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post #11 of 14 Old 08-07-2012, 05:59 PM
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Originally Posted by thekoimaiden View Post
If you do go with guppies, get all males and no more than 3. Adding females to the bunch will guarantee babies, and a tank of that size can get overstocked very quickly.

I don't know much about apple snails, but I do know that they have a deceptively large bioload. They require a little more care than your average aquarium snail. I know there are some members here with a lot more experience with them, so maybe one of them will chime in.
If you're going to get an Apple Snail, make sure it's a Mystery Snail. I have kept them and I recommend them to people interested in raising snails. They will not eat living plants, are interesting to watch, clean your tank and won't grow too large.
Other breeds of Apple Snails WILL eat live plants and can grow to the size of a soft ball! I haven't heard of a Mystery Snail getting bigger than 2.5 inches.

Make sure you water is slight basic (above 7). Acidic water(below 7) will eat away at the snail's shell and eventually kill it. Also, check the hardness/softness of your water. Snails need calcium to grow their shells. If your water is very soft, you should raise the gh (general hardness). This will add more calcium and magnesium in the water so the snail can thrive.

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post #12 of 14 Old 08-07-2012, 10:01 PM
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I recently set up a 5g with RCS and a trio of endlers. (I have other tanks for any fry) I've also read that you can have up to 5 male endlers.
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post #13 of 14 Old 08-08-2012, 09:26 AM Thread Starter
i appreciate the input, but i still need to know how many cherry shrimp i can get for this tank.

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post #14 of 14 Old 08-08-2012, 02:34 PM
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I've heard you can have up to 25 per gallon because their bio-load is so small.
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