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I have now found 4 berried cherry shrimp in my 5.5g and I am kinda worried . How many shrimp is ok to have in that size tank . As of right now I have about 15 shrimp .


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I've heard of people keeping 100 in a 10g. You may have to watch your water quality..

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How many you can have depends on a number of things like - filtration, feeding, how long the tank has been set up, how many plants or driftwood you have, etc. Just don't over feed! You can easily have 30+ shrimp in there if you do regular water changes and watch your params. Again though......just don't over feed.
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ha ha ha your fine i had upwards of 100 in a 5 gal before i started selling the crs i had. the main thing is keep up on water changes and you will have to feed more often to keep them happy.
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I had over 250 in a 3 gallon, most were juvies so there was still room in the tank. You'll be fine. Rarely will you have 100% survival rates on babies too so keep that in mind as well. The 10 per gallon is just a very general rule...people easily have hundredS in 10 gallon tanks.


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Like everyone said you should be fine but that also can be an excuse to start another shrimp tank.
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Before you get a misconception, I'd like to make a distinction. Raising shrimp which are multiplying in a tank is not
the same as going out and buying say 100 RCS and putting them in a 5.5g tank.
As they have young and those grow up, the bio-load increases very slowly enabling the BB to keep pace/w the bio-load.
Not the case/w just dumping in a large number of adult shrimp.
Also this does apply. Once the tank is past about 120% stocking level it only takes a small mistake to kill every shrimp
in there.
I have a couple of ten G tanks. While I just had one it became overstocked like that/w RCS. They were doing just fine as
like I said the BB multiply as needed as the population slowly increased(started with 9). One day while I was feeding them
I started counting them once most crowded around the food. I counted 42 and you know that means 62 at least because of
how many are there that you can't see right now for plants etc.
I never tried to count them later but then FF about 2-3 months and one day I removed about 20% of the bio-media to
clean it off and forgot to put it back. The next morning everything was fine so I went to work. When I came home there were
about 30-40 dead shrimp on the bottom of the tank.
Keep a realistic amount and that won't happen. Or take your chances...your choice.

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Raymond brings up a good point. The more shrimp you have, the more careful you have to be to make sure the bacteria is still active to take care of params.


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Eep, that amount of loss is horrifying for me to imagine.
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Eep, that amount of loss is horrifying for me to imagine.
A hard lesson to learn for sure.
But at least it was $1.99 each or 6 for $10 RCS and not [email protected]$99 type.

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I haven't even graduated from Neos myself, yet. I'm not confident in my ability to provide stable parameters, but I'm still learning how to regulate water quality. On the other hand, I do have about 25 PFR in a 6gallon and they're doing great (I run it with an Aquaclear20 and 2 Hydor Koralia 240GPH powerheads, along with heavy planting).
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well my plants are outgrowing the tank so will be upgrading to a bigger one soon


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