| | Re: What do you REALLY need for a low-tech shrimp tank?
I do have to prune the swords regularly, but they seem to be growing smaller leaves now. I just threw in extras from my other tanks. I like the wild jungle look. Well, truthfully I like the low maintenance, but I don't mind the wild jungle look, either. I prune them a bit more when I have free swimming fish in there, but otos, plecos and shrimp don't mind it crowded with plants. Endlers and white clouds need a bit more open space. I used to have aquatic frogs in the 7 gal, but moved them into a 30 with my dojo loaches. The shrimp act differently when there are no predatory fish in the tank. They hide less and so are much more visible. Again, when I get too many shrimp I might put in a pair of Endlers or white clouds for a while to fatten them up a bit. With no fish, the copepods become more numerous, but they are great food for fish fry. Have you tried a wanted ad on craigslist? Someone might have one they intend to get rid of, but haven't posted yet.