My wife ordered several shrimp for our 55g tank. She's been browsing Arizona Aquatic Gardens for several months, and finally pulled the trigger on:
5 Cherry Shrimp
4 Singapore Wood Shrimp
5 Rudolph the Red Nosed Shrimp
5 Bumble Bee Shrimp
5 Dwarf Emerald Green Deora Algae Eating Shrimp
12 Nerite Snails
Shrimp are a little tough to find, so I thought I'd mention Arizona Aquatic Gardens...I will update this thread when they arrive (Wednesday). They are being shipped Tuesday from AZ to OH.
I was thinking outfitting the tank with something similar to one of the Algae Squad packages. They claim that they can almost completely mitigate troublesome algae growth.
We'll see how this first shipment goes. :)
Last edited by Commodore 64; 02-26-2008 at 12:33 AM.
Congrats on your order. Keep us posted.
75 gallon planted tank with discus, GBR's and cardinals
135 gallon saltwater FOWLR work in progress and desperately need help
I get my plants at az gardens. Pretty nice selcection.
Heavily Planted SE Asian biotope
-2 SAE's, 13 threadfin rainbows, 6 White Cloud Mtn. Minnows and a dwarf gourami
2 bamboo shrimp, couple cherry shrimp, 10 neons, 6 CPD's and 8 spotted rasboras
South American tank
-1 Firemouth , 1 blue acara
The Az Gardens folks said that the shrimp are used to a little salt. 1 teaspoon per 20 gallons. I did a search on this forum, and the opinions are very mixed on salt...
The rate of 1 teaspoon per 20 gallons is pretty low, compared to what I've seen discussed (on the order of 1 Tablespoon per 5-10 gallons)...so I went ahead and added 2.5 teaspoons of aquarium salt to my tank.
At the moment the denizens of my tank are 1 red-tailed shark, 1 molly, 1 apple snail, 1 old cory cat, and 1 golden chinese algae eater.
The shrimp should be awesome. AZ gardens is a good store. They have a great selection and usually ship out Thursdays I think it is... Take some pics when you got them ready.
75 Gallon South Cichlid: Tiger Oscar and Jack Dempsey
55 Gallon GT Tank: 1 Male GT and 8 Giant Danio
20 Gallon Long: Waiting for eco-complete planted red substrate that has been delayed 2 weeks due to weather.
"Don't buy fish at Wal-Mart then go to your local fish store for help when they die. Goto your local fish store first and get educated. It will save you money and many many fishes lives."
sounds good look forward to pics
Looks like a nice selection of shrimp, hope they all arrive in top shape.
As for the "Algae Squad" .... I'd have some reservations about buying them. Two SAEs for a 10g tank? It'll take care of your algae alright, but what are you going to do with them once they grow up? Two otos? They gregarious fish and should be kept in larger groups than that.
The packages for larger tanks aren't much of any better. Unless you want exclusively algae eating critters in your tank you're going to rapidly reach your stocking limit with just the fish in the packages.
I'd pick and choose a smaller selection and try to control my nitrates/phosphates to limit algae growth.
Last edited by Sasquatch; 02-26-2008 at 03:04 PM.
My AC Fish Gallery:
Another gallery with my fish
21 Gallon - 3 Ornate Tetras, 7 Pencilfish, 1 Oto cat, 7 Amano shrimp, 1 Peckoltia brevis, 1 clown pleco
15 Gallon - 1 clown pleco, 6 threadfin rainbows
10 Gallon - 7 Galaxy Rasboras, 4 Betta rutilans, Cherry shrimp, 1 Hillstream Loach
65 Gallon - Cycling!
What is the best way to take pics of aquarium inmates? I've tried before, and they all look like the picture was taken through glass (go figure) and are somewhat out of focus.
I took a look in the thread for Pictures of the month, and the semifinalist's pictures are crystal clear. Is there a trick I don't know about?
It did occur to me that there wouldn't be much room for anything else after the algae squad was stocked.
Originally Posted by Sasquatch