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Old 04-08-2018, 12:36 AM   #1
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I am thinking of starting a 2 gallon planted red cherry shrimp tank and was wondering if this is big enough tank (this is the biggest tank I can get). I was also wondering how many RCS I could keep in there. Would I need a filter or heater for this tank (I would like to go without one) my normal temperature is 82f so this would make the water a good temparute. This tank is going to be heavily planted, so this may make filtration not as highly needed but would like your guys opinion.
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Have you kept shrimp or fish previously, and if so how long and what are your tap water parameters?

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The temp is a tiny bit high.

If you get your tank cycled, matured and stable, you will likely have more success.

There are some concerns with a tiny /pico tank. Maintenance and small very regular pwc will be required.

A filter would be best possible option as a way to keep the stability as good as possible.

About 30 shrimp if using a filter, but building up to the number as a smaller group successfully breeds to the number. Planted or at least with a bunch of moss/ Subwassertang/plants.

Small tanks like this are indeed a big undertaking.
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I have kept fish/shrimp for about the 10 years now. I have kept shrimp many times before. My Ph is 7.4 but I have fluval plant and shrimp stratum which will lower the Ph. My Gh is 2.2 and Kh 3.1.
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Well if the regular water changes keep it down you should be fine. If you have locally bred Cherry shrimp pretty much used to the local water you already have, I think you should be fine.

You could always cut your tap water with some RO like 25%. For the small tank it would be easy to get a container of RO water from a sw lfs.

If it ends up being a problem do not use that kind of substrate. As long as you keep up with a regular pwc routine, I double it would cause you any difficulty.

Maybe someone here has used it with shrimp and can get more opinions.
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Fluval stratum is special made to accomodate baby shrimp as it makes the water the perfect conditions and states that baby shrimp can hide in it.
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Yes and there are a few other substrates you might want to check out. I am using ADA Amazonia Light (For PRL, Caridina) and it is really going great with my 12G tank. It creates some ammonia for the first 4 weeks. There are a few others well regarded. Brightwell Aquatics Florin Volcanit Rio.

One which I was told by CaribSea Rep. is great for shrimp is Samurai Soil which isn't mud/soil, but like a fired ball.

It depends on if you want a soil clay type substrate or a hard granule/ball type.

And if you need to lower pH or keep it the same too.
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I would remove the heater. They do fine in the sixties and seventies.
I never understood the part about some substrates being ideal for shrimp fry in the shrimp only tank. What would they be hiding from? I would mot imagine from predation from other shrimp.
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It just happens that i had a 2 gallon shrimp tank. RCS (Neocaridinas) are almost indestructible! Only thing that I would echo is that the temp is a bit high. If you use air/fan to cool your tanks, it would result in evaporation. Do not top off with tap water. Use TO or distilled water. For RCS , substrate did not matter to my Neocaridinas. I used Safe-T--Sorb and they were fine. My other 5 gallon shrimp tanks were on Fluval Stratum.
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This reminds me I found the name of the very small filters called mignon like filet from A zoo but exclusively from a certain company. You can search it, can't remember that atm. It was in an advertisement in a magazine. I can look if you can't find it.
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