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squishylittlefishies 07-27-2013 01:03 AM

help with red cherry shrimp and setup
 
I have a 1/2 gallon vase that i am settingup for rcs. I have sand in the bottom and a little bit of java fern for now. i have two big spirals of lucky bamboo, and i plan to carpet the bottomwith java moss. the only light for this pico is my bedroom light and whatever hits it from the window. i dont think ill be able to safely heat it, but the house stays warm.
how does the setup sound so far? any advice yet?
ok, so the first big question is how many rcs can i put in there? i was thinking 5. does that sound ok?
also, i tossed a tiny ghostie in there. it is definately a normal gjost, not an agressive prawn. will a single ghost cause problems with the cherries?
thats all i can think of right now. any and al advice is greaty appreciated!

squishylittlefishies 07-27-2013 01:28 AM

actually, since the ghost is in there i guess i would have two or three rcs. is that ok? could i have more? less? the tank is probably closer to 2/3g btw...

squishylittlefishies 07-27-2013 09:53 PM

It is also important to note that this is not my first tiny tank. I have 5 tanks, one 10g, a 2.5g pico reef, a 4g brackish crab, and a 1 quart fry grow out. This will be planted quite heavily comparedt to the bio load. I have had all my tiny tanks running for at least a few months, more for some, and they are very successful. Please do not be concerned with the small size and the associated thank issues as I am quite experienced in this area. I have kept many shrimp but I am new to rcs so I would love your help!
Thank you thank you lots!
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djembekah 07-27-2013 09:56 PM

2 or 3 gallons is plenty of space for 4 or 5 shrimp. Many might even add more.

i feel like someone once told me ghost shrimp can be kind of aggressive to cherries, but hopefully someone will back me up soon

squishylittlefishies 07-27-2013 10:00 PM

No, sorry not 2 or three gallons, two thirds of a gallon... This is a sub gallon tank. Ya it is very small, but so are cherries;) sorry for typing that unclearly. I think I'd probably be maxing out at around two?
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djembekah 07-27-2013 10:07 PM

ah yes. I think 3 or 4 in a heavily planted jar would do just fine :)

squishylittlefishies 07-29-2013 11:05 PM

ok, cool! i will get 3 then. any second, thrid, fourth(?) opinions?;)
i tossed my two amanos in there to eat the plant gook while i wait for my cherries. i dont want it to get all nasty. the amanos are pretty big, so i will move them back soon. the ghostie seems to appreciate the company. he spends lots of time out in te open now and follows the two around. te amanos spend a lot of time sitting pressed up against the waterline. often with a bit of foot or antenae sticking out abouve the water. whatdoes that mean? is something wrong?

squishylittlefishies 08-06-2013 10:40 AM

I ordered 12 small marimo balls to fill in the bottom with. I think that will look nice. I will also put Christmas moss under it because it will be more effective for keeping the water clean. What'd y'all think?
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