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    Baby shrimps

    At the time, those babies grown and had babies, those babies also had their babies, during that time, I did not add bacter AE, I never knew what it was, and I was only a beginner, @sdlTBfanUKhelped alot along with @jayc oh, had average 20 babies for each mother shrimp.
  3. sdlTBfanUK

    Baby shrimps

    I agree that there probably likely to have more survive with food but if you have 10 already (and there are probably many hiding) that is a good start and it is probably better to get half a dozen each batch (month) than over-run too quickly! You should be fine not using baby food at the moment with the number of babies you have! I had extraordinary survival rates in the original 15L tank which I assume is because they all got some food being such a small tank. Within months of the 8 shrimps breeding I got about 150 babies - it was panic time to get a bigger tank set up! Simon
  4. sdlTBfanUK

    New Shrimp, Any Females?

    I am more of a give a plant a go and it either lives or not, though I don't think anything has died off thus far! I don't know what plants are available to you but they are a personal choice for you to make so just see what there is? I wouldn't use CO2 but if you do decide to use the Flourish excel I would do it slowly starting with half dose etc! I have had algae before with new tanks but it has just cleared up with time on it's own, I guess when the whole system has sorted/balanced itself out! Simon
  5. beanbag

    Baby shrimps

    Maybe around 10 or so I know that many people claim to have increased baby survival rate by dosing various baby foods or Bacter AE. What has your survival rate been?
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  7. Crabby

    New Shrimp, Any Females?

    No plants ‘require’ CO2 so to speak, but it helps boost growth. Flourish excel is basically bottled CO2, so you could do that. Most red plants will just grow a bit greener without CO2. I have some variety of Ludwigia repens, and it stays pretty red, as the leaves reach higher toward the light. But the best thing to do is just try something. Test it out, see what works and what doesn’t, because nobody‘s tanks are the same.
  8. DreamBlueVelvet

    New Shrimp, Any Females?

    Ok does it require CO2 also what about Ludwigia Repens Rubin super red?
  9. Crabby

    New Shrimp, Any Females?

    I use two 24 watt fluorescent tubes on my regular 29, and am just able to grow red plants. That’s 48 watts of light, from one pink and one blue tube, so your 37 on a tall tank might not be strong enough when it hits the bottom. If you end up dosing excel (I do and it works fine for me) then maybe try Alternanthera Reineckii, or it’s mini version (also known as AR Mini). I’ve had success with that.
  10. kms

    New Shrimp, Any Females?

    Many red plants require white and red light, could be LED or tube, power isn't important, but need enough reach the bottom, but most important co2 is needed, or they don't last.
  11. DreamBlueVelvet

    New Shrimp, Any Females?

    This photo is more recent. Any plant recommendations? I want to introduce more red plants but not sure if my light is strong enough, I believe it’s a 37 watt for 29 gallon tall tank
  12. DreamBlueVelvet

    New Shrimp, Any Females?

    Yeah, you actually can’t see it unless you look close, all the moss near the gravel is actually Java Moss. I had them in balls but I decided to spread it out for the shrimp. When I received the moss it was brown/green but I think it will get green over time. I’ve read in Walstad’s book that sometimes algae takes care of itself and sometimes you need more plants. Anyone have experience treating algae with plants?
  13. sdlTBfanUK

    New Shrimp, Any Females?

    I would personally leave it for now and just remove it manually for a bit longer as I wouldn't want to risk the shrimps or babies when they arrive! As you have reduced the light and closed the blind give it a bit longer as it is to be safe, as it may not look nice but it isn't doing any harm! Simon
  14. DreamBlueVelvet

    New Shrimp, Any Females?

    No it’s growing lol. Im not sure if I want to treat the water with excel because I don’t want to harm the shrimp. Do you think it will go away on its own or if I treat it later would it be too late? The tank so far.
  15. sdlTBfanUK

    New Shrimp, Any Females?

    Great photo, she is heavily berried with large eggs, wow!! Has the algae improved yet? Simon
  16. DreamBlueVelvet

    New Shrimp, Any Females?

