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 #4545  by Munchkinmama
 01 Mar 2018 15:34
I'm trying to do as much research as I can before buying my shrimp. I am planning on buying a 7l nano tank which comes with a light and keeping it in our sitting room which is always nice and warm. Do I still need a heater in the tank as some websites say no some yes. I've always kept tropical fish in the past and never brackish tanks and am a bit nervous about getting the mix right. Any advice would be much appreciated.
Thank you,
 #4546  by odin
 01 Mar 2018 16:51
Welcome to our forum @Munchkinmama !

Its always interesting to see some people use heaters and others don't, i have to use heaters where i live in the UK as its just too cold for the Opae ula shrimp. What sort of temps do you get in your home and what country/state do you live in just to give us an indicator. These shrimp will tolerate a large window in temperature so you may not even need a heater.
 #4551  by odin
 01 Mar 2018 19:11
You may just get away with that temperature then, i wouldn't want to keep them in anything lower then 18 deg C my self but they could probably survive in waters slightly colder then that. i say try it and see how you get on :smile:
 #4552  by Munchkinmama
 02 Mar 2018 06:50
Thank you. I'll wait until this weather passes and pop to my local fish store and have a shop around. The Hollybush at Shares hill has a wide range of tanks and accessories.
 #4553  by odin
 02 Mar 2018 07:39
Sounds good, dont get pulled into buying pumps and filters as you won’t need them and will just end up costing you money you don’t need to spend. Good luck!

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 #4567  by Artemis
 05 Mar 2018 15:58
I keep a jar without a heater in England. They live in my office which is a fairly constant 20 C. This is fine for them but I think they develop and grow faster at slightly higher temperatures. My pregnant shrimp have a gestation time of 2 months and the larvae don't metamorphose for a month. The juveniles that hatched over 5 months ago are still much smaller than the adults.

That said, they are lovely and red and reproduction is happening so you should be fine.
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