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Title: How Many Shrimp in 5.5 Gallons?
Post by: Jake on March 19, 2014, 11:51:52 PM
I was just wondering what an appropriate number of cherry shrimp I could keep in a 5.5 gallon aquarium is. I have read a bunch of different things on the internet, but trust the people of this site most. Is there a magic "shrimp per gallon" rule?

Also, the shrimp will be accompanied by 2 or 3 nerite snails. Thanks in advance!


Title: Re: How Many Shrimp in 5.5 Gallons?
Post by: Debra on March 20, 2014, 03:01:59 AM
They will reproduce rather quickly. You can start with only a few and watch to see when you need to move some to another tank.

Hope That Helps


Title: Re: How Many Shrimp in 5.5 Gallons?
Post by: Jake on March 20, 2014, 09:18:30 AM
And is it a judgement call about when I should move them? I can't imagine that the bioload would be very big for them so I would guess there would be a decent amount of flexibility.

Thanks Debra!


Title: Re: How Many Shrimp in 5.5 Gallons?
Post by: Spuds on March 20, 2014, 02:34:04 PM
Honestly the amount really depends on yourself....... you can keep quite a lot of shrimp in a 5gal with proper maintenance and feeding.... also if the tank is heavily planted it really makes a difference too.

Id just move some when the tank looks "full" (tons of little shrimplets crawling on everything).... I wouldnt worry about bioload unless you miss a water change regularly or feed them too much. If your really worried just test the water  ;).

Iv had cherry shrimp for nearly 6 months now and iv yet to see a shrimplet  :( :( :( :(. I'm blaming my betta.


Title: Re: How Many Shrimp in 5.5 Gallons?
Post by: jerryfox on March 20, 2014, 07:52:42 PM
Honestly the amount really depends on yourself....... you can keep quite a lot of shrimp in a 5gal with proper maintenance and feeding.... also if the tank is heavily planted it really makes a difference too.

Id just move some when the tank looks "full" (tons of little shrimplets crawling on everything).... I wouldnt worry about bioload unless you miss a water change regularly or feed them too much. If your really worried just test the water  ;).

Iv had cherry shrimp for nearly 6 months now and iv yet to see a shrimplet  :( :( :( :(. I'm blaming my betta.
Is 20 to much for this tank?


Title: Re: How Many Shrimp in 5.5 Gallons?
Post by: Jake on March 20, 2014, 10:11:42 PM
Sounds good. Thanks for the advice! I knew I could count on this site!


Title: Re: How Many Shrimp in 5.5 Gallons?
Post by: jerryfox on March 21, 2014, 08:03:49 PM
Sounds good. Thanks for the advice! I knew I could count on this site!
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