This section is meant as a fast tip guide to give you the fundamental knowledge you will need to know to be a successful shrimp keeper.
Knowing the best conditions for your shrimp will go a long way into you being a successful shrimp keeper.
Do research, ask friends, join groups, watch my videos ;)
You must do all of this before you buy shrimp or setup your shrimp tank, know your shrimp and how to look after them and they will reward you for it.
When you add shrimp to your tank, the levels of toxic chemicals known as ammonia and nitrites will quickly rise as the shrimp release waste into the water.The cycling process is complete when both ammonia and nitrite levels drop so low that they are undetectable.
To start a cycle you first have to add a food source, almost any food will do for this as all you want is for the food to is go bad in the tank and for it to produce ammonia, from here you can add your own bacteria or wait for it to start naturally as there are different types of bacteria in all water sources.
Over time bacteria will colonies your shrimp tank and help to convert ammonia> nitrites> nitrates.
This process can take anything from 4-8 weeks in my experience and I like to cycle Neocaridina tanks for 4 weeks and Caridina tanks for 8 weeks.
The reason for the time difference is soft water species of shrimp can be more sensitive and they often require a buffering soil to lower PH this soil most of the time contains high amounts of ammonia and nitrate.
Only feed the shrimp what they will eat within 2 hours and remove all leftovers.
Leftover food can go bad pretty fast in a shrimp tank and pollute it, rotting food produces ammonia which equals shrimp deaths.
You also run the risk of producing not so shrimp friendly bacteria which can wipe out colonies of shrimp.
If you have this issue do a small water change and wait it out, this may mean not feeding the tank for a week or two.
If you have the issue where your shrimp die one after the other then please consider using the H202 Treatment that I formulated.
Do no more than 10% a week at a time in any shrimp tank.
Age your water for a day before using it.
Run air through the water or use a small powerhead to keep it circulating.
If you are using tap water use a water conditioner and do not over dose it.
If you are using reverse osmosis water mix your buffers in the RO container and not in the shrimp tank, this can kill shrimp.
I have no idea why I have been buying shrimp anywhere else but from mark. Just received my painted red’s today (Wednesday) in the U.K. These were dispatched on Monday. Super fast delivery and they all survived and look happy. Thanks for the extra shrimp too ���.
I will be buying again that is for certain.
Thank you Mark.
Marks Shrimp Tanks
As an shrimp keeper I have a wealth of knowledge dating back almost 30 years and I have been breeding and keeping freshwater aquarium shrimp such as Red Cherry Shrimp, Crystal Red Shrimp, Taiwan Bee Shrimp for about 10 years.
Early in 2016 I decided to start my own YouTube channel called Marks Shrimp Tanks which you can find here https://goo.gl/JMPwor
I started my own channel to help others learn how to keep freshwater aquarium shrimp and I hope I can spread my passion for this wonderful hobby.