I am eager to start with shrimp, but I have only kept ghost shrimp. I've been having a hard time finding red cherries locally (or any shrimp, in fact), but that is what I would like to try. I have some questions:
1. Is it unsafe for me to buy shrimp, shipped priority, since our priority packages take four days to reach us here?
2. I have a 20 gallon tank, well planted. It has DIY CO2 that is currently about 7 bpm. I use dry ferts, using the Estimated Index for a 20-40 gallon tank. However, I only give 2 doses per week instead of 3. I change out 3.5 or so gallons of water per week. I use well water. The tank houses 3 small adult guppies and some fry. From this description, do you see any red flags of why this tank might not be a good environment for shrimp? Would it need larger water changes? Would the DIY CO2 be a problem?
3. My 10 gallon tank has no CO2, mineralized topsoil under substrate, and no fish. It's lightly planted so far, and I'm still trying to figure out the correct amount of ferts. It is not cycled (was only started this month), but I can add some biomedia from my other tank, so I hope that would help. Since there have been no fish so far (only snails) I have not done any water changes. Do you have any advice on what I would need to do with this tank to make it possibly safe for shrimp? How much in the way of water changes would be needed? This tank has no heater at present. I assume I would need one for red cherry shrimp, at least when the weather gets colder.
Edit: I just noticed my small snails in the 10 gallon died. I will change some of the water. Before adding shrimp, I would put in the aged biomedia, and try to start cycling it with some guppy fry.
I understand it is hard for you to advise without my knowing the water parameters for either of these tanks. However, if you see any red flags from the information above, I would be glad if you would let me know. Thank you!
Add more plants.Fast growing ones like cabomba and frogbit ,etc.
I bought some of mine already attached to driftwood and lava stone.They were in a plants for sale aquarium ,in which a fish was swimming also ,so I thought they might contain more BB to help start the cycle and I wasn't wrong.I planted lots of Crypts and Anubias at first ,then I added Cabomba and Frogbit.
The tank was 3 weeks old with no water changes when I had to put the shrimp in ,because a friend needed to get rid of them.luckily I had started to add denitrifying bacteria (Denitrol) for about 3 days..,and after adding the shrimp I also put some JBL filterstart.
Until shrimp were added ,I already had hitchiker snails ,cyclops ,copepods ,and daphnia....maybe more critters that I didn't see ,so it was on the right track.I kept adding Denitrol a week after inserting the shrimp(3 amano and african filter shrimp ,not a heavy bioload at all).So far they are alive and well.