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  2. Blue Ridge

    Welcome Blue Ridge

    Heaters failing in the "on" position is one of the biggest reasons I only use them when I absolutely have to. Lucky for me, the species of shrimp I keep like it cool.
  3. sdlTBfanUK

    Welcome Blue Ridge

    I had friends over on sunday and we were discussing fish/shrimps (as always) and we came to the conclusion that so many aqarium places probably close as it s so difficult to make a profit or even break even with the set up and running costs involved, to then only charge a few pounds per fish? My first batch of bee trials failed as I was using dechlorinated tap water, then I gave up for a year until I came across a American water jug (zerowater) and thought I would try that as it produces RO (or as close as you can get) water and then I remineralised the water. It went tremendously well and everything was great (you can see for yourself by my photos in the gallery if you want) until the heater stuck on a few months ago and wiped them all out, so I am starting again, which isn't going as well as last time but it is plodding on............. As you say, at least you have plenty of stuff sitting around so you may as well use it? Simon
  4. Blue Ridge

    Welcome Blue Ridge

    I had terrible luck with breeding Caridina until switching over to buffering soil and RO/DI water. As soon as I did that, they began producing like cherries. Yeah, I'm still working on the blue cherries. These are throwing about a 50% cull rate so far. Wild type, rili, and blacks pop up regularly. One of the reasons I set up the rack was to "reverse cull" and just move the most perfect ones to the breeding tank rather than the other way around. The rack (and there are 5 more) are sitting in the back of my pet supply store. I opened to be a local fish store in 2007, but quickly saw that I only made money on dog and cat supplies and the aquariums were about to make me close. So I got out of fish in 2013 and they have sat empty since. Around March I decided to fill a few up since I had everything I needed just sitting around. The tanks are pretty low maintenance. I only do passive CO2 and medium light, roughly 25% EI dose. It's quite the change from the marine side of things. Lots of waiting around with nothing to really do!
  5. sdlTBfanUK

    Welcome Blue Ridge

    Those are some fantastic tanks, I especially like the 125 long tanks and love the blue bolt shrimp! Like you, I started with cherry shrimps and progressed to bee shrimps. I think with me it was a lot to do with the fact that bee shrimp are a lot more difficult that appealed as I was determined (with a years 'I give up' break) to crack it, which I did. Second time round after wiping out the first lot isn't quite as successful YET, but hope springs eternal? Those blue cherry are also a wonderful blue, is that a small orange rili in front of them I see as well? Where are those racks in your house? You must spend a lot of time on all those tanks? Simon
  6. Blue Ridge

    Welcome Blue Ridge

    50 gallon Hagen Osaka: Another: 125: Another: These four 20's are my newest additions, two for Neos, two for bees: Some shrimp photos:
  7. Mdindy

    Welcome Mdindy

    Shrimp Keepers Forum welcomes Mdindy. 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
  8. Tysmith1

    Welcome Tysmith1

    Shrimp Keepers Forum welcomes Tysmith1. 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
  9. Hah! LOL, how did I know. If I was going to put a bet on one or the other, it would be the rocks from Phillip Island ... from the beach. How to test? do the vinegar test. Take out a bit of gravel, and a small stone. drop some vinegar on them to see if you get a reaction. Alternate test is to put them in a cup of water. Test the water GH and KH before adding, then test again after a few hours to see if KH and GH have increased.
  10. sdlTBfanUK

    Crystals berried...a year update.

    Great to have the update and so pleased to hear all is working out well. Those pictures are of lovely coloured/patterned crystals and it is fantastic that you have some babies, and the mother shrimp has grey eggs so they are probably not long before they hatch. You are pretty much there if you have babies and they survive, that's how I feel anyway. I will be so pleased if I get to that point again but at the moment it is very drab but plodding on, very uninspiring! Hope the other tanks are doing as well. Simon
  11. ahh shoot. gravel was washed about 20 times thru, and rocks were boiled. gravel was sold as aquarium safe gravel, but the rocks were from phillip island, along the beach... how could i just test 1 or 2 to see if that's why? (they're all the same type, but i have a few big ones that r heavy and a bunch of small ones that i can test with)
  12. That means you have something else in the tank that is leeching carbonates - like a rock, or gravel or shell grit.
  13. eek! I've been trying to reduce the hardness for a few weeks since i noticed it was high. I'm in melb, and my tap water is relatively soft, but it doesn't seem to make a difference to the hardness when i do water changes. I've been doing up to 40% weekly (on average maybe 30%) but have barely seen improvement... I'm using water that's already at about 23 degrees from tap, would it make a difference if I used just cold? (I've only measured cold tap, not heated as i didn't think it would be different). Otherwise if I could get RO from somewhere would that help? Thanks!
  14. Those parameters are getting too high for a killi. Killis definitely prefer soft water and slightly acidic, pH under 7.0. Irrespective of what disease it might have, it would be a good idea to start reducing pH, GH and KH slowly now. Where abouts in VIC are you? Melbourne's tap water is generally very good for softwater fish. If we can't ID the disease, start with an all purpose cure, like malachite green.
  15. Yes that will work. https://www.keg-king.com.au/calcium-sulphate-caso4-300g.html.html is another alternative if you want to purchase a smaller quantity. Keg King is selling it 300g for $4.95 plus $8.95 for shipping.
  16. I had 2 measure w/ strips, gonna try and get a liquid kit soon. ph is fine (7.2 or so) ammonia nitrate and nitrite aren't coming up, kh and gh are a bit high though (kh is 80 ppm and gh 140 ppm give or take). Will try to get more photos, hard though cuz both are very active (and i haven't seen the rocket killie in a couple of days).
  17. kvinnyy

