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Old 07-16-2014, 04:05 PM   #1
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Is a 40 gal cube too big for a shrimp tank?


I just picked up an Oceanic 40 gal tank (almost cube). I would like to create a planted shrimp tank and was wondering if it is too big for a shrimp tank? I am planning on having an AquaClear 50 or 70 as its only filtration?

Also, would a fluorite/sand substrate be good or just fluorite?

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Old 07-16-2014, 06:22 PM   #2
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Nothing is too big for shrimp. You could have around 400 in there.
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Old 07-16-2014, 06:56 PM   #3
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Actually, I think up to 600 shrimp could be okay. The aquaclear 50 may be a bit strong for the shrimplets though. Might want to cover the intake. Sand and fluorite would probably work but I am not a expert.
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Old 07-16-2014, 07:12 PM   #4
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Thank you all for the information. I want to make sure the shrimp will be ok in this substrate. I know the sub is more for plants.
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Old 07-16-2014, 07:14 PM   #5
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40 cube sounds great to me.

We have an AC50 on our 29 gallon. I works well with a prefilter.
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Old 07-16-2014, 07:33 PM   #6
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yep the bigger the better, it means more stable water params!
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Old 07-17-2014, 12:28 PM   #7
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You couldn't keep a few hundred shrimp in a 40gal tank. You could keep thousands.

I always think I've got a couple hundred in my 20gal tanks. End up netting them out to find a thousand plus.

Neos are prolific breeders and you'll have no problem filling it up with a nice population.
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Old 07-17-2014, 04:09 PM   #8
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No way bigger is better, I keep all my tb in a 48.8 gallon Mr Aqua tank. I love it!
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Old 07-17-2014, 04:42 PM   #9
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Go for bigger tank. Next thing you know it is filled with Neos!
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Old 07-17-2014, 10:36 PM   #10
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I have a 110 gallon cube I use for shrimp with nothing but a sump filter and I agree bigger is better I do no water changes jus top off had it up almost 2 years now.
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