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Old 01-10-2013, 06:12 PM   #11 
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Okay I have definitely decided to go with a 5.5 gallon tank. I will also definitely go with Red Cherry Shrimp only.

What is the best substrate for them?

And what are the best plants for them and a 5.5 galllon?

Is there any other special things I need to know? Is it true shrimp need a calcium block?
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Cherry Shrimp LOVE Marimo Balls. They groom the algae off them. Anubias is also a slow growing but easy care plant. A good light (10w cool cfl is good) and ocasional dose (maybe every week or 2) of Flrish Coprehensive Suplament will keep them healthy.

When it comes to substrate, you don't want anything that could roll over and crush them or that they could get a foot caught in. This makes sand a good choice.

Calcium depends on their food and water. If the water has a hardness of at least 70 mg/l, it's fine. Lower than that, and they need a calcium suplament in the water. Varry foods between good algea wafers and sinking pellets which will give them enough calcium in their diet. You can also occasionally throw in some fresh veggies. Make sure their pellets and waffers are copper free (BAD for inverts) and have good ingrediants.
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Old 01-13-2013, 07:37 PM   #13 
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Old 01-14-2013, 05:15 PM   #14 
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I've had bad luck with the shrimps, I've bought more than 20 and all have died after 1 week
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What kind did you get? Because the ghost shrimp I got died overnight last year.

Shrimp are sensitive to water paramters I read, like ammonia and nitrites (or nitrates, I can never remember the good one) and they will most certainly perish in water treated with copper ferts or fed food containing copper.

I could be totally off the charts here but this is what I came across in my reading. The person selling me cherry shrimp is waiting until I at least set up the tank, lol
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Ghost are bred as feaders, not health. When you buy them, expect about half or more to die in the first few weeks. I would have had more left if that darn Tetra hadn't kiled almost all of them! The one I have left has been happy and healthy since before Thanksgiving

Cherry are much more harty as they are in fact bred as pets. But, you have to factor in the cost of them.
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Good point on the ghosts!

Or find people locally who have excess ;)
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you're welcome Laki :P
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What kind did you get? Because the ghost shrimp I got died overnight last year.

Shrimp are sensitive to water paramters I read, like ammonia and nitrites (or nitrates, I can never remember the good one) and they will most certainly perish in water treated with copper ferts or fed food containing copper.

I could be totally off the charts here but this is what I came across in my reading. The person selling me cherry shrimp is waiting until I at least set up the tank, lol
last time I bought 20 ghost shrimps, and I put 10 in the 55g, 6 on the 20g and 4 on the 5g, all of them were dead after the first week, just after their change of "skin"
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Does your water have enough calcium? Were you feeding them a good diet to help with shedding? Did they have a place to hide from other fish/inverts in the tank after the shed? If the answer to all of that is yes, then you most likely got a bad batch. They can be mishandled in transet, starved, and ill when you get them. Don't give up on them all over a bad batch
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