    My shrimp is finally berried! How does she look?
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    Baby shrimps

    I've had babies about 6 times, just treat the tanks as normal as you have been before, you can't do anything for the babies, sometimes it can be days without a baby in sight, then you start to see one by one come out. I'm sure there is enough biofilm for them to feed, plants substrate, glass and rocks.
  18. sdlTBfanUK

    Baby shrimps

    Are you still seeing the babies, there probably is enough biofilm at this stage so hopefully they will be fine? How many have you seen? Simon
  19. beanbag

    Baby shrimps

    Hello, I don't think I am "out of the woods" just yet until I see the baby shrimps growing up and grazing. Maybe in another week or so? I read somewhere that baby shrimp have a 1 week "trial period" where if the conditions aren't right they die off. Regarding the baby food, I don't remember if I mentioned this or not, but last year when my shrimps had babies, I dosed GlasGarten Shrimp Baby but it polluted the water and everybody died except for one Blue Bolt and the Amanos. So I am very cautious about any powdered food that can get everywhere. I guess vegetable-based is ok, like dried mulberry pellets, but things high in protein can go bad. I also dose a little Bacter AE because at least when the bacteria land somewhere they grow instead of die and rot. So in any case, my baby shrimp will have to live off Bacter AE and biofilm. Maybe chlorella powder or bee pollen might be ok too, but I am reluctant to try anything new right now. (Should have tested those earlier)
  20. sdlTBfanUK

    Aquamaxx 17.1 Gallon Caridina Tank Build

    Have you had any more deaths recently? Have you got Indian Almond leaves as they are supposed to have anti-bacterial qualities? I hope the babies are doing well! Simon
  21. jayc

    Aquamaxx 17.1 Gallon Caridina Tank Build

    Separate the worst infected if you can. They might be re-infecting each other. A hospital tank is looking like a much better idea. It can even be a 2Gallon bucket.
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  23. Steensj2004

    Aquamaxx 17.1 Gallon Caridina Tank Build

    I don’t know what the heck these shrimp have, but I cannot believe this disease is still hanging on. What. The. Eff......?! Salt dips. Oregano Oil( internal and external). H2O2 treatments. Temp decrease to 68F. The heck, man......
  24. sdlTBfanUK

    20-30 gallon native community tank idea

    Did you get a friend for the solo molly you had, and are the native shrimps still doing well? You are very lucky to have so much native stuff for your tanks, we don't have anything here I can think of! I assume you won't need a heater if they live happily outside where you are, or a light unless the tank will be away from windows. It would probably still need a filter though as it is a closed system? Most crabs need to be able to get out of the water occasionally and are great escape artists so probably best keep away from them, and they would almost certainly attack fish or shrimp as well. It sounds like a fun project. Hopefully some-one with knowledge of your location can give you some advice? I don't know whether it is as easy as just foraging everything locally, but look forward to hearing others views who have tried it maybe? I guess water changes would be really easy if you are using local products? I used to collect leaves from the lake to put in the tank but don't do that anymore as you never know what is hitching a ride and I ended up with waterlouse om the fish tank, yuck! I did keep a newt I caught 'when I was lad' for a while but they are protected species here now, there are some in one of the ponds though! Simon
  25. Hey all! So this coming April I plan on having a new tank and i already set to my mind that it would be a native community tank. I would like to hear from all of you any tips on how i should start this cause i have only had experience from relatively species-only setups. Some questions: should i use substrate sourced from my area? Fish species in my area: Swordtails Unknown species of halfbeak Inverts: Caridina-like species of shrimp Freshwater crab of unknown species Pond snails Malaysian Trumpet Snails Some kind of big mts Plants: Vallisneria Java moss Riccardia chamedryfolia Duckweed Salvinia Azolla So thats all i know of of the wildlife here, I was planning to go like swordtails, halfbeak, shrimp, mts with vals, duckweed, and driftwood that have moss and riccardia. I would gladly like for anyone to have an opinion on this, thanks!
  26. sdlTBfanUK

    Baby Nerite snail?

    It looks like a snail, but to me it looks like a common pond snail so it probably came on some moss or plants (maybe as an egg)? The picture is a bit blurry to be totally positive! Simon
  27. Shellycooper

    Baby Nerite snail?

    Hey guys! I have a shrimp/snail tank setup and I added 2 nerites since the beginning of the tank. I started seeing a little white dot moving around on my glass. I know nerite eggs can’t hatch in freshwater, so does anyone know if this is a nerite? Thanks!
  28. Thanks Grubs, I had been thinking paratya could be pretty easy, so if I end up failing with one of the species (DRN or chameleons) I'll try out the glass shrimp. Also will make sure I feed protein. As we have a barramundi in the fishroom he eats frozen pilchards - I'm sure I could just chuck in a chunk for them once every couple of weeks. What params do you keep yours in? (Paratya and chameleons, and DRN if you keep them as well pls). Robbie, which species were you thinking about for that method? While I can't get water from Parramata river (as I'm in Melbourne, Vic) I do have a few local rivers that I can collect water from pretty easily. Paratya live in most of these as well, so it should be pretty safe water.
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