• Basic advises for successfull shrimp keeping

    • Treat shrimp as other animals with love and respect.
    • Gather as much knowledge as possible on shrimp and share it with others.
    • Prefer keeping one shrimp specie per tank and don’t mix everything up – especially when you are not sure about crossbreeding.
    • Always buy your shrimps from a reputable source and properly acclimatize them using drip method. Quarantine new arriving shrimp and ill shrimp, separate them from uninfected.
    • Always wash your hands before and after putting them into your aquarium. There are things bad for shrimp that can be on your hands (ie. nicotine, pesticides), and bad things for YOU that can be in your shrimp tank (ie. salmonella, de-chlorinator, bacteria).
    • Cycle your tank for a good duration (4-6 weeks minimum), this helps in establishing the bacteria colony as well as starter bacteria powders.
    • Add live plants in your shrimp aquarium, low maintenance ones will work, it helps to pull down the nitrite level, and stem plants do this faster.
    • Always quarantine new plants or moss the first days. You never know what your LPS have use to keep the plants green and healthy. Put the plants/ moss in a bucket and do water change. I always keep in quarantine for about 3 days (about 3x water change).
    • If you are using water plant soil like ADA Amazonia 2, don’t stir the gravel cause it releases ammonia spike.
    • Keep the water in good condition and adapt water parameter for sensible species. Do water changes to lower harmful bacteria populations. During water changes check the water that you are using is almost similar to the one in the tank. If anyone using tap water then aged water is great.
    • Use a good filtration and check water parameter regularly.
    • Stock density in tanks should be appropriate to shrimp size, shrimp behavior, and tank filtration – it should be adequate.
    • Use breeding boxes only temporary for targeted mating, if you cannot relinquish on it anyway.
    • Offer hiding places and rest areas for your shrimp.
    • Feed your shrimp regularly, but do not overfeed as you will have leftover and toxic waste, raising nitrate. Mix their diet and vegetable based food brings out their best color.
    • Adapt tank lighting to natural day light conditions. Do not keep them in totally darkness 24/7 or permanent lighting. Besides, use natural light spectrum and no extreme lighting like infrared or UV light to raise offspring mutation rate artificially.
    • Abandon also any cruel experiments with radiation, chemical substances, and other artificial stimulations to raise mutation rate with environmental factors
    • Healthiness comes first in shrimp breeding and is more important than color and pattern – do not forget! Do not breed freak shrimp and reject deformities, infertile and crippled shrimp.
    • Do not dye your shrimp with chemicals. If you use organic food to make a better coloration, do not pretend that coloration comes from genes; be honest!
    • When shipping shrimp, stick to the latest how-to: Use Styrofoam boxes, breathing bags, heat packs/cool packs and keep stock density per bag low.
    • Don't give up, during your time keeping shrimp unfortunately many will die due to mistakes you have made. Instead of becoming angry and giving up, learn from your mistake and persevere. A lot of problems of shrimp deaths are mysterious, but research and common sense will always prevail. When shrimp begin to die, instead of blaming mysterious disease or Mother Nature, first try to remember what you have put into the tank recently. Maybe a new rock or piece of driftwood was added and had something toxic soaked into it, or it is changing water chemistry too quickly.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: The Golden Rules for Shrimp Keeping started by imke_j View original post