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  2. ShyStar23s

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  5. jayc

    bee shrimps with eggs

    It must have been an aluminium heatsink. The Indium in Liquid metal will eat through aluminium. Only copper or nickel plated heatsinks can be used with liquid metal. It says so on the packet, at least my pack of Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut does.
  6. I will try to add all the old tank's shrimps at the end of August to the new tank, had a problem with my chiller this morning, try to make it more efficient by adding a better heat sink grease, I added a liquid metal grease, apparently you can't add liquid metal, when heating up, the heat sink turning to dust, along with part of the cooler inlet and outlet. So far the shrimps are ok.
  7. sdlTBfanUK

    Here we go again!

    I have had the new shrimps a week and have ordered some new ones(10) for delivery friday. There are probably at least 6 of the 8 alive (they may even all be alive still) but as the tank is so densely planted it is difficult to tell, but I saw 2 black and 2 red this morning, as yesterday, but I'm sure 1 red and 1 black weren't the same as the ones I saw yesterday so there are probably at least 6, if that makes any sense??? Anyway that will be it for now and I will just let the tank and shrimps do there thing once this batch are in there in a couple of days, and I can get back to the usual routine as was, before this unfortunate event wiped out the last lot. All parameters are good, including the nitrates now, but there are a lot of brown patches on the plants and moss balls still......... It all looks a bit drab and uninspiring and brown!!! I probably just need to be a bit more patient? I will do some maintenance tomorrow and a small 2L water change, then the new shrimps will go in on friday after acclimatising. The shrimps were totally uninterested in the spinach or shrimp lolly I put in at the weekend but I am assuming they have so much biofilm at this stage that that is keeping them busy and well fed and they are staying under cover until they get used to their new environment and this strange ugly monster that keeps peering in at them through the glass from time to time? I guess if some 100ft tall bloke kept peering through my window a few times a day I would be a bit nervous/reserved shall we say? I removed the spinach and the shrimp lolly and put the shrimp lolly in the betta tank and within minutes there were 10 shrimp on it so there was definitely nothing wrong with that shrimp lolly! Simon
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  9. Traps don't work on hydra. Even with planaria, it is slow and it doesn't catch them all.
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  14. sdlTBfanUK

    bee shrimps with eggs

    Very wise as once they start breeding your population may sky rocket anyway, as they have with the CBS! I'm sure you should get some really nice surprises/colours when they start cross breeding too! Simon
  15. I will stick with the present shrimps, give it another month or so before I add some more shrimps.
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  17. sdlTBfanUK

    bee shrimps with eggs

    More fantastic pictures love the blue shadow panda and the 2 red pinto galaxy. Great to hear all is going so well! If you have a lot of CBS then they will breed when they are old enough so losing the 'mother' isn't too bad at this stage and they only love max 2 years anyway. Glad you still have 2 blue bolts as well - those will probably be my next purchase when they are in stock? The putting spinach in my tank has brought a few of my shrimps out but bizarrely they aren't touching the actual spinach? Seen 2 black and 3 red (of the 8 total I bought) so far today? Simon
  18. update my new tank is becoming stable, the shrinps are growing, I have seen many of the shrimps shread it's shell. My old tank is infested with black CRS, but the mother had just died yesterday, I still have two blue bolts and a few CRS.
  19. sdlTBfanUK

    Hydra & Planaria shrimp safe removal.

    The SL Aqua is a herbal extract so isn't actually a chemical and it had NO negative impact (they say maybe snails would die but mine didn't) so ultra simple, quick and effective. Mine was a new tank so there were only snails living in the tank at that time. The hydra I had were so tiny (tank was only a few weeks old so they were probably young) you needed a magnifying glass to see them and it would be quite difficult to remove them without disturbing the aquascaping as they were attached to wood (that is probably where they came from)! I have seen the traps on ebay but I don't know whether they are effective or not, but they don't look nice in the tank and how do you know if/when you have caught them all? I think the SL Aqua Z1 would definitely be the way to go if you have hydra/planaria and you can get hold of it, it is a natural product and couldn't be easier, 1 dose and you should be done, though they say you may need to do another, but I didn't, though I doubt there were that many in my tank anyway! Hope everything is going well with your shrimp tanks kms? I haven't seen many of my new shrimps (3 so far today, early yet though) but it is a heavily planted tank and they are adolescent size shrimps. I have put some fresh spinach and a pea in there today, hopefully that should draw them out? I checked the parameters etc yesterday and they were all spot on. Simon
  20. Whiles everyone is using chemical to kill the worms, whiles don't you just catch them, there are tools available to do this.
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  22. sdlTBfanUK

    Hydra & Planaria shrimp safe removal.

    Thanks JayC, it does say to do that but as I do weekly water changes anyway it wasn't something extra I had to do, but you are right to mention it. I didn't do a 50% water change at the end (as they recommend) of the week as I only ever saw maybe a dozen hydra so got it really early, I think I did a 20% water change! Used it in April and not seen any hydra since and only treated the one time. Simon
  23. Definitely was not around. We had to break new ground with hiding a treatment back in those days. Probably more a precaution, but I need to add this advice ... make sure you do a water change after the treatment period. If you are regular with water changes, than that is not a problem. Depending on how many planaria or hydra you have in the tank, their deaths can really spike ammonia and cause issues. So a water change after the treatment period is always advisable.
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  25. sdlTBfanUK

    Hydra & Planaria shrimp safe removal.

    This is an old thread but I have seen various people looking at it a few times so thought I would add something briefly here. I had Hydra when I set up a new tank and bought some SL Aqua Z1. This cleared the hydra and did not negatively affect plants or any occupants. It was so easy, 1 dose then that was all that was needed. I believe it is a natural product rather than a chemical treatment. http://www.sl-aqua.com/en/conditioner/products_z1.html There are a few UK sellers but I don't know how easy it may be to get elsewhere? I think it is an Asian product? It probably is fairly new so wasn't around when this thread was started? Simon
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  27. jayc

    Here we go again!

    2nd photo, bottom right. That Red wine is a nice one.
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