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Old 01-27-2014, 10:21 AM   #11 
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Wait until there is some algea growth then get 1 nerite. As far as shrimp goes I would get 5 ghost shrimp but expect 1 or 2 to die.

Agreed - too often people get algae eaters before there is the algae to sustain them. Too, learn how to culture algae so there will always be plenty. And yes, there will likely be ghost shrimp losses within the first few days so it's generally a good idea to get a few more than you want. And if they all make it, it's not going to make a difference as far as the health of your tank is concerned.
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Old 01-27-2014, 11:52 AM   #12 
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I thought I needed the shrimp and snails right off the bat, like when I set up the tank. But that's not the case? I should wait till some algae shows up? I already have some algae ^.^' couldn't i just transfer some over into the new set up?
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Is there enough algea to support the sail's diet? If yes then do it. I had a 10g covered in GSA and 2 nerites ate almost all of it in 1 month.
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I thought I needed the shrimp and snails right off the bat, like when I set up the tank. But that's not the case? I should wait till some algae shows up? I already have some algae ^.^' couldn't i just transfer some over into the new set up?

You may not have algae growth. It's not a forgone conclusion so I think it's best to wait and see before getting fish to eat algae.
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okay, yea I've gotten rid of a lot of algae so there may not be enough. I think that being the case I'll wait as you've suggested and probably just get one snail when I do see algae growth again. thank you guys! I've been researching NPTs for months and I'm still learning new things everyday. lol
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I thought algae was a bad thing, I've been trying to get rid of my green dust algae for weeks lol. Do you think it well help algae growth by bringing that algae into the new tank or will that have nothing to do with having algae growth in the NPT?
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