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  2. sdlTBfanUK

    Aquamaxx 17.1 Gallon Caridina Tank Build

    Great photo and thanks for the update! The 3 adults have different markings so the babies should be an onteresting mix. Its great to hear of a success! Simon
  3. sdlTBfanUK

    Renewed Tank

    Very nice, lpvely colour. Hope they do well and you get some super babies in the near future . Simon
  4. Steensj2004

    Waterbox 10 Gallon Neocaradina Tank

    Update: 6 berried females currently, and starting to see the first generation of baby females showing saddles!
  5. Steensj2004

    Aquamaxx 17.1 Gallon Caridina Tank Build

    A little update..... This picture doesn’t even begin to show how many dang babies are now in this tank. I can’t even begin to guess how many, but I can count dozens and dozens while feeding.😳😳😳
  6. LCM94

    Renewed Tank

    Here are a couple of shots of the Taiwan bees. I just introduced them in the tank.
  7. Thanks for your reply. Ok, to be clearer here some basic questions. - Are there pure lines of Bloody Mary and/or Blue dream that come true and don't need culling? - Has anybody hybridized both strains and what is the segregationpattern? I - Is there (co)dominance of the colours? This determines breeding strategies For instance: in case of near-stable blue and not stable red , but red being dominant, I would make backcrosses on the F1 with blue, selecting for red, followed after a few cycles by inbreeding of the red line combined with culling.
  8. sdlTBfanUK

    72 litre 90 F shallow build

    Fish are much tougher than shrimps and I have 'cycled' with fsh before and they all survived, it may not be ideal but SH*T happens. They are lovely dwarf spot rasboras and you have obviously spent a lot of time 'scaping the tank and it looks great and even better with somefish in it. You must be pleased and feel all the work has paid off, and you will enjoy it more knowing how much it has taken. Hope the cat is enjoying the new perch as well, and doesn't see the fish as a snack........ Simon
  9. Subtlefly

    72 litre 90 F shallow build

    So here are most of the plants in - extra to my list are some crypt petchii. I am afraid I totally goosed my timeline with the fish- I had secured them and asked for the seller to send once they got down to the last 100 (they had over 500) - which I thought would give me some time - but they sold out straight away and fish arrived two days later!! So I am doing my best with good water, cycled media in the filter (from the other tank) and water changes- all good so far no losses out of 24, so hopefully will be ok! But this was definitely not according to the carefully made plan! It was one of those things - If I didnt make the purchase, who knows when this fish will next be available.. So there are still a few outstanding plants coming in and I have to ask for the shrimp to be posted in a couple of weeks.. Some better photos when it all settles down a bit! Happy for you to tell me how dumb I am Thanks all sub
  10. Im not too sure what your question is but below are a couple of pctures of my red cherry 'gone' wild. This happened as I didn't cull, but happened with just the one colour but probably took a year or two of neglect on my part. I suspect you will get this sort of 'wild' shrimp a lot quicker when you start mixing colours?. Keeping more than one colour together is unlikely to work for long, and I know that we have so many different colour variants that were produced from mixing originally but that probably started off as pot luck in a lot of cases, and took years of selective breeding to achieve (obviously many tanks will be needed) so you would have to be very dedicated and patient. Once you mix different colours there will be no way of discerning which will mate with which so it is pretty irreversable (aside from starting completely afresh) so be sure you want to go this route before you do it???? If you do decide to give it a go I hope you will keep us updated as I would be most interested! Simon
  11. Crabby

    Shrimp id questions

    ...wait so why are the photos taken out of water? I think it would be easier to see the spikes, and much less stressful for the shrimp, if the pics were taken with the shrimp maybe just in a little photography tank (like a 4x2x4 [LxWxH] inch-ish little glass tank, with a black or white back and bottom), which is pretty easy to do DIY. I mean... I haven't made one before lol. But it seems easy enough. Or alternatively you can just do it with them at the front of the tank!
  12. cammada

    Welcome cammada

    Shrimp Keepers Forum welcomes cammada. Please feel free to browse around and get to know others. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. View Member regards, skfadmin
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  14. jayc

    Renewed Tank

    The new tank looks great! Hope this one does better for you.
  15. Hi, I'm a newbee in Neocaridina breeding. And I am Dutch, which may account for my terrible English. I will do my best, however. I would like to cross Bloody May with Blue Dream and select against wild types en chocs. My intention is to maintain a population with reds and blues only. I understand that the genetics are complex ant the number of genes involved unknown. It is said that both lines are derived form a chocolate lineage. Therefore, I expect that the wild type or chocolate fenotypes /genotypes in F1, F2 etc could be limited or even absent. I cannot find any significant data on this on Internet, however. Is there anybody who can help me out on this by experience or literature?
  16. Wisnerd

    Welcome Wisnerd

    Shrimp Keepers Forum welcomes Wisnerd. Please feel free to browse around and get to know others. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. View Member regards, skfadmin
  17. LCM94

    Renewed Tank

    thanks! I know about CO2 rules and am used to it :) I will get the taiwan bees tomorrow morning as they were shipped this afternoon. I will post the pictures.
  18. sdlTBfanUK

    Renewed Tank

    Thanks for updating us and I'm pleased it seems to be working better now. The tank looks fabulous as well and the shrimp will be very happy in there! Go carefully with the C02 though and I hope to see your taiwan bee shrimp soon? Simon
  19. LCM94

