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Red Cherry Shrimp 1/2 Gallon Mason Jar Experiment


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I’ve been captivated with the red cherry shrimp. They’re unique, have interesting personalities and seem really resilient. I have a tank that is exclusively red cherry shrimp now and for quite a while I’ve been wondering about what other containers I might use. We recently found some huge mason jars (1/2 gallon – not the quart jars.) I thought for quite a while before trying it, but decided to put a few red cherry shrimp in one. I’ve added some plants, a bit of guppy grass, duckweed, anacharis maybe a bit of java moss. But there are three shrimp in there. They’ve been there and on the window sill now for about 4 weeks (maybe 5 now.) No filter, no heater (it is summer after all and is running 70-80 in the house during the day if not higher…)


So…. how is the water after a month? 0 ammonia, 0 nitrates. I didn’t test nitrites but I’d be willing to bet $20 that those are zero as well. The shrimp seem happy and are browsing algae on the plants every time I look in on them.

No water changes.

None.

I added water yesterday to make up for the evaporation.

I remember reading in a forum one person suggesting that they were going to do a gallon shrimp bowl in their office and wouldn’t have a heater or filter.

Some people didn’t know and others seemed to be literally jumping up and around telling how they wouldn’t recommend it. They need filtration – very sensitive to water quality and conditions,etc.

To give an idea of the temperature tolerance of these shrimp. We had a cold spell with lows in the lower thirties, highs maybe around 50 for 2-3 days. The shrimp in the container outside survived when the fish didn’t. These shrimp live in cooler waters. From what I’m able to read they won’t breed unless the temperatures are higher (70s.) But I would think any indoor temperature range for people would work for the shrimp.

“But you’ve got to do daily water changes in a container that small” is the other thing I read about doing a “shrimp bowl”. That’s simply not true.

Well you must not have fed them? Yes I have – hikari shrimp wafers – about a quarter wafer at least once a week. They’re always grazing on the algae anyway, it’s more of a variety treat.

I’ll follow up more later – but so far I don’t see anything to suggest that red cherry shrimp can’t survive in a mason jar on a window sill as long as there are plants and (copper free) water.

Now, would I keep 50 in a 1/2 gallon mason jar? Probably not for long. I think once there is a brood of young for these they will be moved on to another container. But for short term I would just suggest testing the water a bit more frequently to make sure it stays within reasonable parameters.

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June 26, 2011 - 8:45 PM
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