Bob2019 Posted October 8, 2019 Report Share Posted October 8, 2019 Hi, new to the forum and hoping for advice and honest opinions. Long experience of cold water community fish keeping but no hands on experience of shrimp. I have a spare 45 gallon (170 litre) which I'm cycling with a spare canister filter seeded with media from one of my other tanks. No heater and tank temps here are currently around the 68f, can raise this but would prefer to not use a heater if possible. Now I plan on planting it rather heavily with the usual cold water plants, Amazon sword, anubias etc plus grow a moss carpet over at least a third of the floor, sand substrate, some wood rock and driftwood. I fancy my hand at aquascaping. but the real reason is to keep shrimp, preferably three different colour/type colonies that won't interbreed, happy in the natural temps I get here. I have already done a huge amount of reading but it's easy to get lost in the detail. I know shrimp are sensitive so I do not want to stock the tank too soon, prepared to wait months if needed, to get the set up right. Do I need to wait until the moss carpet is fully grown before introducing the shrimp? Should I let the tank mature for a certain number of weeks or months after cycling is complete? Feeding with fish food to keep the BB going which three types would folks recommend for cold Water? How many can I introduce at a time? Finally, do shrimp appreciate a strong flow from a filter? I have a prefilter sponge ready for the intake but yet to find out if I need to buffer the outflow to reduce the current, it's quite strong with an open pipe, enough to make a crater in the sand. thank you in anticipation Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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