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How many red cherry shrimp to start a colony?

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I currently have five, in a 5 gallon with a betta. Do I need more to start a colony?

Assuming, of course, that the betta doesn't reconsider its currently benevolent stance...
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Nah 5 is a good number. Just be sure to keep your water parameters and condition good, and feed them sinking wafers. Though with that betta... I don't think a colony could be started...
RCS = Betta food. Ive only got Amano shrimp to live with a betta. You might want to rework that idea. 5 RCS in with my betta would last about 10 mins.

As for your colony, 5 works, but the more you start off with the bigger the gene pool will be, which will make them more hardy, and less sensitive.
So far they've been fine with the betta, although they haven't bred. That's the only reason I don't want to get more just yet unless I need to: because of the risk the betta will change his mind and go eating them.
Well if he doesn't eat the adults, he will surely eat the babies.
What I did is I bought 10 from one seller and 10 from another and started mine like that. It will take quite a bit of time with only 5.
Everybody knows that you only need 2 to start a colony (one male and one female), but the more you have the better your chances are. With your betta in the mix, it is more than likely that he will be feeding on the babies and your colony will be decimated, especially if your betta decides that he likes the taste of lobster.

Baby Cherry Shrimp are betta food. Maybe with thick, deep mats of Java moss that the Betta cannot penetrate you might get some survivors.

However if you want a good reproductive rate you need a dedicated shrimp tank to get high baby survival rates. And you can start with as little as one berried female. I would get 2 males and 4 females to start with and within 2 months you should have babies. Water parameters are not too important in my experience as long as the tank is cycled and nitrates are kept low. Completely soft water is undesirable, your KH and GH should both be at least 3.

I feed mine a mix of zucchini and spirulina wafers and they are doing fine. The Hikari shrimp food is reportedly quite good but I don't know if it's actually worth the money.
I started with 60 about two moths ago and I think I have well over 100 today. Lol, lots of babies, hard to count but, they are all over the tank.
If you want a colony, the Betta will be a road block for sure. The shrimps should be by themselves for a few month so the population can grow at least.
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