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Old 06-06-2011, 03:05 AM   #11
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Ok I've had those before but not in a shrimp only tank, hopefully they fair better this time round
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I'm also thinking about starting a shrimp only tank with the tank I was using for a hospital tank. It's honestly too small to be used as a QT, so I'll probably buy a 5g tank for that.

Anyway, this is the tank.

Amazon.com: PETCO 2.5 Gallon Desktop Aquarium: Kitchen & Dining

I've replaced the weak filter that came in the kit with Tom Aquarium mini filter, and I bought Fluval Stratum for the substrate so the acrylic won't scratch up.

I'm hoping the lighting on it will be sufficient for low light plants.
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I didn't cycle my shrimp tank and I had 6 Ghosties in a 1.5g. You just have to do a PWC a few times a week for the first month. My ammonia got up to .25ppm, but never more. Plants do help keep the ammonia/nitrates down. I would cycle it for sure if you are using some more sensitive shrimp.

That is an AMAZING shrimp habitat! Comes with everything you need. Just have to be willing to fit the bill.
IME ghosties can tolerate bad water conditions much better than most ornamental shrimp. They are also so much cheaper so you don't have much to lose. I wouldn't risk it. I lost a bunch of sunkist and blackberry to a mini cycle not long ago...it was like $30 down the drain Because their bio-load is so small though just some cycled filter media from another tank should be enough to make it instantly cycled for them.
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