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Which kind of shrimp is for me?

I'm setting up a 46 gallon bow front heavily planted tank, and I would like to get some shrimp but I am completely new to them. I'd like to get something that is fairly easy to keep, eats algae, and will reproduce. if you guys have any suggestions let me know!

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Cherry shrimp! Yamatos are better at eating algae, but will not reproduce in the planted tank.


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Cherry shrimp won't eat algae, rather they eat the food algae produces. However they are fairly easy if the proper parameters, and will multiply well.

My Malawa shrimp will out breed my cherries even.


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Cherry shrimp won't eat algae, rather they eat the food algae produces. However they are fairly easy if the proper parameters, and will multiply well.

My Malawa shrimp will out breed my cherries even.
Malawa out breeding Cherries is true!

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Agreed on the cherry shrimp. Easiest shrimp I have kept, and are very tolerant of error and parameter shifts in my experience. They breed well but won't really eat algae and they've got some nice bright color on them. More so if you get higher quality RCS.

Out of curiosity, are you planning on keeping them with fish?

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Yes, just small ones though, cardinal tetras, ottos, fish like that. And thinking about bolivian ram? Would that be a problem with shrimp?
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Yes, just small ones though, cardinal tetras, ottos, fish like that. And thinking about bolivian ram? Would that be a problem with shrimp?
Ottos are safe but other fish will eat/harass your shrimp.
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If it fits in the mouth its a VERY expensive snack. I had Black Neons that ate Molly fry. So, a baby shrimp is nothing!
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Yes, just small ones though, cardinal tetras, ottos, fish like that. And thinking about bolivian ram? Would that be a problem with shrimp?
It sure could be, if you want to do the shrimp though I would suggest you heavily plant, include some moss for them to really hide deep in, and stock the shrimp first allowing them plenty of time to create a large colony that may sustain over what gets picked off by the fish.

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