Shrimp Tank Setup - Aquarium Info

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This article will teach you how to breed the easiest of the freshwater shrimp: red cherry shrimp (). Red cherry shrimp, or RCS, are in a group called "dwarf shrimp". The adults can reach up to 1.5 inches (4cm) in length. RCS need no special tanks, foods, dances, or shamans to breed. Tank conditions are easy to set up. They are a fun addition to an and eat uneaten fish food.
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As stated above the popularity originated from the aquarist Takashi Amano. Most local fish stores carry this shrimp and even the large pet chains carry it as well. Hobbyists sometimes begin with this species to due the ease of acquiring it. The notion that it is a superb algae eater also attracts aquarists who are into planted tanks. Unfortunately most of the hobbyists who acquire the Amano Shrimp do not know that it cannot be bred in freshwater and wonder why the pregnant females with many eggs never produce babies. Nano Aquarium,Freshwater Aquarium,Shrimp,Tropical Fish,Fish Tank,Fresh Water,Blueberries,Underwater
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It goes without saying but shrimp are not suitable for an aquarium with predatory or large fish. Any fish with a mouth large enough to swallow a shrimp will risk your entire community. Even smaller fish such as ember tetra's will make breeding virtually impossible as freshwater shrimp eggs and young are irresistible. A shrimp only tank is advisable for the serious keeper.Red cherry shrimp are easy to care for in the home freshwater and breed well. They will adapt to a wide range of water conditions, and will thrive in the same conditions as many common aquarium fish. Neutral to slightly alkaline pH, with zero ammonia and nitrite as well as low nitrate, gives best results. A cooling system is recommended in warm climates. A few cherry shrimp can be kept in a of 4–8 litres (0.88–1.76 imp gal; 1.1–2.1 US gal) capacity, and a setup of 40 l (8.8 imp gal; 11 US gal) or more will allow for an active colony. A planted tank is most comfortable for the shrimp and the plants provide cover for adults and young. Plants also provide surfaces to graze on .If you are interested in buying shrimp, please check out my website where I only sell USA bred shrimp, snails, fish and plants.

Every freshwater shrimp aquarium or tank needs these three essential things.

Moss is an absolute essential to every shrimp tank. I use it in every shrimp tank that I have or at least the majority of my 140+ tanks. If you are interested in mosses, I usually have it in stock here:

The second most essential part of a shrimp tank is driftwood. The reason why is it provides plenty of hiding places for young shrimp (shrimplets). It will also leach tannins into the water which will discolor the water to a yellowish tea color although this will provide antioxidants to help with shrimp health. The drift wood will also provide surface area for biofilm to grow and micro organisms to flourish. I prefer Malaysian driftwood because it sinks immediately and decays very slowly. If you are interested, I sell some varieties of driftwood as well:

The third most essential part of a freshwater shrimp tank is leaf litter. I personally only use Indian almond leaves or also referred to as catappa leaves. These break down providing micro organisms for shrimp to graze on. These are essential to baby shrimp growth because of the natural food always being present. They also leach tannis into the water like driftwood. I also sell these on my site here:

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Freshwater Shrimp is an exciting addition to a community tank. Contrary to common beliefs, which had the perception that shrimps have dull looking unattractive colors, all these are actually not true. Nowadays, there are different varieties of aquarium shrimp which make perfect tank mates. One particular species noteworthy to be mentioned here is the Cherry Red Shrimp, which is getting popular among hobbyist as pet in new fish tank.

If you intend to keep this live crustacean and raising them to be part of the aquarium community, first thing you need to do is to ensure that the fish staying together with it are not those that are aggressive or large size that can attack or eat your shrimp. There are different fish species, which you can consider such as neon tetra, guppy and hatchet fish that are generally harmless and will largely ignore your shrimp. Discus, oscar and angelfish are definitely not an option at all because they will devour and hunt down every shrimp that they can see.

Even if you intend to mix with your neon tetras, the best aquarium setup should be heavily planted tank so that the shrimp can hide amongst the leaves. Red cherry shrimp for instance, can only grow up to only an inch in length and therefore, it might be a good idea to avoid them from being harassed by the fish. Plants also provide good hiding spot for young shrimps and if properly cared for, combination of red cherry and neon tetra fish makes perfect aquarium setup. The shrimp not only help to eat and control algae growth but they also help to clear up uneaten and leftover food from your neon tetra.

The red cherry shrimps do not require much attention in order to survive in your home aquarium. As long as the water is clean and regularly changed, they should not have any problem adapting to the condition. They generally thrive in soft waters with pH ranging from 6.7 to 7.5 and with temperature ranging from 24 to 27degC. They are not picky when it comes to food and as mentioned earlier, they will even scrap off food waste from aquarium bed, which makes them the efficient tank cleaner.
Red cherry shrimp is also special and unique in the sense that they can change their coloration according to the aquarium substrate and background and what’s best is that the colors will show up bright red if there are fluorescent tank lighting. Finally, if all requirements are met with perfect water quality, they will breed and lay eggs amongst the aquarium plants and soon enough you will notice young tiny shrimp will start to appear in your tank. More in-depth details about ornamental shrimp breeding and other mistakes to avoid.

Other recommended freshwater shrimp to consider for your community aquarium are Ghost Shrimp, which appears as transparent, and Black Tiger Shrimp (also known as Black Diamond Shrimp) which is totally black in color with orange eyes.