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My first try with RCS failed. I purchased 5 and within a year what was left of their few offspring had died. My water quality was excellent and I was using Fluval shrimp substrate so I was perplexed. I began to research why some RCS owners had so much luck that they were giving their extra RCS away, while others RCS … see more My first try with RCS failed. I purchased 5 and within a year what was left of their few offspring had died. My water quality was excellent and I was using Fluval shrimp substrate so I was perplexed. I began to research why some RCS owners had so much luck that they were giving their extra RCS away, while others RCS owners could not get their RCS to reproduce.
First off, the most obvious answer is that some RCS owners have either male or female RCS only.
For those who have both sexes of RCS, many aquarists don't keep the water in their aquariums warm enough, or provide a good place for their RCS fry to hide. RCS also need a good place to hide when they are molting.
I have made three changes that have a major difference. I only keep RCS in a dedicated tank - no fish or any other types of aquatic life (except snails whose eggs seem to come into an aquarium on flora no matter how careful you are. I also added several Marimo Moss balls to my RCS dedicated tank to give them a place to hide. The Marimo, since they are algae, also offer RCS a food source. Most significantly, I have raised the water temperature of my RCS tank from
about 74 degrees F to 80 degrees F. This has result in my RCS breeding far more frequently.
No all RCS fry will make it to adulthood, however, a greater number of them will given the warmer water. I also feed them shrimp pellets, algae wafers and Fluval Shrimp food, which is supposed to aid the shrimp in developing a new exoskeleton once they shed their old one.
It is also important to leave the old exoskeleton in the tank, since it provides many of the nutrients that RCS need to quickly grow a new shell. see less

By JimmyBlues on August 4, 2016
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They are great quality, but even such this Is a small variety of shrimp, and will be only 1/4 to 1/2 or so, maybe bigger but not much.
Get like 30 in a 5 gallon and it would look great.
Tbh with these guys order more than you need, they are sensitive. That being said, the seller sent me.mine and ALL were live, its been… see more
They are great quality, but even such this Is a small variety of shrimp, and will be only 1/4 to 1/2 or so, maybe bigger but not much.
Get like 30 in a 5 gallon and it would look great.
Tbh with these guys order more than you need, they are sensitive. That being said, the seller sent me.mine and ALL were live, its been MONTHS and most are alive. see less

By mr. smartypants on July 13, 2014
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Constantly, I started with a dozen last July, now I have hundreds. Just started a new tank just for them. They have almost 0 bio load, however they can be very sensitive to nitrates. If I don't do water changes twice a week I almost always lose a few. But these are my favorites!
By SuperShopper on April 16, 2014
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Yes! I got about half and half
By SuperShopper on December 25, 2013
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I'm pretty sure the clown loaches would eat them. There are very few tropical fish that wouldn't. I believe Chinese algae eaters (name?) are among the only ones that won't.
By nunya beese on July 21, 2014
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They won't fight with the other shrimp, but depending on the type of shrimp they may interbreed and you'd end up with wild type shrimp, which would defeat the purpose of having shrimp with special colors. Generally speaking, neocaridina shrimp cannot be housed with other neocaridina shrimp unless they are the same col… see more They won't fight with the other shrimp, but depending on the type of shrimp they may interbreed and you'd end up with wild type shrimp, which would defeat the purpose of having shrimp with special colors. Generally speaking, neocaridina shrimp cannot be housed with other neocaridina shrimp unless they are the same color variant.
With regards to the betta question, it's really a tossup. My betta won't tolerate any shrimp in his tank, not even ghost shrimp. He harasses them and they spend all their time hiding. Some bettas do fine with shrimp, even cherries. Others do fine with ghost shrimp but not cherries. see less

By Daisy T. on November 18, 2014
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you can have about 10 per gallon
By Amazon Customer on November 26, 2016
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Sounds like problems with the water conditions. Your tank should be cycled and "aged" before introducing new shrimp. Even though red cherry shrimp are known for their hardiness, they still need good water conditions.
By Complexity on June 16, 2014
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I'm not familiar with the particular fish you have, but if they are 4 inches the shrimp would make a quick snack for them. I've had ghost shrimp as well and they will hunt, kill, and eat cherry shrimp as well as any other dwarf shrimp an small fish. I can tell you I have bought these shrimp from this seller numerous ti… see more I'm not familiar with the particular fish you have, but if they are 4 inches the shrimp would make a quick snack for them. I've had ghost shrimp as well and they will hunt, kill, and eat cherry shrimp as well as any other dwarf shrimp an small fish. I can tell you I have bought these shrimp from this seller numerous times and they are gorgeous and worth buying another tank for. You could even get a 1 gallon for them. :) see less
By Intelligent Blonde on February 25, 2015