Do I need a filter for a nano Shrimp tank?

Marinedude17422

I've been doing a ton of research, and I just need someone to give me a straight answer

If I want to have a planted shrimp nano tank (1-3) gallons, do I need a filter?

If so, would a UGF filter work if I used java ferns and moss?

If not, what would my water changes look like and how would I cycle the tank before the addition of the shrimp?

Thanks so much
 

alink

I am not a shrimp expert, however, from what I have learned with a shrimp only tank, you do not need a normal filter. Many people will use a sponge filter in these tanks. It is hard to keep a cycle in this type of a tank because the waste produced is so small, your plants will probably eat it all before it can harm anything. So my final answer would be no, in your case you will not need a filter. An airstone would be good though to provide surface agitation and water movement. As for water changes, I think 10-15% a week would be fine, maybe 25% every 2 weeks. Make sure you use some fertilizer for your plants!
 

kidster9700

I am not a shrimp expert, however, from what I have learned with a shrimp only tank, you do not need a normal filter. Many people will use a sponge filter in these tanks. It is hard to keep a cycle in this type of a tank because the waste produced is so small, your plants will probably eat it all before it can harm anything. So my final answer would be no, in your case you will not need a filter. An airstone would be good though to provide surface agitation and water movement. As for water changes, I think 10-15% a week would be fine, maybe 25% every 2 weeks. Make sure you use some fertilizer for your plants!

I'm going to plus one on this. No filter. If you have enough plants it will help keep the cycle though.


 

jdhef

Check out this thread:
 

maggie thecat

I've kept shrimp and snails in a planted 3 gallon glass cookie jar. I used a sponge filter and everyone thrived. One gallon water change per week, because of the mystery snail. It is very doable.
 

EricV

A small sponge filter would be preferable but in a well planted tank you do not necessary need a filter for shrimp.
 

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