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Old 03-20-2018, 04:13 AM   #1
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Shrimp & snail tank questions

I have a 5.5 gallon tank that is currently home to 5 small snails, but I want to add shrimp in a few days. The tank is moderately planted but I would be adding a few more plants.

How many shrimp would be a good number? And how often should I do water changes? Weekly, like for fish? Would a female betta be safe to add to the tank?

ETA the snails are 4 mystery snails, and 1 nerite snail.
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Bettas will eat the shrimp, but not the snails.

I'm really new to shrimp, but I know they are very sensitive.
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For five gallon you can add 40 to 50 shrimps easily. Please don't add any fish. Fish will definitely nip your shrimps and will eat shrimp babies. Let it be shrimp and snail only tank. Your shrimps will hang around fearlessly. Also more breeding will be. For shrimps make sure you have Moss in tank. Any Moss will do but Christmas or flame Moss is best. You can make Christmas Moss tree on a driftwood or many possibilities with Moss but Moss is very good for beneficial bacteria and baby shrimps to reside. Shrimps keeping is very addictive and amazing hobby so I suggest to don't add any fish and just keep these gorgeous little guys with snails. Good luck.
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For five gallon you can add 40 to 50 shrimps easily. Please don't add any fish. Fish will definitely nip your shrimps and will eat shrimp babies. Let it be shrimp and snail only tank. Your shrimps will hang around fearlessly. Also more breeding will be. For shrimps make sure you have Moss in tank. Any Moss will do but Christmas or flame Moss is best. You can make Christmas Moss tree on a driftwood or many possibilities with Moss but Moss is very good for beneficial bacteria and baby shrimps to reside. Shrimps keeping is very addictive and amazing hobby so I suggest to don't add any fish and just keep these gorgeous little guys with snails. Good luck.
I was mostly just curious about adding a fish to the mix - I love my snails and shrimp are fun to watch as they are.

Moss I have. and wow! That many shrimp? Lol I was thinking like ten or fifteen!
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Oh! Optimum temperature for them all?
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I was mostly just curious about adding a fish to the mix - I love my snails and shrimp are fun to watch as they are.

Moss I have. and wow! That many shrimp? Lol I was thinking like ten or fifteen!
That's great. Yes shrimp rule is ten shrimps per gallon. Really shrimps don't have high bio load. Just keep checking your water parameters.
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Oh! Optimum temperature for them all?

Ideal temps and more:
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Okay so I need to drop the temp a few degrees. that's easy enough. Thanks!
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Okay so I need to drop the temp a few degrees. that's easy enough. Thanks!
Please read everything about shrimp keeping. With shrimps there are many things which are not with fish in general like cold temperature and watee changes very less. Once or twice a week and only like twenty percent. Don't overfeed. Feed them alternate days or even more gap. There are many and many videos on YouTube on shrimp hobby and good material to read on Google.
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Please read everything about shrimp keeping. With shrimps there are many things which are not with fish in general like cold temperature and watee changes very less. Once or twice a week and only like twenty percent. Don't overfeed. Feed them alternate days or even more gap. There are many and many videos on YouTube on shrimp hobby and good material to read on Google.
That's why I'm here.

YouTube isn't the best option for me as my connection is rarely fast enough to stream video.

I feed the snails an algae wafer every couple of days, I assume a similar schedule would be fine for shrimp?
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