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    Question Beginner shrimp for very hard water please!

    My Husband and I are in the process of setting up our first Aquarium - a Fluval Edge 46 litre with heater. We hope to have a small shoal of Endler's Livebearers and a group of shrimp (sorry, don't know the correct term for a collective of shrimp!!) once the fishless cycling is complete. Our tap water is classed as "very hard" (18 dH) and has a water parameter of 7.6 to 8.2 so need some advice on which shrimp will like these conditions please! With thanks and warmest wishes - Glenda

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    Hi Glenda,

    Welcome to the forum!!!

    For that kind of hard water, I will suggest you keep Neocaridina (a.k.a Neos) type of shrimps, which includes Red Cherry Shrimps (it has many variant such as Fire Red and Painted Fire Red), Rili, Orange Sunkist, Blue Jelly, Blue Carbon, etc. Alternatively, you can keep lower grade Tiger Shrimps too. Tiger Shrimps that are breed in Europe, are accommodated to hard water. However, Tiger shrimps do not produce as much and as fast offspring than Neos.

    If you are planning to keep Livebearer, you need to know that they will eat the offspring of the shrimps. In order to protect the baby shrimps, you need to provide them plenty of hiding space. However, it is inevitable that the Livebearer will seek them out and consume them.

    Cheers.
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    Thank you so much hyoushoku! Also thank you so much for such brilliant advice, I had thought that perhaps our choice of shrimp may be limited so this is wonderful news! We hadn't planned on breeding the shrimp so hopefully they will live happily alongside the Livebearers.

    Thank you so much once again.

    Warmest wishes
    Glenda

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    You are welcome.
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