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post #1 of 9 Old 12-19-2011, 12:56 PM Thread Starter
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Singapore flower shrimp

I have a 30 gallon tank with platies, bontas, algea eaters, ottos, albino cory cats, and 5 ghost shrimp. Based on the fish speicies would you recomend getting a singapore flower shrimp (a.k.a wood shrimp)? If so how many? I have plants carpeting the bottom of the tank and stalky plants scattered throughout the tank. I have many hidding places including driftwood. I have an Emporer 280 filter and a bubbler creating waterflow in the tank.
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post #2 of 9 Old 12-20-2011, 09:16 AM
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These guys don't hide ;)

I wrote a fact sheet on fan shrimp and you can have a quick read here.

Yours will be larger. I would say get 2 or 3 for the tank and place the driftwood under the outlet of the filter.

Feeding would be the largest issue but it is doable.

How long has the tank been set up?

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How long has the tank been set up?
a year and a half

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a year and a half
go for it.. the tank is mature enough.. and if you can do the feeding they are fascinating critters!

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post #6 of 9 Old 12-23-2011, 12:17 PM
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Flower Shrimp

I just purchased my flower shrimp last night and all was well until I woke up this morning and looked for him in my community tank. I finally found it vertical in a plant but i did not see a single fan on his feet. I have two fish in my community tank that I want to say the culprits could be but I am not sure if they did this or if he actually damaged his fans by feeding off the substrate. I was unaware that that was a bad thing and just found out this morning and obviously the fish store wasn't feeding him the best. I cannot find the answer anywhere but will he die without his fans or will they grow back like other shrimp/crawfish/lobsters/crabs?
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post #7 of 9 Old 12-23-2011, 12:38 PM
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I just purchased my flower shrimp last night and all was well until I woke up this morning and looked for him in my community tank. I finally found it vertical in a plant but i did not see a single fan on his feet. I have two fish in my community tank that I want to say the culprits could be but I am not sure if they did this or if he actually damaged his fans by feeding off the substrate. I was unaware that that was a bad thing and just found out this morning and obviously the fish store wasn't feeding him the best. I cannot find the answer anywhere but will he die without his fans or will they grow back like other shrimp/crawfish/lobsters/crabs?
don't sweat it... they will grow back. It will take some time but on mine they grew back in less than a month. Just do your best to keep the food particles as small as possible.

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post #8 of 9 Old 12-23-2011, 12:52 PM
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Awesome. Thanks. I am trying to set up a planted tank with all community fish and shrimps. I have three tanks at the moment but I am not as up to speed on how the shrimp live and eat. I had a blue lobster but they act differently then the cute little flower shrimp.

I have a black ghost knife fish and a blue whale in the tank with the Rainbows, tetras, guppies, clown loaches, danios, minnows, etc. I'm assuming either the knife fish or whale did the damage. The whale is a runt though he was my brothers but his tank mates became huge and he never grew so he went to live with all my nice fish. :)

I'll have to post some pics.
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Awesome. Thanks. I am trying to set up a planted tank with all community fish and shrimps. I have three tanks at the moment but I am not as up to speed on how the shrimp live and eat. I had a blue lobster but they act differently then the cute little flower shrimp.

I have a black ghost knife fish and a blue whale in the tank with the Rainbows, tetras, guppies, clown loaches, danios, minnows, etc. I'm assuming either the knife fish or whale did the damage. The whale is a runt though he was my brothers but his tank mates became huge and he never grew so he went to live with all my nice fish. :)

I'll have to post some pics.
Community tanks are not always the best choice... you might want to scale it down to a species only or two tank ;)

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