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  2. My vote is for Endlers. Mine are the most fascinating (from a fish lovers point of view here) and cute fish in my tank, but I reckon they would be perfect for you, as mine are constantly picking on stuff! They’re the only fish who eat my dreaded snail eggs (on the glass and other surfaces) which I love! Plus you don’t need heaps. Males are small if you just want them for this. And you will be able to get them anywhere. I have a school of 20 embers in my tank, but I rarely see them hunting in any manner, much less on surfaces.
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  4. sdlTBfanUK

    New tank and shrimp

    In case it helps I have looked up the figures of the 2 tanks with cherry shrimp in them and they are as follows, Main tank PH7,, GH5, KH2, TDS 225 (mixed water) Betta tank PH7.5, GH6, KH3, TDS 222 (tap water + mineraliser) They are fairly similar to each other but neither is really in the 'IDEAL' recommendation range of CHERRY shrimp ,so it confirms that cherry shrimp are more adaptable and can thrive even outside those 'IDEAL' parameters? I suppose neither are that far out but it just shows there is a bit less necessity to get everything 100%, though if you aim for perfect you will probably get better results all round? Simon
  5. jayc

    New tank and shrimp

    Oh, if you are planning on keeping Cherry shrimp aim for 6-8GH as Simon said above.
  6. sdlTBfanUK

    Help sexing my shrimp

    Do you know what the water parameters are of this tank? Is the new male old enough to breed, assume it is as they only need to be 3 months I think but is that a possibility? Simon
  7. sdlTBfanUK

    New tank and shrimp

    The usual GH range for Cherry shrimp is 6-8 and with the 1 part tap, 3 parts RO water mix you will be 50% there for G|H and just under 4 for KH! There are 2 products, one is GH+ and one is GH/KH+ so you need to get the right one for whichever route you plan to go, all RO water would be GH/KH+, mixed water would be GH+! IF you are planning the mixed route then that would be an easy adjustment you can do now by taking 25% water out and replacing with dechlorinated tap water, then adjust with the GH+ when you get it? This is the one I use, it is so simple as it is a liquid and even calculating is easy as each drop = +1gh (about 20ish TDS) / litre: https://www.pro-shrimp.co.uk/shrimp-king/803-shrimp-king-mineral-fluid-double-gh-4001615061413.html If you want to get this I have just done a dummy test on the website and you get delivery on it as long as it is one item, which is normal, but I thought you may need to pay as it is a bulky item to send? The soil should have lots of what the plants need I would have thought and the poop from the snails/shrimp must be some fertiliser? As JayC says you could leave the CO2 running for now as there are no shrimps, but I would probably turn it off and stop using fertiliser and just keep a close eye on the plants at this stage, after all you can start using them again IF the plants start looking unhealthy, but neither may be needed and it is better to know from the start and will make life easier long term. As I say I have never used either and my plants grow fantastic, in fact I wish they would grow slower, doh! Simon
  8. jayc

    Help sexing my shrimp

    Ahhh ... the age old question of how to trigger your shrimp to breed. We will have to assume you have at least 1 male. What are you feeding them? Feed frozen bloodworms twice a week. The additional protein will give them more energy. Add more Indian Almond Leaves (aka Cattapa leaves) to the tank to promote more tannins and biofilm. Try raising temps to 23C or 74F. A 10% water change might help the females moult.
  9. jayc

    New tank and shrimp

    No it won't have all the minerals needed for plants. SS GH/KH+ is made up of Calcium carbonate, Magnesium. Anubias is a slow growing plant, so it does not need much fertilisers. Mosses will grow with out any added ferts. Hairgrass and whatever you have in the back corner will survive without added ferts. Give it CO2 while your tanks is empty of shrimps. Aim for 4-6 GH.
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  11. Newday

    Help sexing my shrimp

    Hello, again. I really appreciate everyone's wisdom on this topic. Since I last posted, I lost my 29 gallon tropical freshwater aquarium to a sudden leak. 😞 Thankfully, I was able to save and rehome all the fish. But, that means my 7 gallon shrimp tank received an upgrade wrt live plants and gravel. I was hoping that would inspire some mating behavior, but I actually witnessed a female discharging what must be unfertilized eggs just this evening. The male shrimp (I thought I had two, but now I'm questioning the other's sex after some weeks) is not doing his job and I can't figure out why. I had to siphon out 50% of the water to move it from it's prior location beneath the 29 gallon. I have not performed another water change in the nearly 3 weeks since the leak happened. I check the parameters in the 7 gallon once a week and ammonia, nitrate, and nitrite are 0ppm. Temp remains at a steady 72 degrees. The shrimp are as active as ever but that male is unexcited by a tank full of females. No clue what to do next.😑
  12. DEL 707

