Ghost Shrimp Question

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    LeafydragonValued MemberMember

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    What is the largest group of ghost shrimp I can keep that won’t make it turn into 100? I don’t want the shrimp to breed. Is there a way to tell the males from females and only get males? I was planning on getting five shrimp, but I’d love to get 9. Is there a way to choose just males when I get them from petsmart?
     
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    Are you dead set on ghosts? If you want shrimp that won't breed you can get amano shrimp. I much prefer them.
     
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    If i recall from past research ghost shrimp sometimes eat their babies so you may not get a population explosion with them. As above said Amanos are a better choice as they don't breed in freshwater
     
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    Go with the amanos. My ghost shrimp manage to breed quite nicely, and if they’re eating their babies they aren’t eating enough of them to keep the population down.
     
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    For my tank I’m planning on doing a betta, three mystery snails and two nerite snails in a 10g tank, would amano still be okay in that? If so how many? I figured ghost shrimp were less expensive so it might be less risky getting them but I do want to have a decent sized group that doesn’t get bigger if possible.
     
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    I agree with all above comments personally I'd put 5 Ammano in
     
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    With the betta and five snails in a 10g?
     
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    I can see what your saying to be honest 1 snail is more than enough for a 10g and 5 ammanos
    Even with no ammanos 5 is a lot you will have to supplement their food
     
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    Could I maybe mix the ghost and amano shrimp? Two of each?

    Mystery snails normally don’t take care of algae problems, so it would only be the nerite snails doing that as well as the amano shrimp. I was planning on using algae wafers and blanched vegetables
     
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    I have one Betta and one nerite (and ramshorns) in a 10g...unless you have tons of algae always being produced, I have found one nerite to be enough. Plus it’s not always easy to get them to accept other foods...My algae is mostly gone now and i have to grow algae on rocks in the sun for mine . And 5 snails will poop...a lot!
     
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    My filter capacity according to aqadvisor is still pretty decent and it’s only 69% stocked with all five snails and I’ve heard that mystery snails are more of a decoration then an algae cleaner. Should I just skip the nerite snails and go with 2 amano shrimp?
     
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    Theres no reason why you cant mix them, I know from what my nerite snail dose 1 is ample for a 10gal but it's up to you and the mystery snails will breed like crazy, this is what 1 nerite snail done over night
     

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    Mystery snails lay their eggs on the water line so I can easily scoop them out (they won’t hatch unless near water).
    Woah, those snails and busy bees, I’d be worried to get two nerite snails then leave no food for the amano shrimp since it is still a new tank.
     
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