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post #1 of 24 Old 01-05-2012, 09:25 AM Thread Starter
Good beginner shrimp?

I am wanting to eventually keep Crystal Red Shrimp, but having never kept any type of shrimp before, I was wondering if I should start with a hardier type? I have kept tropical fish successfully for about three years, but I'm no expert on water quality etc, preferring to keep things simple.
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post #2 of 24 Old 01-05-2012, 09:33 AM
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ghost shrimp or a feeder shrimp but cherry shrimp arnt very difficult to keep.
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post #3 of 24 Old 01-05-2012, 09:40 AM Thread Starter
Thank you, I might try cherry shrimp. Does anyone have experience of keeping them and know what would be the best set up? I would ideally like to breed them.
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post #4 of 24 Old 01-05-2012, 09:45 AM
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low flow, low nitrate tank, preferably planted, sponge filter or some sort of netting over filter intake.
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post #5 of 24 Old 01-05-2012, 09:58 AM Thread Starter
Thank you :) what substrate would you use, if any?
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something dark would help the shrimp stand out, i would even tape off the tank and spray paint the back of it black.(a few light coats and not 1 or 2 heavy coats of paint ) this will help the shrimp and plants ( if you have any ) really stand out nicely.
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What do they prefer to encourage breeding? Sand, gravel, pebbles, or a bare bottom tank?
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i would go with sand or gravel, although bare bottom would be cleaner. idk they breed like rabbits anyways.
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post #9 of 24 Old 01-05-2012, 10:28 AM Thread Starter
Lol, okay thanks, I will probably go with a bare bottom tank for ease. Will have to just weight the plants down. Any difference between having a box filter or sponge filter?
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post #10 of 24 Old 01-05-2012, 10:30 AM
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sponge filter would be better. not as strong to suck in baby shrimp like a hang on filter would, but you could put netting over the intake ( some filters may still suck the shrimp to the netting )

look into plants that attach to driftwood and keep that in the tank with them.
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