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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-27-2019, 10:02 PM Thread Starter
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Question Help me choose!!

Haven't bought Shrimp for years, I have hundreds of brown/was cherries thriving in 2 38 tall heavily planted, but since we just rescaped our 125, we want to bring in some prettier ones, but dont want to lose 25 expensive critters. Tank is very stable but my water is hard with moderate kh/gh levels. Substrate is dirt/EC/black sand cap. What would be a striking shrimp that will thrive in my water parameters
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Current tank parameters?


What else is or will be living in the tank?
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PH 7.5 A0-N0-N0 cant remember the kg/gh but it was 9 drops on the API test. Tetras and Cories

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You could go with either Neocaridina or tiger shrimp honestly.... Tangerine tigers being the number one choice.


If you don't have any fish yet, I would recommend getting the shrimp and allowing the population to grow before even considering adding fish. It could be 3-6 months or more before the shrimp population is large enough to maybe handle itself.

Tetras and cories may prey upon shrimp, larger cories in particular. Pygmy cory species may be less likely to prey upon the shrimp. Either way, you'll want to make sure that there's plenty of hiding places for the shrimp. Adding fish may also result in them hiding more.
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The fish are already living with the browns, I was curious as they were sold to me as wild caught, but they dont seem to bother them. Why is your choice Tangerine Tigers??
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Fish are less likely to go after clear shrimp and shrimp that blend in... i.e. brown. Shrimp that are more colorful and stick out like a sore thumb are more likely to be preyed upon. If a fish is a true hunter though, it wont matter what color the shrimp is, they'll hunt them down.

If you do in fact have Neocaridina, then a Caridina species, such as tigers, wont mix with your Neos if you do end up having them together. (not completely true, but rare for the two to hybridize?) That way, you are more likely to keep the prettier looks. Less "culling" is also necessary. If you were to get a colorful Neo, then some amount of culling (removing from main population) would be required in order to keep the bright, strong colors.
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