I'm planning to set up a freshwater shrimp tank and house some of those blue cherry shrimps.
Since I have a twin of the tank I want to use for that project I was thinking I could set up a mirroring SW
tank with a colony of sexy shrimps.
The tanks are approximately 50 litres each.
With the freshwater shrimps it's easy to fill the tank: get a few and in a few months they'll fill it for you, but obviously things aren't so easy with the marine inverts. My main aim isn't breeding, but since it's going to be a species tank I'd like to give them every chance to start doing so.
My main questions are these:
- I imagine it's very much a question of no corals, right? I don't like the idea of a SOWLR tank so if all corals are out of the question, what do thing about macroalgae? It would mirror the planted FW
more closely, but I've never had a SW
planted tank. Any suggestions?
- What about CUC? I suppose the shrimps themselves could be considered CUC, but would a few snails pose a threat to larvae
- What about water movement? What kind of pump could I use that won't mince the shrimps? Would an internal filter with a sponge inlet do? That too would mirror the FW
tank as that's the filter I'd use for the blue cherry shrimps.
As for feeding the larvae
, well... I'll have phyto cultures going for the main tank and I might get the rotifers going too, but if you have any suggestions they're welcome.
Note: I don't want this to become a breeding project yet, but as I said, if the shrimps spawn I want to give the larvae
a chance of survival in that tank.