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Greetings shrimp enthusiasts, hobbyists, keepers and those with curiousity and a passing interest, I was once one with a passing interest that'd grown into a curiousity and now i'm heading for the keeper stage -- hopefully a keeper of Riffle Shrimp. Below is my 36" x 18" x 18" tank. As you can see it's a planted tank. It completed its Nitrogen Cycle today -- it's a happy day that's been a long time in the making. We purchased the tank in Feb of 2015 and what with moving house soon after and our 3rd baby it's taken this long to get to this exciting day. I've had tanks with shrimps before with what I'd describe as limited success, but it's been many years and with the knowledge, equipment and technology that's around today I feel like I've just begun as a new aquarist all over again. As yet we have no fish, let alone shrimp, but that is likely to change in the next few days. We intend the tank to be a community one but with a key feature being some shrimp. I saw some Riffles in a display tank in a fish store and was immediately drawn to them well ahead of the various smaller shrimps that they had for sale. They didn't and still don't have any Riffles for sale. I trust that I will one day get some, somehow, so I am aiming to prepare my tank for that time and thought it might be good to ask the SKF Aquatics community for guidance and advice -- not just be a fly on the wall reading other's posts. Tank specs: 36 x 18 x 18 inches (approx 90 x 45 x 45 cm); about 50 gal (190 litres) Substrate: ADA Malaya (not a super nutrient rich variety as we plan to have a low tech tank in the long run) DW: Golden Vine Rocks: Red rock Plants: Monte Carlo (Low-tech thriving), three varieties of Crypts, Amazon Sword, Lileopolis, Rotala Walichii, tiny bit of Val, tiny bit of Telanthera, Anubis mini nana Fluval 406 Cannister Filter (pretty hi-flow/circulation is how i understand it for my tank size) Hydor inline heater UP Aqua U Series P LED light Hydor Koralia Wavemaker (not used at present) Fish/Invertebrates we have in mind (but are by no means fixed choices): 5 x White Fin Ornate Tetra (a docile, hardy tetra that is highly recommended as a fish for a freshly cycled tank) that aren't schooling, but more shoaling) 3 x Otocinclus (for algae should it one day inevitably strike) 1-2 x Chain Loaches (aka dwarf loach) (to deal with some pond snails and is hopefully compatible with Riffles) 20-ish x Cardinal Tetras (hardy and schooling) 5-7 x Celestial Pearl Danio 1-2 x Borneo Catfish Pair x Blue Rams Colony of Riffles Is the above list suitable tank-mates with Riffles? All are pretty docile as I understand it. As I said before, the tank just completed cycling. I plan to test its stability, but using ADA Aquasoils they are said to be able to handle a high bio-load once cycled due to their nature to leech a lot of ammonia. If the cycle is stable then it's possible it's ready to load the tank up with quite a bit. January 10 I began the hardscape and the next day planted as much as I could envisage would fit once the plants grow out. We have an 8 hour photoperiod and plants have been growing very well without CO2 or ferts. We have had ZERO algae outbreak (touch wood) aside from a tiny tiny bit of brown algae on the DW along with protein slime, which the pond snail hatch-lings cleaned, feasted, thrived on, and even laid eggs upon already. Water testing 2-3 times a day I have watched and kept a detailed journal of the cycling process. Today, as planned for the day the cycle completed, I dosed the tank for the first time with Seachem Flourish Excel, some Fluval plant food I had from a few years back, and Seachem Equilibrium. The water we have here in Melbourne is quite soft and a TDS meter reading shows that some added salts and minerals were required (I understand that an ideal aim is for TDS reading of 250, but I'm usually under that). I've added coral bone to the cannister filter as PH (ADA Aquasoils cause PH to drop for a while also) needed buffering up to 7.0 neutral. I'll continue to test the water daily to see that stability is maintained. Water temperature has been high at 29 Degrees C to speed up the Nitrogen Cycle process, as has surface agitation, and these I will adjust these lower once I've confirmed that cycle stability. I need to purchase a KH/GH test kit, but understand it also has a relationship with TDS (hence the aim of TDS 250), but please correct me if I'm mistaken? So aside from a critique of what I have done above I now ask for your learned advice on what I need to do next in preparation for shrimp? I feel I need to let introduce the fish first and get them comfortable, meanwhile it's reasonable to expect that the plants will have accelerated growth with the added carbon from the Flourish. Am I right to understand that Riffle Shrimp would like a jungle-ish environment? I can envisage them sitting on the left hand side of the drift wood where the out flow is highest (the wavemaker also points at that spot and I'd probably set that on a timer to come on several times a day if it's needed) filter feeding. Once I feel I have the right environment and care knowledge I hope I will be able to obtain some Riffle Shrimps with some help from SKF! Then perhaps I can truly move from being just curious through to being an enthusiast with some experience to share/help others. Thank you for reading, hope it's interesting and there aren't too many who look and go TL;DR. Please be gentle: Although I read A LOT of forums, this is the first time I'm posting in any forum in a very long time after finding the experience with keyboard warriors too taxing. I wouldn't normally have taken the time to ask for help in any forum; but, the enthusiasm for the idea of having these captivating shrimp in my planted community tank has surpassed my shyness and found me willing to put myself out there. D