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  2. sdlTBfanUK

    Gh+ and scud problem

    They are harmless and a sign of good water quality so you can leave them in the tank but will probably need to keep culling as many as you can every so often. I think they were fairly easy to catch if I recall correctly? The main thing is to be very careful about possibly transferrng them by mistake to other tanks. I would get a net just for that tank, that would be the easiest precaution, and don't move plants etc from that tank! Simon
  3. Able

    Gh+ and scud problem

    Ok thank you . i guess the scuds will just have to stay. i can’t use a gravel vacuum cause I have black sand as substrate.
  4. Yesterday
  5. jayc

    Gh+ and scud problem

    Yep. Simon is right.
  6. sdlTBfanUK

    Gh+ and scud problem

    Neocaridina GH 6-8, TDS 150-250 Caridina GH 4-6, TDS 120-180 I suspect he just got the wrong word out and meant neocaridina! Simon
  7. Able

    Gh+ and scud problem

    I saw a you tube video from Flip aquatics and he said cardinia want gh 6-8 but if I use the gh+ to get it that high then my tds is 180-200?
  8. sdlTBfanUK

    Gh+ and scud problem

    The TDS of 130-150 is perfecr for caridina shrimp, as is the GH 4-5 so there is no problem there! If you are using the shrimp GH+ with RO water then it is perfectly balanced for shrimps and try not to obsess about hitting an exact figure balance. I had some waterlouse in one of my tanks so i had to re-do the tank. It was a long time ago but it worked and haven't had any since. I was using leaves from a pond and that must have been how they got into the tank. I didn't use any chemicals just took everything out and checked it, and re-set it up, using the same plants etc but carefully checking there were no hitchhikers. They weren't difficult to catch but without removing everything you won't know if you have got them all? You can just put the shrimp and fish in a bucket temporarily while you do the tank. Even filters etc will need to be checked/cleaned as well of course! Be very thorough and don't rush through it and be careful with any equipment like nets as you don't want to accidently transfer a tiny scud to another tank etc. As JayC says any chemicals will also likely kill shrimps so you would still need to remove them if you want to use chemicals! Simon
  9. jayc

    Gh+ and scud problem

    Only way is to physically catch them either with a net or a trap. Unfortunately any chemical treatment will kill scuds will also impact shrimps. 150 TDS is still ok for Caridina.
  10. Able

    Gh+ and scud problem

    So now my neo tank I infested with scuds...... is there any safe way to eliminate them? Without removing all shrimp? Also I started a 20 gallon long for cardinias. matten filter tds130 but I can’t get the gh above 4-5 without raising the tds over 150 what am I doing wrong? i use rodi water tds0 with shrimp king gh+ Using Brightwell substrate
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  12. Crabby

    Shrimp Diseases and Diagnosis

    I used to keep guppies, blue dreams and tangerine tigers in a tank together. Guppies are gone now - I would get loads and loads of berried girls but never any shrimplets surviving! I would recommend against any fish with shrimp unless it is a catfish, or a very small fish like an endler, or microrasbora. My personal opinion though - in the end it's your tank, and you want to enjoy it. I will say that once I removed the fish, my shrimp became extremely active!!! It was so fascinating to watch them constantly on the move. I have since moved a pair of endlers in, and the shrimp activity has died down slightly, but it is so much better than a breeding group of guppies. Water params work well for TTS and Blue Dreams. Just gotta have a handle on it. You might want to be careful on substrate though - TTS pop on black, but blue dreams are so hard to see. Contrary to that, blue dreams pop on white. I think white might work for TTS too, but plants look a bit yech on white. My favourite colour of substrate I've seen has been a light river sand - works not amazingly, but very well with all of them. A happy medium. The blue dreams and TTS together do look fantastic though. Really beautiful shrimp.
  13. mohsen

    Welcome mohsen

    hi i have just neo shrimp now and i like to setup a caridina shrimp also yes the the shrimp is mine. thank you so much
  14. sdlTBfanUK

