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Hello
This is my first post so sorry in advance if I mess up.

I have had bettas for a while, all of their tanks have java moss which is the reason for this post. I have put together a 10 gallon tank to hold the overgrown moss that I have taken out of the betta's set ups. So I was thinking of fish I could put in this tank. My lfs does not have many types of tetras or killis so they are off the table also due to the fact that the lfs will not be ordering in new stock till September or until they have sufficient room for another order. The tank currently has substrate which can stay or go, and an eheim classic 250 hooked up to it. I also have a heater on hand if need be.
I am open to many types of fish however I would prefer something that does not hide. I was hoping to get something different than a betta.

Thanks

-T

ps. not a fan of cory cats
 
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Tman2902

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So I was looking down the list and cherry shrimp caught my eye. Got any recommendations when it comes to them? If not that what are your opinions on pea puffers? Keeping in mind my limited experience with aquariums.

Thanks for the link by the way.

-T
 

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Cherry shrimp are nice...they like to climb around on plants, so you'll want to be planted.

I wouldn't mix different types of shrimp, though. Ghost shrimp, for instance, will kill your cherries.
 
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The tank was set up as an over grow from my betta's set ups so the little guys will have plenty to climb on. Will ghost shrimp breed in the tank?
 

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Yes most likely. You'll want to talk to kidster9700 about ghost shrimps. To me, she's very knowledgeable about ghost shrimps in general.


 

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The tank was set up as an over grow from my betta's set ups so the little guys will have plenty to climb on. Will ghost shrimp breed in the tank?
ghost shrimp very rarely (unless someone out there has a different experience) breed in freshwater. i've had it happen, though. if you want them to breed you would be more successful with brackish.

EDIT: cherries however breed readily in freshwater setups.
 

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ghost shrimp very rarely (unless someone out there has a different experience) breed in freshwater.
When I got my ghost shrimp, 3 of them were absolutely bursting at the belly with bright green eggs in my freshwater tank. Never once saw a single baby.
 

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Either that, or eaten. Their tankmates are absolute pigs. I wasn't trying to breed them though, so I didn't mind.
 

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When I got my ghost shrimp, 3 of them were absolutely bursting at the belly with bright green eggs in my freshwater tank. Never once saw a single baby.
just because they have the eggs doesn't mean they will get fertilized. shrimp carry eggs all the time.
 

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regarding the pea puffers, they are best in species only tanks, they require live foods (although some will take frozen) and they are very aggressive, will eat all snails, and are very sensitive to ammonia, etc...

But cherry shrimps are great! they are really interesting to watch.
 
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So the game plan is to get some cherry shrimp. Start with 3-4 and let them stock the tank for me. To prevent inbreeding issues would it be ok to mix some from several stores?
Also my light I was using just up and decided to die so now I am looking at new low tech options, nothing fancy since the tank will only have shrimp and moss.
So I was looking about and some people say that you can use desk lamps with cfl bulbs. All opinions and ideas are helpful!

Thanks everyone.

-T
 

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I'd start with more cherry shrimp, probably up to 10 for your first stock to make sure you have males and females. They should breed pretty fast with all that moss.

CFL daylight bulbs work great for low tech tanks!
 
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Thanks for the info! The tank is cycling and I will post pics Monday when I get my light (or once it arrives)!
Thanks again

-T
 

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Welcome to fishlore!
Yes, the link in post number one will help you...
With cherry shrimp EricV and Dolfan can help. They are easy to keep and breed.
 

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just because they have the eggs doesn't mean they will get fertilized. shrimp carry eggs all the time.
If a shrimp is carrying eggs (berried) they are already fertilized. The eggs are fertilized as they leave the saddle.

The reason ghost shrimp don't breed as readily is that they hatch into a larval stage (unlike cherry shrimp which hatch into miniature versions of adults) where they usually succumb to predation or starvation.
 
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Tman2902

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Stand

Well the tank is cycling so we will see what happens! I will be stocking 10 to 15 cherry shrimp once the tank is ready!
Ps I just got a 55 without a stand and posted a thread regarding it your guys imput would be much appreciated!

https://www.fishlore.com/fishforum/showthread.php?t=201556

And thanks again for all the help!

-T

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