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  2. Thanks for all the tips @Baccus, the route that i am currently taking is to get a at least on blue adult then separate it with a male/female and go from there. At this stage i am still waiting for them to grow to adult and to make sure that they hold their colour through to adulthood. @revolutionhope i have a feeling that black shrimp start as blue and the colour gets deeper as they get older until the point that it almost looks black. I found when i first opened the parcel with the shrimp that the stressed state caused more of the underlying blue to come out, before darkening again. I currently have 4 tanks at my disposal for shrimp, however i would like to get into the caridinas and devote a tank to them... As an aside i have found that the 3 females (+1 reddish male) in my 60L community tank are significantly larger than those in their own tanks, i am wondering if the slightly warmer temperature and significantly more abundant food is playing a role in the size.
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  4. It was Fluval Shrimp Stratum which I have learned tends to have a relatively short life span compared to other soils. Will probably just replace it all in about 6 months when I move again. Any recommendations for one that will last the longest? And one that I can actually buy in Australia? But yes, I imagine that she was just weak from the pH swings from before. The three remaining males all seem perfectly healthy for now at least. I'll give it some time to make sure there are no more deaths and then maybe find a nice female to add. I have seen varying opinions on this, but how often would you suggest doing water changes (standard, not emergency) on a small tank like mine (28L)? I was doing them pretty infrequently before (~monthly; 20%) as I was using tap water so I wanted to avoid too many. Now that I will have an RO system would ~10% weekly be better? Or something else? Thanks again.
  5. Nice. Look forward to seeing the progress. I am too impatient to start from scratch but the challenge seems worthwhile to attempt.
  6. When you added soil can I ask what soil it was ? Did you pre-cycle it? Also it's worth noting that if that shrimp had been through some stress while exposed to high pH they will have weakened immune systems and so other little issues can tip them over the edge. More than once I've discovered problems and corrected them as carefully as I could only to still watch the occasional shrimp die over the following days and weeks still despite conditions being ideal I believe. [emoji173][emoji111][emoji445] will PS Just as an aside - ¥others will have different opinions and prefer to do multiple smaller waterchanges but my modus operandi when I feel that a tank is "stuffed" is to do one or two huuuuuuge waterchanges - carefully allowing the new water to drip in slowly over 24-48 hours and then leave it be. The three times now that I've done this to get myself out of a bad spot I have found that although some already weak shrimp may continue to pass away over the following days even up to 2 or 3 weeks later but the healthier ones bounce back quickly and are breeding already within a few weeks.
  7. No real updates unfortunately. All water parameters (ammonia, nitrites, nitrates, KH, GH, pH) were perfect on the day she died. All I can think is that the lack of buffering capacity left in the soil resulted in pH swings that killed her. I added more soil and the water is back to being buffered at pH 6.4. I have switched to only using RO water now (bought 20L for now but have an RO unit on the way). Hopefully the substrate will buffer a bit longer now and this won't happen again. Just a shame as there are only 3 adult male CRS left in the tank plus the shrimplets from the female that just died. Could be a while before the numbers get back up on their own so I may need to replenish them (also a bit of genetic diversity would be good). How do people usually handle switching out substrate? Especially with baby shrimps around, that sounds like a real hassle and you are bound to lose some. Is there some special technique? Thanks!
  8. Interesting points@Baccus: - I remember reading that shrimp show a better colour when on dark substrate in an effort to camouflage themselves - unaware that by increasing the intensity of their shell markings/colouration is counterproductive since having been selected for bright colour ! Only speculation in any case. @pmasa: with regards to selecting your blues from choc/black, and in line with what@Baccus: has said; I have more recently learned from some more experienced breeders than I that you might find a lot of them revert to choc later on when they mature. Also, some choc juveniles might go blue later but that will probably be a less frequent occurrence. Ideally you'd want 3 divisions or tanks for this project to progress as best it can I guess! Really glad you're having success with them, putting them to good use and enjoying the breeding process :-) [emoji173][emoji111][emoji445] will Ps there are ways to retrofit dividers into tanks. Poret foam being one of the best options apparently, unfortunately poret is fairly expensive but there's also other ways out there that you can get away with especially seeing as they are cherries and the disturbance won't be as big a problem as it would with other more sensitive type of shrimps e.g. caridina.
