I’ve been keeping and breeding fish and numerous other animals all my life. But, have never bred freshwater shrimp before. I’m setting up a new shrimp tank and wanted to make sure I’m doing things right in advance so I don’t have to live with suboptimal setup or redo things in the future. I plan to keep a small 5.5 gal tank of shrimp that will hopefully breed to sustain itself and provide some extras for other tanks or to trade in at the lfs.
Originally, I really liked how the red pintos look and was going to start with those, but it sounds like they are a bit touchy and i should start with a more ‘beginner shrimp’ even though I have years of experience with fresh and saltwater aquariums. So, I thought I’d start with some blue dreams. Sound like a good plan?
So, my proposed setup is:
I have a silly 5gal topfin retreat tank that I plan to use. I blocked off the powerhead with foam so that it is shrimp-proof. The foam should also provide a nice bed for the bacteria while I can use the inserts for mechanical filtration. (Is it ok to use carbon filters with shrimp? I never see it mentioned)
I plan to use black fluorite as the substrate and heavily plant that tank with anubia, cryptocoryne, java fern and java moss. I also have some driftwood and neutral rocks for decor. I am planning to get some chola wood as well, since I hear the shrimp love it.
I currently use rodi water for my freshwater tanks remineralized with a mix of alkaline buffer and acid buffer for kh (while maintaining desired ph) and equilibrium or replenish for gh. I was planning to get a shrimp specific remineralizer (probably salty shrimp) for the shrimp tank. Which do people recommend? Also, what would people recommend as the ideal parameters (I was likely going to try to match the parameters of wherever I get the shrimp from, but will need to start somewhere for cycling)
I also planned to get some shrimp specific food, although I understand that they really don’t need much and I will feed sparingly. Again, which is considered best?
I am using a heater since this nano tank will be on my bedside table and the temp can fluctuate quite a bit. I as planning to keep it around 76, but of course am flexible.
I have read different opinions of snails. I have mts and rams horn snails in my other tanks and know they are nearly impossible to eradicate once they are there, so don’t want to add them unless I should. I was thinking of putting in ramshorns but not mts.
Does this all sound like a good way to start? Am I forgetting anything? What pitfalls should I be prepared for that I’m not thinking of?
Thanks in advance!