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Shrimp are a get choice for a smaller fish tank! :) Plus I find them too be fun and hardly - and so colourful! :)
However, they do like to school! But the good thing is they have a small bio-load! :) I suggest 3 - 5, maybe 6? :)
 

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I haven't heard of shrimp schooling before...

The tank has these real nice large rocks that make caves, so I feel like it would be a waste to not have something that enjoys those :)

Any ideas? Would the shrimp?
 

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they kind of loosely shoal, they more like to "feel" the presence of others. If you get what i mean? :)
Shrimp enjoy moulting in those caves, but fish that "love" caves with be some bottom dwelling fish; mostly cichlids (dam, I always spell it wrong!) and catfish. I not really sure about requirements but I think the pygmy chain dwarf loach like caves, check the profiles
 

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Ok.... How about.
2 male guppies
2 plattys
1 mystery snail
1 shrimp (cherry barb or gost?)
And maybe a barb or two?


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Tiger Barbs are famous fin nippers, so your guppies might not be safe. Cherry barbs would be a better fit. Two male platy's because female platy's can breed with male guppies. Cherry shrimp are a lot more easier to see then ghost shrimp. Try to get females over males less aggressive. Good luck.
 

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@ newtchaplin: i never seen my platies breeding with my guppies! :) I do know that platies and swordtails can produce hybred, but i don't think platies and guppies can! :)
I would suggest "taking" out the platies and have 4 cherry barbs.
Maybe something like this?:
2 guppies (males)
1 apple snail (mystery)
3 - 4 Shrimp (cherries) <<< Way more colourful plus they extremely hardy for a small animal!
4 Cherry Barbs
 

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@ newtchaplin: i never seen my platies breeding with my guppies! :) I do know that platies and swordtails can produce hybred, but i don't think platies and guppies can! :)
I would suggest "taking" out the platies and have 4 cherry barbs.
Maybe something like this?:
2 guppies (males)
1 apple snail (mystery)
3 - 4 Shrimp (cherries) <<< Way more colourful plus they extremely hardy for a small animal!
4 Cherry Barbs
Well I already have the platy's. and I don't think I want to get rid of them.. They're nice and colorful! And I have a mystery snail in there. I haven't got the guppies yet, they were out :| and would the cherry barbs not be ok with platy's? I could just not get the guppies... Maybe... And do the barbs school? Do the cherry shrimp take up much bio load?


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Also, while starring at the fish today in class, I saw that they weren't acting like mine at all! They were super easily frightened, swam quickly behind a rock if someone was moving near them. Also one of the, is almost always in the middle of the tank, another one is always hiding, only came out to feed, and the third is out sometimes and hides the others. And when they are out, they aren't swimming happily, they swim extremely slow, almost not moving. Same with these other fish in the classroom in another tank. Is it because they don't have a light? Maybe the water is too hard for them? Any ideas for the slow swimming?


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I platies instead of guppies will work fine :)!
Cherry barbs are great little fish and they super unlike the tiger barbs. I think they do wonderfully in your setup! Barbs do school so getting a few would do wonders!
Cherry shrimp have a small bio-load, that is why people often have a 5G with 10+ shrimp! :)
 

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So is one feeding a day ok? Because I only feed them when I have class. And what about the weekend? Or breaks? Will they be ok? At least for the weekend?
Once a day is fine to feed! :)
Weekends they can also survive with out food, however, don't do the common overfeeding problem on friday/monday, as most of the food that they don't eat will just add to ammonia! Breaks I not so sure, how long? :)
 

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Once a day is fine to feed! :)
Weekends they can also survive with out food, however, don't do the common overfeeding problem on friday/monday, as most of the food that they don't eat will just add to ammonia! Breaks I not so sure, how long? :)
Well our breaks are usuall 1-2 weeks. But Winter break is about 3-4 (we live in a desert, it's on fair)



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@ newtchaplin: i never seen my platies breeding with my guppies! :) I do know that platies and swordtails can produce hybred, but i don't think platies and guppies can! :)
I would suggest "taking" out the platies and have 4 cherry barbs.
Maybe something like this?:
2 guppies (males)
1 apple snail (mystery)
3 - 4 Shrimp (cherries) <<< Way more colourful plus they extremely hardy for a small animal!
4 Cherry Barbs
50% of people say no, 50% of people say yes. I don't believe everything I am told, so I do research to find out. It's like saying you can't breed a corn snake to a Bull snake. But it does happen and they are called Turbo corns. It might not happen to you but it doesn't mean it doesn't happen either.
 
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