    Shrimp Diseases and Diagnosis

    The easiest and safest choice of shrimp with the dlue dream would be Tangerine Tiger (assumig you can get hold of some), they like similar water and are as easy to keep as neocaridina but the two don't interbreed and are usually fairly reasonable in price! The contrasting colour will also make it interesting to look at. I've not tried tiger shrimp yet myself but with all the disruption here because of the virus its not a very good time to get shrimps through the post so I will hold off for now! As you say/know guppies are very curious fish and will get baby shrimps so you will want a densely planted tank with lots of hiding places if any of the baby shrimp are to survive. As you also say, it is a shame the guppies can't go in with the Betta as that would solve the shrimp problem, but guppies and Betta don't go well together - there is always some problem stopping you from getting everything as you would like in this hobby? If you can resist the temptation to get the guppies for a while it may be better so the tank can settle down and your shrimp can multiply and you get enough of a good size shrimp to give them a chance? There are always many problems that can arise with new tanks and new livestock so it would also make sense from that point not to do/add too much early on as well? If you plan to get the shrimp shipped then they usually send fairly small and young shrimps that way so bear that in mind! Also, of course, the shrimp will naturally hide a lot if they feel unsafe with too many preditors in the aquarium? Now the aquariums. I can't find a fluval spec, but the fluval flex I know and had a similar setup years ago with the equipment hidden in the back. It is very clean and tidy looking, however there are a few problems that can arise with small shrimp. There are slots top and bottom where the water is drawn in to the back, but these slots aren't shrimp safe, shrimp can get through, or even get drawn through when young. You will need to get some sponge to put behind these slots to make it shrimp safe, but not too fine as that will reduce the amount of water circulating through the back section. This is only important/needed with small shrimps like neocaridina, the amanos are way to big to need to do this? This extra sponge needs to be removable for squeezing during regular maintenance as it will otherwise get clogged/blocked. You will need to check the water level in the back regularly as it can drop dramarically, which could be a problem if the heater is in the back! I don't know the setup of the 'spec' aquarium as a search only showed small 10L tanks but they had the same type of filtration system as the flex. The flow for the betta may be able to be adjusted on the pump, mine was (though it didn't have a betta in it, just shrimps). You should be able to reduce the water disturbance also by pointing the outlets upwards and to the sides and that may be enough (hopefully). If these 2 aren't sufficient then you can cut a piece of sponge (again, not fine sponge) to cover the outlet (you can remove the standard flat end piece to make that easier). My betta tank has a spray bar and I have a sponge sleeve on that. Again though, keep a close eye on the water level in the back section though, mine dropped to half way at times (as the sponge gets clogged) even though the main tank level never dropped at all! Simon
  15. Caz473

    Welcome Caz473

    Shrimp Keepers Forum welcomes Caz473. 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
  16. JLG

    Shrimp Diseases and Diagnosis

    Simon You kind of nailed my plan on the head, I will be moving 6 of the Amanos with the betta and then do Cardinal tetras and most likely Harlequin Rasbora's. This will be a Fluval spec 16 gallon. Still need sort out the filtration return so the the current is to the Bettas liking Im not too worried about mixing the Cardinal Tetras and Betta as they seem to keep him in check, but he's not gonna get to eat more of my poor little shrimp... My shrimp tank (15 gallon Fluval flex) will still have 10 Neon Tetras, 4 Guppies and 4 Amano and then I will stock with 30 blue Dream shrimp or do 10 / 20 if I can find another color that they will not cross breed with (not up on all of that yet) I will add shrimp hides (already did b4 but the betta got his head stuck in one so I had to carefully break it off of him) and plenty of Java Moss and plant cover. I would really prefer not to have the guppies with the shrimp but already know that they cannot go with the Betta (whole different story) Thanks for the input Simon its appreciated and if you are aware of any other little shrimps that I can mix with Blue Dreams and will not cross breed and also fall under caretaking "easy" please let me know and Thanks again I got the Amanos when the driftwood spread fungus through out the tank they had it cleaned up in no time!! (So ya know what you mean about the white cotton like fungus_Yucky Muck) This (what ever it was) was different and all of the shrimp became very reclusive. After they didn't respond to feeding for a day and I hadn't seen shrimp out and about for 48Hrs. Felt I had no choice but to Nuke the tank. Thx again Simon & JayC
  17. Grubs

