Shrimp Specific Tanks - Ideal or Avoid?

  • For all of you shrimp keepers, have you seen the recent line of shrimp dedicated tanks that many retailers are trying to sell recently? For your given shrimp species only tanks, do you tend to use dedicated tanks like these which are internal filters hidden away being a grate, specific substrate for planted tanks and shrimp to move around, or have a powerhead output for the filter to make sure that it doesn't directly point somewhere static that cannot be moved?

    I've found a bunch of them seem like a really nice deal because they are in a weird starter kit format but missing a few pieces of core equipment like a heater, substrate, or other aspects. Although their size is on the smaller side (ex; <19 gallons), their size is ideal for a perfect planted shrimp tank that can really highlight the shrimp and plants, while providing the needed lighting and layout for doing a lovely aqua scape.

  • One of the most discussed topics among shrimp enthusiasts is whether or not to keep invertebrate shrimp in a specific tank. Some aquarists believe that providing an environment solely for invertebrate shrimp is better for their health and wellbeing, while others argue that it's unnecessary and potentially harmful.

    There are several arguments in favor of invertebrate shrimp specific tanks. First, these tanks allow for more precise control of water parameters. Invertebrate shrimp are sensitive to changes in temperature, pH, and other water parameters, and having a dedicated tank means keeping those parameters stable and optimal for the shrimp's health. Additionally, invertebrate shrimp-specific tanks typically have a specialized filtration system, such as a sponge filter, which provides gentle water flow and reduces the risk of shrimp being sucked into a strong filter.

    However, there are also several arguments against invertebrate shrimp-specific tanks. One concern is that these tanks can become isolated ecosystems, which can result in lower biodiversity and reduced genetic diversity, making the shrimp more susceptible to illness and disease. Additionally, invertebrate shrimp-specific tanks can be more difficult to maintain than a regular tank, since there is less room for error in terms of water quality and temperature.

    Ultimately, whether or not to keep invertebrate shrimp in a specific tank comes down to personal preference and experience. If you are an experienced aquarist with a good understanding of water chemistry and a willingness to put in the necessary effort to maintain the tank, an invertebrate shrimp-specific tank can be an ideal option for providing the best environment for your shrimp. However, for those who are new to shrimp keeping or want a low-maintenance setup, a regular community tank may be the better choice.

    What are your thoughts on invertebrate shrimp-specific tanks? Have you had any experience with them? Share your opinions and experiences in the comments below!

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