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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-12-2019, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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Livestock recommendations 15 Gal

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Ive just set up my 15 gal tank planted it up and am using a combination of the JBL volcano rock and planted tank soil subs.

Dragon Stones added along with some spider-wood (Spider wood may or may not end up removed).

Can any one recommend livestock to add once water is settled and tank is cycled.

Thinking of some Cherry shrimp but not really sure on the fish.

Any help choosing would be appreciated

Pictures will follow once the tanks settled a bit and ive moved a few bits about. (1st attempt at aqua-scaping a tank)
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Hi @Daniel02 ! Welcome to the forums!

To go with your cherry shrimp, you'll probably want smaller fish that don't pose as much of a threat to them, although they are still likely to eat baby shrimp if there isn't enough plant cover for them. Some good choices would be small rasboras or danios, such as harlequin rasboras or celestial pearl danios. I'm a big fan of kuhli loaches as well - I think they are predators, but they have small mouths (couldn't eat an adult shrimp), and mine seem to have a hard enough time finding sinking pellets, so I feel most shrimp would be able to get away no problem.

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Thanks so much for your reply. I was looking at some endlers as very small and bright active fish... the original plan was a betta but have since decided like shrimp and a betta aint a great idea.

Tank is quite well planted at present with hygrophila Siamensis, Bacopa compact, Cryptocoryne Willisil and a fair bit of Eleocharis (Hair grass) for cover... will be giving it a month or so to bed in and grow up a bit before adding any livestock.

Would you recommend adding the shrimp before the fish?

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Yes, probably a good idea to add the shrimp first. Give them some time to start breeding and building up their numbers, so that even if some are eaten you should have enough to be a self sustaining colony. Also helps as the fish will probably think anything you put in is food - don't give them the idea!
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Yes, probably a good idea to add the shrimp first. Give them some time to start breeding and building up their numbers, so that even if some are eaten you should have enough to be a self sustaining colony. Also helps as the fish will probably think anything you put in is food - don't give them the idea!
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If you add plenty of plants, the shrimp should be able to keep the numbers going, especially if you give them a head start.

I always seem to recommend endlers, but yes! They'd be great in a 15g, as long as you stick with males. Mine are fine with the small amanos recently, although I think they'd eat shrimplets if given the chance.

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If you add plenty of plants, the shrimp should be able to keep the numbers going, especially if you give them a head start.

I always seem to recommend endlers, but yes! They'd be great in a 15g, as long as you stick with males. Mine are fine with the small amanos recently, although I think they'd eat shrimplets if given the chance.

Looking forwards to seeing photos!
Thanks!

Will put some pics up here in the coming days. Had a bit of an issue with some floating spider wood which has also taken out plants and substrate so will be sorting it out tomorrow
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15 gallons is considered nano?
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Some other options:

Liquorice and Sparkling Gouramis
Scarlet badis
Boraras brigitte or naevus
Coffee bean tetra, Green neon tetra, Tucano tetra, Jelly Bean tetra,
Pygmy hatchetfish

180 g. low tech w/ wild South American cichlids, corydoras eques, and African Congo riverine tetras.
60 g. low tech w/ F1 Alenquer discus pair and wild Altum Angels
30 g. low tech - Breeding tank
30 g. low-tech Shrimp tank - wild-type neocaradina and Caridina cf. babaulti "Zebra"
9 gallon Shrimp tank- Caridina cantonensis ("Golden Bee's"). *Tank still at cycling stage.

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You have not listed you pH which is a factor choosing fish. My water is more alkaline that i'd like which limits me from several species I'd like to try (water is also too hard to make pH drop with driftwood/leaf litter).

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