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  4. jayc

    Shrimp tank cycling

    If not prime, you will have to use another de-chlorinator, as chlorine will kill the bacteria. It might still cycle with prime, but maybe a bit longer. Do you have access to one that doesn't bind ammonia? No need to change the water until you see ph drop below 6.5.
  5. Razzy

    Shrimp tank cycling

    Hi, I'm cycling a tank ATM and I'm using Dr Tim's ammonia, stability and I do have prime. But I was wondering if prime would stall the cycle since the bacteria need ammonia to feed and prime turns it into a.non toxic form? My ammonia's been pretty high for the past week and I've been trying to do a partial water change to keep the levels down, not going down, no nitrites. But I did just start cycling it last week.
  6. kms

    micro crabs / amarinus lacustris

    It wasn't intentional, I was just putting the new shrimps into the tank, the dead shrimp just fell into the tank. I just purchased another 10 crabs today to make it a total of 22, but the shop put a few more in the bag for me, I will be keeping about 10 crabs, the others are for two of my friends, there tanks isn't setup yet, as these crabs are hard to obtain in Hong Kong, the last time I saw them available was over 5 years ago.
  7. sdlTBfanUK

    micro crabs / amarinus lacustris

    I would imagine that the crabs will eat dead shrimps, even shrimps eat dead other shrimps, as they are both scavengers. Not sure that they would attack a live shrimp but it is probably best t keep a close eye on what happens before getting any more of either shrimps or crabs for that tank! Simon
  8. Grubs

    micro crabs / amarinus lacustris

    I think the live shrimp will be fine. The micro-crabs are delicate creatures taking advantage of a rotting corpse. I'm sure the crabs will enjoy the protein. Ordinarily I avoid feeding dead livestock to other livestock to prevent transmission of disease or unknown parasites although I will say as a shrimpkeeper the temptation is strong. 😄
  9. kms

    micro crabs / amarinus lacustris

    Yesterday I put a 3 new shrimps in the tank, and one dead shrimp that was DOA in the bag, nothing happened to the 3 shrimps, but the dead shrimp was swarmed by 3 crabs as food, would you presumed the live shrimps might get attacked soon or later.
  10. Lizzy

    CRS Tank Log

    Thanks so much for all the info guys. I’m very appreciative! I’ll update once I get the RO going. Fingers crossed I don’t kill them all 😅 I’m really hoping this will encourage more breeding. In saying that, I have 3 berried as of the last week, which is pretty exciting.
  11. jayc

    CRS Tank Log

    No! It's like salt. Does salt go off? Unless moisture and water has got into the container, it should last until the container disintegrates. Add a bit of Salty Shrimp GH+ into the RO water (go slow), stir it in, until it reaches 150 TDS. Keep measuring with the TDS meter you are getting. Doesn't have to be exactly 150 as Simon said. If you have the tools for it and the patience, that is the best way. Or if you are like me, impatient, I add 25% of the new change water back into the tank every 20-30 minutes. So over the span of 2hours or so.
  12. sdlTBfanUK

    CRS Tank Log

    You basically do as you have been doing just with the new (RO) water instead of tap water! The RO water will be 000 so you just keep adding a bit of GH+ until the TDS is near 150 (doesn't have to be exact)! You should be fine with the GH+ you were given, but if it looks old, personally I would buy a new one, (I use a liquid one which is also easier) it's not that expensive and lasts a long time anyway. The PH will almost certainly be lower with the RO water but if you don't do a large water change but just substitute the new water into your normal routine it will VERY slowly bring the PH down a bit which is I guess what you want anyway longer term. Simon
  13. Lizzy

    CRS Tank Log

    A friend gave me Salty Shrimp GH+. Does this stuff “go off”? The container appears to be quite old. How do I adjust TDS? Will the RO system have an adjuster or something? I never dump whole buckets into the tank when doing changes, but do you mean the RO water needs to be drip fed? Thanks for your help. You’re a legend.
  14. jayc

    CRS Tank Log

    Correct. Have you got the remineraliser yet? Looking back at the pics of your shrimps, you have CRS, so you will need a GH+ remineraliser. You are aiming to remineralise to 150 TDS for CRS. No you don't have to wait to use the remineralised RO water. But at the same time, don't dump the whole bucket of water into the tank at once.
  15. Lizzy

