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    so i want to set up my 2.5 gallon tank as a shrimp tank. I was going to use some regular gravel and some larger rocks for decor. I would use java moss both for decoration and as a filter (since I don't know of many filters that will fit well in a 2.5 gallon). I can get one of those small heater pads, but I read somewhere that Amano Shrimp can live comfortably in tanks without heater (like room temp water, 59-80F). I was wondering if this was true?
    I was looking for some suggestions concerning basically anything in the tank. the shrimp, the decor, the equipment (or lack thereof)...

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    well i have a 2.5g shrimp tank...

    It's got normal gravel, lots of obsidian rocks, and a ton of java moss temporarily right now.

    Amano shrimp are big... much bigger then cherry shrimp. You might be happier if you had more smaller shrimp then Amano ,which are usually used to eliminate algae. although they still looks nice just not very colorful.

    Mine however does have a small filter. Without it the water doesn't have any movement and a thin layer of yuck grows on top.

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    I don't have a shrimp tank yet but I do have three 2.5 gallon betta tanks up and running with heaters and filtration. I use an Elite mini in one that works great but the current is kind of strong. In the other two tanks I use Tom's mini submersible filters, they come with alot of attachments for outflow so in my crowntail betta's tank I use a spraybar pointed to the rear of the tank so he doesn't have trouble swimming in the current. I know some people just use an air pump and a simple sponge filter too. I can't really help with your temperature questions. sorry!

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    EDIT: I also wanted to add that I've heard those heater pads can be very unreliable, I've been using mini tetra heats that I found at Wal Mart in my small tanks and so far they've been great and kept the temp constant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PUNISHER VETTE
    Amano shrimp are big... much bigger then cherry shrimp. You might be happier if you had more smaller shrimp then Amano ,which are usually used to eliminate algae. although they still looks nice just not very colorful.

    Mine however does have a small filter. Without it the water doesn't have any movement and a thin layer of yuck grows on top.
    cherry shrimp would be awesome too. what kind of filter is it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattshelly88
    cherry shrimp would be awesome too. what kind of filter is it?
    It's just a tiny Aquaclear.
    I've got a piece of netting on the intake to keep the shrimp from getting sucked in.
    http://www.bigalsonline.com/BigAlsUS...r30powerfilter

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    neat. do you do water changes very often? is there anything special you feed them? other than algea wafers?

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    I keep cherry shrimp and I feed them algae rocks, and once/twice per week they get a tiny bit of crushed up Hikari Crab Cuisine. Otherwise they are eating dead plants and the algae on the glass (well keeping algae off the glass really...)
    Algae rocks - rocks from the community tank that get covered in algae!
    Shrimp need an established tank - as for water changes my tank is quite heavily planted especially for the bioload so I monitored nitrates for awhile to see what they were doing and they don't show. So I just take out about 25% every fortnight and top it up with water that has sat with dechlor for over 12 hours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gemini
    Shrimp need an established tank - as for water changes my tank is quite heavily planted especially for the bioload so I monitored nitrates for awhile to see what they were doing and they don't show. So I just take out about 25% every fortnight and top it up with water that has sat with dechlor for over 12 hours.
    thanks for the insight. that's pretty much what i plan on doing, heavily plant it with java moss and do 20-25% water changes every 2 weeks. ill be sure to have the tank fully cycled and situated before i add any shrimp. how many do you think i could comfortable house in a 2.5 gallon?
    the algae rocks are a cool idea. however, i dont think ill have another tank set up at the time to produce them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattshelly88
    thanks for the insight. that's pretty much what i plan on doing, heavily plant it with java moss and do 20-25% water changes every 2 weeks. ill be sure to have the tank fully cycled and situated before i add any shrimp. how many do you think i could comfortable house in a 2.5 gallon?
    the algae rocks are a cool idea. however, i dont think ill have another tank set up at the time to produce them.
    You can produce the algae rocks in any water holding container, and sunshine. Dave66 did a great article http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ighlight=algae about halfway down Green Algae. Works great as another option!!
    As for shrimpy numbers it will depend on the size of the shrimp. Cherrys you could have I think an easy 25 shrimp in a 2.5G. As long as it's filtered, planted etc.
    I find Amano shrimp a bit blah - cherry shrimp, crystal red shrimp, bee shrimp - there's lotsa different shrimp that are nice cololurs. But depending on where you live they might be $$$. Look on Craigslist and local forums to see if you can get some. Cherry shrimp for example breed very easily so you may be able to get some cheaper from a private owner.
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    As for shrimpy numbers it will depend on the size of the shrimp. Cherrys you could have I think an easy 25 shrimp in a 2.5G. As long as it's filtered, planted etc.
    wow 25?!? that's a lot more than i was expecting. im pretty excited about that. now that ive looked up some info on cherry shrimp, i really like the idea of having them. they look really cool. thanks for all the help!

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