starting a 5g shrimp tank
hey everyone i've got a question about what species and such can go together of shrimps in a 5g tank.
My little brother is getting in to the fish stuff cause he sees me tending to my tank so i figured me and him could start up a shrimp tank. Ill take care of the major stuff that he wont be able to handle (water tests adding chemicals etc.) but he'll feed it and clean it so hardier shrimp would be the best option. i have a little bit of experience with shrimp from the one red flower shrimp i have with my fish.
But i'm pretty new to the species of them and such so any opinion or advice would be great.
P.S some of these shrimps may after they breed and are big enough go into my 20 with fish and the flower shrimp.
The easiest shrimp to take care of would be any of the neocaridinas, so cherries, snowballs, yellows, and the newer oranges.
They breed easily and are hardy to boot, I have 2 shrimp dedicated tanks and they are fantastic to take care of. Go with a planted tank as shrimp like live plants. They like moss as well.
Thank you Emeraldsky for a fast reply to my answer, question though those all are of the same species right if im not mistakin? From your signature you seem to know alot about keeping them so in your experience what hardness and Ph range do those prefer because i have learned a little about shrimp from this marine biologist who runs a reef and freshwater store how i found out i couldnt keep the blue flower shrimp i had because he prefers softer water then the red.
yes, they are all the same species so you can only keep one color per tank or else the will cross breed and give you an ugly brown color.
From what I've read, it seems that that wont breed readily in water over 7.6 but I know mines 7.8 at the least and it hasnt stopped my snowballs, my cherries I rarely see since I have a tan substrate and lots of plants, poor choice on my part on that substrate lol.
They seem to be hardy enough to adjust in my experience so long as the parameters are stable and not in the extremes.
From a quick google search I was able to find this:
Can live under conditions that are soft and slightly acidic (ph 6.6-7.0) to very hard and alkaline (ph 7.0-8.4 and above). Very adaptable shrimp. Is most productive and does best in soft to medium hard water with a ph in the alkaline range. Might not reproduce at all in water that is too acidic.
As for temperature, keep them in 70-80F degrees. I keep mine on the color side, around 72 or so.
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