Good Starter Number Of Rcs In A 29 Gallon?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Invertebrates' started by AbrielleRose, Apr 18, 2017.

  1. AbrielleRoseNew MemberMember

    I have another shrimp question. What is a good number of RCS to start out with in a planted 29 gallon? I'm doing all nano sized fish in this tank. Endlers, Glowlight Danios, not glowfish, and 2 guppies. The guppies will be the biggest residents in this tank. I've put in a few hiding spots for the shrimplets so they hopefully won't get munched on. But I'm unsure of how many shrimp I should start out with. They will be going into a newly cycled tank.
  2. HappiestCamperWell Known MemberMember

    Depends on your level of patience. I am super cheap so I started with 6 because thats already like 25-30 dollars.

    Ten would have been a better starting number to up the chances of a good m/f ratio. So i might add some more later !
  3. DolfanFishlore VIPMember

    Since you are adding them to a 29 gallon, I would start with 20. Would be a good diverse base to start a colony. At bare minimum I would get 10, or they may have trouble finding each other for mating and other shenanigans. Here is a link to an article I put together on getting started with shrimp...

    Freshwater Shrimp Keeping
  4. AbrielleRoseNew MemberMember

    Thank you. I really appreciate the added article.
  5. KiksWell Known MemberMember

    I have a 30 gallon long with about 8 RCS. Three of those are definitely females and two of those are berried.

    Your shrimp will find each other and mate, this is an absolute non-issue in a 29 gallon tank. The female molts and releases pheromones which is how the males find her.
    I bet even if you only put two RCS in there (being 100% sure that one is male and one is female, both sexually mature) you'll end up with a berried female.
  6. -Mak-Fishlore VIPMember

    20 is good, I have a 2.6 gallon and I'll be starting with 10 (bit overkill, but just to make shipping and the entire process worthwhile) so really anything you choose will work. Less = slower colony growth, more = faster growth.
  7. bettafanaticWell Known MemberMember

    If you go on eBay you can find people selling rcs cheap. I bought 25 for like $20. I now have over 100 in my 10g rcs only tank and they are still breeding. I also took about 50 out and put them in my 55g heavily planted tank. They breed like mad!!! I bought mine approx 6 months ago.
  8. Bmur05Valued MemberMember

    As long as you have plenty of hiding spots, they will multiply very quickly. Java Moss is the easiest plant to add a safety area for them! They love it and it grows very quickly

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