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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-16-2012, 08:54 PM Thread Starter
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How many and what kind of shrimp should I get...

I'm finally ready to buy my first batch of shrimp for my nano (I'm going to put on a sponge pre-filter before adding any shrimp). I was thinking of either RCS or PFRs... I like the PFRs better but are they more difficult to care for? Since it will be my first time keeping shrimp, I don't want to get in over my head. Also, how many shrimp should I start out with for a tank this size? I think it's about 3 gallons. Any advice is appreciated

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-16-2012, 09:22 PM
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I would say start off with about 10, and PFRs are not more difficult to take care of than RCS.

BTW, your scape looks really nice!
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-16-2012, 09:25 PM
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Rcs, pfr, fire reds, cherries, they are all the same breed (selectively bred for color) and are the hardiest & easiest to care for. Do a bunch of reading on their care, and I would star with 6 to 10 at most. In a few months you will have more than you know what to with
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Beautiful tank!
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I agree, nice set up and it should be a great home for some shrimp
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-17-2012, 12:32 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks all

I just ordered 10 fire reds from jimko, looking forward to raising my shrimp!
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-17-2012, 01:43 AM
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Just out of curiosity, what substrate is that and what are your water parameters? You need to order shrimp according to the parameters as different shrimp need different water and putting shrimp in water not suited to them is just asking to give them a slow death and over the course of a month or two, you will have shrimp left.

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-18-2012, 12:25 AM Thread Starter
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The substrate is ADA Amazonia II
Ammonia- 0
Nitrite- 0
Nitrate- between 10-20
pH- 6.6
Temperature- 74-75 F

From my understanding these parameters will be fine for cherry shrimp... right?
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