How to start a Shrimp Tank w/Pics & Vids3 minute read
How to start a Shrimp Tank
One of the greatest things about aquatics is that there is so many colorful underwater creatures. One of those awesome colorful creatures are aquatics shrimp, they are extremely fun to watch and easy to care for. If you follow this guide you’ll have a gorgeous looking tank with some great colorful healthy freshwater shrimp.
1. What size tank for aquatic shrimp?
Well, that depends on how many shrimp you’ll be housing. I have a ten gallon tank with 10-15 shrimp in it. You can get a 10 gallon tank at Wal-Mart for under $15.
2. What filter do you need for the shrimp tank?
Depending on the size tank you get, you’ll need a filter that pumps that amount of gallons. I have a Marineland Peguin 100 for the 10 gallon tank. You don’t really need a big fancy filter as the shrimp don’t produce that much waste. Also shrimp like to just chill, so having a big filter with a heavy flow will do more harm than good.
3. What gravel goes best with aquatic shrimp?
In my opinion sand goes best with shrimp. Why? Well it’s simple, shrimp are bottom feeders. It’s easier for them to gather the food from the bottom of the tank if it’s on the surface of the sand rather than in between rocks. You can get a big bag of pool filter sand at Home Depot for $5.
4. Live plants for aquatic shrimp.
It’s almost a must to have live plants in your shrimp tank. Not only do they keep the water healthy but the shrimp will eat the algae off of the leaves (and no they don’t eat plants). So, have lots and lots of live plants in your shrimp tank!
I have driftwood in all of my tanks, I love the natural look it adds. But for shrimp it provides hiding spots not only for them to chill but also for them to mate. Also they like to munch on it.
6. Cycle your new tank
Now that you’ve got all your ingredients for your new shrimp tank you’ll need to cycle it. I made an in depth video a while back on how to properly cycle your tank and why it’s important. Below you will find that video…
So that is what you need to start a shrimp tank, now last but not least is the water parameters. Below are the standard parameters for freshwater aquatic shrimp.
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