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    My plants all recently (the fake ones) got destroyed (plz don't ask how). I have marimo balls to supply my shrimp tank with the stuff thing (i am attempting to breed RCS in my five gallon). I don't think that they will provide a good hiding place though. Can i put a block of sponge filter media to supply baby shrimps and young shrimps with a hiding place?

    My worry is that it will be hard to clean due to the holes and me worrying about killing my baby shrimps in there. Do i even have to clean it?!

    I want to know if this is okay. (this tank will be RCS only so no fish will get stuck in it)

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    Yes you have to squeeze the sponge out every now and then because it will become clogged. The frequency will depend on how much waste is on the sponge.

    You could add the powder form of Rid-x septic cleaner, which will have bacteria to clean the sponge. The dosage is roughly 1 teaspoon per 25 gallons every week.

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    Yes you have to squeeze the sponge out every now and then because it will become clogged. The frequency will depend on how much waste is on the sponge.

    You could add the powder form of Rid-x septic cleaner, which will have bacteria to clean the sponge. The dosage is roughly 1 teaspoon per 25 gallons every week.
    But can i even use the sponge as a plant replacement?

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    Depends on the shape of the foam...if its a foam block then no real "hiding spots".
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    Toss some moss in there - Christmas moss is good, or subwassertang. It's not pricey and mine grows like a weed. I have to trim regularly. I don't even have it tied to anything. It just sits on the bottom of the tank.

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    There's also lots of artificial deco that looks nice, and will provide nice hiding places for shrimp

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    Cherry shrimp don't need plants or sponges for the babies to hide, they don't eat them. As long as there aren't any fish or hydra in the tank to eat the babies they'll be fine. An air-driven sponge filter is helpful for collecting debris and providing biofiltration. If you really want to provide a good environment toss in some dead leaves for them to eat. Back when I kept cherry shrimp we had a small pond in the back yard, and grew water lilies in that. I'd put dead water lily leaves from the pond into the 10 gallon shrimp tank, and between the shrimp and snails a leaf the size of a CD would be completely gone in less than 24 hours. Just about any kind of dead leaves will be eaten though, oak or maple are fine, if the leaves are dry when you find them soak them in water for 2-3 days before putting into the tank. Be careful collecting leaves from ponds though, they may carry hydra into the tank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toddnbecka View Post
    Cherry shrimp don't need plants or sponges for the babies to hide, they don't eat them. As long as there aren't any fish or hydra in the tank to eat the babies they'll be fine. An air-driven sponge filter is helpful for collecting debris and providing biofiltration. If you really want to provide a good environment toss in some dead leaves for them to eat. Back when I kept cherry shrimp we had a small pond in the back yard, and grew water lilies in that. I'd put dead water lily leaves from the pond into the 10 gallon shrimp tank, and between the shrimp and snails a leaf the size of a CD would be completely gone in less than 24 hours. Just about any kind of dead leaves will be eaten though, oak or maple are fine, if the leaves are dry when you find them soak them in water for 2-3 days before putting into the tank. Be careful collecting leaves from ponds though, they may carry hydra into the tank.
    Okay! thanks so much for the explanation! i was fretting because everytime i try to grow an aquatic plant it dies! (i couldn't even grow elodea.) That really helped clear things up!

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