    Artificially hatching eggs

    👍 Perfect. Great effort indeed. And thanks for the update!
  18. sdlTBfanUK

    Welcome mohsen

    Those are some fabulous photos you posted. I deleted a couple of duplicates and the last 2 were blank so have also deleted them! I especially like the yellow shrimp with the saddle! Are the shrimp yours? Simon
  19. Crabby

    Welcome shrimp addict

    Welcome to the forum! Do you currently keep any aquariums?
  20. Limbs on shrimp/cray/prawns/lobsters will grow back. So just keep it fed well and it will recover slowly.
  21. Deanosaw084

    Need advice about my electric blue marron

    Its fallen off now. So both his claws are gone now. Hopefully he will be ok
  22. sdlTBfanUK

    Welcome shrimp addict

    Welcome. I hope you find lots of useful information here and will let us know about your setups and experiences. Simon
  23. sdlTBfanUK

    Shrimp Diseases and Diagnosis

    I haven't seen that type of fugus before, or fungus that grows on glass. Wood etc sometimes grows fungus (as you mentioned) in a newly set up tank and I have had that and it just clears itself given time, as the tank settles and sorts itself out! It ismost likely to be a fungus! You have been busy, cleaning and treating. All you can really do now is see if it comes back and it will take a while to resettle after such a lot of work. IF it does come bac,k just keep an eye on the inhabitants, I know the fuhgus I had was harmless but I removed the wood as I didn't like looking at the fungus mainly and the second time wasn't as bad so I left it and it just vanished in time as the tank settled down! Even if yours comes back I would just leave it, unless you see deaths of inhabitants of coarse! Sorry to hear your Betta ate your shrimps, they can be a bad mix. I have had both experiences, the first Betta ate the shrimps, but my latest Betta doesn't show any interest to even the small shrimps, though these shrimps are 'reverted to wild' type so not all that easy to see so maybe he doesn't think they look tasty? There may also be a risk with the cardinal tetras and very young shrimps but you have a densely planted tank so that is good. I had neons with shrimps and currently have ember tetras with shrimps, but they are smaller than cardinals? I wouldn't be too concerned about this, just be aware that you may get less baby shrimps that survive to adulthood, but the flip side to that is you shouldn't get over-run with shrimp? If the betta is getting another tank I would transfer some of the Amano shrimps into his tank with him. They will out compete the neocaridina for food so you don't want too many in with the smaller shrimp, and anyway it will make the betta tank more interesting to have them a well as the betta and they will help keep his tank cleaner. Lovely tank by the way. Simon
  24. How bad is it? Got a picture you can upload here?
  25. Hey everyone, First post and just signed up to the forum. I have had an electric blue marron since January and he's been going great. But last night I noticed him missing a claw and the other one was limp and dragging. I think he got them caught in the wood in his tank. But the question I have is, the one that's still attached but limp and dragging should I try remove it so the new one can start to grow OR should I leave it as it is and he will drop/remove it himself? Thanks All
  26. Deanosaw084

    Welcome Deanosaw084

    Shrimp Keepers Forum welcomes Deanosaw084. 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
  27. jayc

    Shrimp Diseases and Diagnosis

    That isn't Vorticella. It is likely a type of fungus. Too bad you got rid of it, we will never know what it was now 🙂
  28. jayc

    Welcome shrimp addict

    Hi Shrimp addict. Welcome to SKFA.
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