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Hello,

I'm very new to shrimps.

I have been keeping ******* and gold fish for a long time now. Pretty much since my dad bought me a fish instead of a rabbit when I was young.

I was at a petshop looking for a fish to eat algae and the sales guy recommended some red shrimps.

I bought 10 of them for $50.

When I asked for more information on them, all he told me was these are tough and will be no problems with *******.

And if I wanted to read more, he said check the forums. So a Google search of shrimp forum brought me here.

I went home and added them in. ... After a few days I only have a few shrimps left now. The other ones died and I found my fish eating the carcass. It was really sad.

I hope joining the forums will teach me more about keeping these little shrimps

Thanks

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Hi and welcome to SKF what a shame the petshop didn't know more about shrimp. The fish will eat them and especially their babies. Basically if it will fit in their mouth the fish eat it. water conditions are different usually too. There is a lot to learn about shrimp and you have come to the right place to learn.

the forum will open up for you as you post so the more you post the more you will see. Best to ask a lot of questions and someone will try and answer for you. There is no such thing as a silly question just ask. Once you have learnt a bit more about the shrimp and how to keep them we can sort you out with some free or cheap shrimp to start your journey again. Best of luck and don't forget to ask questions until the forum opens up for you then you can use the search function and find out more:encouragement:

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That was quick! Ok first question, how come ******* is blocked out in my topic?

The fish I'm talking about is a live bearer with a fancy tail

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Hi Ally and welcome to SKF :)

I have kept shrimp in with guppy fish before but didnt have any success with raising babies (they are soo small they fit in their mouth and thats it). I would imagine a shrimp would be a tasty morsel for most Goldies.

If you are wanting to keep shrimp im sure most people here would suggest keeping them in a tank of their own.

Red Cherry Shrimp are a great starting shrimp as they are quite hardy and easy to look after, but i would not be going back to that shop if i were you, they sound to be very expensive!

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It is a name of an aquarium supplier and thus blocked on SKF :)

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If you post up a pic of your tank it would be great :)

As for adding the shrimp, how did you do it? They are hardy little buggers but the change in water is what usually affects them.

Most people will drip acclimate their shrimp to ease the stesss of changing water parameters.

I have kept shrimp with guppies without issues and in all but the most sparsely planted tank the shrimp outbred the guppies

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Hello and welcome.

Your shrimp could have died of other causes, and the fish snack on the corpse.

Cherries are hardy, but they still need certain parameters to live healthily.

If you are concerned, tell us your water parameters so us helpful enthusiasts can assist. ;)

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I don't know how to post pics. I'm still very new to this forum idea

For adding in the shrimps I did what I normally do with fish.

I placed all into an ice cream container which floated in the tank. Then added abit of water from the tank every so often.

In total, it float for about 1.5 hours before they went into the tank

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There is a thread somewhere about uploading pics.

I usually use imageshack.us for mine to post on here.

Your way of adding should be fine for cherries. So maybe it was something else?

Do you have a test kit to post up the water parameters?

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Hey Ally, welcome to the forum. Dont give up, you'll find plenty of info here to help you make your next foray into shrimp keeping successful.

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Welcome to the forum Ally, definitely the best place to be when it comes to learning about shrimp, sorry to hear about you cherries. Definitely post up your water parameters & we can start eliminating stuff to try & find the cause of the problem. Hope you enjoy the community here & have as much fun here as we do :victorious:

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Hello. Thanks for all the welcome messages.

Wraithie mentioned that the amount I paid was to expensive?

Just wondering how much they normally are.

I did a test with my api test kit that I use for my tropical fish. Is that okay?

Water temperature is 22 degrees

PH is 6.8-7.0. Approximately

Ammonia, nitrate and nitrites are 0

I feed Hikari algae wafers to them. Is that okay?

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Hi Ally,

If they are Red Cherry Shrimp (and not something more special) then we recommend the price to be between 50c and $3 each (my local fish shop sells them for $2).

Can i ask what/how many fish you have in the tank?

Also how did you acclimate the shrimp to the tank?

