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just purchased my first shrimp (red cherry shrimp) been something
ive wanted to do for awhile. after tons of research, reading over
many threads, watching other members tanks, and i thought this was
the right time to do so. i picked up 4 rcs from my lfs, from what ive
read, these are the perfect shrimp for a beginner. its been about a
week and they seem to be doing great, thought id share :D



 

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i only had enough cash for 4 :tongue:
right now im also concerned about my stocking, i have a 10 gal
with 7 neon tetra, 4 ember tetra, 3 otos, and 4 rcs. im sure this
will likely lead into starting a new tank, but im unable to do so
at the moment. not sure if im able to add more or will the bioload
be too much using a hob aquaclear 20.

Awesome!! I've got a little colony of rcs, and i'll promise you these will get you hooked! haha

But why only 4?
 

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i only had enough cash for 4 :tongue:
right now im also concerned about my stocking, i have a 10 gal
with 7 neon tetra, 4 ember tetra, 3 otos, and 4 rcs. im sure this
will likely lead into starting a new tank, but im unable to do so
at the moment. not sure if im able to add more or will the bioload
be too much using a hob aquaclear 20.
Fish or shrimp, not both if you want them to thrive.
 

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i only had enough cash for 4 :tongue:
right now im also concerned about my stocking, i have a 10 gal
with 7 neon tetra, 4 ember tetra, 3 otos, and 4 rcs. im sure this
will likely lead into starting a new tank, but im unable to do so
at the moment. not sure if im able to add more or will the bioload
be too much using a hob aquaclear 20.
Sadly you just bought your fish a pricey little snack. You can stock hundreds of shrimp in a 10 gallon without a bioload issue. But as already mentioned, pick one, fish or shrimp.
 

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The only shrimp safe fish are otos. Your fish may live happily with your shrimp for a while, the minute they get a taste for them though, you can kiss it goodbye and they will hunt every single one of them until there are no more left. The key is to provide TONS of hiding places and then hope they breed well for you so the population can manage itself.
 

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the only shrimp safe fish are otos. Your fish may live happily with your shrimp for a while, the minute they get a taste for them though, you can kiss it goodbye and they will hunt every single one of them until there are no more left. The key is to provide tons of hiding places and then hope they breed well for you so the population can manage itself.
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If you have a few hours why don't you look around for those safe fish with shrimp threads:) Shrimp are wicked low on the food chain and fish eat shrimp. Period.

Just a couple with a super quick search.

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/showthread.php?t=559434&highlight=safe+fish
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/showthread.php?t=518665&highlight=safe+fish

Every time a thread like this pops up there will always be a few folks that have fish in with shrimp and claim they don't have any issues. Generally there are other factors at work. They may have heavily planted tanks, or tanks with prolific shrimp where the keeper is quite clueless on actual numbers of shrimp in their tank and don't know if they are losing tons or just a few, or its in tanks where the fish simply haven't gotten a taste for them. I had fish in with shrimp and all was fine and dandy until one day a shrimp molted. The fish started eating the molts. Within 48 hours I watched as each shrimp was hunted down until I finally removed the fish and got the shrimp their own tank.

Some fish have different personalities when it comes to hunting shrimp but the folks saying that these fish are safe with shrimp and you might just have shrimplets picked off? You are using blanket statements which are simply not true in all cases and you are creating a great disadvantage for the poster who will be coming here soon enough asking why all of their fish ate their shrimp. As with everything in life 'it depends'.
 
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