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Shrimp per gallon?

Some places I hear that 5 shrimp per gallon is absolutely fine, and others I hear that I can only do 1 shrimp for every 2?

Say I want to do a 2 gallon planted shrimp tank. How many could I add? How many would be the max? How many would be considered a good number without going overboard?
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The rule of thumb is 10 per gallon, but I've seen people go way over that. You just need a good filter, good oxygen-content in the water, and a sufficient amount of food. The most I've seen was 300-400 in a 10 gallon.

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Tons per gallon lolol

in a 2 gallon, I'd start with 10 and let nature do the rest via breeding
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Adequate filtration is key - and some shrimps don't do very well with variable water conditions. It's sometimes difficult to keep water chemistry stable in a smaller tank, even with a relatively small bio load.

That said, I probably have 40-45 neos in a 4 gallon currently. I started with 5 in that tank a few months ago
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As long as the filtration is good, you can go 1,000,000 per gallon. Lol. You get the point. They don't have much of a bioload soupy can load them up. Just keep up on water changes and they'll be fine. In my 37 gallon I have 16 cories and a bazillion cherry shrimp. I do a 50% water change every week and everyone is happy.
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Well I doubt 1 million shrimp will fit in a gallon tank. But as far as it goes, bigger tank = better shrimp population.

I used to have a regular 10 gal and I would estimate my RCS population is over 1,000. Started with 10 from a friend.
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Yeah you can have a ton, I had 1400 or so PFR in my 20L. all doing fine no deaths and doing well.. Sold off most of them so now I am back to 500-600. I have about 300 BTOE in a 20L

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