Shrimp & substrate

Discussion in 'Cherry Shrimp' started by amyncognito, Aug 3, 2015.

  1. amyncognitoNew MemberMember

    I have a 1.2 gallon tank with some cherry shrimp and a mystery snail. About once a week I like to gently stir the substrate with a turkey baster and "whoosh" the water over the substrate to kick up gunk (yes, I did just use the word whoosh in a sentence :;banaman

    Anyway, the shrimp seem to love it, they come out of their hiding places and get to eating. But I was wondering if this is a good idea to do this. Thoughts?
  2. DolfanFishlore VIPMember

    It's a good idea to try to remove that gunk if possible. You won't be able to get it all, but if you can suck out as much as possible with the turkey baster that will help.

    Do you have a filter in this tank?
  3. NinjaTetraWell Known MemberMember

    Shrimp and snails have low bioloads. If you're doing water changes, you should be fine imo- if there starts to be many snails, filtering might end up being necessary. The shrimp probably love filtering little organisms out of the water, so as long as you just have inverts in there, I think you're good.

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  4. amyncognitoNew MemberMember

    I do have a filter in this tank, so I figure whatever they can't eat from the stirred up substrate will get cleaned up from the filter as well. It's planted with 2 plants, 2 moss balls, and a chunk of java moss and I feed once a week.

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