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post #1 of 6 Old 01-19-2013, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
Help with stocking bottom layer critters?

Hi All, I have recently remodeled my 10 gallon tank to be accomodating for hybrid endlers. I plan on getting 2 or 3 pairs of Adrian HDs Hybrid Tiger Endlers. But I am facing a delimma. I would like some bottom dwellers. I have researched a few different kinds. I love the look of the crystal reds, but they would not breed well in a p.h. of 7.8, which is what my water is. My water is about 150 ppm in hardness and between 80 and 120 in alkalinity. This is a planted tank, So I have ruled out a marmakoreb, which I was considering getting one. The substrate is sand, and I will be adding a piece or two of maylasian driftwood to this tank at some point. I'd really rather not get Ghost Shrimp again, so please help me out with this. I would prefer some kind of shrimp or crayfish Etc. that would stay on the bottom and be perfectly happy in this type of water. I would rather not get any loaches, cats, or any other fish as I want this tank to be Hybrid Tiger Endlers only. I have ruled out snails for the reasons, they munch on my living plants and don't tend to stay to the bottom the majority of the time.

Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 6 Old 01-20-2013, 02:11 PM
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I know you said no snails, but what about Malaysian Trumpet Snails? They bury themselves in the substrate.

Other than that I don't know much about shrimp/inverts, but I'm sure someone will come along who does :)
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post #3 of 6 Old 01-20-2013, 08:34 PM
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Your ph is similar to mine and i keep Cherry red shrimp in my tanks with fish aswell and no problems what so ever

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post #4 of 6 Old 01-21-2013, 09:20 AM Thread Starter
Hmmmm. I have done research on both species and after much research have decided to get two of the MTS and 10 of the Cherry Shrimp. I will be lowering my p.h. to 7.6 for the absolute best breeding of the shrimp.

I have also decided to set up a 2.5 gallon in the near future with assasin snails and ramshorn snails, in case the MTS's get out of hand.

Jen, Thanks for recommending them. I love the fact that they will aerate my sand and won't eat my plants.

And Moli, Thanks for recommending the cherrys, they seem pretty small, So I can have quite a few of them. And due to myself having a sponge filter, I may be able to breed them ^_^
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post #5 of 6 Old 01-21-2013, 10:29 AM
If you want a shrimp that is a great algae eater, get amano shrimp. They are my very favorite kind of shrimp. They eat algae better than the red cherry shrimp you are getting. You could still get the reds, and also add some amanos- they would get along well, and both have small bio-loads so no worry of overstocking!
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post #6 of 6 Old 01-21-2013, 02:48 PM Thread Starter
Squishy, As shrimps go they are pretty neat, but they are too similar to Ghost Shrimp for me to want to get them. As well as they only breed in water with a salinity level and have somewhat of a price tag.
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