Originally Posted by eileen
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.
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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
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.
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!