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Old 04-11-2013, 05:19 AM   #1
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Is a 1 gallon safe for cherry shrimp


I just got "gifted" about 15 cherry shrimp and I had nothing to put them in but a 1 gallon fish bowl I had for a nursery when I used to breed guppies. I can't put them in my other tanks because one has a ghost knife and he'll make a snack of them in minutes.
So in this bowl I took some gravel/Eco complete and filled the bottom and some small plants and a drift wood piece with moss on it that came with them. I planted the plants and placed the wood and moss and then some water from their bag then slowly over 2 hours added tank water from my cycled tank.

The question is. Are they safe? Can this be a permenant solution? If I swap say a couple cups of water out a day with stable cycled tank water?
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Old 04-11-2013, 05:36 AM   #2
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For 15 of them that's fine. They will likely breed however and in fairly short time, you'll need to reduce the herd or increase the size of the tank. Even a nano tank, 3-5 gallons can hold dozens of shrimp.
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So my plan is sustainable? Or should I do something different? If so ill give the little critters good care. I don't want to put them through misery but I can't be going and buying filters and tanks. I'd rather let them take a shot in my heavily planted with the ghost knife then die in a filthy bowl.
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For 15 of them that's fine. They will likely breed however and in fairly short time, you'll need to reduce the herd or increase the size of the tank. Even a nano tank, 3-5 gallons can hold dozens of shrimp.
+1! Congrats on your new flock! 1g will be fine.

I am more or less one for natural selection if I don't have a larger tank available and I'm not interested in natural selection, so I just allow breeding and when there are too many shrimp, I see them stop breeding.
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Thank you for the advice. Ill do what I can for the little bugs. If anyone has advice or anything that'll help keeping them healthy I'd appreciate it.
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Thank you for the advice. Ill do what I can for the little bugs. If anyone has advice or anything that'll help keeping them healthy I'd appreciate it.
Lots of moss and snails.

It isn't cycled, so you'll need to monitor all parameters and being open top, watch TDS.
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Even though I used gravel and water from a cycled tank it will still go theough another cycle? Ill be swapping 2 cups of water a day using cycled tank water. Is that bad or should I use fresh dechlorinated tap?
Ty for the tip ill put more moss and I have some small snails. The nuisance ones that come stuck to plants. Will they be okay to use?
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I wouldn't even worry about the daily water changes unless you are running into parameter issues. Then, I'd just use clean water.
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Yep they work. They've got a bad rap for being 'nuisance snails' but they're really helpful.

Just don't feed much/often. Never more than they can eat in an hour or two
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I appreciate all the tips guys and ill post a picture of the little burdens when I get back to the house so you can see the lives you helped save lol.
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Been a few days. I swap out 1 cup of water in the morning one at night. I'm not sure if the plants in there will make it. The shrimp seem happy. One was riding a snail cleaning his shell. Here are the pics I promised.
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So 16 cups in a gallon, and 2 cup changes a day... is like 13% water change daily?

Most of us change 10-20% water a week.

Also, there are really no benefits to using old tank water that I know of. The beneficial bacteria doesn't live in it, but all the nitrates, nitrites, etc do. I think it may be more beneficial to use clean water and just change out 10-20% a week.
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Old 04-12-2013, 06:15 PM   #15
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So it would be better to do large change once a week then swapping out a little every day? Honest question no sarcasm. The tank water I use has 0 ammonia 0 nitrite 5 nitrate. I just was figuring it was a buffered (aged/stable) water supply it has a ph of 7.4 (co2 injected) my tap is at 8. I thought it better to use that than dechlorinating tap water.
What is the best way for me to care for this set up then? I don't want to be the cause of undo suffering if it can be helped.
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