To add a different perspective...
A couple weeks back I picked up 24 cherry shrimp culls. Since I had so many and there were quite a few pretty tiny ones in the mix, I decided to try an incredibly simple set up:
Stemmed wineglass with spherical bowl: 4.5"dia x 3" h.
Set it up with 1/2" washed fluorite with some shredded bits of driftwood and three pieces of granite: a slab in the back that rests against the rim (the shrimp can easily get behind it to hide) to define a back wall and two in front to create a sort of valley look. Added 5 1" dwarf baby tear clippings, a few strands of xmas moss, some frogbit and two small pond snails. No filter, no heater, indirect light from nearby window.
Topoffs as needed, 2x week 25% wc. Fed sparingly with home-made algae flake, smashed baby snails and a bit of tropical flake.
At first, there really wasn't any movement and they spent all their time hiding. Other than basic care (food, wc) I pretty much ignored 'em.
Around day six, I made a point to check on 'em. All three still there, showing a bit of growth, still staying hunkered down.
Now, day twelve, all three have doubled in size, show excellent color and are very active--climbing all over the rocks, picking thru the moss, and swimming around the bowl.
Now, I'd never try this with any of the more delicate shrimp, but it certainly goes to show how simple the process can be and still succeed.
Last edited by Knotyoureality; 09-18-2012 at 04:48 PM.