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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-31-2012, 09:27 PM Thread Starter
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Question Quick question for shrimp expert

I am planning to purchase high grade crystal red/black shrimps .. can this be together tank with Rili (Neocaridina heteropoda) or it need separate tank , does it crossing to each other or not? .. please let me know ..
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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-31-2012, 09:32 PM
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Not an expert be know that 100% they will not cross. As you said the Rili are Neocardina and the CRS are Caridina. These do not cross with Neocardina. The rili would cross with rcs or any other Neocardina shrimp variety.
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thanks LK, I just noticed that info online as well from planetinverts .. but I wonder can they be in same tank/water condition ..
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They will not cross but for them to thrive they really do need different water conditions

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They will not cross but for them to thrive they really do need different water conditions
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it look like CRS need has different in gh/kh from rili, but the temperature is not that different. Per chart from (http://www.planetinverts.com/Shrimp-Chart3.jpg), it seem like they can be in same tank?
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Same tank yes, you just won't get as many baby shrimp from the species that is not living under ideal conditions.
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thanks BM, I know CRS is kind hard about water condition in order for them to live healthy/breed baby shrimps .. . so do you think under water condition as PH. 6.5 GH. 4-5 KH. 0 TDS. 130-150 Temp. 70-74 will do good for them?
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thanks BM, I know CRS is kind hard about water condition in order for them to live healthy/breed baby shrimps .. . so do you think under water condition as PH. 6.5 GH. 4-5 KH. 0 TDS. 130-150 Temp. 70-74 will do good for them?
That sounds fine. Maybe a bit lower pH if they're really high grades. But rilis would not like such low pH.


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thanks BM, I know CRS is kind hard about water condition in order for them to live healthy/breed baby shrimps .. . so do you think under water condition as PH. 6.5 GH. 4-5 KH. 0 TDS. 130-150 Temp. 70-74 will do good for them?
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What kind of Stone is good for the tank of crystal shrimp? any suggestions? Thanks
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Some keepers won't even use stones in their shrimp tanks, but you will be fine using inert stones.

Simply do a vinegar test or sit your stone in a tub of tap water for a couple days and test it to see what it does to your water before adding it to your tank.

I like to use rocks that will raise the kH (and naturally pH), some good ones are Seiryu, Limestone, and dead Coral. Just be sure what you're introducing is affecting your parameters the way you want it to. Personally I find that if you want to buffer your water you'll be better off using products designed by high-end shrimp keeping companies like Borneo or Mosura. It's much easier to control.

I myself use crushed corals in the filter/refugiums to raise the kH in my shrimp tanks.

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my LFS is selling some crushed corals bag .. so in one way to lower the pH is can use use crushed corals bag put into the HOB filter? or direct into the tank?
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I like to keep it separate from the tank, if anything goes wrong or it needs to be cleaned or bits of it removed I can easily take it out. If you have room in your HOB then by all means stick some in there, you won't need a lot depending on the size of your tank.

Corals dissolve into the water when introduced to low pH and release Calcium, so be sure not to put too much of it in or your kH will skyrocket.
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good to know .. thanks AVN .. so like you said, just take a bit crushed coral from the bag and put into the HOB and let it like that?
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