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fabby10 01-16-2010 10:20 AM

shrimps, new to me.. advice?
Hey there,

Am interested in having some shrimps, red cherry shrimps maybe.. Are they hardy? Do they need cold water? Care level and food? Am very new in terms of FW shrimps.. They are so tiny, im worried they might be bullied..

Mine is a 2 ft tank with tetras, a few forktail rainbows and cories. Just added some java moss.. Is it possible for me to have shrimps in my tank?

Angel079 01-16-2010 10:51 AM

Shrimps and their survival heavily depend on 1) your set up in the tank, eg lots live plants 2 who else live's in the tank; if what you list there is all, then they should be fine?
Apart from natural predators the next "best" predators is your filter intake, its advisable to cover it up so they don't get sucked in.

Red Cherry's are as "hardy" or not hardy as any other shrimp. Shrimps don't tolerate new set ups nor poorly maintained set ups. They need pH 7-8 Hardness 5-15 so no soft water for them, Temp 65-85, Lifespan is about 2 yrs and they grow to about 2" as adults. Food: they'll eat anything offered, pellets, flakes, bottom feeder pills, veggy...anything really; thou I made best exp with feeding the red cherry dried pumpkin slices on/off to enhance their color.

fabby10 01-17-2010 12:45 AM

Dont really get what u meant by "hardy"?
Even inflow like hang on filters are hazardous to them?
How many of them is needed? I mean, for example, cories do well in groups, what about shrimps?

redchigh 01-28-2010 10:31 AM

I dont think shrimps need groups unless you want them to breed. I have a single ghost shrimp thats extremely happy (yes, he tells me all the time!) in my guppy tank. He's doubled in size and is kinda creepy- like a clear spider...

Mikaila31 01-28-2010 10:36 AM

A filter should not harm the shrimp IMO. I've used internals and canisters and there is no harm done to the shrimp that are sucked up. They can not escape the filter once in it though. I remove about 2 dozen every time I clean my rena. I just throw them back in the tank. Most people put a sponge over the filter intake so they don't get sucked up. You can have one to a hundred it doesn't really matter unless you are breeding.

Angel079 01-28-2010 10:36 AM

You had previously asked are RC "hardy" or hardier then other and I said they're as hardy or not as any other; they're very sensitive to newly cycled non established tanks as well as peaks; so if you were to compare them to eg a Guppy then no no shrimp is hardy at all.
Yup even the intake on a HOB will suck them up; unless you pull a lil sponge over it :-)
Shrimps should generally be kept in groups of 10 and up and no its not natural to them to be alone nor advisable nor will it make them happy ;-)

eileen 01-28-2010 10:43 AM

You might want to start out with Ghost shrimps first as they are really cheap. I saw them at a LFS for .25 cents, Walmart had them for .29cents, Petco and Petsmart sometime carries them for about .35cents. They are cheap as some people buy they to feed to their bigger fish. The Red cherry shrimp, yellow shrimp, green shrimp are all in the same family and can interbreed back to the wild color which is an ugly brown. Tiger shrimps can be mixed with these as they are from another family. These type of shrimps are easy also but are more expensive to buy as they are a nice color over the clear Ghost shrimps. See how the Ghost shrimps go in your tank before buying the more expensive ones. If all goes well then rehome the Ghost shrimps and buy the above. Craigslist is a good spot to rehome those Ghost shrimps like a I did.

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