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  2. supermansteve32

    Can anyone tell me what this is?

    It is strange. When I grab one they shrink into the shell/exoskeleton. I can pinch the tip a little and it feels like plastic. If it is a shell they made from their environment all there ones I've seen have the same source. When they swim it does look like it's a kind id worm inside the shell. I've attached a picture of one in the shell.
  3. Today
  4. jayc

    Can anyone tell me what this is?

    It's not a damselfly larvae or Dragon fly larvae. They don't look like that. Have you caught it yet? If you catch it, see it the long green part is a plant the larvae is hiding in. If you can separate the green part from the larvae, it's a caddis fly. Now I'm all curious to find out what it is.
  5. Yesterday
  6. Steensj2004

    Aquamaxx 17.1 Gallon Caridina Tank Build

    Well, I’m not sure that he babies are half size. They are probably around 1/4-1/2.” Everyone is healthy, and I’ve been able to count 9 babies at one time. Hoping the now 3 new mamas drop soon! Eggs still look fairly brown.
  7. Zoidburg

    Can anyone tell me what this is?

    Another vote for caddisfly??? I always forget what they're called, but they do build homes for thesemlves which help them blend in and protect them from predators.
  8. supermansteve32

    Can anyone tell me what this is?

    I uploaded a video to YouTube. I don't think it's a dragonfly or damselfly. Those have bulging eyes
  9. sdlTBfanUK

    Can anyone tell me what this is?

    Very creepy! It could be a type of damselfly? Whatever it is I would whip them out post haste? Simon
  10. Crabclaw

    Can anyone tell me what this is?

    Creepy! Thought they might be a fly or damselfly/dragonfly larvae.
  11. jayc

    Can anyone tell me what this is?

    That's how you know I'm not a bot. I wonder if it is a Brachycentridae (brachycentrid caddisflies) larvae, and it has got creative with what it's sheltering in. Look up pictures of caddis fly larva pictures and compare.
  12. supermansteve32

    Can anyone tell me what this is?

    They're about a cm long. I tried uploading a video but the file was too large. They have 4 legs in the front by their heads, I watched them swim and they swim with those front 4 legs so they're pretty slow. They try to blend in with the plant. I really had to pull to get them to let go
  13. Crabclaw

    My 110 L Community Tank

    Update: Everything is going well, other than my breeding attempts with the apistogrammas. They haven’t shown any more intensive breeding behaviour. Water params are near perfect. Ammonia nitrite and nitrate at 0, gh 2, kh 1, ph 6.6... Crypts are growing back, which is great, and plants are doing well in general. Just removed an abundance of duckweed, now the tank isn’t tinted green anymore 😁. Will be removing the apistos after Christmas, and getting the cory cats, neon rainbows and replacement endler. Can’t wait!
  14. Crabclaw

    Can anyone tell me what this is?

    Gee, first time I’ve seen you totally stumped jayc! How big are these critters Steve?
  15. jayc

    Can anyone tell me what this is?

    WOW! sorry but I don't know. Never seen one before.
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  17. Hi. I recently bought some hornwart plants online. I stuck one in my tank before cleaning and there's this insect on it I've never seen before. Gonna try to upload video. I've found 5 so far
  18. sdlTBfanUK

    Aquamaxx 17.1 Gallon Caridina Tank Build

    Now you say, I can see it is greenish and I had forgotten you said you had Jades in that tank! It looks/sounds like you are pretty set now! I hope the older babies are now half size and still doing well, and you will soon have another load of babies to watch? Fingers crossed you get a brown one at some stage................ Simon
  19. Steensj2004

    Aquamaxx 17.1 Gallon Caridina Tank Build

    The picture doesn’t really do it justice. The other two of them are actually green, a dark emerald green and yellow. I have 3 of them. Unfortunately, all males.
  20. sdlTBfanUK

    Aquamaxx 17.1 Gallon Caridina Tank Build

    Lovely pictures. I like the wild type brown with a stripe, I have some of those from red cherry but could never cull them as I quite like those? Having the mix of CRS and CBS makes it much more interesting to look at. Hopefully the wait for babies isn't too distant! Simon
  21. Steensj2004

    Birth control for CRS colony?

    You could just creep on them a lot, make them real uncomfortable. Nobody wants to do the hippity-dippity with some creep watching them. you're welcome.
  22. Jay_Walker

    Birth control for CRS colony?

    I'm happy to take some off your hands 😁
  23. sdlTBfanUK

    Aquamaxx 17.1 Gallon Caridina Tank Build

    Hopefully you will soon have a tank full of babies. Usually the eggs go from yellow (yolk) to grey as they mature so that may give you an idea how far along they are! Make sure the vegetables are ORGANIC, non poluted or pesticides etc? Simon
  24. Steensj2004

    Aquamaxx 17.1 Gallon Caridina Tank Build

    Update: 3 Red Crystals are mamas, all three are holding, although I’m not sure how far apart they berried, and in what order. Algae is gone, completely. Yay!!! I’ve started to increase and vary the diet for the herd. Today, Broccoli.
  25. Zoidburg

    Trying to breed the blue-bodied red rili

    Ah... those shrimp. Hard to say what genetics are at play there, since they started with all red shrimp... not rilis or blues.
  26. Chiquarius

    Trying to breed the blue-bodied red rili

    Cool. Thanks. I remembered I was inspired by a thread from Barbanatas on the forum showing pictures of their awesome red blue rilis that arose. Perhaps I was mislead thinking blue dreams would do this and blue Velvet is the line I should use. Well I have a new smaller tank I suppose I will use as my cull tank for this experiment and cull heavily. I think I’ll get one of those tank dividers to separate most of my mature blue dreams and red rilis, just to keep those genes separate.
  27. I forgot to mention I use UNS controsoi, which is little balls around 2mm in size. It probably grows a layer of biofilm because all my shirmp like to graze on it and roll the little grains over to pick at all side of it. It is very easy to gravel vac and usually removes a bit of "mulm" (I think it's called that?) .
  28. It sounds like this tank is doing well which is good, I think shrimp only live 1.5 years (except amanos which are 5 years) so the blue bolt is probably nearing the end. From what I have read over the years, it is best to keep on top of trimming plants when you do each routine maintenance rather than do a big trim as that can cause an imbalance which can be disastrous, so I would trim it but only a bit each time until you get to where you want it! I'm not sure what the substrate is you have but I doubt you can gravel vac soil substrate very well anyway, I would maybe get a couple of snails? There are a few grasses that do much better with CO2 so hairgrass may be one of those, but if the shrimps disturb it anyway it would probably be best and easiest to try some other plant. Maybe the extra moss from the tree you could make a moss pad? You could add any cull shrimps from other tanks to this tank when you get to that stage? Simon
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