Blue Carbon Rili (neocaridina Davidi)

Discussion in 'Aquarium Stocking Questions' started by ShawnFish, Jul 30, 2017.

  1. ShawnFish

    ShawnFish Valued Member Member

    I may be getting a 2 gallon aquarium soon and wanted to do shrimp. I already have algae wafers from the plecos i use to have and algae pellets from the malawians. I also have java moss from the cory tank. I wanted to do a blue carbon rili tank, so
    A) Can i feed them the wafers
    B) How many could i have
    C) How long does the tank have to cycle, I've heard a shrimp tank has to cycle longer than other tanks for the aufwach.
    Sorry for the long post, trying to get this tank right.
     
  2. BuddyD

    BuddyD Well Known Member Member

    What is aufwach?
     
  3. Floundering_Around

    Floundering_Around Well Known Member Member

    Shrimp feed on biofilm and that's why they generally need an old, or mature, tank so that it can basically build up all the gunk.
    Shrimp will eat algae wafers and pretty much anything that sinks but you can also grow algea in your tank through fertilizers or extra lighting.
    I think the rule of thumb is ten shrimp per gallon. You can really pack these guys in since their bioload is so small. They'll eventually breed or die to maintain the capacity of the tank.
     
  4. OP
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    ShawnFish

    ShawnFish Valued Member Member

    Aufwach is the gunk on leaves, the algae and such. Insuforia is the microrganism population in the water.
     
  5. Anders247

    Anders247 Fishlore Legend Member

    How are you cycling the tank? With ammonia?
     
  6. OP
    OP
    ShawnFish

    ShawnFish Valued Member Member

    With water and gravel from a mature, year old tank and feeding the tank.
     
  7. Culprit

    Culprit Fishlore VIP Member

    Do you have a filter? Barely any bacteria actually lives in the gravel, and next to none in the water. A filter is very important. Not only for biological filtration, but also for water flow.
     
  8. Floundering_Around

    Floundering_Around Well Known Member Member

    For a shrimp tank, you should use a sponge filter or a HOB with a sponge over the intake
     
  9. OP
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    ShawnFish

    ShawnFish Valued Member Member

    Yes, i have a filter. I will also use cycle stuff, the pouch of bacteria.
     




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