04-21-2011, 05:02 PM
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Originally Posted by aunt kymmie
I'm here, sorry I'm late in getting back to your email. I'll answer here!
The only fish I can think of that I would be sure of that wouldn't eat the adult shrimp in a heavily planted tank would be Celestial Pearl Danios (beautiful fish!) or Neon Tetras. I've never kept guppies so I don't know what kind of "hunters" they are.
RCS and Tigers are so dang tiny that most fish would relish eating them. If the tank was very heavily planted you could keep cories but I doubt you'd have RCS babies showing up. RCS babies are so incredibly tiny I'm sure the cories would have no problem finding and eating them. Half the fun of my shrimp tanks is watching the colony multiply, which is why I keep them as "shrimp only" tanks.
Thanks Kym. I miss our chats.
I'm planning to use Seachem Stability to do the cycling. The plants will be planted only a few days when I put in the shrimp/fish. The shrimp and the fish would provide the ammonia, nitrite to build the bio filter. Eco complete substrate. How many shrimp/ fish would be enough to cycle the tank but not too much for a tank 30 x12 x 12 (20gal)? Plan on lots of plants.