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I have a 29 gallon planted tank with 3 panda corys, 6 glowligjht tetras, 3 platies, a guppy, and a male betta. The corys are still quite small and my betta is pretty docile. I ordered 10 cherry shrimps today, do you think they will do okay in my tank? My tank has been cycled for almost a month now, has sand substrate, and runs at around 73-76 degrees.

Hi Rachael!

Cherry Shrimp will be fine in the tank. As long as you don't have any aggressive fish around, they'll be ok. But they tend to be more comfortable at 72 degrees. And please remember that even though they are primarily algae eaters they will eat any food intended for aquarium use, but some will prefer compressed algae discs (algae wafers). Blanched (boiled until soft) vegetables such as zucchini, baby carrots, peas and spinach can be used as a supplemental food, but should be fed sparingly. Uneaten vegetables can very quickly decompose and create water quality problems. If feeding commercial fish/shrimp food ensure that there is no copper added although most breeders believe this is only pure/elemental copper as this is dangerous for shrimp. Copper sulfates found in snail killer are in high amounts and will kill shrimp.

Hope this helps!


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