Now that I have your attention. Anyone keep Amano Shrimp with their Cherry Shrimp colonies? I ask because I added 4 Amanos to a tank I had 16 Red Cherry Shrimp in. I cant be sure but the Cherry Shrimp just don't seem as active and seem to be dwindling in numbers. I often count just 4 at most out and about.
Not saying the Amanos are killing them directly. But the greedy little ** do get to the food pretty pronto. But saying that, its a relatively heavily planted tank with loads of algae as I dont scrape the sides or back. So food really isnt an issue.
The females all were saddled a while ago, but stopped showing this a few weeks back. ABout the same time as I added Co2 to the tank? But I dont think thats the issue as I keep it down to 1 bubble per 3-4 seconds and the drop checker stays quite a dark green. The fish also show no ill signs of Co2 overdose. Being 3 platys and some Otos.
Are Cherry Shrimp ok with Co2?
My Tap water is on the hard side. With around 300ppm with a TDS metre. Everything seems to thrive, Plant + Fauna but I cant get the Cherry Shrimp to multiply. In fact the numbers seem to be declining. Every Cherry SHrimp I see is full size now, around 2 cms. Keep Temp at 24c.
There is a tonne of cover with Rosewood and plants. Sand substrate.
I don't think its the water params, because I am successfully keeping another Tank of Crystal Blue Cherry Shrimp alive.
At a loss really.
Maybe the Cherry Shrimp Strain is weak as I get them from a UK chain called MaidenHead Aquatics who import them. Where as the the Crystal Blues were from a UK breeder ( Cost a BOMB ).