Tank Mates For Rcs?

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I have NO experience with shrimp, so I'm just thinking out loud, so to speak. I have an extra 10 gallon with equipment. I have long wanted CPD's so I was hoping to use the 10 for a desk-top CPD tank and I came across the shrimp threads...

Can RCS be housed with CPD and/ or Harlequin Rasboras?

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They can but any fish has the potential to eat the little ones. A few dense areas will give them a good survival rate.
 

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Shrimp will become snacks for any fish that can fit them in their mouth. Adult shrimp will be fine with both cpd and hr, but any offspring will likely be eaten.

To increase the chance for survival of the babies, create lots of hiding spots and live plants.

Good luck!
 
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I am planning a densely planted area in one half... Thanks for the info. Any suggestions on who should go in first -- shrimp or fish?
 

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i probably would do the fish first that way you can get you your water conditions stable before adding the shrimp.
 

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i probably would do the fish first that way you can get your water conditions stable before adding the shrimp.
 

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I'd say shrimp first, but only if the tank is fully cycled. It may give some time to find hiding spots and get used to the environment before the fish go in.
 
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Mixed responses.

I'm lucky that I have identical filters in other tanks so I can speed things along with seasoned filter medium swaps. I might add a few fish (once the conditions are suitable) to keep it going while the plants fill in and then remove them before adding CPD's, harls., or shrimp.
 

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I started a 10 Planted Shrimp tank last summer. I did do a lot of research. The best advise was to have a seasoned/mature tank. The tank was for setup for 6-8 weeks before I added the shrimp. Then added some Rabbbit snails and lastly Otos. The shrimp definitely need hiding areas. I have cholla wood with subwassertang moss tied to it they also like java moss, xmas moss. and Vals,
I call it their Jungle Gym. Here is a pic. Oh, by the way the Vals you are getting came from this tank.
Good Luck

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I started a 10 Planted Shrimp tank last summer. I did do a lot of research. The best advise was to have a seasoned/mature tank. The tank was for setup for 6-8 weeks before I added the shrimp. Then added some Rabbbit snails and lastly Otos. The shrimp definitely need hiding areas. I have cholla wood with subwassertang moss tied to it they also like java moss, xmas moss. and Vals,
I call it their Jungle Gym. Here is a pic. Oh, by the way the Vals you are getting came from this tank.
Good Luck

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Thanks, Jmaldo! I'm starting to get excited about this project!
 

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I'd probably recommend do shrimp first and use a seasoned the tank. Add fish after the shrimp colony is comfortable, established and reproduces a few rounds. Though to be honest you can add the fish first if you want, it's up to you but the colony might take a little longer to bolster their population. Lots of plants and places for shrimp to hide away, sight unseen where light and fish can't reach them is absolutely essential IMO.

Oh wanted to add, I recently saw jungle vals in a 5ft+ tall tank it was absolutely stunning the jungle vals were huge reaching from top to bottom and still draping a little at the top. I consider my 20h too small/short for them. I can't imagine them in a 10 or even a 3g like I've heard others mention before.
 
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I'd probably recommend do shrimp first and use a seasoned the tank. Add fish after the shrimp colony is comfortable, established and reproduces a few rounds. Though to be honest you can add the fish first if you want, it's up to you but the colony might take a little longer to bolster their population. Lots of plants and places for shrimp to hide away, sight unseen where light and fish can't reach them is absolutely essential IMO.

Oh wanted to add, I recently saw jungle vals in a 5ft+ tall tank it was absolutely stunning the jungle vals were huge reaching from top to bottom and still draping a little at the top. I consider my 20h too small/short for them. I can't imagine them in a 10 or even a 3g like I've heard others mention before.
Thanks, Segidream. The vals, incidentally, are for another much larger tank.
 

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I started a 10 Planted Shrimp tank last summer. I did do a lot of research. The best advise was to have a seasoned/mature tank. The tank was for setup for 6-8 weeks before I added the shrimp. Then added some Rabbbit snails and lastly Otos. The shrimp definitely need hiding areas. I have cholla wood with subwassertang moss tied to it they also like java moss, xmas moss. and Vals,
I call it their Jungle Gym. Here is a pic. Oh, by the way the Vals you are getting came from this tank.
Good Luck

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These Vals are so beautiful!
 
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