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LouieMac 01-21-2013 10:01 PM

New to the hobby
My son Joe who is 7 and myself have just started a Fluval EBI shrimp tank with some moss & dwarf grass and 5 Cherry Reds. We are looking to raise different type of shrimp and plants with no co2 at this point any suggestion? I am also looking for some people in bergen county who are in to shrimp hooked up with and ask questions! Thanks!

shloken38 01-22-2013 04:08 PM

Hey there! Welcome to the hobby. Did you cycle that tank first? If so, you should be good, although it is always better to have shrimp in a well established tank. For now, I would stick with the red cherries as they are the hardiest shrimp out there. Once you get the hang of it, you can delve into others.

What sort of questions do you have? Do you have other tanks?

LouieMac 01-22-2013 09:05 PM

We a well establish 10 gallon with guppies and plastic plants (once you go real plant you never go back) lol! I did about 50% water change on the 10 to start the new EBI tank. I am looking to breed some shrimp that would be good for trades and maybe sell to buy more aquariums! What would be te best breed to raise? RCS?

MABJ 01-22-2013 09:45 PM

I do not believe you have cycled your tank properly.

Welcome to the hobby!

But you'll find we do not recommend any animals to unfit tanks here.

That being said, proving your tank is ready is simple. Just post your current tank parameters and a tank shot if possible.

Some other questions are have your shrimp molted/bred since they've been in your tank?

gmoses 01-22-2013 10:16 PM

In some ways i still consider myself a newb even though i have eight tanks and six of them are planted. I also have four kinds of shrimp. I have been breeding cherries for a long while. Why do i mention this... well because you seem eager and ready bit my advice is take it slow and learn what you can before you start. You mention you want to sell shrimp to help fund future purchases. The problem is shrimp are trendy and ever growing mixes and flavors makes it difficult to pick a winner for resale. So i think pick one you like that is considered easy on the breeding scale. Learn from there and enjoy it. If you sell some stuff thats a bonus.

shloken38 01-22-2013 11:18 PM

I think you mean you want to use the water from the 10 to cycle the other tank? If that is what you mean, then that won't work. You should take a piece of your cycled media from the 10 and use it in the filter on the new tank. Red cherry shrimp are the easiest (when you have a cycled tank). If you are planning on something else, be sure to research and ask lots of questions here. Some shrimp can be very challenging, and you would just be wasting money and poor lives if your tank parameters are not correct.

CPDzeke 01-23-2013 12:21 AM

You can use moss once the tank is cycled. The shrimp will enjoy it. :)

@marko@ 01-23-2013 06:31 PM

The water of a aquarium is not where the nitritifying bacteria are. They are in the surfaces of objects. Like porous biomedia. You will need a cycled tank to raise shrimp.

You may want to consider joining the njagc. We are a club of planted tank enthusiasts in nj. Some of the guys know a ton about all kinds of plants. And we do have some shrimp keepers. At the last meeting I had someone explaining to me why my attempt to raise crystal reds failed a few years ago.

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