Major wholesalers charge up to $1.50 per cherry shrimp, so $3.99 is really quite a modest markup. The key to being a great store is either farming yourself or cutting out the middleman and buying your shrimp direct.
I've seen that guy on Craigslist before. I charge $3 for my home-grown PFRs (full reds, not cherry grade) and I'm not versed on this guy's quality, but for cherry grade, it's good we have someone with cheap, plentiful cherries. I personally am working on different colors, so seeing cherries is no longer the bees knees like it was when I started out
I dont really know what i want lol... something hardy and easier... the tank is just 5 gal with some plants in it. I would like to get this http://amzn.com/B007SS3WI4
and put some moss on top as well.
If you don't need the ceramic bottom get in touch with H4N, He has mesh precut to whatever size you want and it works great to attach moss to with a little bit of cotton thread.
I would look into neos for your first shrimp (such as cherries, PFR, etc) they seem to be better in diverse water conditions. They were doing alright with de-chlor tap water but breeding for me really took off about a year after I got them and within a month of switching over to RODI remin water. They were breeding in the tap water but weren't as prolific as they are now for me. Try to get your shrimp from someone locally and not the LFS as the markup on them is INSANE! Cherries for $4 vs getting 20 for 20 on here is a big difference especially when you're just starting out and running the risk of losing a few while you learn more.