Neos + caridina + others?
The more I learn, the less I know...or that's how it seems anyway. Rather than frustrating myself reinventing the wheel (especially on the key parameters issues), I'd rather ask how the breeders and accomplished keepers here would do this.
Goal: stock a show tank with a colorful array of shrimp and inverts, self-sustaining where possible. Not much room for culling, so breeding true is prized. I'm thinking of one striking solid color shrimp species and another with stripes of some sort (CRS/OEBT/BW/etc) plus green babaulti, if they won't crossbreed with the caridina species. I'd thought of sunkist shrimp but just read they not only require brackish water for breeding but for survival. I would consider a small fan shrimp too.
Setup: 7.5g with ohko rock, moss, and beige sand on a black stone countertop; in-tank filter with spraybar. Zebra nerite and golden mystery snail are already there and may add micro crabs, so I can't lower the pH too far. Current parameters are 7.8-8.3 pH (aquarium shop vs. water dept readings), 60 ppm hardness, 50 ppm alkaliniity. If I work down to just DI water with appropriate buffering, is this still too high for breeding CRS?
FWIW, I'm keeping an open mind but like the looks of Bloody Marys, PFRs, OEBT, Blue Wizards, and CRS.
Getting back to the hobby and up to speed.
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