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Old 08-23-2014, 12:15 AM   #1
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Red Cherry Shrimp/Ghost Shrimp Tank Questions


Hello everyone! First post here! So I have been looking into getting some RCS, or some Ghost Shrimp. My plan is house a few colonies in 2-3 10 gal tanks, I plan on doing this just so that if something does occur in one of the tanks my other colonies are safe. The tanks I plan to have will be heavily planted. Now my questions:
1. If I only use low-medium light plants and easy beginner plants, is a C02 system required? Or more beneficial?
2. I'm confused on the lighting part of this, I have watched a few Youtube vids and read a few posts where people have LED lights above the tank with glass on the top of the tank... I though UVB cant pass through glass? And LED light stands/Lights, like this:
Amazon.com : Wave-point Mirco Sun 6, 500 k Daylight High Output 8-Watt LED Fixture Lighting for Aquarium, 6-Inch : Refugium Light : Pet Supplies Amazon.com : Wave-point Mirco Sun 6, 500 k Daylight High Output 8-Watt LED Fixture Lighting for Aquarium, 6-Inch : Refugium Light : Pet Supplies
Are those lights replace able once they burn out?
3. Relating to the lighting, would an Aquarium hood, with UVB florecent lighting, be better for a 10 gallon? And does the tank need a top if all I'm keeping is Shrimp?
Sorry If these are obvious questions, but they seem to have eluded me in my research.
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Old 08-23-2014, 01:09 AM   #2
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If you're using low light plants you don't need c02. Put the light wherever it asthetically pleases you, whether it is a hood or suspended bar. But that light seems a bit narrow for a 10 gallon.

disclaimer: I am new to this, so I am giving advice based off my short experience.
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Old 08-23-2014, 04:28 PM   #3
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Ghost shrimp EAT cherries, just so you know.

No, you don't need co2. Shrimp don't like it anyway, and it sometimes kills them if they get too much.

You don't need uv light for shrimp. Just enough lighting to grow their plants. Low-med light is good for a shrimp tank. Good plants- moss, crypts, elodea, various stem plants, floaters, etc.

I use a fugeray led on my 29 gallon shrimp tank. It works pretty well, but there are many other options. A daylight cfl would be fine too.

Tops are convient to reduce evaporation and shrimp escapes, but not everyone uses them. They do reduce maintanince a lot though.
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Old 08-23-2014, 05:19 PM   #4
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Yes, I am well aware of Ghost Shrimps aggression, and I would never plan on keeping more than one species of shrimp in one tank anyway.

Okay, but I'm still confused on those kit tanks, that come with a glass top. Like I said before, I thought UVB cant pass through it? Or is it some special light? I don't plan on getting a kit, I'm just curious.

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Old 08-23-2014, 08:38 PM   #5
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Cherries are a bit easier to get going, ghosties have a larval stage and you just are not always successful getting them breeding and the colony going, I had some going for a good while but it stalled and died out, and no I would not use co2 in a shrimp tank I would get easy low light plants
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Old 08-24-2014, 10:02 PM   #6
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The light will pass through an aquarium glass lid. Window glass has a coating on it to prevent UV penetration. Aquarium lids are not treated. I have kept ghost shrimp and pearl blue shrimp together with no problem. That is until my mollies decided they tasted good. LOL If you provide lots of floating plants the ghost shrimp will breed easily. THey also need a well established tank. The larvae feed on tank mulm and stuff.
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Old 08-25-2014, 02:35 PM   #7
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UV light is unneeded for the tank, don't worry about it. Just get a sufficient amount of good quality light for the plants you want.
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