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Old 04-28-2011, 07:30 PM   #11
 
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I would go with Red Cherry shrimps, The Cyrstal red shrimps are a bit harder to keep and breed and they are more sensitive to the water qty then the Red Cherries. Try craigslist. I have seen people on craigslist have the red cherry shrimps for $1 each. I would cover the filter intake with a netting. I got some fine netting at the fabric store and used a plastic tie wrap over mine. You have to clean it out every so often so that the water flow is not low when it gets dirty and clogged. I keep endlers in with my shrimps and 1 bushy nosed pleco as they stay on the small size. I also have Assassin snails in with my red cherries and crystal red shrimps. Bigger fish will eat the babies that are born as they are really tiny in size.Make sure that you have a well planted tank to keep the shrimps. They like java moss to hang out in on the surface. I have java moss tied with fishing line on driftwood with java ferns that look nice.

Good scavenger is assassin snails, mystery snail, horned nerite snail, bushy nosed pleco. The white and Black shrimps are Crystal Black Shrimps the wild color of the ones created that are red and white Cyrstal Red Shrimps. get some Indian almond leaves, oak leaves as the shrimps like those and breed like crazy with some in the tank. You can get them on Aquabid, or E-bay.

Good luck with your shrimps. checkout www.planetinverts.com for shrimp information a good website.

Here are some pictures, I know their is a gouarmi in with the crystal shrimps but these are fire honey dwarf gouarmi's and they are the same size as the shrimps and do not bother mine. If they get bigger as they grow i can move them to a 30 gal. or 20 gal. tank. They are in a 6 gal. tank in my kitchen
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The plan now (which will probably be in June) is to set my 5 gal back up, cycle it, and put a new filter on it. It had a tetra whisper 10i on it, and it worked great, helped produce tons of green algae, but I disliked it because it was internal which left more like 4 gallons than 5 because the water level needs to be an inch below the lip which is already like 2 inches below tank rim for the filter to work right. But it has a really heavy current in the 5 gallon. So I want to get a HOB filter with an adjustable current (thinking of just getting the Top Fin 10, as it has the adjustable current and I will have live plants).

So, I want to get a small bag of sand for the substrate...i want to plant the tank like a jungle with a small piece of driftwood in the middle. I also would love to do a moss wall, and I want one or two moss balls in the tank. Also will do some pennywort, water wisteria, and maybe a couple of crypt. wendtii. And more plants.

I'm going to have it nothing but the shrimp. I definately want a red shrimp, be it crystal or cherry, whichever I can find and that is more affordable. I want to do like 8-10 to start with in the tank.

Question...
Shrimp food? What do I feed them if there is no established algae in the tank? Food that can be bought at petsmart is what I mean, lol.

I never thought of craigslist for shrimp...I will for sure keep a look out on there for that now! Thanks!
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Old 04-29-2011, 01:30 AM   #12
 
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They will eat anu food that your other fish eat like tropical flakes. You can feed algae waffers. I break small peices as this expands in the water and a good shrimp food is shrimp crusine by Hikari, They are not to picky as they are scavengers.
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Old 04-29-2011, 02:39 AM   #13
 
I agree with the cherries. CRS are much more sensitive. And $5 for one is a good deal, but knowing petsmart they are likely low quality shrimp. The specific color pattern and 'grade' on a CRS is what determines its value.

You will have much better luck with cherries especially as a first shrimp.
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Old 04-30-2011, 12:40 AM   #14
 
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Cool, thanks.
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Old 04-30-2011, 10:40 AM   #15
 
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I would go with Red Cherry shrimps, The Cyrstal red shrimps are a bit harder to keep and breed and they are more sensitive to the water qty then the Red Cherries. Try craigslist. I have seen people on craigslist have the red cherry shrimps for $1 each. I would cover the filter intake with a netting. I got some fine netting at the fabric store and used a plastic tie wrap over mine. You have to clean it out every so often so that the water flow is not low when it gets dirty and clogged. I keep endlers in with my shrimps and 1 bushy nosed pleco as they stay on the small size. I also have Assassin snails in with my red cherries and crystal red shrimps. Bigger fish will eat the babies that are born as they are really tiny in size.Make sure that you have a well planted tank to keep the shrimps. They like java moss to hang out in on the surface. I have java moss tied with fishing line on driftwood with java ferns that look nice.

Good scavenger is assassin snails, mystery snail, horned nerite snail, bushy nosed pleco. The white and Black shrimps are Crystal Black Shrimps the wild color of the ones created that are red and white Cyrstal Red Shrimps. get some Indian almond leaves, oak leaves as the shrimps like those and breed like crazy with some in the tank. You can get them on Aquabid, or E-bay.

Good luck with your shrimps. checkout www.planetinverts.com for shrimp information a good website.

Here are some pictures, I know their is a gouarmi in with the crystal shrimps but these are fire honey dwarf gouarmi's and they are the same size as the shrimps and do not bother mine. If they get bigger as they grow i can move them to a 30 gal. or 20 gal. tank. They are in a 6 gal. tank in my kitchen
Love your pics of the shrimp. Nice looking tank. I see you have what looks like Bamboo Shrimp. I just bought one myself, and I never see him feed in the current, like one I had did (sadly, he jumped out). I have a netting over the area where one could crawl out over the heater cord. Yours don't look like they're feeding in the current. What thoughts do you have on this? Normal? I don't want mine to starve! He seems so much shyer than the previous one I had. I do have a piece of wood for him to sit on in front of the current. How are you feeding yours?

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Old 04-30-2011, 04:11 PM   #16
 
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I personally would be concerned with the ADF. Give a few a test run and see how it goes. Pics of course :)
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Old 04-30-2011, 06:38 PM   #17
 
I heard cherry shrimp breed like mad
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Old 04-30-2011, 09:50 PM   #18
 
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I will probably try a shrimp or so in the 15 gal. And then later this summer will work on setting up the 5 gal for a shrimp haven.

I was thinking it might be safe to do just a solo ghost shrimp in the 15 gal...I have read how to tell the difference between a true ghost and the one like it that is actually mean...I am just afraid I will misjudge and bring home an evil one that beats up my frogs, cuts up my snail, and shreds my betta's fins!!! :(
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Old 05-01-2011, 10:15 AM   #19
 
good luck
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Thank you.
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