Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Kansas, United States
How Many Amano Shrimp For A 40 Gallon Breeder?
I have a 40 gallon breeder (36 by 18 by 16 inches), heavily planted low tech tank, and am going to add some Amano Shrimp to eat hair algae and also just because I would really like to have shrimp again. In the past I've had a species tank for Cherry Shrimp for a few years, where I aimed for up to 10 shrimp per gallon of water. But Amano Shrimp seem a lot bigger, and I think that rule would not apply as well for them as for smaller Dwarf Shrimp. I also have a busy bottom of the tank already, with 6 False Julii Corycats, 1 Albino Longfin Bristlenose Pleco, and in the future a single Bolivian Ram. I will be putting in various types of sinking food for all of them. In my past experience with shrimp, they mostly hang out on the bottom and on surfaces like plants and driftwood throughout the tank. I want to get enough shrimp to serve as a competent algae team and have the shrimp visible in groups, but not to the point that things are too busy for everyone's liking. I've heard suggestions from 1 Amano per 10 gallons to 1 Amano per 2 gallons. What would be a good number to aim for?