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CoolhandLocke 11-11-2012 09:00 PM

Hardiest Caridina?
 
As the title implies, I'm wondering what the 'hardiest' species or Caridina is? Looking for something hardy to keep with my pumpkins/orange shrimp; I don't have my water paramters at the moment, but know my pH is around 7.4-7.6 and the temp is 75-76.

Not sure about TDS, GH or KH, but know those play a bigger part in successfully keeping caridinas over neos as they're more sensitive. I have been keeping regular Tiger shrimp in the tank for about 3 months, but the population has dwindled from 12 to maybe 4 since then. Mainly random die-offs from age me thinks as they were pretty big when I got them. I did find a few "half" carcasses though... pretty odd considering I know the cories didn't do it.

Just looking to see what you guys think the hardiest breeds of caridina are. I'll update the page with my water parameters as soon as I can take them. I have everything but a TDS tester, but am thinking about getting one of those tonight on Amazon. Want to get moving on any shrimp related activities before the weather drops : )

dougolasjr 11-11-2012 09:31 PM

I would focus on making sure you not having other issues before adding more shrimp to the mix. Just my opinion. I would definitely get test kit for gh and kh, and if money allows a tds meter also.

sayurasem 11-11-2012 09:36 PM

IMO it's A-S Grade CRS. ph 6.4, gh 4-6, kh 0, tds 150-160, temp 70-74.

Soothing Shrimp 11-11-2012 09:45 PM

For me it's a no brainer. Malawa Shrimp (Caridina pareparensis parvidentata).

params:
Temp: 64-84F
pH: 6.2-7.8
TDS: 80-400
KH: 0-10
GH: 4-14

Geniusdudekiran 11-11-2012 10:03 PM

Amano shrimp.

fplata 11-11-2012 10:05 PM

Absolutely! Amanos are gangsters

DoubleT 11-12-2012 12:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Soothing Shrimp (Post 2075300)
For me it's a no brainer. Malawa Shrimp (Caridina pareparensis parvidentata).

params:
Temp: 64-84F
pH: 6.2-7.8
TDS: 80-400
KH: 0-10
GH: 4-14


+1 These breed faster than my cherries and more often too.

randyl 11-12-2012 02:21 AM

For your water, I say try tigers.

CoolhandLocke 11-12-2012 03:24 AM

Thanks for all the great suggestions. I am already planning on picking up some of the wild strain of Malawa's or Cardina's as I've read neither interbreed with anything else in the tank. Trying to decide which one is best for color selection...

Amanos I actually didn't think about, and I hear they're pretty hardy as well. I do like my tigers and think they'll do better if they come from another source. Would really like to find some red tigers but I've never seen any for sale, only pictures.

Do Amanos breed with any other species, anything special I need to know?

ryantube 11-12-2012 05:16 AM

It's bee shrimps, the wild type.

Veneer 11-12-2012 06:22 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CoolhandLocke (Post 2075690)
Do Amanos breed with any other species, anything special I need to know?

No, at least no other species available in the trade. (But they won't successfully reproduce, period, in a freshwater tank -- the females will berry, sure, but the larvae require saline water for development.)


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