Our tank has LR we collected from a local beach/reef type thingy full of it (No corals though not allowed here )= ) Awhile ago our tank had an algae bloom that killed off everything... well, nearly everything.
See, before the algae bloom we found out we had tiger pistol shrimp, and we thought only two. So we got a huge cleaner shrimp, and the poor guy died )= but after the algae bloom all of the shrimp were on the rocks and we saved and released around a dozen (1 had eggs 0.0) And then we cleaned the Lr with freshwater (yeah, kind of ruined it.) and then switched our substrate, which was crushed coral, to sand, and we were confident that there w ere no more pistol shrimp.
Then, my current cleaner shrimp (6months later), who had been attacked by a gobi, was in a QT 5 gallon bucket with three big pieces of LR (It is LR again lol) the poor shrimp is going to be blind and missing legs and antennae's until he molts... but anyways, my dad was feeding him some flakes, and then out popped a tiny pistol shrimp going for the flakes! We instantly grabbed the rock he was on and put it in a little half gallon thingy of water (yesterday) with plans to release him to the wild in the next couple of days. Well, when the cleaner shrimp molts we're releasing the Gobi (also caught) so no way we can keep this shrimp in the big tank.
But... I want him so bad. It was around 11 and I turned on the lights and he actually swam up to the surface and stared at me! Then he started swimming and crawling everywhere, having no fish with him has really made him confident. I want to keep him either alone or with a shrimp type gobi, but the biggest open tank I have is 3 gallons /= What do you think I should do? Is 3 gallons enough, or do I need to save up for a bigger tank? Thanks!