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I don't think the discus tank is good for shrimp. But that might not stop me from putting some in. The temperature is 84°F and the pH is slightly below neutral, conductivity is low because it fed with RO water. Almost nothing in the way of plants, except for a couple of newly planted starts of Jungle Vallisneria that have yet to get going (and might never get going). There is a little bit of some short felt-like bright green algae that grows on the wood in the upper foot of the water column.  Lots of mulm, lots of drifwood and colonies of blackworms living in the sand.

I don't care if the discus eat the shrimp eventually, in fact that would good, but currently something the size of a cherry shrimp would be way to big for the discus to eat.

I have thought about scuds also as I have loads of those.

What would be the purpose of the shrimp? I would hope they would eat uneaten Vibra Bites that drifted into hard to get to crannies, and also provide a food source for the discus.

Is there a shrimp that would survive under these conditions?

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I have had good luck with neos too, and have been trialing them a few at a time in all my tanks. Temps range from 74-83 degF, pH 6.6-7.8, most have low GH/KH, but I do sometimes feed calcium enriched food to the little ones to help with growth/molts. They have SURVIVED in all conditions so far--too early to know if they will breed. Tales of their fragility seem a bit overrated. The only losses I have had were in the original shipped batch, and they all happened early--either water parameters were different (not according to the seller and my tests) or there was too much shipping trauma.

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2 hours ago, Brandy said:

I have had good luck with neos too, and have been trialing them a few at a time in all my tanks. Temps range from 74-83 degF, pH 6.6-7.8, most have low GH/KH, but I do sometimes feed calcium enriched food to the little ones to help with growth/molts. They have SURVIVED in all conditions so far--too early to know if they will breed. Tales of their fragility seem a bit overrated. The only losses I have had were in the original shipped batch, and they all happened early--either water parameters were different (not according to the seller and my tests) or there was too much shipping trauma.

Hi Brandy,  my 11 year has been begging for fish but I keep putting him off because water is so soft and acidic.  I know you have the same kind of water.  Have you noticed any sort of problems?  Are you doing anything else to compensate beside the calcium enriched foods?  

I'd really like to give in and start up a small shrimp tank.  My child isn't spoiled, he's just very good at twisting my rubber arm.  😉

 

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I haven't had any problems with RCS. If anything, I am a bit over run, or I would be if I wasn't trying to get enough to colonize several tanks. I sweated bullets until the first drop of shrimplets. Now I am not as worried. I have juveniles approaching adulthood, and it is almost time to distribute the shrimpy madness! 🙂

I guess I do have a little (very little--a few tablespoons in a 12g) of crushed coral in the filter media too.

 

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24 minutes ago, Daniel said:

I am finding I care more about the shrimp than I first assumed. I was watching this discus and thought, 'He's going and try to eat that shrimp, oh no, Mr. Bill!'.

I felt the same. I got them as cleaners. They quickly became more important than what I wanted cleaned. So much fun to watch!

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@Daniel I believe the neocardinia prefer higher ph in the 7-7.8 range where as the cardinia prefer ur range. From what I've heard they are very close in breeding difficulty. Neo being slightly easier. You can probably keep both types in there since they won't cross breed.

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