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MandyK
08-12-2012, 12:50 AM
So yesterday I came home with some ghost shrimp. I added three to my display tank, and I added two to my snail tank.

The snail tank is a 1.5 gallon, with no airstone, and no filter. It is planted, and I added a moss ball for good measure.

The display is a 55 gallon with no fish that the shrimp have to worry about. The tank is planted, and has algae growth, but there is no moss.

Is there anything special I should do for these guys, and will they breed?

I am hoping that they will breed so that I can use some to feed my future Dwarf Puffer.

Goes to 11!
08-12-2012, 12:57 AM
Ghost shrimp are essentially care free lol. You may see berried shrimp but they need brackish to grow to adulthood so this is not the route to take to feed a puffer.
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MandyK
08-12-2012, 12:59 AM
Got ya. I do have salt. Would it be hard to supply this requirement in the small tank? I'm guessing the snails might be opposed to it.

Goes to 11!
08-12-2012, 01:08 AM
You have marine salt or aquarium salt?

The first contains dozens of salts and is also fortified with many many more elements in the relative concentrations you'd find them in the ocean, The later is essentially Kosher salt marked up ridiculously in price.

You can use the first but not the second to make a tank brackish though i wouldn't suggest it in such a small tank as your margin for error is microscopic.
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MandyK
08-12-2012, 01:12 AM
Okay, good to know. I'm pretty positive that I have the second anyway. RCS will breed in straight freshwater won't they? Maybe I'll see if I can get my hands on some of those as well.

Lady10Godiva
08-12-2012, 01:15 AM
I have ghost shrimp in with my dwarf puffer and he does chase and kill them, but I would not say he really eats them. He really likes to chase down and eat pond snails....we just pick them out of other tanks and throw them in.

MandyK
08-12-2012, 01:16 AM
Well, that foils that plan... Although the shrimp are in a snail tank. I'm using the snails for the same purpose.

Lady10Godiva
08-12-2012, 01:24 AM
I tried breeding/raising pond snails in a gallon betta tank and failed...I even had a dinky sponge filter in with them. On the other hand I moved some cycled media over to my qt when I had some surprise fry and surprise the pond snails and thriving in thr bare bottom tank with 3 zebra fry.

MandyK
08-12-2012, 01:33 AM
Haha. Well I'm having noooo problem with the snails not breeding. I think they are nerite snails though.

Goes to 11!
08-12-2012, 01:35 AM
Nerite snail eggs won't hatch [Again] in FW either.
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MandyK
08-12-2012, 01:36 AM
Well then they are a different kind of snail. They def are NOT having breeding issues.

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Shrimp

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-sHZBDTFcxXE/UCcK0VROsaI/AAAAAAAAB2o/hYmrQYXblp8/s640/SAM_0860.JPG
Snails

MandyK
08-12-2012, 07:18 PM
Can anyone id those snails? Just out of curiosity.

MandyK
08-13-2012, 07:09 PM
Just giving this a bump. Can anybody id the snails?

Lady10Godiva
08-13-2012, 11:44 PM
They look similar to my generic pond snails, just slightly different color. Do the eggs look like clear sacs of jelly on the sides of the tank?

MandyK
08-14-2012, 12:17 AM
They sure do.

Lady10Godiva
08-14-2012, 02:22 AM
Then I would bet they are just pond snails.