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  2. SKF Aquatics (Shrimp Keepers Forum) welcomes Smalldio. 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
  3. Pimp the shrimp! Welcome to the forum :-)
  4. Are there marbled cray in australia,and are they able to be a fairly uniform blue with no marbaling effect?
  5. SKF Aquatics (Shrimp Keepers Forum) welcomes pimp. 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
  6. I'm trialling barebottom at the moment in my ycs tank with the aim of being able to make better selections. But I'm hating that the crap flies everywhere whenever I cull. I haven't sold any yet and I imagine customers won't appreciate a bag full of mulm and neither will the shrimp enjoy the transit too much either. I thought the sponge would be good due to the large surface area for biofilm. Ostracods and shrimplets can get a little ways into this particular sponge and pick out most of the food but as someone pointed out to me the risk is that too much muck could get trapped.
  7. Why sponge as a substrate? surely a bare bottom tank would be easier. But if I had to choose an alternative to gravel, sand or plant substrates, I would choose a leaf litter & twigs on bare bottom. The natural look.
  8. I'm going through this issue once again. Now on my second lot of gravel purchased from an lfs which seems to increase tds dramatically when left in a cup of RO overnight. The first lot was a 3mmblack granite I believe and this current gravel I have was river gravel. *sigh*. I'm currently thinking of using thick fine sponge as a layer of "substrate" on the bottom of my tank. Does anyone see this causing a huge issue shortly down the track? The surface area would be a massive bonus. I am prepared to shut down tank and move all shrimp every 2 years regardless.. ❤✌🎶 Will
  9. Thanks for all the input. Now that i have a starting point i guess i can start the process of multiple years of frustration and hopefully at the end success. I will update this thread when i start/ when any interesting developments happen, with plenty of pictures. Sent from my SM-G935F using Tapatalk
  10. +1 to Matuva's comment. And share lots of pics. This will be an interesting exercise in breeding.
  11. Well, keep us updated with your results. Depends on what the seller is going to sell you : shoko named as chocolate, or true chocolate. Now, I might be wrong. Sure more expert will come and chime in? :)
  12. Ah ok, i thought i had heard of chocolates throwing blues, blacks and reds but i could be mistaken. Well hopefully 12 will be enough, one would hope that sellers would know what colours their stock has produced in the past... Sent from my SM-G935F using Tapatalk
  13. If I'm not wrong, you won't get the bloody mary from the chocolate, but from the shoko. If I remember correctly, the shoko will give you the bloody mary or the chocolate. From the Bloody Mary then, you will have to cull to get the high grade Bloody Mary. The chocolate will give you the blue offsprings only. With 12 shrimps, I bet you have good chances to catch the blue gene
  14. I do like the blue topaz, looks like i will have to source some chocolates, buying the end results just takes out part of the fun [emoji2]. Might also get some bloody marys out of the chocolates as well. Is there a good chance if i get say 10 females and 2 males that none of them will have the blue gene present? Sent from my SM-G935F using Tapatalk
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  18. I think he says the tank with the hints of different colors. If you're seeking for blue, and if you want to create your own blue line, you should start with the chocolate to reach the blue Topaz. They are just awesome! The blue velvet is nice too, but the topaz is, for my opinion, the nicest of the blue. Or you can buy blue topaz straight ;) Not blue, but you can get black rose from carbon rili. Awesome too!
  19. , I have new shrimplets As the black & white beauties have no more eggs, I bet these are black & white shrimplets. Now I'm excited
  20. Thanks for the advice. In terms of the "top tank" would you put in those that have hints of different colour variations, or just those that displayed good colour?
  21. SKF Aquatics (Shrimp Keepers Forum) welcomes JetFuelJava. 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
  22. Unfortunately, that's the society we live in these days. Everything for nothing. Perhaps people don't realise that 100% of any funds generated here go back into the running of the site. Without the support of our sponsors the site would have shut down years ago. What I struggle to understand is that we have a majority vote to keep the forsale forum but hardly anyone wanting to actually use it? If it wasn't clear before, the poll is about the sale sub forum only, the wanted to buy would still exist.
  23. Welcome to SKF Aquatics @qwert
  24. A great cause and love the new packaging.
  25. Not much longer to go till the end of Feb folks.
  26. SKF Aquatics (Shrimp Keepers Forum) welcomes qwert. 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. If you don't want to use tap water to cycle a tank (and I have heard of people using tap with ADA during the cycle process only), then use pure RO water only. Don't remineralize it. I understand your reasoning for not wanting to use tap. If you had soft or medium water, use tap. If you have hard water, maybe dilute it with RO? It's hard to speed up the ADA cycle because it keeps leaching ammonia. In other words, you'll have to wait weeks. As far as bacteria goes, I've seen people recommend Tetra SafeStart (plus) for cycling a tank, and to a lesser degree, the Marineland Aquarium Bacteria. I don't know what you have available to you though.
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