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Old 10-21-2012, 04:20 AM   #1
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Question about plants in a shrimp tank


So most people would say stay away from HC and shrimp, and moss is the best plant for shrimps, but I've been thinking: If moss is typically a slow grower, wouldn't that mean it wouldn't suck up nitrates as efficiently as HC or Ludwigia, which are very nutrient demanding plants? Granted you may have to start dosing CO2 but if you're pretty careful and it's at a slow BPS rate, I'd say your shrimp colony would benefit from less nitrates and breeding wouldn't be affected much. Any thoughts?
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Old 10-21-2012, 04:24 AM   #2
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My shrimp tank is a giant jungle. I say put whatever you want in there, and include plenty of moss. I find the favorite plant of my shrimp to be hornwort actually. They frequently are climbing around this more than the moss, it's like a giant jungle gym. :-D
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Old 10-21-2012, 04:33 AM   #3
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My thought about this is that moss has a greater surface area than many other aquatic plants and thus it can carry greater amounts of biofilm for shrimp to eat than an equivalent amount of leafy aquatic plants. They also can harbor microfauna that shrimp may eat and are an excellent place to hide in.
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The reason why you need to add co2 to a planted tank is because THE LIGHT is dictating it. You can have a non co2 tank hella planted with very lean dosing if the light intensity is low enough.

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Now, can you have a medium light planted shrimp tank with lean ferts and co2? Yes, but they do breed slower:





Can you have a high light, EI dosed tank with shrimp, yes but I don't have any personal experience there.

It just gets more and more difficult to breed them, that is all.
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Old 10-21-2012, 05:43 AM   #5
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High light very low C02 no ferts
but like what has been said C02 = slower breeding.

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So all plants are equally beneficial to a shrimp tank? Okay, thanks.
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bostoneric, what is that elongated bush?
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