2 Foot Shrimp Tank

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  1. Ammar

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    Hi All

    tank number 2 is being setup for shrimp, I have never kept shrimp so I have a few questions

    1- is a 2 foot big enough for shrimp
    2- can i use PFS as substrate
    3- if I use water from my fully cycled tank, do I need to give it time before I add shrimp
    4- i have 2 sponge filter that will be running in the tank, will that me enough, I am currently running them in my big tank.
    5- what temperature should i keep the water at.

    would really appreciate everyone's input

    thanks in advance

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    Hi Ammar
    1- Yes a 2 foot is big enough for shrimp.
    2- You can use PFS for a substrate but i personaliy prefer shrimpking soil or langa.
    3- I would rather use treated tap water for neocaridina and RO water for caridina shrimp.
    you can use Scape Bac-up to get the benefical bacteria going.
    4- Yes you can run the double sponge from big tank in shrimp tank.
    Run tank for a min. of 5 days before you add the shrimp.
    5- Temp 21-24 deg C.

    PS I would recoment the drip method wen adding you shrimp

    Hope this help
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    As @Pieter Henning said all is true. But remember the is a huge differance between neos and caradinia shrimp. Neos are not extremely fussy about water conditions. I have cherries in an unfiltered, unheated and no wc tank outside. They survive the highfeld winters. Measured temps are anything between 8 and 22 at the moment.

    I will not sugest caradinas to a first time shrimp keeper. They are way more picky when it gets to water conditions.

    For any shrimp tank I would personally sugest running the tank for at least 2 months for it to settle and have suffician biofilm growth for the shrimp to graze on. Get algae growing on the back glass and your shrimps will be happy. Do a 10% wc monthly or every second month. Frequint changing water conditions/paramaters will make them molt prematurely and they will die unfortunately.



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    thank you very much, I will be getting some blue dreams from @Christiaan Duvenage from what I have read, they are not super fussy, along with some cherries, I have a good blob of moss that needs to be cleaned off algae, im pretty sure there will enough for them to graze on... i will also keep my tank light on for a few days and try to get more algae growth.
     
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    Just like laundry day, you need to keep the colours separate.
    All neocardina shrimp have been bred to the specific colour that they are, and if you were to keep wild, red, blue and orange together they will revert back to their wild colouration.

    A colour chart explains how they were bred to the colour that they are.
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    Thats interesting, does this mean there is a possibility that offsprings of blue could be a different color? Ill make sure to separate them.


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    It all depends on how true the shrimp are that you are getting. There is always the odd 1 or 2 popping out. Best is to remove these shrimp as culls as they will dilute the pure strain your keeping.

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    The shrimp tank f14fc12602f1b7dab3049713fcf5a4fc.jpg


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    nice looking tank ... what light are you running on it?
     
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    Thanks its the LED u told me about
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    Plants are going to go crazy ... hope you have a sharp scissors :)

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    I cant wait i have a small 1 foot at work i was messing around with, moss went crazy with this light and hectik pearling with no CO2.


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    Tank is clearing up slowly i might do a water change tomorrow still, i cleaned the sand but not the rocks before putting them in. There is plenty moss in between the rocks fe672bf64adb55d4ca69be1d0b596109.jpg


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    what rock is that ... reddish rock from Lifestyle or did you do the acid test to make sure it is not loaded with dissolveables ?

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    Oh crap...
    Not i didnt do any tests. Got it from a nursery in pretoria. What should i do to find out? 0c2ddf4a8649f87152fd4c27c0ab75e4.jpg


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    hmmm that looks a bit calcium heavy but could still work - looks like "bone rock"" .. acid test see if it bubbles if not you good, if it does, keep it in mind should you get algae or water hardness issues.

    Here you go ...

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    No bubbles from vinegar, should i try pool acid؟i read the stronger the acid the better the test results.


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    if you want - just be very careful ... but you should be good ..

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    Nice tank man! What light is that?

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    Its an LED light that @f-fish suggested i use for my big tank, i have 4 running on my 550L and the plants are loving them. Ill find the link for you, they sell them at the lighting warehouse. I think i got then for 120 a pop.


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