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    Hey everyone!

    At the beginning of the year, I started my first tank ever, which was a planted tank. Through a lot of trail and error, I have reached a tank that I am quite proud of. :)

    But, alas, I have a bit of a problem on my hands. I have a shrimp infestation.

    Disregard how I came upon them, but perfect conditions, no predators and and a happy male and female has resulted in a population boom that I can no longer control. I have been selling them back to my original supplier, but with a 35lt tank and what I would guess to be over 90 shrimp with another 4 active females, I need drastic measures.

    I can't lower the temp of my tank to discourage reproducing as I have other fish that can't handle the cold. I do not have the equipment to shift the other fish as to "quarantine" the shrimp until I can sell them all.

    Thus, I am looking at getting omnivorous fish to help control the population numbers. I'm looking at Guppies, Neon Tetras and Pencilfish. If anyone has any suggestions, I would love the advice/help!

    Just to recap: I have a 35lt tank, I would like some type of small schooling fish that is omnivorous and fairly peaceful as I do not want my plants destroyed.

    Any help would be appreciated :)
    Have a good day, guys!
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    You have a few options
    1. Catch a few to keep in quarenteen tank, add snail kill to the tank and just take out the dead ones. Do a few WC and add one by one to make sure the copper is out.
    2. Offer on the forum to give away there is always somebody that wants them.
    3. Controlling there numbers would be difficult getting a fish to chow them the fish will keep chowing them until there's no more.
    4. Maybe try rummy nose tetra's I've heard they love shrimps.
    5. Catch and add to the compost heap.
     
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    Welcome, yeah rummy noses will love the shrimp. Just worried about your tank size.
     
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    What shrimp are they? Put some pics up, ask for PMs, and apparently the demands will roll in

    Just be prepared for PMs in 6 months' time that ask 'Got shrimp?'
     
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    Firstly, what fish do you have in there already? 35L aint very big...so you can quickly overstock something like that. I personally wouldn't kill the shrimps with snail kill or copper...as chances are you'll get an ammonia spike in such a small body of water...even if you only miss one or two dead ones in the tank...

    I'd stay away from tetras in that tank...it's just not big enough for them. As mentioned...please advise in what else you have in that tank (and numbers). A possible solution with be micro danios...they are GREAT predators.
     
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    welcome to APSA!

    rummynoses eat plants..
     
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    shrimp are easy to catch so buy a net, save a life and then either make a donation or some pocket money on the side...
     
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    Hi and Welcome!

    What shrimp do you have? if they not the normal glass shrimps, you can make some lekker bucks! dont kill them, just sell or give them away.
     
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    My tank only has one other resident right now, and that is a Golden Dwarf Pleco.

    I mainly have Red Cherry shrimp with a few White Shrimps. The White shrimps have been behaving themselves, but it is the Cherries that have been naughty. I currently have 4 berried females (or carrying) with another 2 mature females that are going to carry soon. That being said, I think there are about 90 babies in my tank right now, with close on another 100 on the way when the new females hatch their eggs in less than two weeks time. XP

    My tank is way too small to try and support them long enough for the shrimp to reach a 'mature', sellable age. That being said, I am also hesitant to sell them, but not completely against it. I also do not want to introduce any form of 'pesticide' into my tank, as I do want to keep it as natural as possible.

    That being said, they are still reproducing faster than I can sell them, and I do not want to endanger my tank.

    I was also encouraged to look into Bloodfin tetras, but they seem a little aggressive for the tank that I have.
     
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    If you were in Durban, you could give 90 baby RCS to one dude and he'd be happy..
     
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    As awesome as that would be, I am in Cape Town, and about 30 of those babies are still too small to see right now :)
     
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    I love how your profile pic matches your one simple statement.
     
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    Problem is that there are a LOT of hideyholes for my shrimp, so catching them isn't all that easy
     
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    I have a small Jebo R334 tank that I got Third hand from a friend. It is the definition of low budget right now, but I would love to have a bigger, professional tank in the future. There is only a Golden Dwarf Pleco with them right now, and he's pretty chilled
     
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    I'm pretty sure there are some people who would spend hours in your tank to get a few of your "problem"....
     
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    XD lol. Well, as long as they pay for "exterminating"
     
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    Get a male and 2 female guppies. Soon you will have a guppy population explosion and they will keep your shrimplets under control. When you have too many guppies give them away but keep 2 females and a male. Repeat process... :)
     
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    Thank you! I will definately keep that one in mind
     
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    Yi dude
     
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    Shrimp are easy to catch. Drop a net in with some food in it. Wait 5mins, extract net and repeat.
     
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