My 46G tank have some cherry shrimp but I want to add some crystal red shrimp. Are those 2 types compatible and since the cherry shrimp are barely visible in that tank, will the crystal big enough to be notice?
PH will be an issue if over 7.0 in your tank. CRS prefer 6.2 to 6.6 and although they will "survive" in PH over 7 life span is shortened as well as survival raye of the young. The higher the grade the more important PH can be to having success....
Besides the Ph, temperature is very important for CRS. Cherry shrimp are very hardy and can tolerate a larger temperature range than CRS and don't worry about them interbreeding because they can't. I keep my CRS tank around 70F at all times with a chiller.
they will breed faster at 75 degrees but color will show better at 70. do you dose? if you do i'd suggest you to stop because CRS cant tolerate too much ferts. if you dont i'd suggest a bag of purigen, it works extremely well, and it will also take out w/e is harmful for shrimp. are you reserving the whole tank for CRS? because besides catfish, even the smallest fish will attatck/eat CRS fry.
I reserved the tank for CRS. The only other fish in the tank is the ottos. It have been housed the cherry shrimp with the ottos without problem. I do ferts for the plants but very small and I ferts in small portion every day.