    CRS Tank Log

    So I’m jumping in and buying an RODI system. Not sure if we can fit an under-sink system in the laundry cupboard so I’m leaning towards a portable variant. Either of these two (I think one is just smaller😞 https://www.filtersystemsaustralia.com.au/reverse-osmosis-water-filter/aquarium-systems/portable-reverse-osmosis-aquarium-water-filter-with-di-resin-0-tds-1-70di-872.html or https://www.filtersystemsaustralia.com.au/reverse-osmosis-water-filter/aquarium-systems/portable-reverse-osmosis-aquarium-water-filter-with-di-resin-0-tds-1-70di.html I know I need to then remineralise the water. What parameters am I aiming for, for max shrimp happiness? 😅I’ll buy a TDS pen at the same time. Can I just add the powder to the bucket of RO water and do the WC immediately? Or does it need to sit for a period of time? I’ve no idea about this stuff, sorry. Thanks in advance!
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  17. sdlTBfanUK

    Welcome Spongy

    I Hope you get lots of cherry shrimplets soon, there shouldn't be any problem breeding those, the only slight risk is that you may have stressed the mother by moving her while berried so there is a slight chance (small chance but just letting you know in case it happens, not to panic) that this batch won't come to anything. If she still has the eggs after a few days you should be fine! Cherry shrimp are really easy so all you will need to do is sit back and watch the little shrimplets grow! Simon
  18. Spongy

    Welcome Spongy

    Well, after my very sad news the other day I discovered one of my cherries are berried. 2nd chance at being a shrimp Mum. We have moved all 5 of our cherries into Shrimptopia. Surely I can't fluff this up! The 2 boys are loving it already and are exploring everything. Mum to be (Marri) is just playing with the moss balls. It took about 2 hours to drip acclimatise them, then a further hour or two to ensure the temperature was right. Fingers crossed, this should be easier! Lol. x
  19. sdlTBfanUK

    micro crabs / amarinus lacustris

    Had a quick look in my new invertebrates book and think they are Limnopilos naiganetri! If so it says temperature 24 to 28, Ph 7.5 - 8.5. They should be given driftwood and floating plants. It also says that although they carry eggs, raising the young has not been done in captivity (book produced 2015). This youtube video says she has had breeding though???? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPOIq4AsZCE I had thought about getting some in the past but as she says they are a bit like spiders so that put me off................ Hope everything else is going well still! Simon
  20. kms

    micro crabs / amarinus lacustris

    I'm really happy, finally a local shop in Hong Kong had some of these crabs, not to sure which variation of the spider crabs,, but they advertised them as miniature spider crabs (Limnopilos naiyanetri) , I was going to bring them back from Taiwan if I find any, but no need now, got them for about GBP 13.50 for 10 crabs, I will pick up another 30 crabs in the next few day. The first photo is the crabs in the bag, I won't get home till tmr, the second photo is taken at the shop.
  21. jayc

    Help sexing my shrimp

    You can do large water changes, I do it every 6 months to reset the minerals in the water, but you cannot just dump the new water back into the tank. It needs to be fed in slowly. I drip in the new water after adjusting it to match previous parameters.
  22. Spongy

    Welcome econde

    Hiya. Where are you from? x
  23. sdlTBfanUK

    Welcome Spongy

    Sorry to hear it didn't work but it was a real 'shot in the dark'! Glad to hear you are going to give it another go though as you have everything ready now. Would a bucket of 'water change' water left outside produce the right sort of 'green water' to feed the larvae maybe? Simon
  24. sdlTBfanUK

    Help sexing my shrimp

    Shrimp don't need much of a water change as they are low bioload! I have 30L and only do 2L per week so as with JayC cut back on the water change amount, even .5 litre would be ok! Large water changes tend to trigger moulting so they may be moulting too often? They may drop the eggs if they aren't fertilised and therefore unwanted! Have you seen any that look to be able yet? Simon
  25. sdlTBfanUK

    Trouble breeding CRS

    Looking good and as grubs says it should be ready really soon. It is a bit bigger than I was thinking but would do the job but maybe if this is for the specific purpose I would drop the water line to two thirds full before putting the berried femailes in. I was watching a lot of Marks youtube videos yesterday trying to get some clues and almost all his tanks are nowhere near filled to the top! Hope this works out. Simon
  26. jayc

    Welcome Spongy

    Good to see you Grubs. That's some valuable info.
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