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Would CaribSea Eco-Complete mixed with some black aquarium sand be okay to use as a substrate for shrimp and plants? I'm trying to setup a 20L for shrimp, snails, plants and some guppies/neons.

I'm totally new to shrimp and have only had ghost shrimp so far. I want to get some other types once I get the tank setup and cycled. I have a 10 gallon right now with a mystery snail, ghost shrimp, fancy guppies and a small algae eater (forget the name, but it doesn't get very big).

Thanks for any help. I'm sorry, total newbie here and want to get started the right way.

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I keep tiger shrimp in eco-complete and they do fine. I wouldn't recommend caridina shrimp be kept in it since most of them preffer acidic water with a lower ph.

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I was going for Red Cherry Shrimp and maybe some other beginner type.  I wasn't exactly sure which ones would be good for beginners.  I'm still learning and reading up on things.  Since I can get Cherry Shrimp locally, that was going to be the first ones that I get.

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Eco-complete and red cherry shrimps will do together very well. I have them in a 10 gal tank for more than 2 years and they're still breeding strong.

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I also use tap water with prime when doing water change and my tank keeps PH at 7.2-7.5. So if the shrimps come from the source with different PH from your area. I think they will need time to adapt. But red cherry shrimps is hardy.

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Yup, my tank is EcoComplete and Neos as well - with mostly RO plus a little tap sometimes. For whatever reason, my pH tends to stay quite acidic as well, but it's not the substrate's doing, and I wouldn't likely put most Caridinas in there. I'd go with the buffering substrates for them. (Though I am hoping to get some tigers with my Neos at some point, because they are apparently more tolerant.)

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