  9. It looks like you are on the road to success with the blue cherry shrimp. I was recently culling undesired colours from my black cherry breeding project and discovered two distinctly blue sub adults. These black cherries have come from choc/ black parentage. But I also did have blues appearing in one of my tanks when it was entirely red cherries. The blues that came up in the red tank however never held their blue, going blue over night and when the lights came back on the following day quickly returned to red. I suspect this was due to pH fluctuations during the night when the plants stopped photosynthesising. In this same tank I also started getting rilli's turning up, all the original reds had come from one local source, back when I had thought even having red cherry shrimp was not possible in my area because no shops stocked them, and I didn't know shrimp sites existed in Australia that people traded shrimp on. It can be fun to develop your own line of colour, but also frustrating and you need to be ruthless in removing even a hint of the wrong coloured shrimplets before they get a chance to mature, breed and release their offspring into your carefully selected breeding program. (Believe me it is near impossible to remove newborn shrimplets from amongst gravel, and they are expert hiders in any plant life so daily if not twice daily inspections of the breeding tank is a must). Also keep in mind that shrimp can change colour drastically depending not only on their genetics but also the water parameters. So when you think you have stabilised the blue gene in your shrimp be sure to try them in different tanks, to make sure they hold their colour and intensity. I have moved cherry shrimp from one tank that looked amazing to another tank (same water source just different substrate/ timbers/ plants/ lighting) and often they have changed intensity of colour, sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse. Something else I think seems to aid in the intensity/ quality of colour aside from food and water is paradoxically the presence of what the shrimp see as potential predators. For some reason tanks that I have had potential predator fish in with the shrimp the shrimp have had better colour. I doubt the fish would be selecting only the poorly coloured shrimp and leaving the intensely coloured shrimp alone, so I actually wonder if the shrimp show their health and vitality (and ability to escape so not worth chasing to eat) by carrying intense solid colouration. Other tanks that have no such potential predators I find it much harder to get nice vibrant strongly coloured shrimp.
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  11. Just saw this thread. You really got a jump start on that blue line with the shrimp @revolutionhope gave you. You must be stoked. Watching with interest. Once your line is stable i will hit you up for some and help you recoup some costs.
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  14. As an aside to the blues, one of the males in the tank was a red-brown colour so i have moved him into a separate tank with 3 nice females. Hopefully i can perhaps get a bloody mary line out of it... I will post a picture of the male when i next spot him. Sent from my SM-G935F using Tapatalk
  15. Here are mines. Though, I'm not able to tell their name, as I messed with the tags when I received them. So as not hijack this thread, I have opened one here :
  16. Hi folks; I have some buce in my tanks. Those are quite nice plants. Though,when I got them a while ago, I messed with the tags provided with each plant, and now I'm completely lost in naming them. Any Buce gourou can help?
