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  2. sdlTBfanUK

    Blue Bolt - 30cm Cube tank for a beginner

    Glad we can be of some help and I agree you are doing the best thing by thinking it out thoroughly before you get started. It is very frustrating when you spend a lot of money on a small setup to then have to go and do the same again for another setup because it isn't big enough, way more economical and cost effective to get it right first time, though as you say you are starting with some of the stuff! I'm also sure that when I closed down the small one and moved the shrimps to the new tank that I probably lost half of the shrimplets as they were too small/young to be moved in reality but I really didn't want to have to run 2 tanks for a few months whilst I waited for them to grow - I had way too many anyway. I can't be much help regarding the 'chiller' as we don't have hot enough weather here, in fact even the humans don't get that over here (except in expensive cars)? A lot may depend where you are placing the setup as well, mine is in a dark corner that doesn't get any direct sun. If it isn't likely to get too hot there for a while you can of course come back to that as a separate issue as it won't mean disrupting anything in the tank anyway should you decide to get one later! You are probably best steering away from the CO2 as it is one less thing to set up and, as you, I have read a lot of reports saying it isn't good with caridina shrimp setups, though I have no actual experience with it, but why risk it. Hope you will keep us informed/updated. Simon
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  5. sdlTBfanUK

    Betta Water Parameters

    I 'suspect' my Betta may have Popeye, he is quite small so difficult to see but he seems active and chasing food etc! Is there an easy treatment that I can use in case? I am guessing using Epsom salts will affect the shrimps and plants? I also read (partly on here,but elsewhere as well) that Melafix doesn't work and can actually injure the fishes air breathing organ??? I do have an old 15L tank that I MAY be able to setup/use in the kitchen with no substrate etc, so can do multiple water changes (if needed), but it won't be 'cycled' or have filter running but I do have a spare heater and light (I think). Please bear in mind my physical abilities are extremely limited. Also any medication etc will have to be through the post so that will cause some delay? Anyway all advice will be gratefully received? Simon Update 17/4/19 - I have decided to try 50% dosage of melafix for 3 days (then review to maybe doing a further 4 days) at next water change/maintenance on friday! This is based on a whole day reading on internet and 3 days is recommended as 'preventative' dosage, but most seem to think full strength is too much for Betta? He seems spunky enough and active?
  6. KimKong

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    Welcome Kenneth

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  10. DKC

    Is this a moulting issue?

    I actually have two filters in the tank. A sponge filter and a HOB. Will get much from another tank and put it in and see. Luckily the RCS are not the most expensive but nonetheless upsetting when they die.
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  16. sdlTBfanUK

    PBL has a golden hue to it?

    As JayC says, they don't look the best quality but I assume the photos were taken when you just got them as they are in a container so they may colour up better in time, and especially if they are juveniles as you indicate. Having said that though I have had PRL and PBL in the distant past and even the shrimplets did have very good colour from the start so if they have lost colour a bit and they really are PBL they probably are lower quality or it is just down to the move? Simon
  17. sdlTBfanUK

    New Shrimp Keeper

    Hope you have a great trip (or had if you read this after your return)? As JayC says you could make smaller pieces of mineral stone, but with such a small tank I would probably remove it all, unless you want some in the tank for appearances. Having some in the tank though, as JayC says it will slowly increase the TDS so it will make it more complicated to get to the TDS you want, and stay there! It is a shame about the duckweed and if you have cleared 15% then I imagine the tank will be 100^% covered by the time you return. Great news though that everything has settled down and you haven't lost any shrimps recently. Enjoy your trip. Simon
  18. Prez

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  19. Kat

    PBL and CBS?

    Thank you for your help! I going to take my CBS out for now and put them in a breeder box, my PBL have v lines so they’re easy to distinguish from my CBS.
  20. jayc

    Shrimp Diseases and Diagnosis

    Not that I can confirm. You can try Oregano Oil (Carvacrol), can be bought at health food stores around Aus. Dilute one drop with 2 drops of water. Soak food pellets in the oil and drop it into the tank. Oregano Oil is strong stuff that will kill bacteria. Since it's internal infection, we need the shrimp to eat it. Once you can see it like that, the infection is in it's advanced stages, and the shrimp doesn't have long to live. If you have H2O2 (hydrogen peroxide) add 3 drops per 20L every 6 hours for 3 days. See you you go there.
  21. Brian

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  23. Hello, I’ve got shrimplets and no shrimp or snail deaths. I was finally able test the GH and KH of my tanks. I also researched the ideal parameters for mystery snails. Unfortunately, there seems to be little overlap in their ideal parameters, but I’ve definitely heard if others keeping both. My current pH between tanks is 6.5 and 7. KH 7 and 10. And GH 10 in both, respectively. I brought it there’s from a slightly lower pH and too low of a GH + KH. I’ve used tiny amounts of baking soda, I’m talking 1/16 tspn.in addition to drops of shrimp Essentials. I want to raise the pH up to 7.6, but not mess with GH/KH anymore. What can I add that will have that’s affect? Also the mystery snails call for KH of 12, which is way higher than what’s recommended for shrimp. Has anyone had success with shrimp at a KH higher than 5 (I’m already in that territory)?
  24. sdlTBfanUK

    Hydra outbreak

    This is an old thread I know, but I have set up a new tank for a betta and filled with plants from my usual supplier a few weeks ago. I noticed a few days ago that there are some (not many at this stage) hydra which must have come with the plants, grrrrrr. I managed to find on ebay 1 person selling 1 SL AQUA - Z1 so have grabbed that instantly and it should arrive by the weekend! This may be a new product that wasn't available in 2017??? It is supposed to be a natural plant product and looks like you just add it once and after a week all is done AND it is supposed to be shrimp/flora/fish/bacteria safe. I may retreat for a second week to 'make sure' especially as it is a natural product and harmless to everything EXCEPT maybe snails (I am over run with them in another tank anyway so can soon add some later). I think the only thing I have seen that you need to do is remove carbon? The tank has a few cull shrimp and a few assassin snails at the moment and MAYBE a fighter from sunday! I assume it must be virtually unheard of Planaria/hydra in the UK as nowhere seems to stock any of the VARIOUS treatments for these (I think the others are chemical based, and there are videos on youtube of people using Dog worming treatments??), including my shrimp specialist who very generously must have , ie everything in that tank came from them, supplied the hydra?? I plan to update this in a few weeks/month with how good/successful this product is, though it may not be easy to get hold of. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0pLd7BcqzA Simon ps another related article on here https://skfaquatics.com/forum/forums/topic/12330-hydra-and-shrimplets/?tab=comments#comment-126062 EDIT - Have put this in the tank today 12/4/19! EDIT 19/4/19 - I cannot see any evidence of the hydra so a big thumbs up for this product, and so easy to use with just one dose. I will only do a further update if there is any change to report! I have seen shrimp and an assassin snail so it does look to be safe for those as it states.
  25. Denver

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  26. ShrimpNewb

    Shrimp Food Reviews

    I'm upgrading Shrimp King Complete to 4/5. The shrimp like it enough to eat it in proper portions. It does appear that my idiocy in putting too much in the tank the first time was the problem in my initial review. As for other Dennerle products in the sampler... Name - Dennerle 5 Leaf Mix Shrimp Acceptance - ZERO interest. The entire chunk was there almost 24 hours later and I removed it from the tank. Rating - 0/5 - useless if they won't eat it...
  27. Myola

    Salifert Nitrate Test results

    Right, I know how my Saturday morning (and potentially Saturday afternoon too) is going to be spent! I'll give you an update next week. Thanks again for your help JayC!
  28. makingbacon

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