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Old 07-08-2012, 10:41 PM   #16
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thanks for the tips!
what types of plants do CRS perticularly like?
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Old 07-08-2012, 10:58 PM   #17
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thanks for the tips!
what types of plants do CRS perticularly like?
Any type of moss will do. Get some Java or Christmas...both are very easy to care for.
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Old 07-08-2012, 11:03 PM   #18
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Helpful tips here if you haven't read it yet.
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Old 07-09-2012, 12:40 AM   #19
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Just to reiterate - it's best if your tank matures and you have your parameters down pat and have a good grasp on plants that go well with Crystal Shrimp.

I'm hopeful that the WTB thread for CRS you posted after reading the comments in this thread doesn't mean you're getting shrimp before you're ready.

If you have questions or concerns about raising them, please be sure to ask them here in the forum. We're all here to help no matter what.
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Old 07-09-2012, 01:40 AM   #20
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IMO, shrimp shouldn't go in tanks until they've been up and running for at least a month after the cycle is complete, preferably two months. The more time the better. Shrimp NEED the biofilm and the only way to get that is time. You can't get it from a bottle or buy it as a plant.

Being patient is hard but it's better to be patient than blow your money and kill innocent creatures. I recently redid my 13g and as much as I wanted my OEBTs right away, I'm doing the right thing and waiting. I have mystery snails in the tank to keep the cycle alive while my mosses grow and the biofilm builds. It's what's best for the shrimp. When you buy any living creature you are agreeing to care for them the best way you can to give them the life they deserve, even for something as seemingly insignificant as a shrimp. It's cruel to them not to give them their optimal conditions, which are difficult to obtain for even seasoned shrimp keepers.

Please reconsider and start with a neo. There are very beautiful ones out there and they are hardy and tolerant of a wider range of water parameters.

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Old 07-09-2012, 01:42 AM   #21
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We are waiting a long time before we are buying them. Thanks though
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Old 07-09-2012, 01:45 AM   #22
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Thank you for reconsidering. That's great news that you plan to wait.

I was concerned after you posted a WTB thread for S Grade or higher after going through this discussion thread.

You won't regret waiting and doing things the right way.

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Old 07-09-2012, 05:08 AM   #23
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Another thing that may be very usefull is a substrate that will help with lowering the ph and TDS . There are many Brands available but with many of them a cycling period is needed . I think I would do that before anything else as your shrimp will need something to make the water more Acidic and softer
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Are the any specific plants that will also speed up the sysle and create biofilm
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Old 07-09-2012, 10:15 PM   #25
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Used sponge filters or squeezing them will and especially Java moss . But most plants will add it . You will still need a way to get the water acidic . Rainwater and Water from the Vending machines at walmart Etc. will also help . I think a substrate is still very helpful
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No. These are things that take time and cannot be rushed.

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I has ADA aqua soil, medium light, a HOB filter with just sponge and as much biological filtration as I could, and I set my temps to 74-75 (gets warmer in the summer but nothing past 78). I also just use good ol' filter water with typical water conditioner (the aloe kind).

My CRS have been breeding well in my 10g. I also have fish and assassin snails in my tank which might eat some of the babies but the smart shrimp fry will survive - give them plenty of plants and moss to take cover.

Make sure your tank is well established before even thinking about introducing CRS into it.
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Just throw a ton of fast growing plants in the tank along with floating plants (frogbit etc.). This won't really speed up the process too much but you will be introducing some live plants which is always good for the shrimp.....the plants will introduce some good bacteria too.
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will the shrimp like a carpet plant like glosso or some sort of grass
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will the shrimp like a carpet plant like glosso or some sort of grass
Yes. But you'll need high light for glosso. You could do a moss carpet and kill two birds with one stone.

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