Red Cherry Shrimp Tank Setup and Water Parameters
Setting up a new Red Cherry Shrimp tank setup is very easy, as long as you do it correctly. RCS are low maintenance and are very self-sufficient, but choosing the proper size of their housing is nevertheless important. Sizes of tanks/aquariums vary and it depends on how many inhabitants you would like to house. The general rule in tank sizes is, the smaller the tank, the smaller are the chances of successful breeding. That being said, the perfect starter tank for a small colony should be between 3 and 5 US gallons (approx. 11 – 19l). This setup is on the smaller size, and it should house only a few shrimp, 10 – 20 should be fine. If the tank is overcrowded, your shrimp will not have the urge to reproduce, because of the confines of the tank. A medium setup of 5 – 8 US gallons (approx. 19 – 30l) will house a larger colony (between 20 and 80) and a large setup of 8 US gallons (approx. 30l) or more will allow for an active colony of 100 or more shrimp. If you are a beginner it is still recommended that a medium tank should be used as you will need to plant the tank for a perfect shrimp environment.
Filtration, cooling, lighting
Now, for the equipment. A good filtration system, such as Sponge filters is highly recommended for a smaller or a medium tank. They’re inexpensive, great vessels for »good« bacteria and it will not suck baby shrimp into the intakes. The sponge is also a great “food trapper”- the sponge traps little bits of food that the shrimp will scavenge for hours. For a larger tank you can use a canister/HOB (hang-on-back) filter, but is still not recommended due to baby shrimp intake suction. If you still would like to use this filtration system, a good way to prevent unwanted intake suction is, to slip a sponge over the intake. A cooling/heating system is required to keep your tank at the advisable temperature if your room temperature is not up to the recommended parameters. Aquarium lighting for Red Cherry Shrimp tank setup is optional. If you provide a good amount of daylight, 6 – 8 hours a day, it is not necessary.