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Old 01-24-2014, 10:07 PM   #1
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Red Cherry Shrimp?

Yey my first post! Alright down to business, so like the title says, I'm looking to add some red cherry shrimp to my tank. I have two tanks: A 3 gallon tank with jut a beta and an apple snail in it. I tried to put a few ghost shrimp in there but my beta made a meal of them. A ten gallon with 3 zebra danios, 2 clear tetras (not sure of specific breed), an apple snail, and a cory catfish. oh and one lousy ghost shrimp that survived my betas murderous rampage in the other tank. My question is, how many...and are they compatible with my current set up? I've heard ten shrimp per gallon, but I don't want to overstock. Thanks everyone =)

PS- obviouly looking to put hem in the 10 gallon since my beta is a serial killer.
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Old 01-25-2014, 06:01 AM   #2
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Red Cherry Shrimp?

Cherry shrimp have such a low bio load that I wouldn't worry, a 10gal tank could support a few hundred of them without issues. Also the zebra danios might be an issue if there's not enough hiding places for the shrimp, but they should be compatible
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Old 01-25-2014, 09:32 AM   #3
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Just get three or four to start with to see how the danios and tetras respond to them. They also might think of them as moving food. That one lone cory must be lonely--they should be in small groups. What species is he? Most corys other than the pygmy/dwarf varieties need a bigger tank.
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Just get three or four to start with to see how the danios and tetras respond to them. They also might think of them as moving food. That one lone cory must be lonely--they should be in small groups. What species is he? Most corys other than the pygmy/dwarf varieties need a bigger tank.
good idea to start with just a few, no sense buying a load just for to be eaten.
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Thanks everyone for the tips! I went out and bought 7 of the little guys today, at a wopping $3 a piece, but it was the only place that had any left. I put them in and I'm having issues spotting them, I hope they're just hiding and my other fish hadn't eaten them. Along with the cherrys, I also bought two live plants, and they are my first live plants. Been in the fish hoppy for about 4 years now and decided to take a chance. I was wondering if I have the right lighting for them to grow properly, I have two of the following lights in my full hood: AqueonŽ Colormax Mini Compact Fluorescent Lamp - Lighting & Hoods - Fish - PetSmart

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Old 01-25-2014, 08:45 PM   #6
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Once I got my cherry shrimp and saw how different in size they are to the ghosties, I made sure to keep them in separate tanks. Maybe with enough cover they'd be OK, but...
My ghosties are also more aggressive than the cherries.
Plus, since your ghostie is already traumatized, he might have an axe to grind
BTW there is also an inverts subforum here.
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What types of plants did you get? A lot of hardy plants will be fine with that light. The more plants the more places the shirmp will have to hind. Cherry shrimp will reporduce rapidly too, but the babies would probably be eaten.
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Hello everyone, since my last post i have since upgraded to a 20 gallon tank! When I removed all my fish from my 10 gallon, all 7 shrimp were still alive. It took me a while to find them, but they are all still alive as of a few days ago. As for my plants, I have no idea what they are. They are long and have lots of tiny leaves. I won't be buying anymore from that place because they were loaded with ramshorn snails, luckily I was able to scrape them all off and the danios in my tank made a meal of them. Anyways, in my new 20 gallon, I seem to be having a problem with the bubbles from my air stone splashing up from the cutout where my heater and filter go, and it's getting into my light fixture. Any way I can prevent this? I have my air stone turned off for the time being, the fish should be perfectly fine with the oxygen diffusion from the filter, but I like having air stones because they circulate water, and of course they look good. Thanks!

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I might suggest getting 10, so if your fish do eat some, you have enough to reproduce to replace the ones lost. Also, the minimum people usually sell is 10. I am ordering some now!
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Do I need a filter sponge so the eggs don't get sucked up?

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