My shipment of shrimp is coming in a bit earlier than I had expected. I was using the dry method of starting my shrimp tank, but I had to flood it last night. The tank has been cycling for 3 1/2 weeks. I tested my water this morning and I'm reading 0.1 ammonia. Will the shrimp be okay? I do have a main tank, but it would be a pain to try to get them back out of it. If it comes to it, I do have a new 5 gallon paint strainer. I figured that I could just put the shrimp in the paint strainer and keep them in my main tank until the shrimp tank is ready. I don't want to stress them out though and that seems like it would be stressful to them.
Just acclimate them for 30 minutes before you put them in. They've been sitting in a bag for several days with probably higher ammonia level than yours so the only problem is probably the ph difference. It'll be ok
I had a similar experience, and my 30g tank was around 2 months cycling. As suggested SLOWLY acclimitize them. I feed mine some HBC Crab & Lobster Bites, which they seem to enjoy.
For some reason my female died shortly after giving birth, don't know why - old age maybe ?
Anyway they seem quite busy all the time picking algae off everything.
The one problem I forgot to factor in when keeping shrimp is:
tank cleaning, when you have such small - tiny fry. very nerve racking and tedious.
If you are lucky you will have several females to every male.
Also suggest buying a new breeding stock from another supplier as to introduce NEW gene pool.
Otherwise my first batch is doing well, and are quite interesting.
The one thing i noticed odd is after several minutes looking for "new arrivals" and only seeing very tiny shrimp, then one day I would discover a 1/4 incher.. I don't know where they hide as they seem to appear out of no where. I also notice the fry tend to hide in the corners, then one day as they gain size they try to "run with the big boys".
The shrimp didn't come in last night. Thank god because I tested the water again this morning and the ammonia is reading .5. Clearly not ready for shrimp. I'm just going to put them in my main tank inside a net so I can easily remove them when the shrimp tank is ready. Hopefully they won't be too stressed out.