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Upgrade my shrimp tank?

I currently have 4 adult cherries and about 40-50 babies in my fluval edge 6g. Should I be worried about having too many shrimp in such a small tank. I plan to purchase a 10 or 20 gallon from Petco for the $ per gal sale tomorrow. Should I hold off on moving all my shrimpies over to the new tank right away. New tank won't have algae but I would be transferring ALL, and there is quite an abundance, of moss. Would scraping all algae off the walls and using the old tank water help. Or am I jumping the gun?

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I wouldn't be to concerned about 50 adult shrimp in a 6g much less 5 adults. Do NOT transfer them to the new tank until it is completely cycled. You will most likely lose all of your stock.
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I currently have 4 adult cherries and about 40-50 babies in my fluval edge 6g. Should I be worried about having too many shrimp in such a small tank. I plan to purchase a 10 or 20 gallon from Petco for the $ per gal sale tomorrow. Should I hold off on moving all my shrimpies over to the new tank right away. New tank won't have algae but I would be transferring ALL, and there is quite an abundance, of moss. Would scraping all algae off the walls and using the old tank water help. Or am I jumping the gun?

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Hi, I just did the same thing. Mine are currently in a 5.5 and I went to get a 10g since it is on sale now. I started a thread asking your same questions about when and how to transition them and i haven't gotten an answer yet. Hopefully soon someone really knowledgeable will chime in on both our threads
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First, most importantly the new tank must be fully cycled as mentioned above.

Here is a good article on fishless cycling.

http://www.fishkeeping.co.uk/article...ng-article.htm

This generally takes 4-6 weeks for me. Results willl vary. Don't rush it; just be patient.

During this time, biolfilm will be growing that will be food for the shrimp, but it will likely not be as lush and mature as that from your old tank at the time the cycle finishes. I don't think this is a good enough reason to wait. If you are worried throw in some indian almond leaves near the end of the cycle.
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I would be bringing over all the substrate and plants from the old tank and the filter with all of its biomedia (ceramic rings, sponges, and filter floss). Shouldn't I be OK with that?

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If you think my stock would die in the new tank then I will obviously have to hold off.

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I would be bringing over all the substrate and plants from the old tank and the filter with all of its biomedia (ceramic rings, sponges, and filter floss). Shouldn't I be OK with that?

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If you have red cherries you'll be fine. Moving media and plants will give you an instant cycle.

I've done this many times.
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My concern was the algae/biofilm that won't be on the new glass. It would be on the plants and moss and I can also supplement some shrimp pellets and veggies..

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Sorry I missed that you would be moving all your old substrate and filter over.

I agree you will almost assuredly be fine.
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