Once I finish making a sorority and transfering my guys to a 5 gallon tank, I'll have a 2.5 and 1.75 gallon kritter keeper left. I want to keep the 2.5 in case the soroity has a trouble girl and I need to remove her to bring her back to the store or something.
I kinda want to setup a RCS (Red Cherry Shrimp) Tank. I don't want to keep a Betta in a home under 5 gallons because 5 gallons are somewhat easy to cycle and I never have to use a net (I have a phobea of dropping my fish, and start shaking like crazy when I transfer them for water changes!)
I realize that shrimp need cycled tanks. This could be a challenge, something for me to work on since small tanks are famous for being hard to cycle. I definatly need to add plants to help, and feed the shrimps (Marimo and javafern or anarchis or maybe even anubias) I have some questions:
I'm going to attempt to cycle using raw shrimp and lots of plants... Is it possible to work? It will be hard, but will the tank be unstable and possibly start randomly going from high to low ammonia after it's cycled or just while it's cycling? I know shrimp are sensative, I chose one of the hardier types and plan on getting 5. If they decide to multiply most babies will be sold on craigslist or LFS since I know they take free fish/shrimp.
How long does a RCS live? Also, If they get some marimo (Getting driftwood with marimo growing on it, actually) And some other plants do I ever have to feed them? What type of filter do you reccomend? (Must fit into a lees kritter keeper, of course!) Do you think a sponge filter would be good? Do shrimp like current (Small, not huge current)? And how long would a difficult 1.75 gallon raw shrimp method cycle take?
Please answer! Thanks to anyone who does!! ;) (Sorry it's not really much to do with Bettas, but Betta people know a lot about these kinds of things!)