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Thread: Cherry Shrimp
01-08-2013, 06:11 PM #1
A guy in a local group I'm in is selling cherry shrimp @ $0.75 ea
With my current stocking, and eventual stocking do you guys see any issues.
I know I'm pretty full, but I've heard the shrimp have next to no bio-load.
I am also aware that the babies would most likely be eaten (ok with me), and I don't know if apistos would bother with a full sized shrimp or not
Just seems like a good deal that I don't want to let slip by if i could make it work
01-08-2013, 06:26 PM #2
Nope but I would make sure you have plants for the shrimp to hide in. They really like java moss. I first started with a dozen cherries. Within 6 months, I had sold over 300.
Sold no more since then but have them spread around in all my tanks just from moving plants here and there. They get sucked up in the vac, end up in the filters, get dumped down the drain and still I see them everywhere.
01-08-2013, 06:28 PM #3
I have 1 java fern (small), 1 medium leafy plant (fake) and one large plant that my otos love to hang on and around.
I plan to make it a planted aquarium. And I figured the baby shrimp would be a free source of protein ;) -> wow I'm a horrible person lol.
01-08-2013, 06:49 PM #4
I but 30 cherry shrimp in a 20 gal well planted tank with 11 blacks skirt tetras and a week later only 1 shrimp left.
It is hit or miss. I also but 20 cherry shrimps in my 4 gallon planted nano with my betta fish and now I have over 50 shrimp. You just never know until you try.
With the plants you have listed I do not believe they will survive. You need more plants or hiding places with enough areas for the shrimp to graze safely.Roll the Dice!
01-08-2013, 06:57 PM #5
01-08-2013, 07:05 PM #6
Looks great. I think that will work out. I wouldn't pass a deal like that either. I say go for it. If you don't like moss how about getting a couple of marimo balls. Your shrimp will love you for it.Roll the Dice!
01-08-2013, 07:27 PM #7
01-08-2013, 07:57 PM #8
01-08-2013, 11:36 PM #9
I too would add more dense type plants. That subwassertang is not like moss at all. I have some in my shrimp tank and they love to harvest it. I dont know what they get off it (algae probably), but they choose it over the java moss I have in the same tank. Subwassertang is dense with alot of small roundish growth. It stays down in the tank without any assistance. I only have 2 incandescent bulbs in that 10 gallon tank and there is no die-off.
I think you'll like it.
Here is a link to an old thread on what I found out.
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01-09-2013, 02:04 AM #10
To answer your question, your Dwarf Apisto may eat them. One of mine ate my single RCS survivor, which grew to adulthood. The others were eaten by my Killifish. I had a heavily planted tank at the time, too. Be careful young padawan.
Worst case scenario? Your fish get a nice treat. Ok, maybe the worst case scenario is that your RCS are infected with camallanus worms, your fish get a nice treat, and then you need to treat your tank for camallanus worms.