My First Shrimp Tank

  1. japswe

    japswe New Member Member

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    Shrimp tank almost complete! Just need a few more plants. Tips are welcome as this is my first shrimp tank. No fish, just a snail hiding somewhere. Water parameters are great and they seem to be active and enjoying the various plants/moss

  2. VioletSS

    VioletSS Valued Member Member

    I'm starting my first shrimp tank, too!

    How did cycling go? How long did it take?
    How many shrimp did you start with?
  3. OP

    japswe New Member Member

    Cycling was quick since I used an established tank that used to house some neons :) New tank cycling usually takes a good 3 weeks for me. It makes the time go by faster if you aquascape slowly, it's fun finding the perfect driftwood, plants, etc.

    I added some ultra red cherry, blue velvet and a few yellow shrimp. 25 shrimp total. Oh and an orange ramshorn snail. They all seem happy!

  4. Kellye8498

    Kellye8498 Well Known Member Member

    You're ok with them interbreeding and getting wild colored brown shrimplettes right?
  5. Polyrhythm

    Polyrhythm Valued Member Member

    Yeah, I experienced the interbreeding color thing as well. Had 10 red and 10 yellow, got very brown babies (at best some are just clearish red). Eventually expensive color morphs dwindle down to brown and clear shrimp.

    For a visual comparison here's one of my red/yellow mixes next to one of my new fire reds (I don't have the heart to cull the brown ones so they stay lol)
  6. OP

    japswe New Member Member

    Yes I'm aware that red and blue shrimp don't make purple :) I wish!
  7. Kellye8498

    Kellye8498 Well Known Member Member

    Me too because purple shrimp would be amazing xD

    Maybe instead of culling you could give them their own tank? I have MTS with a vengeance so I'm always going to suggest another tank xD Then you could have a pure strain and another where you put the ones you don't really want to breed for better looks. I just found babies all over my rock in my tank where the shrimp go to hide. I am so happy to see them lol