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Old 10-21-2012, 11:31 AM   #1
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New fish !


Hi ,
So yesterday i got some river shrim for my 3 gallon tank , they are feeder fish but i feel in love with them and wanted some as pets , i was informed they were brackish and very sensitive they hundreads - thousands crammed in a tiny tank so i took 3 to give it a go at 10p each and destined for death.
One one quite at the shop but she picked them anyway once he was home he went downhill and died last night
The others are eating and doing fine , should they have brackish water? At the shop it was just a cold tank without a heater , filter , food or anything?

What should i do to help them survive?

The filter has a naturally low speed however i added a sponge and a tight over this helps to slow it and prevent them trying to get inside -_-
They didnt tell me about the Gh or anyoff that... didnt think it was that importatnt.... ? They have shrimp wafers and a couple almonds leaves they seem to be liking the algea in the tank at the moment.

Current readings
ammonia - 0ppm
nitrites - 1.50ppm ( eeekkk )
nitrates - 10ppm

Not sure why the nitrites gone up but i did a small water change
The tank was cycled so i did a water change and it seems to have gone funny?Used fishless and pure ammonia.,

Thanks guys , i also got some ottos yesterday for a seperate tank and they seem good ( shrimp were in this tank but didnt like the temp
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Old 10-21-2012, 11:44 AM   #2
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I've never heard of rive shrimp. Dou you have pics?


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Old 10-21-2012, 06:48 PM   #3
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Someone told me they might be called ghost shrimp? But i was told they were brackish coldwater shrimp.
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Old 10-21-2012, 07:11 PM   #4
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Yeah, those are definitely ghost shrimp. They only need brackish water to reproduce, I think. But don't take my word, go to the shrimp and invertebrates section to get some solid advice.
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Old 10-21-2012, 07:15 PM   #5
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i keep ghost shrimp in a 40 gal freshwater planted tank and they are fine
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Shouldn't this be named new shrimp
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Shouldn't this be named new shrimp
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Aha sorry guys , can i change it or should i leave it?
So you think they will be happy in this tank?
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:18 PM   #9
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Yeah, those are definitely ghost shrimp. They only need brackish water to reproduce, I think. But don't take my word, go to the shrimp and invertebrates section to get some solid advice.
American Glass Shrimp/Ghost Shrimp do not need brackish water. They are freshwater, even though they have larvae. The reason why they are hard to care for as larvae is that they need super tiny food. Copepods, zooplankton and green water are the usual food that the babies get.
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Old 10-24-2012, 07:58 PM   #10
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Today betrice ( female ) jumped out the tank for a good few hours however i put her back in and she seemed ok.
They dont appear to be eating .. theres algea and algea wafers in the tank but there not intrested... Is this normal? ( had them for 1 week and there roughly 7 months old )
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It may be that they are in a new place and haven't adjusted yet, it may also be that they don't like algae wafers.

Ghost shrimp do not eat algae only. I feed mine algae wafers and Wardley shrimp pellets. They gobble that up like a little kid with candy.
You can feed them a whole variety of foods, specialty brands I have heard of are Repashy, Borneo Wild, Shirakura and Mosura.
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