Originally Posted by milooo
Are shrimp delicate as well?
Depends on which shrimp they are, I hear ghost shrimp are easily killed. I guess I can say from experience it is true, I bought 10 ghost from petsmart. Before I made it home, one of the smaller ones had died. A day or two later I had another casualty. Within the last two weeks I have had 2 more deaths. I read that copper based food is bad, and a lot of the pellet foods have copper in them, that may have been the cause of death. I did buy them from petsmart but I don't think that was the issue, sure they have a bad rep for their expertise on fish care but I'm not gonna knock them for a few shrimp dying within a week. Ghost shrimp usually run for $0.33 each so wasn't a huge loss.
I bought Amano shrimp from my lfs
and I haven't had any deaths. All 6 are still alive and kickin. IMO
the Amano's are more aggressive cleaners but aren't aggressive or territorial towards other tank mates. Amano shrimp here run $2.00-$3.00
RCS (Red Cherry Shrimp) are another popular breed. From what I know you can pretty much compare them to the Amano breed, except the rcs are much more vibrant, they have an amazing red color that shines through their exoskeleton. These are the shrimp I'm going to try my hand at breeding as I hear they are the easiest. (ie: they don't eat the fry (ghost), they don't need brackish water (amano)). The only down side to these are they cost quite a bit, especially since they are easy to breed and are pretty hardy. Going rate per rcs seems to be $3.00-$3.99. If you would like to go this route I suggest looking in the classified section on the forum or this site AquaBid.com - Sell or buy aquarium related equipment and fish in an auction format!
(it's ebay for fish).
I hope some of what I have said was helpful and not to boring.
BTW Welcome to AA!