02-18-2010, 12:46 PM
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the Bamboo shrimp are going to get pretty big. Keep good water flow inside the tank as they are filter feeders, and will catch food that is moving in the water with the fans on their front.
As for plants. Anubias are a great choice, they get very very green, They are extremely hard to kill. The best way to plant them is to simply tie them to driftwood or rock. You do not want to bury the Rhizome (horizontal thing at the bottom of the plant) or it will simply die. Java Moss is a GREAT addition to a shrimp tank, and is very hard to kill. Anacharis is a good beginner plant as well.
As for shrimp stock, make sure you read about the different species that can cross breed, that way you don't eventually end up with a bunch of brown shrimp in your tank. Amano shrimp are great little algae eaters, as well as being very fun to watch. They might try to breed, but the little ones require brackish water to survive. Cherry shrimp are great additions to a shrimp tank as well. But one word of caution, they breed like guppy. I started out with about 9 of them in my 36 gal. And now I have at a min. of 50-60 with several berried females still ready to hatch more. I would not add any crayfish to the tank. They have a reputation for being pretty aggressive to tank mates, and they will quickly rip up your plants. Remember to keep anything copper, or copper related away from the tank, Copper is highly toxic to inverts such as shrimp. If you can, find a way to keep them out of your filter lol. I found several of my amano shrimp hanging out in the HOB filter on my now gone 10 gal. They ate EVERYTHING in the bio part of the filter. Not to mention they scared the crap out of me when I did a media change. If you decided to add some swimming friends to the mix, I would look at very small fish such as Micro Rasboras.