    DIY Remineralisation for RO or Rain Water

    Thinking of trying this out as I can't seem to get a hold SS GH+ for my shrimps. Stores are either out of stock or charge ridiculous amounts + shipping costs. @jayc You mentioned before and provided links to aquarium store online but it seems like they are no longer around anymore. Do you happen to know of any other reliable online stores that stock calcium sulfate heptahydrate? I've looked into aquagreen, but unsure about the type of calcium sulfate they sell because its listed as CaSO4 not heptahydrate or anything? Do you think that is still okay to use? I saw this https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Gypsum-Calcium-Sulphate-1kg-Home-Brew-Beer-To-Add-Permanent-Hardness-To-Water/273839494039?epid=1379141306&hash=item3fc21b1397:g:umAAAOSwsVtc1K1G&frcectupt=true, was wondering if this will work?
  18. kvinnyy

    Welcome kvinnyy

    Shrimp Keepers Forum welcomes kvinnyy. 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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  20. jayc

    Welcome Blue Ridge

    Welcome! Great to have more member from the USA. We would love to see your tanks and shrimps. Care to post some photos?
  21. jayc

    Crystals berried...a year update.

    You're welcome Jo. It's great to see you have so much success with your shrimps. Nothing cuter than those baby CRS.
  22. Blue Ridge

    Welcome Blue Ridge

    Hi folks. I've been on Planted Tank, Monster Fish, and several marine and reef forums by the name "Blue Ridge Reef," which was the name of my former LFS. I'm 50 years old and have been in the hobby since I was a kid. Most of my last 20 years were more on the reef side of things, but over time I realized that 2 planted 125 gallon tanks built into my shop's wall were less work and more enjoyment, and slowly have been switching everything over to planted tanks with shrimp. I've kept cherry variants for about 10 years now, have messed with Caridina for only a couple of years but they are proving to be addictive. I currently have 11 shrimp tanks ranging from 125 to 5.5 gallons. I look forward to meeting you folks!
  23. Blue Ridge

    Welcome Blue Ridge

    Shrimp Keepers Forum welcomes Blue Ridge. 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
  24. Hi everyone, It has been a while since i posted here. Just like to share the happy news that i have 2 berried crystals in my main 16litre tank. It has been almost a year into crystal shrimps and this is my first time having some pregnant mummies. Thank you jayc, simon and all who have posted threads on here regarding this hobby, i have learnt a great deal and have come a long way since i first started! Phew! I feel like i have achieved something haha. I am happy to report that no shrimps are dying and we are growing. Regards, Jo Sent from my SM-N950F using Tapatalk
  25. Steensj2004

    Shrimp Dying, No Idea why

    Al the shrimps in the tank( one Neo and two Amano)are doing fantastic. I suppose I’m just going to ride all this out. Hopefully the substrate is going to take a dump on buffering sooner than later.
  26. sdlTBfanUK

    BUYING SHRIMP - SHOP OR MAIL ORDER

    Thats interesting that you feel the same in USA with it being a much bigger country, I had thought that maybe it was a lot more difficult/risky transporting live shrimps because of that, and assumed it takes longer, or is ridiculously expensive? Thanks for that, most interesting. Simon
  27. sdlTBfanUK

    Shrimp Dying, No Idea why

    When you say a ghost town I hope you don't mean the shrimp are dying off? When I set up my Betta tank I think I mentioned the soil was fighting with the water and I was getting PH of about 6 for a few months and it has crept up more recently. The culls I dumped in there were fine at the low PH etc so I would be amazed if that caused too much of a problem! If you now don''t have any shrimps in there maybe I would put the rock back into the tank so that can speed up the exhausting of the buffering substrate and it would probably be safer to wait until the substrate isn't buffering before buying any more shrimps as a precaution for a while? Oh I see JayC beat me to it........ hopefully what you mean then is the forum ghost town and not the tank? Simon edit - I like the Green shrimps but dismissed them as the plants are also green so they will be very difficult to see, green on green, if that makes sense. Just something to consider?
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