Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Nice looking tank. It’s good to remove the barbs, they are lil hunters for sure. Dwarf gouramis will hunt too, but much slower. I have an adult male chocolate gourami in with a large cherry colony I started from 20 in a 20 long. Now there are well over 100 in less than one year. He gets some freshly hatched I’m sure here and there, but his mouth is small. Plus I have pencilfish and Cory’s constantly breeding in there, so they all get fresh eggs to hunt.
It’s all about balance and the behavioral traits of each fish down to an individual level or personality. In example, I have two paradise gouramis in different tanks. One is a brutal killer, he kills and eats everything, I mean everything. The other is docile and only likes to eat floating pellets, doesn’t even mess with small Amanos.
I would suggest more plant coverage overall. A clump of moss or subwassertang will help. Floating plants are very important in a shrimp tank, IMO. Find some type of Salvinia, it has very fluffy fine roots. Your shrimp will love it for hiding and grazing. It also does wonders for water quality. I highly suggest. Almond leaves and botanicals improve water qualities and add hiding and grazing spots too.
Two pictures attached. One is of the Salvinia oblongifolia root system. And the other is after I removed three handfuls of salvinia and fed. Salvinia grows mats fast and will block light, see the light starved ammania gracilis after only a couple weeks. Plus be careful when removing as the shrimp will not readily leave the roots. You have to comb fingers thru to scare them out. Good luck.