Originally Posted by hroom88
I had previously kept some yellows in a 75g planted with amanos and threadfins. Recently I got a 10g and wanted to start a shrimp only tank.
Question is, is it possible for shrimp to thrive and multiply if I keep them in a bare bottom tank with maybe lots of java moss, or some moss balls[filter - sponge filter]? I'd be going for either,
Blue Bee Shrimp
Tangerine Tiger Shrimp
Caridina cantonensis sp. "Super Tiger"e; etc
Or is a planted tank a bare minimum?
If I were you, I would at least get a slight layer of sand (cheap sand like Pool Filter Sand works wonderfully). Shrimp will turn over small sand particles in searching for food. They would do fine in a bare tank but it just might be a little better that way. If you provide a large amount of Java Moss they will be fine. Planted tanks arent required but plants are always a plus!
In something as relatively small as a 10g, I would focus on one type of shrimp (especially if your eventual plan is to sell them). With the set up of just some Java Moss and bare/sand I would focus on a Neo since those are more hardy. Cards can be finicky from time to time and I would recommend more than the bare minimum for most of them (I have lost my fair share of those expensive little buggers...). I have always been a fan of the Pumpkin Neos but Rili are a good middle ground visual wise between Neos and Cards.
Hope that helps!