View Full Version : How many cherries?

04-20-2009, 07:20 AM
Hi all :)

I plan to dive into my first shrimp keeping adventure...with a 5G planted:22: Ill probably do a single tiny manzanita tree covered in Xmas moss with some small river stones surrounded by some petite anubias...keeping it really open. Filtration will be a small HOB probably a Topfin 10 or something around 80-90gph. My question is how many cherry shrimp would live comfortably in this tank?

04-20-2009, 12:14 PM
5 million.

LOL, well maybe not quite THAT many but they don't have much of a bioload so you can have several dozen in there without a problem. They are suppose to breed fairly easily and without other fish in there to gobble up the babies, you have more and more all the time.

04-21-2009, 02:28 AM
I started my community about 6 months ago with 10 and I now have about 40. If you can get them at a good price I would get 15 just so you can see them - you can stock like at least 100 in there.

04-21-2009, 02:31 AM
100 give or take.. they are cool and I just upgraded to a 5gal for them..

04-21-2009, 07:31 PM
Awesome! Thanks everyone :) I will probably start out with 20-25 and let it go from there.

04-21-2009, 11:50 PM
A dozen or two to start would be great, just to ensure you get a good mix of males and females. In a few months you'll have more shrimp than you'll know what to do with. Your 10g can probably hold 100-200 w/o even looking full. Remember to cover that filter intake with a foam sponge or pantyhose.

04-22-2009, 12:50 AM
You don't need too many to start with. I bought 20 or so a year ago and now have well over 150 between 3 tanks. I may even have over 150 in my 20 long alone. The others didn't explode the same due to the fish/tank mates I keep in them (temp params -colder than they prefer- an issue in one and fake plants in the other)

Fantastic little critters~~

04-22-2009, 01:00 AM
OMG i forgot the important advice, find something to put over your intake of your filter. I found cheapo cloth gloves at the dollar store and cut the fingers off, then secured with a rubber band you get with new fish. You just need to make sure to clean it from time to time so it doesn't affect your intake.

Baby cherries are so tiny you need a magnifying glass, so they can get sucked up.

Males are more clear and females are 'red lobster' red. make sure you get both.

04-22-2009, 01:23 AM
I was going to buy cherries tda but the lfs wanted $5 a piece. So I bought 6 ghost shrimp for like $3 lol

04-22-2009, 01:58 AM
I was going to buy cherries tda but the lfs wanted $5 a piece. So I bought 6 ghost shrimp for like $3 lol

wow, ghost's are .33 a piece here. you might think this next time: ghost shrimp won't reproduce, cherries will. Well ghosts will, but the babies need brackish water to survive. crazy how one area will differ from another in prices.

04-22-2009, 03:04 AM
Last time I bought about 5 ghost shrimp and they lasted about 6 months and kept the bottom of my 10g clean so I thought that was fine. I just cant make myself spend $5 on a shrimp.. well I did spend like $10 on one peppermint shrimp but thats saltwater lol

Wild Turkey
04-22-2009, 03:42 AM
In a 5 gallon, you arent even pushing it until your shrimp numbers are in the hundreds. Provided you have the proper filtration and maintenance schedule.

04-22-2009, 04:03 PM
Awesome...glad to hear that I can have quite a few shrimps in there. Geeze I found alot of places online that sell cherries shipped for $1 each Id never pay $5 each for them thats crazy.