    Renewed Tank

    Hi For those who read my last issues in this thread below, I have completely renewed the tank. Introduction of a spider wood of some sort polluted my tech soil definitely. So removed everything, changed the soil to a standard JBL Manado Dark soil, so I won't have to worry about changing it for a while. I kept the plants but threw away the soil & the woods I used to have. Plants were kept. After 6 weeks of running it empty I introduced last week CRS S to SSS type. They are doing fine. I use 100% RO water with salty shrimp for Caridinas. Parameters seem all perfect. CO2 to help plants grow. Just wanted to open a live topic to show you the evolution and breeding I will have when I will introduce this week some Taiwan Bees Pandas & Red Wines. The results should be interesting. I am not looking into breeding specific types, just want to see how thing goes with this breedings. Anyway here are a couple of pics.
  20. sdlTBfanUK

    Cherry Shrimp Dying

    I would just test the KH of the tank and make sure it is still 3 and if it is leave it alone, that's the figure you want. I use a separate KH+ (elixir) for the one tank I want to add some KH and I already have the GH+ anyway. It is a bit more complicated than buying the GH/KH combined but not that much once you get used to it. You are aiming to keep it at 3-4, so aim for 3 as it is easier to increase than decrease. I think JayC probably knows of a cheap KH alternative cooking product or ingredient (if I remember correctly, I want to say bicarbonate of soda but don't rely on that, something similar?) rather than buying a special product which is obviously more expensive so see what he has to say later! If the first drop was pale yellow then it probably is 0, the reason it went darker will be down to the adding of more tester fluid. The GH+ usually has no KH so with RO water it is usually 0 but you can't test for zero as that requires adding zero drops, and therein you are starting down the road to insanity............. If you are that bothered (and you shouldn't be really) you can increase the volume of water, ie double (10ml) each drop is .5 KH, or 4 times the water (20ml) each drop is .25 KH and so on, however it will be so diluted you probably won't be able to se any colour anyway as it is difficult enough to see the colour in 5ml? Simon
  21. jayc

    Cherry Shrimp Dying

    Not that much of a problem if you got the GH+ instead of GH/KH+. All you need to do is add Bi Card Soda (not baking soda), which you might already have in the kitchen. Go slow. A bit of Bicarb goes a long way to increasing KH. I suggest dissolving 1/4 teaspoon in some tank water. Do this in a small container. Then drop a couple of drops of this into the tank. Any extra can be stored in an empty bottle for next time. Re-test KH.
  22. WaldoDude

    Cherry Shrimp Dying

    Hello, so i've done my first water change using RO water. Now, I used Salty Shrimp Bee Shrimp GH+ as it was the only one my lfs had. I realised this doesn't have KH like the Salty Shrimp GH/KH+, so my question is do I need to add anything else to the water for KH? So following the dosage on the product, I got a GH of 7 with a TDS of 140 and KH of 0-1 (maybe 2, it went a little yellow at the first drop, and solid yellow at the 2nd drop). Cheers!
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  24. closerhornet6

    Welcome closerhornet6

    Shrimp Keepers Forum welcomes closerhornet6. Please feel free to browse around and get to know others. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. View Member regards, skfadmin
  25. danielgraves

    Pixie Hawk, reef safe??

    Rhetorical question, those are my cleaner shrimps antenna hanging from his mouth, who by the way let my shrimp clean him the day prior. He's now traded in. Awesome fish just not peaceful enough for my tank.
  26. Ludwiggg17

    Shrimp id questions

    Well I wouldn't be able to pay for one because i'm still in junior high and my parents are a little bit strict when it comes to online transactions. But anyway, here are some pics: 8 spikes adult (24x @ 12 MP) 10 or 12 spikes juvie (24x @ 12MP) 10/12 spikes juvie (24x @ 12 MP) Gold Spots unknown # of spikes (12x @ 16MP w/ horrible lighting) I had another photo which i couldn't send but here are the links to them: https://imgbox.com/ylr0MOXC# https://imgbox.com/KsBUQDVJ https://imgbox.com/p9ZoBmRn
  27. jayc

    Shrimp id questions

    Yes, it usually means they are different species. They might be very closely related, but are considered different species. Correct. Colour cannot be used to consistently identify shrimp species. Take the humble RCS Red Cherry shrimp for example. You can get super bright red RCS, to dull splotchy red RCS and even no colour transparent (aka wild type). RCS vary in colour, but they are still all RCS. There might be species specific spots or stripes that can be used to distinguish different species however. Physical shape of the body can also be used as an ID. Would love to see your pics. But be mindful, that the free SKFA account has a limit of the size of photos that can be uploaded. The paid accounts don't have that issue.
  28. Ludwiggg17

    Shrimp id questions

    Hello everyone, recently I got a clip-on macro lens for my phone and I started trying macro photography. I have on hand quite a few unidentified shrimp I caught from a mountain spring a year ago. All of them look quite nice in the pics with similar shaped rostrums but I noticed some have different numbers of spikes on their rostrum. Since I don't know much about shrimp morphology I need some help answering these questions: Do different number of spikes on the rostrum mean different species? or do the number of spikes vary in the shrimp's age? Is color in shrimp not that important in identification?
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