I bought 25 Red Cherry Shrimp and they'll be arriving late next week once the seller ships out next week. I need to know a few things so I can make appropriate changes to my setup if necessary. I have a 20 gallon long planted tank that I hope works out for the shrimp. I'll describe it best I can below
- 20 gallon long
- EI daily (dosing at 20-40 gallon recommendations)
- Pressurized CO2 using small 50 GPH powerhead
- Additional Fe, GH Booster
- Filtration - Eheim 2213 with sponge over filter, I can turn down the flow using the valves if needed
- Other inhabitants: Ramshorn snails, pond snails, about 10 Neon & Glowlight Tetras, and 2 Otocinclus
So I bought into the EI dosing because I liked the idea of NOT having to be OCD about testing water parameters. The tank is about 90% planted with a glosso carpet in the front. Lots of stem plants, driftwood, and mosses in the back should provide enough shelter.
Because of not having any test kits, nor do I really want to get any. I have bought Seachem Cuprisorb to be on the safe side - I'd rather spend $10 for a product that I can reuse over and over versus buying a test kit I'll use once to get an idea of what's in my water.
What should I do, I'm a little nervous about risking all 25 shrimp once they come in and later find out that they disagreed with my tank to the point of death. Should I set up a temporary 10 gallon or a betta bowl to hold them and slowly introduce 5 at a time to the 20 gallon?
Any advice is appreciated, I've never dealt with delicate shrimp before but am really looking forward to having them crawling all over my tank!