Cherry shrimp help

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    Hi guys I was wondering if anyone had a bit of info on red cherry shrimp. I want to put them into the setup I have at the moment. Just want to make sure that I don't need a planted tank I can have a normal fish tank. I have got guppies and Im thinking I might need to put some moss in the tank. Any other advice? IMG-20181022-WA0002.jpeg
     
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    Hello!

    Cherry Shrimp (Neocaridina davidi) will survive in that tank should the parameters be good, however they do prefer a planted setup as it provides much more area for them to graze bio-film off.
    The most critical thing in keeping shrimp is to keep the water parameters stable and constant. One way of achieving that is by using an active substrate(or buffering substrate) which is normally where a planted tank also comes in. Shrimp are also normally a lot more sensitive to nitrates than fish in my experience, which could be an issue if its heavily stocked with guppies.

    Also just a reminder that all fish will try and eat shrimp (With the exception of Otto's). With other fish in the tank you will have to provide sufficient hiding places for the shrimp otherwise they will get picked off quite fast.

    My recommendation: Get a similar sized tank, add some cheap pool filtration sad in it. Add a sponge filter, and get a few plant cuttings from a friend and add the shrimp there. They will be way more active and enjoy life more.

    Or if you want to keep your current setup: Make sure there is sufficient hiding space, make sure not to overstock, make sure filter will not suck up shrimp, and add some nice moss or maybe even an anubia or 2 in it.

    Hope this helps!
     
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    Awesome thanks for the advice. Got a smaller thank I might use for it.
     
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    Must it be pool sand or can it be play sand.
     
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    Pool filtration sand. I believe that play sand might be a bit too fine? (Unless there is different kinds?).
    Most builders do stock it.
     
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    I have found that shrimp appreciate darker substrate.
    Black inert sand works well, although it tends to be sucked up easily when syphoning the tank.

    I would set up a tank specifically for shrimp.
    Dark substrate, with some driftwood and anubias, together with some Susswassertang, Hornwort or even Java Moss.
    The shrimp will graze on the biofilm on the leaves, and you can supplement their diet with sinking wafers, pellets or fresh blanched vegetables.

    Guppies will see your shrimp as an expensive snack.
     
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    Awesome thanks guys. Will try all the suggestions
     
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    what about neon tetras? will they also eat the shrimp?
     
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    The only safe fish with shrimp are Otocinclus.
    Anything else will try and eat shrimp.
    If there are enough hiding places for shrimp they may survive, and even multiply, but they will be preyed upon.
     

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