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Also how did you acclimate the shrimp to the tank?
Ally mentioned it above ...
For adding in the shrimps I did what I normally do with fish. I placed all into an ice cream container which floated in the tank. Then added abit of water from the tank every so often. In total' date=' it float for about 1.5 hours before they went into the tank[/quote']
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Hello and welcome to SKF, Sorry to hear about the deaths of your cherries. I wouldn't go near that store again they are a definite rip off.

I have been breeding cherries now for around four years and they are hardy little shrimp, However I have learnt that you can keep them in with other fish as long as there are plenty of safe areas for the shrimplets to go. In fact I have a heap of cherries in a two foot tank with fifteen or so wild type gupps and the cherries are breeding like mad.

Everything looks OK with your water conditions ( temp might be a bit low usually keep mine at around 25 deg) The only problem I can see is that your acclimatisation time may have been a little short????but I think the main problem is that the shrimp were a bit overstressed and possibly the conditions they were in at the pet shop may not have been optimal. That combined with travel , a new tank etc etc may have been just a little too much for some. I don't think that there is anyone on this forum who has not lost shrimp at some time or other so chin up and keep going.

If you are willing to pay $ 25.00 for Express Postage and handling I will send you down around 50 cherries for free ( by the way no one on this forum can count so you are shure to get extra)

Regards

Wayne

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Hello and welcome to SKF' date=' Sorry to hear about the deaths of your cherries. I wouldn't go near that store again they are a definite rip off.

I have been breeding cherries now for around four years and they are hardy little shrimp, However I have learnt that you can keep them in with other fish as long as there are plenty of safe areas for the shrimplets to go. In fact I have a heap of cherries in a two foot tank with fifteen or so wild type gupps and the cherries are breeding like mad.

Everything looks OK with your water conditions ( temp might be a bit low usually keep mine at around 25 deg) The only problem I can see is that your acclimatisation time may have been a little short????but I think the main problem is that the shrimp were a bit overstressed and possibly the conditions they were in at the pet shop may not have been optimal. That combined with travel , a new tank etc etc may have been just a little too much for some. I don't think that there is anyone on this forum who has not lost shrimp at some time or other so chin up and keep going.

If you are willing to pay $ 25.00 for Express Postage and handling I will send you down around 50 cherries for free ( by the way no one on this forum can count so you are shure to get extra)

Regards

Wayne[/quote']

Very nice gesture Wayne...An offer too good to refuse...:)

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Hello Wayne. Thanks for the offer.

I am tempted by it but I would really like to nail down on what's causing my ones to die before I get more.

Would guppys eat shrimps?

I'll try to take some photos of the survivors if someone can teach me how to post them

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You need to sign up to a site like photobucket.com or imageshack.us

You can upload your photos there.

Back on SKF in the reply box you use the little button that looks like a tree in a picture frame.

It will open up a box in which you enter the web address of the photo you uploaded.

Hope that makes sense.

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You can also load them directly from your pc or iPad without having to host them. Select the little tree second from the right and choose the 'from computer' tab, follow the prompts to upload.

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Would guppys eat shrimps?

Definitely, especially the shrimplets, they will pick at the adults taking the legs first :dejection:

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It's this kind of generosity and support that make this forum well worth the effort. Those new to it might go why?? With the posting access requirements but it just shows those with enthusiasm will make the effort and it makes for such a better experience! Well worth the subscription too :)

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Ok so I think the reason I lost the first few shrimps was cos they were the younger smaller ones. They must have got attacked by the guppy

The others seem good enough now.

I've been browsing the website and there are heaps of different shrimps available.

I will buy some yellow shrimps soon. How do I see the buy section of the forum?

I'll try post some photos. I've got some on my phone

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You need to be a premium member to access the classifieds & auctions, definitely well worth the money :victorious:

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HELLO SKF community.

 

Its been a long time but I'm back in the hobby again.

Basically, since my last visit to the forums, I've gone awol and shut down alot of my tanks due to lack of time and frequent travels.

 

The forum seems to look different too. 

What happened?

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