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Also.... for cycling, you'll need to wait 1 MONTH or more. When your water reads ALL 0's and your PH at the desired level. Then your ready.
Don't do what 75% of the people who see CRS for the first time and go OHHHH THOSE ARE NICE SHRIMPS I WANNA KEEP THEEM! Believe me. I was one of them haha. Yeah first time I saw CRS was from Ebay when I saw them while looking at live fish I ended up seeing live plants with CRS's on the images.
I learned my lesson the hard way by spending a lot of money and then ending up watching 6 CRS's die 1 by 1. it was so painful and I was like dam, I knew this would happen.
Best advice I can give you. Start with Neos. Red Cherries are the cheapest. It may seem like oh he's telling me to get cheap shrimp and what I'm gonna just raise them and then what?
The thing is, when you raise these guys, once you can them to breed, have the eggs hatch. Then grow those shrimplets into adults that get berried. Then your ready for CRS,
basically if your gonna get CRS. You'll need these
1. EXPERIENCE and PATIENCE
2. Substrate that gets your PH to around 6.5 like ADA Amazonia.
3. HoB or Canister Filter
4. A lot of Moss and plants
5. A FULLY CYCLED TANK WITH NO SHORTCUTS.
6. Tank >10gallons for more stable water perameters
7. water testing kit. I rec. API master test kit + GH and KH testers.
8. Sponge pre-filter