How many shrimp can I have?

  1. HelloUnderwaterWorld

    HelloUnderwaterWorld Valued Member Member

    Hi there, I have a 1.8 gallon tank, so basically a filtered fish bowl. It has 8 small Water Wisteria, 2 tiny Anubias, and 3 Marimo balls. So far, there are 3 shrimp: one ghost, one cherry and one rainbow/ Malaya shrimp.
    1. How many shrimp do you think I could house? I would love 1-2 more cherries.
    2. Is there a way to cut up the Marimo ball and flatten it into a sort of carpet moss? I'm not sure about this one, just seems like a cool idea
    3. Is there such a thing as too many live plants?
    Thanks if you can answer any of these. :;thx

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  2. Junne

    Junne Fishlore Legend Member

    Do you have another tank? The reason I ask is the ghost shrimp do not breed as easily ( don't see a problem there ) but with the RCS, they may have 15 babies at a time! Soon your bowl will be overrun.

    Just a thought...............

    Yes the moss ball can be cut up - not sure how flat it will stay though but I have a few that I have "accidentally" pulled apart and they lay semi flat on the bottom.
     
  3. OP
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    HelloUnderwaterWorld

    HelloUnderwaterWorld Valued Member Member

    I have a friend who will take them. I have heard that RCS will multiply. Thanks
     


  4. Junne

    Junne Fishlore Legend Member

    Oh thats good because I have had 4 sets of shrimp already ( 50 + babies ) since Feb. So they are prolific breeders! :) I currently have 2 more females that are ready to give birth any day.
     
  5. OP
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    HelloUnderwaterWorld

    HelloUnderwaterWorld Valued Member Member

    Cool!
    Also, how many shrimp would you recommend I get? My LFS is out so I'll have to buy from Petco.
     
  6. Junne

    Junne Fishlore Legend Member

    You can add at least 2-4 more - I wouldn't add any more than that because of how fast they can breed.
     
  7. OP
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    HelloUnderwaterWorld

    HelloUnderwaterWorld Valued Member Member

    Alright, thanks. Do you think I would need a sponge filter? I have the Tetra 3i, which wouldn't hurt the baby shrimp if they got sucked up (my ghost shrimp is nutorious for swimming into the filter) but they'd just be stuck. My cherry shrimp sits directly below the filter and doesn't get sucked up, but she's fully grown.
     
  8. Junne

    Junne Fishlore Legend Member

    Yes definitely get a sponge filter or at least cover your intake with a prefilter. They are curious creatures and will get sucked in!
     
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    HelloUnderwaterWorld

    HelloUnderwaterWorld Valued Member Member

    Thanks!