A majority of the challenges beginners face with caridinas stem from providing the proper tank and water conditions suitable and not necessarily the care thereof since all these shrimps require little intervention apart from performing drip acclimation, salvaging dropped eggs or feeding calcium two to three times a month, and a monthly water change. Biofilm, bacteria, mulm, and ph buffering are paramount in an established tank.
In regards to lighting, I personally use 6500k bulbs to help the plants but any type of light will do so long as you maintain a consistent photo cycle, just as we use to get a sense of each passing day.
Caridinas require a bit more care to lower ph and encourage beneficial bacterial. Beneficial bacteria become nearly stagnant in sub 6.5 ph which is why many shrimp specific products overlap with bacterial enhancing ingredients. Indian almond leaves are very helpful here.
If you are familiar with neos, then supplementing to that wisdom should be cake. If you are available sept 9th, Consider coming out to our swap meet. We would be happy to show you were much of these products are sold in manhattan. Keep posting questions, or continue to pm whichever is easier.
Last edited by acitydweller; 08-30-2012 at 08:18 AM.