    New tank and shrimp

    I'm thinking of ordering that "Salty Shrimp - Shrimp Mineral GH/KH+". My only concern is, does it also have all the needed minerals for my plants? Edit - If I was to use my tap water, what kind of GH should I be aiming for?
  13. sdlTBfanUK

    New tank and shrimp

    WOW, that's hard water all right! Amazing how different it is to mine as probably only about 25 miles between us???? You were right to use RO water so at least you have a good starting point from here in! The PH may be the biggest issue as remineralising with a shrimp specific GH/KH+ will sort everything else with RO water. Cherry shrimps are pretty tough and adaptable so will tolerate PH below 7 but the nearer you can get to 7 the better, and a long time acclimating the shrimps using a dripper (there is a tube with regulator sold by ProShrimp for about £10 I think if you don't already have something) will be needed! The soil will take longer to loose its PH buffering ability with the RO though! There are a number of ways you can go from here: 1) RO water plus a GH/KH+ and try to get the PH up somehow although you will be fighting the Soil until that exhausts its buffering ability. 2) You could mix RO and (dechlorinated) tap water at 3:1 and then use a GH+. I do a 50/50 'similar' (half tap water, half brita filtered water) on my oldest tank. can't even remember why but I believe in 'don't try and fix it if it isn't broken' so have just carried on ever since. The mixed water would start at PH 6.2, TDS 70(ish), GH just over 4, KH just under 4 and then you can mineralise it (GH+ only) for the rest. This will exhaust the soil buffering quicker than 1 above and you will save a bit on RO water, use less (about half as much) mineraliser etc. You may think this is a bit too fussy a route though, and the soil will still buffer anyway, just not for as long as all RO water, and when it stops buffering you will have a PH closer to the ideal for the shrimps. Probably where you are now I would just get the snails for now until you have stopped adjusting the water or at least decided where next, probably not much longer before you get shrimps. I would also try turning off the CO2 and just see if it is really needed, if it looks like it is you can easily turn it back on then, but shrimps will do better without it and it MAY not be needed, same for fertilisers??? At least you are doing all this before getting the shrimps, very smart as most of us have learnt the hard/wrong way................ Simon
  14. DEL 707

    New tank and shrimp

    Did some tests on my tap water. PH: 7.13 TDS: 274 KH: 15 GH: 17 Nothing out of the ordinary with the other test, nitrates were about 5ppm.
  15. If you are comfortable with selling to hobbyist, try posting them for sale! https://skfaquatics.com/forum/forums/forum/148-selling-forum-livestock/ You can make a bit of money to buy MORE TANKS! 🙂
  16. sdlTBfanUK

    New tank and shrimp

    It looks like you will have the full set of tests when you have the GH and KH as you have the PH and TDS already! You will want the full set if you get into shrimps but once up and running you won't need to check all of them very often! If you only order something small or one item from ProShrimp often the postage is free and stuff always arrives quickly, all my orders have arrived next day. Last time I checked, my tap water was PH 7.5, TDS 167, GH 4-5, KH 2-3 so almost ideal for cherry shrimp (maybe a touch higher GH, which would also increase TDS, with a bit of GH+). Be interesting to see what yours is as you are relatively close, I grew up around Maidstone. Simon
  17. DEL 707

    New tank and shrimp

    I'm going to my LFS tomorrow and pick up a GH/KH test kit. Hopefully I'll be able to give you my tap water stats tomorrow at some point.
  18. jayc

    New tank and shrimp

    Yep, that is a plant substrate that has ammonia in it. So your tank might have cycled on the ammonia release by the substrate. RO water is the way to go then. What TDS do you get from the tap water?
  19. supermansteve32

    Trouble breeding CRS

    I believe they were breeding fine before the move. I started out with 10 shrimp and they grew to about 50-60 in number. I never thought the pressure was an issue but I just don't see why the babies aren't surviving in there. I mentioned before that after I moved the moms into the nursery tank I noticed 2 babies in the big tank so one of them popped a couple out beforehand. I don't see them anymore, guess they didn't survive. They lasted about 2 weeks.
  20. sdlTBfanUK

