Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Denver, CO & Phang-Nga, Thailand
My solo bamboo shrimp does great. I never test (ever) and I only do water change once per month in a 54g tank. The trick to bamboo shrimp, in my observation, is simply to run your tank ever so 'dirty' and have tons of biological activity in there. My tank is quite crowded with fish, plants, worms, loaches, neo shrimp, different kinds of snails, etc. I run the lights a lot and there is always a bit of algae growing on the wood. I make sure there a few decomposing leaves spread around. I slightly overfeed the tank 3 weeks per month, then let the tank starve for the last week of each month, before teh water change.
the bamboo shrimp is always out fanning, and it looks incredibly healthy. When I see it picking at the substrate, I can tell that the tank is 'hungry' and that the shrimp/snails have cleaned the tank up well.
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