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    Hello,

    I used to keep fish, but college made it hard to do. Now that all I have left is student teaching and I will have my own apartment I am thinking of getting back into it.

    I am thinking of getting Red Cherry Shrimp with black gravel with maybe a few plants. I am looking for suggestions on tank size, I am thinking either 5.5 gallons or 10 gallons. I do not want to go much bigger than 10 gallons as I will be moving again after next school year.

    I do not really think I should have fish yet as I may be gone over winter break for up to around two weeks. I will hopefully have someone to feed them during that time. But if anyone has good fish suggestions I'd be intrested too.

    I will need to get a shrimp cover guard for my filter intake, but otherwise, I plan on using my old filter and heater from my 29-gallon tank. Is there any concern with that in such a smaller tank? Anything else I'll need.

    What do you feed Red Cherry Shrimp? How often?

    I will need to get another test water kit and read up on how to do a fishless water cycle.

    Thank you!
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    Welcome back to the AC

    5.5G is fine for RCS, but 10G would work as well, you could even have some nano fish with the RCS if you go that big

    What size/model is the old filter?
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    If you got some nano fish, the feeding of the shrimp would take care of itself. They would simply scavenge whatever the fish fail to eat, off of the substrate. They also pick microscopic stuff off of plant leaves. Whenever I feed my fish, I never have to worry about my shrimp. They're always up and about, going after whatever they can get. They can also pick algae off the glass. Once the tank is established, shrimp can usually find something to eat. If you're only going to keep shrimp, try New Life Spectrum's "small fish" formula. The pellets are tiny enough for shrimp to eat, and will also serve nano fish well, should you decide to add them. Fry food might also work for shrimp.
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    Thank you for the replies. I will check filter type when I get home Monday.

    I've never had nano fish, any recommendations?

    I've always used gravel substrate, is sand easier to clean? I've always thought it would get messier but I think I like the look better.
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    Sand is MUCH easier to keep clean, IME.
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    Gravel is easier to clean. Pea-sized gravel still looks nice, and when siphoning with a cylinder attached to the end of the hose, some gravel will be picked up but remains in the cylinder while all the debris go up into the hose and the bucket. Then the clean gravel drops back down when the siphon is moved to a different location in the tank. Gravel itself is heavy enough it doesn't go all the way up into the hose, so you don't have to fish it back out of the bucket to return it to the substrate. Otherwise, one would lose much of their substrate during the siphoning process. Sand may be a different story. It's light enough that siphoning it without losing much of it may be difficult.
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    I've only one experience with gravel as a substrate, and it wasn't pea-sized, but on average not much bigger

    Gravel of any sort will hold more detritus than sand...doesn't make it unusable, just a bigger PITA to vacuum, IME
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    Cherry shrimp (and other similar species) do best with an air-driven sponge filter. A bit of Najas aka guppy grass would be good. Sand substrate is easier to clean, though shrimp don't really poop enough to worry about cleaning up after. I had a 10 gallon tank that housed hundreds of them at one time. I started feeding them dead water lily leaves from the backyard pond and hydra came along with them. Unfortunately, I used copper sulfate to kill the hydra, and some was absorbed by the silicone in the tank and very slowly leached back out over time. It didn't kill the shrimp outright, but they stopped reproducing, and even adding fresh stock didn't stop the gradual decline in their numbers. Oddly enough, the malaysian trumpet snails were unaffected, apparently the shrimp are more sensitive.

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    If the filter and heater from your old 29g were properly sized for that tank, I would say they'll be much too large for a 5.5g tank, possibly OK for 10g. Just depends what you have. Something to consider is the Fluval Spec V, all in one tank - a very neat little tank. If needed, a small heater could be added to the pump compartment, but in many cases, shrimp only may not even need a heater.

    Otherwise, as said above, a sponge filter would be perfect for a small tank, even if you add a few nano fish.

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