  17. Good one @Tayloss and @KillieOrCory.
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  19. Are you guys pumped about this light? 🎈
  20. @Foxpuppet So, catherinae is growing faster than belindae in your experience? How much does a stem or two of belindae go for nowadays? I just recently split mine into singular stems :)
  21. Welcome to the latest edition of the SKF Aquatics newsletter, your monthly roundup of our favourite discussions and recommended reading. Enjoy the newsletter and thanks for continuing to be part of the SKF Aquatics family. Your SKF Aquatics Team Recently added topics Blow me up LED light jayc Yesterday at 06:05 PM Somebody get these into the country ... quick!! https://www.ingo-maurer.com/en/products/blow-me-up 5 comments Need help identifying problem. Bacterial infection? EBC Yesterday at 11:12 AM Hi everyone, I have been having a slow die off of my CRS over the last few of months. I am fairly new to this so I am not sure how to deal with this. Tank: 28L Substrate: Fluval shrim… 3 comments Are you guys getting zipPay or Afterpay? Aquathumb Wednesday at 04:43 PM As Title says, Are you guys getting zipPay or Afterpay? I know I for one would have a hard time resisting spending a few hundred $$$ if you guys did! 😁 🤑 🤗👍 2 comments Aura Blue and Calceo Bee JonRon Wednesday at 07:40 AM Has anyone ever tried breeding These two Shrimp together? Would anyone have a Suggestion on what the crossbreed could possibly look like? 4 comments Green Neocaridina under the microscope... surprise!! @farmdee6 August 13 Green shrimp I looked at one of my green Neocaridina under the microscope, and I'm trying to determine if all green shrimp are like this... or just mine. Any insight from other green or jade shr… 3 comments macrobrachium Spinipes growth update Paul Minett August 12 Had these guys a bit over 2 weeks now and the growth has been amazing they have gone from under 2cm to over 5 which seems amazing until you think about their adult size of 45cm which they can reach… 8 comments Breeding room build.. finally .. revolutionhope August 10 Thought I'd start to post some pics and updates of the progress and some of the steps along the way incase it helps anyone to learn from my mistakes and successes. Below is a pic of the room as it is… 11 comments Prohibited species and caring for our environment revolutionhope August 6 It is important that we as a community are responsible as hobbyists. Recent threats include the white spot virus that has been found in prawns in Queensland and the possibility that the crayfish pl… 4 comments New giveaway coming soon NoGi August 6 Only for subscription members but exciting stuff 1 comments Is my shrimp pregnant shrimpowneryasmin August 6 Hi I have some freshwater shrimp - I have very little knowledge about shrimp. One of the shrimp looks to have eggs inside it but it has been like this for several weeks (I'd say around two mon… 7 comments Stainless Steel Immersion Chiller Shrimp>Wife August 5 Hi Everyone, I was inspired to make the stainless steel immersion tubes found in the following thread: https://skfaquatics.com/forum/topic/9455-cooling-multiple-tanks/ I made mine with… 2 comments Mizu Sakura "Aussie Montmorillonite" NoGi August 5 From supplier: Quote 100% Natural Organic mineral supplement that polishes and cleans your aquarium water. Calcium bentonite is formed from volcanic ash f… 1 comments Mizu Sakura "Golden Bee Pollen" NoGi July 31 From the supplier: Quote Mizu Sakura "Golden Bee Pollen" shrimp food is naturally packed full of enzymes, Antioxidants, lipids, Bioflavinoids, carotenoids, Good fatt… 2 comments Macrobrachium Spinipes bubs Paul Minett July 30 I have added another macro to my collection Dave from Aquagreen managed to get some of the Spinipes for me. These are one of the bigger members of the family and can grow to an overall length of 45… 3 comments Algae scrubber revolutionhope July 29 I'm looking for advice, tips and recommendations on a good Glass cleaner / algae scrubber. The one I have is getting very long in the tooth and I don't think it ever did a great job. Cheers :-) will 9 comments Give a warm welcome to our newest members Welcome Westie Welcome Westie Welcome Gexx Welcome Greg61 Welcome Klaus Welcome Jim Brown Welcome JonRon Welcome sandyward Welcome Kevin_estevez Welcome Pimp'n Shrimp New to the gallery Newsletter Published: *|date|* Link to newsletter: *|weblink|* You can unsubscribe by clicking on: *|unsubscribe|*
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  23. Belindae is still tiny Catherinae plugging along ok but not big or a clump LOL Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  24. @Foxpuppet So many! Did your catherinae and belindae grow out into a big clump yet?
  25. I think this thread is getting blown out of all portions :-) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  28. Some of the aquarium dividers are installed and I'm pretty happy with how they are looking. We've used some small PVC tube with a slot cut in the middle to anchor and support the 2mm acrylic sheet as well as using the little plastic clips at the top (they came with the aquariums as supports for the lid). We have left a gap of around 23mm at the bottom and i will layer it up high with some fairly chunky gravel in the middle where the divisions are to allow enough flow to keep WP fairly well matched in both sections. LED controller has been built and we Have also finished 3/4 draining and moving out all of the smaller tanks into the room next door while we install shelving and modify the built in robe. Tanks have been filled back up with fresh remineralised RO and the shrimps seem to have handled the move OK and I haven't detected any spikes in parameters. Some shrimps in my yellow colony seem a little paler than I had thought but I think they'll bounce back alright. [emoji173][emoji111][emoji445] will
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