I'm going to disagree that you need to have a lot of experience with shrimp and I will disagree that you need a "group" of them. In my experience they don't care for each other's company as much as other dwarf shrimp.
I like bamboo shrimp a lot, they were my first shrimp. Petco's in my area have them for around $5.99, my lfs has them for $10.
You don't need an established tank if your willing to target feed them. You'll need good flow and a sturdy place for them to perch on and filter. Feeding them is a bit of a pain if you have tall tank. I target feed mine once or twice a week using a turkey baster and mixing a bit of fry food (Hikari First Bites) and cultured green water.
Just like any inverts your water should be on the harder side. Here in Chicago, we have liquid rock, my GH is almost off the chart of the test kit. My bamboo's molt twice a month and I've had them close to a year now.
I have some an aggressive large paradise fish and a mean male GBR in the tank. They pick on other fish that venture into their "turf", but they don't take any notice of the shrimp. I also have a medium and a small amano shrimp, but I never see them except if I creep up to the tank late at night. I see my bamboo's during all hours.
I think they are great and if your willing to put in a little extra effort to supplement their feeding then you should definitely give them a try.
Last edited by devilduck; 05-10-2013 at 11:07 PM.
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