My very first 10 Pumpkin Orange shrimp (Neocaradina) are currently en route! Excited as I am, and with all the research I've done, I still have some questions.
The first question I have is about feeding. It's my understanding that the shrimp will eat biofilm, algae, and detritus. Does that sound about right? I have a quite mature and well-cycled tank, plus mid-water feeding fish, so there should be plenty of noms in there already! I also have Hikari Shrimp Cuisine and Algae Wafers, and of course there will be blanched vegetable treats. Autumnsky recommended in another thread to feed some BacterAe, which I've already ordered. Does that sound like a good shrimp diet to you guys? Anything in particular that your shrimp love/hate?
Next, questions regarding water parameters. Right now I'm sitting at 0/0/15, GH
3, PH 7.2. I don't know my tank TDS
, that's the one reading I lack. I know that out of the tap here it's in the 115-120 range. So I guess my first question is: how critical is the TDS
for shrimp? The second question is whether or not my GH
will be okay for the new tankbabies. The site I bought them from has their water parameters posted, which I thought was pretty cool. Their GH
is 7-8, KH
3-4. Do I need to worry about raising the GH
? And if so, what's the best way to raise it? Would some mineral rocks be the fix I'm looking for? Third question regarding water quality: I've read that shrimp are quite sensitive to water parameter changes, but just how sensitive is that? I put in some new live plants about three days ago, and while they seem to be doing well so far I'm sure there's still the potential for die off. If one of my plants goes slimy and gives me a little ammonia spike, will that off my new tank babies? (Yeah, probably should have spaced that out better but too late now.)
How critical are hides for shrimp? My tank is planted and there are lots of medium-sized rocks that should provide some hiding places. The shrimp will be in with my trio of Ember tetras, who are scared of their own shadows and I imagine wouldn't hurt a fly. Will a shrimp cave/tubes be mandatory?
Last area of insecurity is regarding fertilizers. My tank has been running since summer of 2017, and while I used Seachem Flourite substrate, it's entirely exhausted now and shows in my plants. I've been using Seachem Flourish root tabs to keep my plants healthy. I know copper is dangerous for inverts but my Nerites and the pond snail horde have zero issues, and I also found this excellent article
that indicates copper toxicity happens at a much higher level than what the ferts I've used put into the water.
Does anyone else use this (or the liquid version) with their shrimp? Any problems or horror stories?
If anyone has questions about my setup, full specs are in the profile!
I'd really appreciate any advice or tips some of the more experienced shrimp keepers can give me! I just want to do the best I can for my new tank babies! I will of course update this thread when they arrive!