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I am planning on trying to keep/breed cherry shrimp again (I tried keeping them early on but the few I had died out) and found this article. I thought it was pretty good so I thought I would share for those interested. I thought the "behavior" section was quite interesting.

https://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/MISC/cherry_shrimp.html

 

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This is why it is often recommended that neos be kept in a "mature" tank. Basically, they need something to clean up. In a "new tank" there's really nothing for them.

Best thing is to take a majorly gross tank that's been heavily stocked, remove all fish, add leaf litter to it (Oak leaves, Catappa leaves, etc), be sure an aged sponge filter is in there, add Java moss in abundance, and let it sit for a week or two. The Sponge filter + Leaf Litter + Java Moss provides ample context for microorganisms to multiply.

Then when you add the shrimp, they'll go to town cleaning up the place.

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One thing that's key for any shrimp, QT them. Depending on the source, especially imports or farmed stuff, there is a high chance of them coming in with parasites. To have the most success you'll have to make sure non of the nasties come into the main tank. Once you have had the shrimp for a good bit, homing them in an established tank without predators as everyone else said will give you grounds for success. 

When QTing, pull a sponge filter from a display tank that is established and use that in the QT. Don't worry about substrate. If you can add plants in containers or a piece of driftwood with aquatic epiphytes you'll still get the biofilm they need to keep them fed while the filter will keep up with the water as well as be a source of food.

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@Jeff I am curious about this also. A multicolored tank seems pretty neat. I am vaguely remembering a video where Cory visited... LR Bretz(?)'s fish room and he had a "cull" tank where he put different morphs that didn't make the cut for quality but he would keep an eye on the tank and found some of his favorite(?) morphs or he would find interesting ones that came out of that tank. If my memory is correct, it makes me think that mixing morphs doesn't necessarily cause the shrimp to "revert" into wild coloration. I am guessing, my understanding, is that takes time and "neglecting" to cull for coloration.

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