Cherry shrimp temperature- is 80 degrees happy?

redmare

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HI all! I have a tank cycled and awaiting the arrival of my new shrimp friends. It's a 5 gallon with driftwood, plants, and moss. I'm a little concerned about my temperature- my heater is hypothetically preset for 78F, it seems to be right at 80F give or take a degree. I've seen so many different given temp ranges, I've seen 65-85 and also 70-76 and 77-81. So I'm a little unsure. I live in Canada and my house is very cold, at night it can get down to 60, with no heater the tank seems to be about 65F with a bigger fluctuation.
So what's your experience say? Will that temperature be fine? Should I figure something else out? Thanks all!
 

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If it were me, and shrimp were all I was putting in the tank, I would just ditch the heater.
 

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I would invest in a different heater. Something controllable. I have 3 tanks with rcs in them and they’re all at 80. So it will work. They will breed and form a colony but they won’t live as long as at a lower temp. I believe 76-78 would be a better temp for longer living shrimp.
 

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I haven't had a whole lot of luck keeping neos at higher temperatures, may just be the ones I have, but they're a lot happier 65-73, and even colder than that. Maybe see if you can get a return on the heater? Mine were fine all throughout winter without a heater, in a badly insulated room, and now I've got somewhere around 80
 

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I'm also going to pipe in at a lower temp thing.

I started my shrimp keeping in a once grow out tank and didn't think much of the temp since it was set for the live bearer fry, 80 f.

And my first shrimp did well but seemed to die younger than I thought they should.

At first I thought well they are not long lived and maybe I got older shrimp.

But further research said that while the shrimp can live in higher temps, it also increases their metabolic rate and while this increases growth rate, also causes younger deaths. In short, my females did berry and give me babies, but they only berried once before dying. And believe it or not, this bothered me, I love my critters, I want them to live as long as possible.

I have since lowered my tank temp to 74 f and constantly monitor my temps since I have to have a heater (cold house to save money, working girl here) and I do not trust heaters. As we all know, drastic changes in temps are not a good thing. I actually use several method to test temps, the old fashion floating thermometer, a digital thermometer and my instant read meat thermometer. Yea, over kill, but as I said, I do not trust heaters.

Since lowering my temps I have found I am getting more babies since young females live long enough to berry more than once.

I will never claI'm to be an expert in shrimp keeping, I only know what has worked for me.
 
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thanks so much guys! I got an adjustable heater and now have some good 74 degree water!
 

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