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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-04-2011, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
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First shrimp tank!!

So I am doing an office tank, was gonna be a 5.5 betta until I got to the LFS today. I was staring at an Ebi and they said they'd sell it to me for $50, so of course, here I am with an Ebi!!! Yeay!

Probably will start with CRS since I'm a shrimp newbie. This will be a slow process since I have to read up on shrimp care. I know every1 like pics, so here's my stratum soaking, lol.


More when I find some good hardscape!
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CRS is crystal red shrimp... RCS is red cherry shrimp... did you get them confused? :P
Congrats on the shrimp though, they're fun, I got my first ghost shrimp the other day and they live with my betta, who surprisingly doesn't have any interest in eating them.
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Yea you'd wanna start out with RCS. CRS are a step up and a tad more difficult.

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Where in sc are you? I wanna go to that lfs if they'd sell it for 50. I paid 90 at fishy business in Columbia!

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Where in sc are you? I wanna go to that lfs if they'd sell it for 50. I paid 90 at fishy business in Columbia!

I was at tideline aquatics in Hannahan, you may wanna call to see if they have more first though!


To everyone else, I think I did have them confused, yes I do wanna start with the easier shrimp, so that would be RCS then, lol.
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So I can tell Fluval Stratum is really good just due to the amount of rinsing for that little bag. Anyways, got the tank on my desk so this weekend I'll be all over town looking for hardscape. I can't decide if I want rocks or wood.. hmm.

Also trying to read up on shrimp care, I see LOTS of conflicting info on CO2 and fertz, so I'm thinking I'll keep it simple with low-maintenance plants. Can anyone offer some plant suggestion, and input on their experience w/CO2 and fertz??

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So I finally got it all planted up. Have some Water Sprite, Hygro Compact, and Crinum. Do I have the Crinum planted far enough in the substrate?

After it cycles I think I'll go with Yellow Shrimp.
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There are some respected shrimp breeders on here that will say CO2 and ferts are just fine with shrimp...even crystals. What you will likely find is less prolific breeding but in such a small tank that might not be a bad thing. Otherwise, it seems that the ferts and CO2 are shrimp safe as long as you don't over do it on either. I have shrimp (RCS) in my tank with pressurized CO2 and PPS Pro ferts and they breed. As much as without...don't know...but they are breeding and not dying so all I can say is it much not be that bad for them. I do both on the low side though just to be safe.


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Cool, I might start off with some DIY CO2 then and see how that goes.
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So I've decided to go with Yellow Shrimp b/c they have the same care requirements as RCS, so a good beginner shrimp. My question is.. how many should I get to start with? Is 10 too many for the Ebi?
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the rule is generally 10 shrimps per gallon (although I don't know the validity of this claim), so you're 70 shrimp under the limit lol
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oh wow lol!! ok i guess i've got nothing to worry about then lol
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Well I have some Yellow Shrimp on the way!! I was thinking I'd like to keep something with them to control the population but not eat all of the shrimp... Would a killifish be happy by himself with the shrimp, and not kill all of them? Or have any other suggestions?
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I was going to keep a killi or pair of endlers in my ebi but....the shrimp are just too interesting! You could just sell or rehome any extra babies But a small fish probably would be ok, and some shrimplets would survive if you have enough hiding spaces for them.

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You can house some other stuff (nanofish) with the shrimp but in a shrimp only tank they breed better and the bioload of even one nanofish is going to be similar to that of quite a few shrimp.

Once you get the yellows and they start breeding that will likely keep things lively enough for quite a while.

With any sort of neocaridina shrimp you have a lot of flexibility as they are very hardy and tolerant. You could use ferts and co2 but I wouldn't bother.

I would go with mosses attached to driftwood or rock and maybe some java fern attached to driftwood or rock.

The shrimp love the moss.
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