Keeping shrimp in an aquarium,

RCS on a rock - Photo by me, RCS on black rock.
@RESGuy (859)
United States
June 8, 2007 1:49am CST
Does anyone on here keep shrimp as pets in an aquarium? I sure do! I breed Red Cherry Shrimp (RCS) in a 5.5 gallon AGA tank with a running sponge filter and many plants for them to graze on and hide in. They are wonderful creatures and my favorite invertebrate after the turtle. I must also say that they are excellent at breeding and do so very quickly usually hatching their eggs about 3 weeks after being berried (pregnant) and have anywhere from 15-25+ babies that SUPER tiny. Mine have bred twice and I have 50+ babies all over the tank and 8 adults. If you would like to know more, please visit my site: http://tankparadise.tripod.com/ it has not been updated in a few months but you get the picture lol So I would like to have your opinion on my site, my tank, and my shrimp! P.S. Please note I comment on EVERY post and rate EVERY post + (positive). If you can, please return the favor. Thank you!
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@Zelmarq (11509)
• Cebu City, Philippines
8 Jun 07
Ww, I bet thats a very nice sight to see. Here in the Philippines I have not seen shrimps placed in an aquarium, I would love to see it. May be these acquariums are present here but I have not seen it.
@RESGuy (859)
• United States
8 Jun 07
Yeah it is pretty cool to have a tank in your room (I actually have two). I am sure you can acquire a fish tank in the Philippines and order the shrimp from someone else on sites like www.AquaBid.com . I started with 10 adult shrimp which cost me $10 ($1 ea.). Thank you for your response :-) Rated +.
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@tinamwhite (3255)
• United States
8 Jun 07
Shrimp and Crawdads--My normal view - This photo depicts my normal view of shrimp and crawdads....I had never seen shrimp alive and in a tank before visiting your website...
I found your website very interesting.....I loved Potato...hehe I have never seen shrimp in an aquarium before...great pictures...I love the use of natural plant life.... My 5 yr. old has a small fish-tank that we have plants growing in....it was his first pets....he is learning the responsibility of caring for his animals.... I love seafood...and was unaware that shrimp swam with their tails elongated like they are in your photos.... I enjoyed this discussion very much, my friend....have a lovely day!
@RESGuy (859)
• United States
8 Jun 07
hehe Yeah before going to a fish forum and checking out the inverts section I never saw shrimp in a fish tank before (except some Reef Tanks). I sure do love seafood as well but these are freshwater shrimp and are quite small ;-) I am glad you liked my website and Potato. Aquatic plants is a hobby that came to me after researching about shrimp and how to care for them. Most people that have shrimp keep them in a well planted tank :-) Mine looks like an underwater forest! Nice picture, my sister goes to college in Alabama so she eats crawdads (crawfish, crayfish, however you want to call them :-P) a lot since they basically live in peoples backyard XD Thank you for your response :-) Rated +.
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@Signal20 (2282)
• United States
8 Jun 07
I saw some of those for sale on ebay, they are neat! I was doing some research on them, and from what I read, they don't require salt like a lot of shrimp do. I've had ghost shrimp before, neat little critters :) I'd love to get some of those cherry shrimps though, I've got more then enough empty tanks for them, just not the room lol...What's the average life span for them when kept properly? And your site looks great!
@RESGuy (859)
• United States
8 Jun 07
Oh yeah I have also seen them on ebay but they are usually overpriced and not quality sellers so I wouldn't buy from them. It is best to buy them from a private breeder such as myself (no I don't have any for sale at the moment). It is true they do not need salt as they are 100% freshwater shrimp. The babies also do not need salt and they are completely suppressed (i.e the babies are born as miniature forms of the adult and NOT larvae). Amano (Yamato) Shrimp however give birth to larvae that are extremely hard to care for and die after a couple of days in freshwater, they also have a 30% life rate if raised in captivity. Like I said before Ghost Shrimp are great scavengers :-D If you would like to purchase RCS then ask the admin on http://planetinverts.com if he has any to sell. He is a good guy, Ryan. Also you might want to check in the inverts section on www.aquabid.com ;-) The average life span is 2-3 years if kept properly. Thank you for the comment on my site! Thank you for your response :-) Rated +.
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@Signal20 (2282)
• United States
9 Jun 07
Yeah, I thought they were awful high on ebay. But then when I looked at the cost for USPS express overnight shipping....kinda made sense. Thanks for the links, I'll check it out. Haven't bought from aqua bid, they do have some neat fish on there though!! Like I said, have to figure out extra tank space in the house lol.
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@RESGuy (859)
• United States
9 Jun 07
Yeah shipping is usually the problem. I didn't pay for shipping as I got mine from a friend who sent them for only the $10 the shrimp are worth. But if you buy anywhere else the shipping can be quite expensive. Don't worry about Express mail as RCS are very hardy and can survive a few days in the mail ;-) The person should ship them in a flat rate box which I believe costs $8.10. I know what you mean about tank space, I can hardly fit in my room due to the big 55 gallon tank along the side of my wall ... and I had to remove the T.V. from my room to put the 5.5 gallon shrimp tank in it's place. A tank is more entertaining than television :-D Anyways, hope you find tank space! Thank you for your response :-) Rated +.
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• United States
8 Jun 07
I not only have cherry shrimp but dwarf blue crawfish in a 20 gallon heavily planted tank. The dwarf crawfish di not eat plants or live animals so the are safe in most aquariums as long as the fish do not ear them. The dwarf crawfsih do not get to be 1 & 1/2 inches long and they do eat small bits of food off of the bottom of the tank.
@RESGuy (859)
• United States
8 Jun 07
Wow that is great I've always wanted a Dwarf Crayfish my self. I hear that Dwarf Crays are good companions to shrimp ... Anyways I would love to see your tank it sounds interesting! If you haven't seen this site already check out http://planetinverts.com it has a great wealth of information on a variety of species of shrimp, snails, and crayfish ;-) Thank you for your response :-) Rated +.
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