Freshwater shrimp make an excellent addition to your cleanup crew - keep reading to learn more about the top 5 species!
When you are thinking about stocking a freshwater tank, your mind probably cycles through pictures of brightly colored fish – maybe even a Plecostomus to help keep algae levels under control. What many aquarium hobbyists fail to consider is the value of shrimp in the freshwater aquarium. Not only can freshwater shrimp be brightly colored and beautiful to behold, but they serve a very important role in the tank as well – they are scavengers, helping to clean up after your fish and improving the water quality in your tank. If you are thinking about adding freshwater shrimp to your tank, consider one of the top five species discussed below.
Introduction to Aquarium Shrimp
Freshwater shrimp come in a variety of sizes and colors with some being more adaptable to aquarium life than others. It is also important to note that some species of shrimp are best kept in tanks without fish because some fish prey on shrimp and other small invertebrates. If you can find a pairing that works well, however, you may be able to house shrimp and fish together in your tank. Just be sure to provide your shrimp with the food and water conditions they need to thrive and do your research ahead of time to determine what those conditions are.
When it comes to customizing your tank for freshwater shrimp, water quality is your primary concern. Shrimp can be very sensitive to changes in water parameters so you want to keep the...
There are many different species of barbs but some of them are better than others for the larger home aquarium.
One of the benefits of keeping a large aquarium over a small aquarium is, of course, the fact that you can stock your tank with more and bigger fish. Many aquarium hobbyists ascribe to the “one inch of fish per gallon” rule which, though it is a little outdated and oversimplified, is a good rule of thumb to start with. Larger aquariums can accommodate larger fish and, for tanks 30 gallons and larger, barbs are a great group of fish to choose from when stocking your tank.
What Kind of Fish Are Barbs?
The fish known as barbs belong to the family Cyprinidae which they share with a number of other popular aquarium fish including rasboras, danios, and certain species of shark. Barbs are largely divided over two genera – Barbus and Puntius – though there are some exceptions. These are a type of ray-finned fish, so named because their fins consist of bony spines (called rays) which a fine webbing of skin stretched over them. Barbs come in a wide variety of different shapes and colors including the bright red Cherry Barb, the striped Tiger Barb, and the spotted Panda Barb. Each species of barb is unique in terms of its color and pattern, though all barbs share some common traits.
For the most part, barbs are fairly small, colorful, and active fish. Most barbs grow to a full size of 2 to 3 inches in length which means that they should be kept in an...
Maintaining a thriving 10-gallon tank can be a challenge but it will help if you are careful about how you stock it.
If you are new to the aquarium hobby you might assume that a smaller aquarium is easier to maintain than a larger one. Truth be told, however, smaller tanks are generally more of a challenge because even a slight change in water chemistry can be devastating. Still, if you have limited room for an aquarium or you don’t want to spend a small fortune to set up and stock a larger tank, you may be able to make a 10-gallon tank work if you are careful.
Tips for Stocking a Small Home Aquarium
When it comes to stocking a smaller aquarium you need to be very careful about which fish you choose and how many you purchase. Unless you have your heart set on cultivating a single fish or a pair of fish (many cichlids prefer to be kept individually), your best bet is to go with some passive community species. Passive fish tend to fare better in smaller tanks where swimming space is limited and schooling fish can make your small tank appear full without overstocking it. A school of small, peaceful fish should make up the majority of your community but you can add one or two accent fish – fish that are brightly colored and active so they stand out. These are often called “showcase fish”.
In addition to stocking your small aquarium with small schooling fish and one or two showcase fish, you should also consider including some kind of algae eater or scavenger. One of the main...
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STOCKING THE TANK
The fish you choose to stock your tank is not a decision that should be made lightly. The articles in this category will help you understand the basics of fish compatibility and will provide you with other information you need to make an informed decision when stocking your tank.