monoxide wrote: can i just be a bit of question here and ask if anyone can tell me how good the fluval shrimp tank is and does it need a heater ?
I'd have a heater on anything under 30L- cherries are pretty robust and as long as it stays above 20-22 degrees most of the time, and you don't have any sudden temperature swings they'll be fine. In big tanks this is not usually a problem, but small ones lose and gain heat rapidly, so a heater to keep the chill off is a good idea. Set it relatively low, and you should be OK. Be prepared to fiddle with the settings for a few days before you get your shrimp so you know it won't get too warm.
The Edge is pretty good from what I hear. The Chi is less so- Viriconia has one and lost shrimp because they climbed out, and got sucked into the filter (the light isn't great either). I suspect the Ebi and the Flora may have similar issues. The AquaOne AquaNano series look much better from that point of view, as do the Arcadia Arc Tanks.
If you buy everything separately you'll probably be able to get what you want, but it won't cost you much less than the all-inclusive kits.
My mum keeps harping on about having tetras in the tank as well as the cherry shrimps, I said to her that I probably wouldn't be able to because of the size of the tank, but she still wants me to ask you guys (she knows im always lurking on here), so here is the obligatory question: Would I be able to have a small shoal of neon tetras in the tank as well as the cherry shrimp. :)
Haha, I will tell her that. She is obsessed with them and believes everyone should have some. *rolls eyes* parents, I'm 25 and have my own flat but she still redecorates and reorganises everything. All I want is a little cherry shrimp tank as they're so so cute :D Thanks for the confirmation! I'm planning on buying her a suitable tank for a shoal of tetras anyways, however, she doesn't know this but goes on about how she would like a tank of her own.