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kookyxogirl

Hello,

I would like to try Shrimp Keeping and from everythingi have read and YouTube videos I have everything I need.

I have a 10 gallon dennerele shrimp tank.

A few years ago I had tried it but wasn’t successful.

Does anyone here sell shrimp?

I live in CT USA .

I’m interested in cherry reds, yellow, blue, green etc.. to start and they seem to be the hardiest shrimp.

My teen granddaughter really likes all the colorful shrimp and she is interested in learning how to keep shrimp and I would love to teach her. This is my first time posting here do I hope I posted in the correct category.

Thank you all got your help!

 

 

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jayc

Welcome to SKFA.

Hopefully one of  our members in the USA that might be able to help you with where to buy good shrimp.

Have you started setting up the tank yet in preparation for housing the shrimp?

The tank needs to be completely "cycled"

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kookyxogirl

Yes I have, I’m just waiting in a tds pen. I have been keeping fish for many years so hopefully I can give shrimp keeping another try. Last time I used tap water, this time I am using distilled water with salty shrimp. The only thing I’m confused about is if I should use a heater in the shrimp tank or not. It is winter here in CT, USA and temps are in the 30’s and it can get colder than that. Some say no heater others say yes. 
Any help, suggestions are much appreciated. Thank you 

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Crabby

Could we see a photo of the tank? And the parameters? (Other than tds of course. I mean GH, KH, pH, and anything else you can measure.)
 

I would say use a low powered heater for safety. Get a popular and well known one though, because there’s no point in getting something for safety if it malfunctions and kills all your shrimp! There have been studies that have shown neo shrimp to survive when kept below freezing, but it’s not ideal. I keep mine at 25° Celsius (sorry I’m Aussie, that’s 76-78 f I think??), but they’re with fish. You could just keep your temperature at a little above 65° if you want to save on power.

I just reread and you said it’s getting below 30... but is the tank in your house? What temperature will the tank be getting to? If it’s below 55 I recommend a heater. Also if you want them to breed, a heater is pretty much necessary in a colder climate. 
Sorry if that’s all too much. I have a problem with long posts 🙃

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jayc
4 hours ago, kookyxogirl said:

Yes I have, I’m just waiting in a tds pen

Good to hear that you are getting a TDS pen. 

Crabby has given you some good advice. The aim  a stable environment. That means keeping all your parameters as constant as possible. 21C or 70F is a good target to aim for with shrimp.

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Cherry shrimp are quite hardy so you probably can get by without a heater. If you do get a heater don't get one too powerful, mine stuck on and cooked the whole lot................ I would get one but as Crabby says get a small/low power one?

There is Flip Aquatics that sell shrimp through the post, I believe they are based in OHIO? Hopefully there may be someone on here that can help you with getting some shrimp?

If you want to use tap water then you can get a ZEROWATER filter jug readily in USA as it is an American product, I know Walmart sell them?

Mixing colours of cherry shrimp will cause wild/brown/boring coloured shrimp in a few generations so bare that in mind. Mind I have only ever had red cherry in mine and that still happened, it has taken some years though!

Simon

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kookyxogirl

Hi thanks for all the information! I have purchased shrimp from Rob at flipaquatics and I will definitely purchase shrimp from him in the future. I have to wait until spring to have shrimp shipped because it is too cold here.
I was hoping to find someone local to get a few shrimp from in the mean time. I watch his YouTube videos which are very informative, he is very kind and really cares about shrimp. I totally trust him and recommend shrimp keepers in the US to get their shrimp from him. I have the dennerele shrimp tank and I will definitely post pictures when I’m done with my aquascape.
Thank you all!



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kookyxogirl

Hello again,
I forgot to ask what brand heater would you suggest? 50 watts for 10 gallon?
I am concerned about a heater getting stuck and killing the shrimp. My house temp is at 65 degrees Fahrenheit.
I am using distilled water with salty shrimp so I am hoping I can be successful keeping shrimp this time around. It’s so upsetting when they die. Thank you everyone for your help and suggestions. I appreciate it very much!



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Crabby

I would only use a 25 watt, I use one on my 5 and I think Blazepelt uses one on his 10, and it keeps both of our tanks very stable. 
I like the aqua zonic aquarium heater, just for it’s small size, and it works great. I use an aqua one 100w heater on my 29 gal community, but I mainly use over powered stuff on that tank anyway! Aqua one is probably the better brand of the two.  I think just 25w per 10 gal is okay. 

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7 hours ago, kookyxogirl said:

what brand heater would you suggest? 50 watts for 10 gallon?
I am concerned about a heater getting stuck and killing the shrimp

Get one you can afford. From my many years of experience, even the most expensive, well known brands can have a heater that gets stuck on. After many failed heaters, I never trust any heater now. Instead I use an Inkbird ITC-308 temp controller with any heater.

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It has a separate temp probe that will turn on /off the heater. Even if the heater is stuck on, this unit will cut power to it at the max temp setting. No more cooked shrimps.

 

Just google for it. It's sold on Amazon and Ebay.

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kookyxogirl

Thank you, I will definitely check out the heaters and the inkbird. I rather invest in a heater and temp controller than kill any shrimp or fish.
I do have a Cobalt heater in my Rainbow tank and it seems to work well. I’m not sure if they have a 25 watt. Honestly I still feel nervous about using a heater in a shrimp tank. I’m going to think about it..
Thank you all for your help & suggestions, much appreciated


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Would this one be ok ? Thank you

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jayc
52 minutes ago, kookyxogirl said:

Would this one be ok ?

That should be ok. It only has heating function, but that is all you need.

 

1 hour ago, kookyxogirl said:

Honestly I still feel nervous about using a heater in a shrimp tank.

The inkbird temp controller is an added safety net.

I don't even buy expensive heaters anymore with this temp controller. Any cheap ebay unit is now fine, as I am confident that between the heater's built in controller and the inkbird, the heater will not overheat the tank.

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Thank you for your help


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