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Old 05-20-2012, 10:01 PM   #1 
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Question Cycling 5.5 gallon with ghost shrimp?

Hey guys,


So I just have one more question about the 5.5 gallon i will be getting.
If i add Ghost or cherry shrimp to the tank i will be getting how many shrimp could i get and what do you feed them? I also am curious if like 2-3 days after setting up the tank could they help cycle my tank?

Here is my set up:

gravel: http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...ductId=3064352

filter: http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...ductId=3943444

heater: http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...ductId=2755273

silk plants

and a betta (hopefully plakat) and some shrimp


How effective are shrimp for cleaning algae? I am thinking about getting some for my 10 gallon (has a kinda strong filter intake and waterfall unless i fill the water up high) with my one Betta, Honeycomb. How much shrimp will this tank still be considered understocked with? I do not want the shrimp to reproduce.




Thanks! I also have bacteria supplement by the way....
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Old 05-20-2012, 10:11 PM   #2 
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shrimps will die in a cycle. especially ghost shrimp. Get shrimps AFTER you cycle....

And bacteria definitely isn't a substitute for proper cycling =P you need to take the long path....

Shrimps will eat any kind of fish food. Though it is recommended to get them some food perhaps made for hermit crabs and what not to get the their proper nutrition needed for moulting.

Is your tank going to be planted? you will need some plants for your shrimps to hide from your betta.

Shrimps do not clean algae very well at all. Unless its an amano.However, a nerite snail will clean an algae filled tank very well and will not reproduce.
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do petco or petsmart carry amano shrimp? I was only going to get one for my 5.5 and one for my 10 gallon. Yes, i have many silk plants.
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Old 05-20-2012, 10:38 PM   #5 
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you can have 1-5 depending on the size, as ghost shrimp dont overstock the tank like if you were to have other fish in there.
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Old 05-21-2012, 04:13 AM   #6 
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Shrimp are social creatures, so don't just get one. I would get at least 5 per tank, more if possible. :)
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I haven't figured out whether my ghost shrimps are socials at all... unless stealing food from each other is considered social :P
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Old 05-21-2012, 09:16 AM   #8 
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How are you planning to change your water for your 5.5 gall?
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Old 05-21-2012, 09:06 PM   #9 
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Old 05-22-2012, 04:27 PM   #10 
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How much water and how often you going to change?

I love to do 50% weekly with regular gravel siphoning and 100% every 3 weeks for my 5 gall.

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