So am planning on doing a planted macro tank and I was hoping to an African river setup. In order to keep the bioload light I was gonna stock the tank with ether a few shrimp or a crawfish. Does anyone know of any shrimp or crayfish native to Africa at could be kept in a 10 gallon aquarium or smaller?
Most shrimp species found in the hobby originate from Asia, sadly, as this is where the shrimp hobby is strongest and most people captured shrimp.
You are pretty much reduced to the African filter shrimp, and you'd be lucky to find some of those. Plus filter shrimp need a well established tank so you might have to let your tank establish. Huge and ugly, yes they are. Filter shrimp will usually just stay infront of the filter current (a filter is basically a must for these guys) so a 15cm animal should stay comfortable in a 10 gallon.
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Oh wow that is really ugly.... So I guess I should stick with asain shrimp than. What would you say is the best asain shrimp for a small tank? What kind of plant species originate from asia?
Yea, they are for the hardcore invert fans, hehe. You could see all the ugly details when they are full grown too!
Is this a shrimp only tank?
Well there's the average cherries and varieties, yellow shrimp and snowball shrimp, are some basic varieties.. Crystal reds are a bit pricey. Tiger shrimp are for a bit more of an experienced shrimp keeper, but they are doable if you're good with water quality. There's sulawesi shrimp which are fascinating but if you don't have much experience with shrimp they may trouble you.
If you want a crayfish you could do some orange dwarf crayfish. They stay small and don't eat plants. They are pretty pricey though, $30 each at my LFS.
For plants, hmm hygrophilia come to mind. Java fern, java moss.
I don't know too much about the crays. They have a varied diet so sinking wafers should be fine for them..
I kept river crayfish from near my house once and they all slowly ate each other after moulting. Good hiding places are needed, but people keep multiples of these species together so I think it may be different for them. They are peaceful and have small claws, so they may not be able to hurt each other, something to research for sure. Unlike most crayfish they don't clip your plants so that's always good.
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