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    Hi,

    I have a 3 gallon eclipse tank with a little heater for a red cherry shrimp tank. I have a moss-bottom, java fern, and small pieces of driftwood in the tank. The shrimp tend to stay in the moss and are on the surface just some of the time; you have to stand and wait and watch. And while I am enjoying it, I am wondering if there are other inhabitants I might add...or some other setup...that would either get the shrimp a little more active or add another critter to liven things up?

    I have a friend who bred bettas but I think I know the answer to that question! There is definitely room for more....there's about 3-4 shrimp in there now that I see...maybe more that I don't...and a couple of them look berried.

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    55 gallon planted - Fish & Shrimp - Pair of Gold Rams, albino bristlenose plecos, school of neon tetras, school of praecox dwarf neon rainbowfish, australe orange killifish, yellow kimono killifish, amano shrimp, bamboo shrimp, and a cherry shrimp colony. Plants - Dwarf baby tears, vals, guppy grass, moss, narrow-leafed java fern, amazon swords, anubias, and crypts

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    Maybe 6 or so microrasboras. Look up these names boraras maculatus, boraras merah, and boraras brigittae. Nice colorful fish, and the best thing is they all stay under 3/4" in size. Very little bioload. I have them in my red cherry shrimp tank and they coexist peacefully. The adult shrimps are actually about the same size as these fish.

    By the way you could change the look of the tank a lot by just adding a black or dark background to the tank. A piece of dark plastic or paper taped onto back of the tank, would 'hide' the filter and cords. Visually would help the tank contents to pop more.

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    I agree about adding a background. Another idea for more inhabitants are nerite snails. They will not multiply in fresh water and their shells come in many interesting patterns. Another benefit is that they eat algae and help keep the glass clean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by korith View Post
    Maybe 6 or so microrasboras. Look up these names boraras maculatus, boraras merah, and boraras brigittae. Nice colorful fish, and the best thing is they all stay under 3/4" in size. Very little bioload. I have them in my red cherry shrimp tank and they coexist peacefully. The adult shrimps are actually about the same size as these fish.
    Bioload yes but these fish like to swim and a 3 gallon is not going to provide any swimming space. Also these fish do best in blackwater conditions which this tank does not have.

    I know it's controversial but in my opinion a 3 gallon is not suitable for any fish long term. To grow out fry yes, as a quarentine for something small, sure but long term accomodations. No. Get a few horned nerites and watch your shrimp population grow would be my advice.

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    Thanks for the feedback! For the background...thanks...actually, this is a little bit of an older photo...I actually have a black background now already. :) So it was nice to get the feedback that maybe I made a good aesthetic decision there. It does make the plants stand out more and hide the equipment, though the entire "look" is a little darker now.

    It has been setup for over a year, and generally in that time I don't see the shrimp much. I have used it to grow out fry, too, which is why it was originally setup. I don't really like the look of snails, which is why I didn't add any of those. On a recent cleaning, there's probably a lot more shrimp in there than the three or so I usually see. In that case, now I am kinda wondering if there is something that will make them stand out (or be more comfortable coming out), or something to help the shirmp populations grow, like you said, if there aren't any fish suitable for long-term living, so that there's more going on with this tank. Right now it mostly looks like plants! I will check those fish out, too, though I guess it's up in the air whether they would live in there long term?

    Thanks!
    55 gallon planted - Fish & Shrimp - Pair of Gold Rams, albino bristlenose plecos, school of neon tetras, school of praecox dwarf neon rainbowfish, australe orange killifish, yellow kimono killifish, amano shrimp, bamboo shrimp, and a cherry shrimp colony. Plants - Dwarf baby tears, vals, guppy grass, moss, narrow-leafed java fern, amazon swords, anubias, and crypts

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    Quote by SamandAnne, "It has been setup for over a year, and generally in that time I don't see the shrimp much."


    I would add more shrimp. 15 to 20 more should fill that tank out nicely. They may make their presence know more in numbers.
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    Ah, I see. There has not been that many in there for sure. I'll have to see if there's any local sources that aren't way too expensive and see about adding maybe at least 10 more. I'll keep looking into those smaller fish, too. Thanks for the help :)
    55 gallon planted - Fish & Shrimp - Pair of Gold Rams, albino bristlenose plecos, school of neon tetras, school of praecox dwarf neon rainbowfish, australe orange killifish, yellow kimono killifish, amano shrimp, bamboo shrimp, and a cherry shrimp colony. Plants - Dwarf baby tears, vals, guppy grass, moss, narrow-leafed java fern, amazon swords, anubias, and crypts

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