feeder fish.

I've heard of people keeping dwarfs 10 to each gallon of water. They've got a pretty low bioload, but absolutely need a pristine tank.
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Old 09-08-2012, 07:24 PM   #4 
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Okay cool. Is there any other things they need? Hiding places, food etc?
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Old 09-08-2012, 08:11 PM   #5 
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They'll eat leftover fishfood and organics, but not feces. Make sure they have enough.

Plenyy of hiding places, especially if your fish is stone-cold predator.
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Old 09-08-2012, 09:22 PM   #6 
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Moss to hide in from the fish!
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Old 09-08-2012, 09:32 PM   #7 
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Mine hides on the sponge filter they do not require any special food well ghost shrimp anyways I drop in a soaked betta pellet in his favorite hiding spot every 3 days just to be sure he gets his fill.
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Old 09-09-2012, 03:45 AM   #8 
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Okay, so what do you guys think of adding them to a 10G divided three ways? So putting some shrimp into each compartment? Could this work?
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Old 09-09-2012, 06:05 AM   #9 
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I have one in each of my sections. I think it depends on the betta because my one Crowntail male disposed of his tank mate but my other two are doing fine and seem to be getting along as far as I can see. You should experiment and see if the fish dont mind their new tank mates.
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Okay, I'll try and pick some up. I havn't seen any in my LFS though, but I might be able to find some at my SFS.
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