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post #1 of 29 Old 11-18-2016, 11:53 AM Thread Starter
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Shrimp in community tank || Snails vs. Shrimp || New User || Future Plans

Hi Everyone,

I'm planning to add some Amano and Cherry Shrimps in my community tank.

Right now I have:

Tank: 15 Gallon
Filtration: HOB Dymax SL -240 and UGF
Substrate: Gravel w/ broken coral and small shells
Fish: 7 Pink Zebra Danios, 7 Tiger Barbs, 1 Angelfish, 1 Common Pleco
Plants: Java Moss on a Large and small rock and Hydrilla

I will be removing the angelfish and common pleco - I found out later that their adult sizes are not meant for my tank
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Future plans in the next two months:

Tank: 15 Gallon
Filtration: HOB Dymax SL -240 and mini canister filter
Substrate: Sand
Fish: 7 Pink Zebra Danios, 7 Tiger Barbs, 4 panda corys, (and hopefully some shrimp)
Plants: Java Moss on a Large and small rock and Hydrilla (and hopefully a successful Java moss wall in the background)

I have decided to go for shrimp instead of snails (Nerite and MTS) since I will, either have to deal with their eggs sticking to stuff or over population, because I don't have a natural predator in my tank for them.

Please let me know what your thoughts are and possible difficulties so I can plan ahead.
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post #2 of 29 Old 11-23-2016, 01:28 AM
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The barbs will kill the shrimp. Tiger Barbs are nasty customers and should not be housed in anything less than a 20L
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But I love my barbs.

Wouldn't the moss wall be enough for the shrimps to hide in?

I want the tiger barbs to eat the shrimp from time to time but not as quickly that the shrimp cannot reproduce quick enough.
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Hi Everyone,

I have finally updated my tank:

Tank: 15 Gallon
Filtration: HOB Dymax SL -240 and mini canister filter (Boyu EF-05)
Substrate: Sand
Fish: 7 Pink Zebra Danios, 7 Tiger Barbs, 7 panda corys
Plants: Java Moss on a Large and on 2 small rocks, Christmas moss on 2 bogwoods and Hydrilla.

I am yet to make a moss wall (still thinking if I should use Christmas moss or Java moss or a combination of both moss)

My main question though, is what shrimp should I add in my tank, since I'm beginning to notice some brown algae build up on my aquarium walls and just today I am seeing some green dots.
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I like my cherry shrimp they are great little additions to a tank.

As for the moss wall giving them a place to hide yes it will but if you don't have a big enough colony of them before adding the Barb they could wipe them out. Even then the fish could eat them all, if they each ate one a day it would be more then most colony could handle.
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I like my cherry shrimp they are great little additions to a tank.

As for the moss wall giving them a place to hide yes it will but if you don't have a big enough colony of them before adding the Barb they could wipe them out. Even then the fish could eat them all, if they each ate one a day it would be more then most colony could handle.
How about larger shrimps? Perhaps ghost? or probably whisker shrimps and amano's?
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I have keep ghost shrimp a few times and I didn't like them they didn't do as good of a job of cleaning as the cherry did. Not keep the others so can't say about them.

I would say it will depend on the barb if they are aggressive they could eat any shrimp you keep. You would need some that breed quickly and allow them the get a strong start. In a 15g do don't have a lot of room but you could move the wall away from the side of the tank about 1" to give the shrimp a place to hide. It might be enough for them to get away form the fish. I have keep shrimp with different fish and most like to eat them.
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I have keep ghost shrimp a few times and I didn't like them they didn't do as good of a job of cleaning as the cherry did. Not keep the others so can't say about them.

I would say it will depend on the barb if they are aggressive they could eat any shrimp you keep. You would need some that breed quickly and allow them the get a strong start. In a 15g do don't have a lot of room but you could move the wall away from the side of the tank about 1" to give the shrimp a place to hide. It might be enough for them to get away form the fish. I have keep shrimp with different fish and most like to eat them.
I really appreciate your advice. I'm still kind of worried on what to get and if my ecosystem will play out well or not. I have never tried keeping shrimp, but I really would like to add a clean up crew and my mind is stuck on shrimps rather than snails.

I have another question. Which among the shrimps do you think will reproduce the fastest?
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Sorry I can't say for sure I can say I have Cherry and Pumpkin shrimp (the same shrimp just different color) they breed pretty fast. I have read Ghost shrimp don't breed without lots of special stuff so need a special setup.

Don't know about others.
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Sorry I can't say for sure I can say I have Cherry and Pumpkin shrimp (the same shrimp just different color) they breed pretty fast. I have read Ghost shrimp don't breed without lots of special stuff so need a special setup.

Don't know about others.
Ow ok, thanks for all your help.

BTW forget about the whisker shrimps that I mentioned, I found out they can target my panda cory's and zebra danio's :(
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