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CR Shrimp/planted cube--update 1/23

Ok, so a friend of mine who is a breeder gave me 4 of these little guys to take care of. Says if I can keep them alive and well for a month, he'll give me 20 more to care for and hopefully breed. Right now, they are living in a little acrylic cube, about 10g I think.

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Chucked in 2 rocks, a piece of wood, moss, and some stem plants.

It was also a gift from my friend. It came with lighting, but I'm not sure what the lighting is-- it seems to be a small compact flourescent bulb, I think it looks like a 13w. If so, it must have a great build in reflector because the stem plants pearl daily. I'll take a photo under the hood later.

I'd eventually like to make this a display tank and place it on one of those stands that they sell for cubes these days, so I want to know how well plants can grow with it. Watching the stem plants development to take a verdict.

Anyone want to chime in with hints on caring for the shrimp, or making an aquascape that shows them/cares for them well? I don't have much experience with shrimp . . .

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substrate?

Are you going to put any sand or other substrate in there?


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any more pics? good luck with the shrimp
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Having no substrate in your tank will make buildup of organics and nitrate less likely, but will make the chance of sudden ammonia spikes much more likely. Is your tank like an eclipse that has built in filtration and a little bio wheel? That would make your tank a lot more stable.
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I would put substrate in the tank. My 2.5 gallon has about 2 inches of substrate.
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Beside previous points, if you want to breed these shrimp, add more Java moss. Cherry's, and I will presume Crystal shrimp really love to get into the Java moss and do their thing. The moss offers protection and a sense of safety. I would also add some fine leafed plants to the set up. My shrimp adore combing through the fine leaves in search of food.

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Like I said, right now the tank is filterless, with only the 4 shrimp. I've heard that sponge filters are good for shrimp-- are they easy to hide?

Momo-- so, it should be a tank with lots of moss and hair grass? Or do you mean something more like cabomba?

I thought the wod of moss I got in there was pretty big, but you think I should get more?

That's easy to do though since there's so much of the stuff swamping over my other tanks.

As for substrate, I was thinking of going with a nutrient rich layer and then a layer of this generic substrate that's kind of an eco-complete immitation that one of the LFs sells. I was planning on getting substrate, filtration, and better lighting for christmas . . .
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Both. I would add some Myriophillium sp. as well.

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Some more shots of the shrimp (best I could get):





I don't think they'll be even thinking about breeding for a while though-- they're only about 2/3 the size of the adults . . .
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can well see a full tank shot
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Not a final aquascape. lol



Momo-- I'm thinking of going with a look similar to Amano's "Green Carpet" tank, with just riccia and eliocharis sp. (and large amount of moss added just for the shrimp's sake). Think that'll work?

Hair grass is a plant I feel comfortable with, and I've recently mixed riccia and hair grass in my 5g and so far it's looking pretty good. The riccia is pearling at least.

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Oh! Also, I'm thinking about the fauna of the tank. Of course, it's ultimately going to hold a LOT of crystal reds, and they'll probably be the focus of the tank. Besides that, I was thinking of keeping some zebra otos . . . Same breeder friend, says he can find them for me.

Also, wanted to know if pygmy cories will eat shrimp offspring-- crystal reds have no larval stage, but they are very tiny when they hatch. I don't want to keep any fish that will eat the young. However, I thought pygmy cories would be so cool to keep in addition-- especially with their mid-swimming habit.
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i would get full grown corys becuse the shrimp might try to eat them nice tank btw
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hmm? Pygmies ARE full grown cories-- and I cannot imagine them ever getting eaten by crystal reds. Crystal reds are very small peacefu shrimp like cherrys.

Anyway thanks-- I think this tank is pretty nice in terms of the design of the actual cube. It was a side project by one of the big acrylic tank companies, but they discontinued it because they found producing it was not profitable.
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o sorry mint corys like the albino or bronse or the green cory if thats what
you are talking about than there ok but i am thinking you are talking
aout the pigmy cory cats that grow 1.5 inches and the others grow
2.0 or 2.5 inches but it your money not mine so if you do get pigmt corys
than i will like to see how it works out and with the shrimp i have not ever
cepe them so i did not know i was just geussing on that good luck
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