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05-18-2016, 04:00 AM

Last week my mom got a 10 gallon tank kit from petsmart for our shrimp. We replaced the filter with an AC 30 filter. There is also some chola wood and some live plants in the tank. She wanted to move them into that tank as she feels the shrimp aren't getting enough food in her 30 gallon community tank. We used Flourite as the substrate, I didn't rinse it before I put it in the tank so the water is still kinda cloudy. My mom is worried putting them in the tank with water like it is will kill the shrimp. Is it safe to put the shrimp in?

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05-18-2016, 05:01 AM
As long as the new tank has some filter media from an established tank to provide bio filtration the shrimp should be alright. Just check the pH and such to make sure it's close to the same as they're accustomed to. If the tank is just going to house shrimp an AC 30 isn't particularly suitable, an air-driven sponge filter would be much better. Shrimp don't need a high turnover rate, just enough circulation to keep the water aerated.

05-18-2016, 05:10 AM
Okay. Well we do have an air stone and air pump we can put on the tank. My mom does want to put some nano fish in the tank too. But she wants to move the shrimp over first and she was worried the dust from substrate would kill the shrimp.

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05-18-2016, 01:07 PM
I have an AC30 on a 10G shrimp/nano tank, and an AC20 on a 5.5G shrimp/snail tank, both work just fine, and I don't have to look at a bulky sponge filter in the tanks.

Throw some of that poly fill we talked about yesterday into the filter to clear the water....then add the shrimp...it wouldn't hurt the shrimp to add them to the cloudy water, though

05-18-2016, 02:21 PM
My aqua clear 30 sucked up my red cherry shrinp. You might want to get a filter gaurd before adding them. Hans Aquatics makes a awesome hand made stainless steel filter gaurd. Check out there site they have a lot of products you never see anywhere else.
They have 2 versions one for shrimp tanks/ fry and one for general use. I think the larger mesh for general use would work for shrimp too. I think the aqua clear 30 takes the 17 mm, check the product description to confirm this.

05-18-2016, 02:33 PM
Yes, I recommend the SS pre-filters Daniel refers too, also...I recommend the small mesh hole sized ones, shrimplets are tiny when first born


05-19-2016, 05:39 AM
I found that the replacement sponges for penguin reverse-flow powerhead kits worked very well for intake prefilters, but when I had a 10 gallon cherry shrimp tank going there were hundreds of them with just an air-driven sponge filter to circulate the water. I started feeding them dead water lily leaves from the backyard pond, and some hydra came along with those. I moved the shrimp to a couple buckets and dosed the tank with copper sulfate to kill the hydra, rinsed it out several times, then moved them back. They slowly declined after that, seems that the silicone absorbs the copper ions and then releases them over time. Only thing it seemed to affect was the shrimp, the mts and even the ramshorn snails kept going just fine.