View Full Version : Setting up a 10g 'lobster' tank for my son - need crayfish or shrimp suggestions

03-27-2016, 09:45 PM
Hey Guys - my son wants his own tank, with 'lobsters' as he calls crayfish. i was thinking of getting some of the self cloning ones, or some shrimp....i would like to see lots of critters in there so im thinking shrimp...anyone have ideas? ill do a hang on back filter with a sponge so it doesnt suck up the shrimp or small critters.....anyone have some shrimp that will go crazy? or the marmokreb crayfish? Water parameters for the shrimp?

thanks in advance for the help and ideas

03-28-2016, 06:27 AM
The marmokrebs aren't picky at all. I don't even have a heater on mine and they reproduce. You'd probably get a lot of cannibalism when it did reproduce in a ten gallon. I just got some red cherries and they're pretty cool. Probably better than the crays. Wouldn't need a heater with them either. Probably just a sponge filter too so they don't get blown around too much.

03-28-2016, 07:15 AM
The Cherry Red Shrimp are extremely fun to watch. Lots of movement in the tank. Set up I have is just a sponge filter and some Java moss. Heater is in the tank, but is set very low (maybe around 70-72 range). Have never kept crayfish, so, I have no input on them.

03-28-2016, 11:25 AM
You can keep Dwarf Mexican Lobsters (CPOs) with any of the dwarf shrimp species. As well as the cute little Thai Micro crabs.

What I have in-stock for freshwater nano inverts...

- Cherry Shrimp <-- Best choice for beginners imo and they reproduce the most readily.
- Crystal Red Shrimp
- Blue Velvet Shrimp
- Orange Rili Shrimp
- Amano Shrimp
- Red Skunk Shrimp
- Dwarf Mexican Lobsters (CPOs)
- Thai Micro Crabs

As mentioned about they need to be a bit cooler then typical community fish. We keep them anywhere from 67-73F. pH isn't super important we keep it between 6.0-7.0 ... but keeping the pH as stable as possible is very important. I try to stay away from pressurized CO2 and fertilizers if possible.


03-28-2016, 03:25 PM
Hello Rich,

I would not got with the marmokreb as they can grow quite large (3+") compared to shrimps.
Definitely the shrimps. Here are some pic. of what I have: from super red to super blue, orange and red rili: