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  2. Crabclaw

    Darwin Algae Eating Shrimp?

    Definitely tempting me here. 😁 What do you feed them? As I currently feed my fish, and hope the shrimp get the leftovers. I’m looking more towards trying to feed my shrimp specifically though. I’ve tried zucchini and spinach, but only the hated snails will eat those. And rarely do I see a shrimp on an algae wafer. They all seem to be doing fine though, so I guess there's enough algae and biofilm for them to eat. And if I were to get more shrimp with the possible intent of breeding them (not the das of course), would you recommend the removal of my Apistogramma pair? They’re beautiful and I would love to see them breed at some stage, but the are active and the male in particular is quite large. They can get a bit aggressive at times.
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  4. DEL 707

    New tank and shrimp

    Thanks again for all the help. I was only really getting the amanos to help with algae and plant maintence, but maybe I should just get a few more cherries. If I got another 5 this weekend, should I look into getting some shrimp food? Thinking about fish in the future (another week or 2), what would you suggesting stocking. I was thinking about a few green neon tetra's and maybe 2 otos.
  5. sdlTBfanUK

    Time for a restart? Advice needed!

    Welcome newbie! That sounds a lot of pests you have? I have used SLAqua Z1 which is meant for hydra and Planaria, and it worked for the hydra I had - not sure if it is available where you are? It sounds like you have done your research and know what to do? I would probably just buy everything new and start again so there is zero risk of a recurrence as you have several problems, and be slightly quicker and could go up a size of aquarium if that is something that interests you etc and as you state you are going to cycle it again, but I usually do take the easiest route, though that tends to be the costliest! I can't see any problems with your plan though you could just use tap water dechlorinated at stage 6 as that will be removed a week later? I would probably get new sponge for the filter as I expect that is really cheap as well and that can go in with the shrimps in the temporary tank to get some bacteria on ready (it can just float in the tank)! How many blue bolts do you currently have? Simon
  6. Grubs

    Pipefish

    I hope you can feed them. I kept pipefish for a while but had enormous trouble feeding them. They wouldn't take any prepared foods and are massive predators so I was feeding them all my small fish and all the shrimp I could throw at them. When I got them I thought they'd eat fresh hatched brine shrimp but no they wanted MUCH bigger. They both jumped out of the open top tank.
  7. Grubs

    Darwin Algae Eating Shrimp?

    DAS are very robust and I've kept them in a tank with Melbourne tap water and in rainwater with DIY hardness booster. You'll find them in Northern Australia in both the fresh and brackish sections of rivers so they have really wide tolerances. My tanks range from 24C to 29C If you get some keep the covers on for the first 2 weeks as they can be jumpy if your water parameters are a long way from what they were housed in. After a couple of weeks they settle down and rarely jump. I know some people with open tanks put gladwrap over the top for the first couple of weeks only. I'll also suggest that no-way will they interbreed with your Tangerine Tigers - they are very different shrimp and their bits wont fit together even if they were so inclined. If money is tight then Paratya are about half the biomass but will breed up easily and also wont cross with the TT .... or do both. You can keep all three together in the same tank.
  8. Crabclaw

    Darwin Algae Eating Shrimp?

    Idk my tds but the rest sounds similar to my tap. If Grubs uses just dechlorinated tap water too then we probably would have the same parameters as we’re both in melb. And that’s my normal temp as well. How do you keep them @Grubs?
  9. sdlTBfanUK

    Aquamaxx 17.1 Gallon Caridina Tank Build

    I would get a few if you like them, the odd loss of a baby shrimp wouldn't really be a problem. There are lots of shrimp people that have the dwarf Corys with their shrimps.As you say, it maybe better to wait a bit until you have more shrimps first but the cory doesn't hunt shrimps as food! Simon
  10. sdlTBfanUK

    New tank and shrimp

    I think that the shrimp in the photo is a female! Great you got the slots sorted so quickly and easily. The good thing with the amano is that they won't breed so you will never get more than you buy. Don't get too many though (may be the 5) as they are bigger and will out compete the cherry shrimps for food. Don't forget that there is postage cost with ProShrimp below £39 (I think that is the figure??) so bear that in mind as if you are close to that and you buy a few more shrimps you will get more shrimps for the same cost by not having to pay postage - f that makes sense? The other option is the tangerine tigers as they won't cross breed with cherry shrimp but you get a different colour - those are out of stock at the moment though! You need to be at home next day to sign for the package. https://www.pro-shrimp.co.uk/tiger-shrimp/563-tangerine-tiger-shrimp.html Simon
  11. jayc

    Darwin Algae Eating Shrimp?

    No nothing special. Just get them the right water parameters and that's it. @Grubs might have the perfect water parameter requirements for DAS, so see if he can list them. Otherwise, I used to keep DAS in water that was ph6.8 - 7.0, KH 4, GH6 and TDS of 200-230 and 25DegC. These shrimp from QLD seem to handle slightly higher temps.
  12. Crabclaw

    Caridina sp. 'NT nilotica' (Darwin Algae Shrimp)

    Nice collation of info, sizing was much appreciated.
  13. Crabclaw

    Darwin Algae Eating Shrimp?

    Yeah tangerine tiger shrimp. I don’t think I would even mind that much if they procreated cuz I NEED MORE SHRIIIIIIMP!!!! (And the offspring would be cute) Do they require much skill to take care of? (Either)
  14. 😜 That's not too bad actually. I had to do a tank that had hundreds once!! It had little shrimplets in it too. Those little ones were the hardest to catch. Never again.
  15. jayc

    Darwin Algae Eating Shrimp?

    tts as in Tangerine Tiger? Hmm, no guarantees. they are both Caridina afterall.
  16. Yep. I’ve got 37 combined fish and shrimp to catch in a giant planted tank... YAY!!! Thanks guys so much for your help. I’ll update back once done.
  17. jayc

    Aquamaxx 17.1 Gallon Caridina Tank Build

    especially ones that swim at the same level as shrimp.
  18. Crabclaw

    Darwin Algae Eating Shrimp?

    Yeah not planning on doing a breeding project just yet. Maybe late 2020, but not any time soon. If I were to get them I would just need to know that they will not fertilise my female tts.
  19. Yes I know, but if you want to avoid the cloudiness, then don't listen to the instructions. 😄 There is no right way or wrong way to switch substrate. Just do it the most efficient way you can manage. For some, it's catching everything and draining the tank. For others, it's scooping out the old gravel as much as possible and replacing it with new gravel slowly without crushing/burying the little shrimps. I usually catch the shrimp, drain the tank, and replace the substrate. Either way be prepared for a long process.
  20. jayc

    Darwin Algae Eating Shrimp?

    What Grubs said. DAS is a little bit more colourful as well. You can get them at Aquagreen but just remember, they need brackish water and the plankton in it to breed. Or more accurately the newly hatched young need brackish water.
  21. Crabclaw

    Darwin Algae Eating Shrimp?

    Oh cool I've seen paratya locally as well, just a baby one tho, barely noticed him. Do they stay totally clear or have some different colours? And in terms of the DAS (as I think they are super cool), will they still thrive in freshwater? And how large do they grow? (I have a big grumpy apisto who might have a meal of any small shrimp - tho I'm getting rid of him soon possibly) And for both of them, if I wanted to put them in with my TTS would they interbreed? Thanks Grubs!
  22. It says not to wash it... but I will anyway. Thanks jayc! Any things I should keep in mind when I switch the substrate, whether it be in terms of my livestock, plants, driftwood or the tank + substrates??
  23. jayc

    New tank and shrimp

    That's great!
  24. I have not experience with AquaIron. Give it a try and test it before adding it into the tank. Wash it before adding it to the tank. That should help minimise the cloudiness.
  25. Hey everyone from SKF, I'm a long time lurker; but recently have gotten back into the shrimp keeping hobby in the past 12 months. I'm after any constructive advice to help guide me in the right direction. I've kept some blue bolts in a 1 foot cube which has been somewhat successful; however due to an ongoing infestation of numerous hitch-hikers. I've decided to start again. There are some amphipods which are now breeding quite rapidly. Some worms which are swimming around in the aquarium, planaria which i've tried to keep at bay with No Planaria (the product doesn't work after only been used once or twice in 6 months, worked wonders the first time around). I'm planning to fish out the blue bolts and acclimatize them into a bigger tank whilst i restart the tank. I'm after any advice to see what is the best way to restart; my plans so far are as listed. 1) Remove Blue bolts and place in another tank 2) Siphon out all the gravel and bin it 3) Toss the media in the HOB; leave sponge filter in aquarium 4) Run the filter system for 1 week with a mix of bleach and water to fully rid of all the problems 5) Drain the tank and then place some new ADA soil into the base of the aquarium 6) Fill the tank with RO and seachem prime for another week 7) Empty tank and fill with RO remineralised with Salty Shrimp, new media in the HOB, sponge filter to remain the same. 8 ) undertake a 4-6 week fishless cycle 9) Reintroduce 20% of the BB colony; wait 2 weeks 10) If all is well reintroduce the other 80% after. Thinking it will take 6-8 weeks before i can start again. Thoughts?
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    Boss Aquaria Baby Powder

    I have used this product for the past 2 months with some good results with my blue bolts, there has been higher success rate with the shrimplets and in my opinion the survival rates are higher than they were previously. I've put in an order for some more to keep me going; i was first introduced to the product in an interview i read with Glenn Ng and decided to try the product myself. I use the recommended dosage once a day might skip a few days here and there, stronger hues in the blue from my juvenile BB's.
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