Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Fort Myers, Floriduh
Thanks for all of the tips so far. Regarding the tank size, I have not quite made up my mind. I have no experience in either the planted tank or the invert area, hence the request for pointers. Some sources have told me that you need a 20+ tank to breed Cherry Red and Red Crystal Shrimp, but another source stated that a 5 gallon tank would be more than enough; this was pretty confusing. Then I began to research more deeply trying to build a tank that would include both plants and inverts, and if appropriate add suitable small fishes, snails, etc. If I had a fully planted tank for shrimps, would I need more room and thus a bigger tank? In my search for good advice I found this forum, and after reading a lot of what is written here decided that you all probably know a bunch more about this than I do, so why not just directly ask for help, right? So far I know what the range of tank sizes should be and I have a good idea about what good beginners plants would be good also for a shrimp habitat. (In particular, ones which do not require special lighting, CO2, or a lot of experience.) Of all of the tanks I have so far considered, the EBI was the one I thought would be the best for my purposes, and since I am going with 'starter' plants, I will not need special equipment. I am going to keep nerite snails and tiger shrimps, both of which I think are really cool. I know I cannot keep tiger shrimps with other Caridina shrimps (which means I can justly rationalize buying another tank for those shrimps), and since even small fish may interfere with their breeding I will keep this an invert and plant only tank. A few other questions have turned up though. For instance, do I need to shorten or lengthen the light/dark in my tank? Is there any pH specific factor with the breeding like: they will only breed if the tank is at 6.8? Will they require or respond to a change in temperature within the tank? Will the presence of fertilizer or supplements for the plants affect breeding? I have heard of similar factors affecting fish breeding, so do things like these apply to shrimp breeding? Or is it really that easy as some make it sound, and the only way you can fail to not breed is if you kill your shrimps by mishap? I am trying to be thorough with the whole process of adding this tank to my home so that it is done right the first time and with no harm to either myself or my shrimps. Thanks so far for all the really good information.
I even have duckweed in my water bong!