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How many RCS for a Fluval Spec 2?

Simple question. I'm preparing my Spec 2 for RCS that I eventually want to put in there. The tank has been running for almost 2 months and currently houses 3 guppy fry, several ramshorns snails and is planted with dwarf anubias, flame moss, anacharis and a bit of subwassertang. I'm not buying RCS any time soon, but it would be nice to know how many I could put in this tank. When I do buy my RCS, I'll probably buy 20+, put the recommended amount in my 2 gallon, and put the rest in my 20 gallon tank. The RCS in my nano won't be threatened by anything, so I'm hoping they will be able to breed. However, I'm hopeful that shrimplets will also be able to make it in my heavily planted 20 gallon consisting of neons and guppies.
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I'm thinking 20 is probably a good number?
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Yea, generally the rule of thumb is 10 per gallon. So since the Spec 2 is 2 gallons I'd start with 10, that way you have some room for them to breed for ya a lil.

Also the best way to have a thriving shrimp population in a communtiy tank is to add the shrimp 1st, let them establish themselves and breed a li. Then add the fish. And as always, the more plants the better. Lotsa mosses are also nice for shrimplet survival.

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Yea, generally the rule of thumb is 10 per gallon. So since the Spec 2 is 2 gallons I'd start with 10, that way you have some room for them to breed for ya a lil.

Also the best way to have a thriving shrimp population in a communtiy tank is to add the shrimp 1st, let them establish themselves and breed a li. Then add the fish. And as always, the more plants the better. Lotsa mosses are also nice for shrimplet survival.
Sounds like a plan. When I do buy my RCS, I'll put a dozen or so in the 2 gallon and the rest in my 20.
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Also the best way to have a thriving shrimp population in a communtiy tank is to add the shrimp 1st, let them establish themselves and breed a li. Then add the fish. And as always, the more plants the better. Lotsa mosses are also nice for shrimplet survival.
That's really interesting. My LFS told me exactly the opposite. They told me to establish all the fish and then add the shrimp. They said that the ammonia spikes of adding new fish can kill shrimp. Hmm....

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