    New tank and shrimp

    You should be ok if you have seen the ammonia and nitrite readings of a cycle! It wold be a good idea to do the usual tests on your tap water. PH, TDS, GH, KH etc. Depending on those figures will affect whether you want GH+ or GH/KH+. I haven't had a problem using tap water (neither have friends in Maidstone) causing an algae problem but I would expect shrimps and snails to help with that anyway. Maybe the tank was in the sun, though my oldest tank is in the sun all winter (not that we get much) and that still doesn't have an algae problem. If you were using fertilizer that may have made the problem worse, I don't use CO2 or fertilizers (nor do friends with tanks) and my plants grow ridiculously well without it? I could be wrong here, so wait and see what others say, but if you didn't dechlorinate before then I assume it didn't cycle??? Whether that affected algae??? I did have some annoying stringy algae in my recently reset bee shrimp tank but that has cleared now the tank is more stable and cycled, I didn't need to do anything? This country is famous for hard water, I believe that is why SOME call us limeys as we live on chalk/lime? Wait until you get some shrimps in the tank and you will get hooked? I have ember and neon tetras in with my red cherrys, and a betta in with red cherrys in another tank. Simon
  21. DEL 707

    New tank and shrimp

    I used Tropica Aquarium Soil Powder.
  22. DEL 707

    New tank and shrimp

    Went onto my water supplier and found this http://cdn.southeastwater.co.uk/Files/West Ashford.pdf
  23. jayc

    New tank and shrimp

    Simon has you covered with some solid advise. If you are looking for a better remineraliser, Salty Shrimp is a good brand to look out for as well. They sell "Salty Shrimp GH+" for Caridina shrimp and "Salty Shrimp GH/KH+" for Neo Caridina. Some other brands include .... Mosura Mineral Plus Ultra GLASGARTEN Liquid Mineral GH+ BorneoWild GH/KH+ BorneoWild GH+ Or if you are a DIY kinda person, you can follow my recipe to make your own in the "Water Parameters" subforum. Regarding the cycling of the tank ... what substrate are you using? Maybe it has ammonia in it, if you used a plant substrate.
  24. DEL 707

    New tank and shrimp

    Thanks for the reply. Shrimp wise, I was really only aiming for cherry shimp and Amano. I want this tank to primary be a planted tank, so kinda wanted shrimp to help out with the plants and algae. Regarding my tap water, I havn't used it because of the absolute nightmare I had with my last attempt at a planted tank 10 years ago. It was a 29gal that was heavily planted, I followed all the guides, mixed and dosed my own fertiliser, but it turned into 1 big algae mess. After over a year of fighting and trying different solutions, I gave up. I know my water is very hard, other then fertiliser, I didn't use any other products, include a dechlorinator, which looking back was bloody stupid, but I didn't know any better. This time I wanted to use RO, to see if I could avoid the algae plague I suffered last time. Regarding my tap water, what stats would you like to know, I don't have much beyond basic tests but I can do them tomorrow. Ammonia Nitrite Nitrate PH TDS Edit - Sorry missed a question. Regarding the tank cycle, I did see ammonia rise and fall, and nitrites did the same afterwards. What's puzzling is that I never added any ammonia products to the tank.
  25. sdlTBfanUK

    Um...too much Cherries, what do i do?

    I assume you got some shrimp since the previous post and everything has gone (too) well? The usual way of keeping numbers smaller would be to sell or cull the ones with poorer colour? Do you know anyone with big fish that may enjoy a treat? Is there a shop that would take the unwanted shrimps even if you just donate them? I don't do anything with my red cherries as a tank will only support so many anyway but as I have never removed poor quality ones I have about 80% are now boring brown (wild) colour so it is best to keep removing poorer quality ones from the start. I would also be cautious about over stock though as I guess it could cause a crash/mass death, with mine I have loads of snails and fish in the tank so they probably eat any dead shrimps before they pollute the water! It is always good to hear about someone having success! It is a common problem to get too many IF all is going well! Simon
  26. sdlTBfanUK

    New tank and shrimp

    If you are planning on cherry shrimps it may work better with tap water, do you know what your tap water stats are? I use dechlorinated tap water with my cherry shrimp and RO water with bee shrimp! The soil will be lowering the PH but if your tap water is higher (mine is 7.5 here) it should exhaust the buffering of the soil quite quickly! As RO water is usually a lower PH it takes longer for the soil to lose its buffering ability. As you have just said you are UK then ProShrimp sell everything you need. I tend to think though that shrimps are better bought direct from a breeder as they will be less stressed and here in UK I always buy them 'next day by 1pm' through the post and there are loads on ebay, which is where I used to get mine. The remineraliser I use is a liquid one (shrimp king) so very easy to use but before you go buying a lot of stuff I would investigate TAP WATER as you may not need anything with that, or you may need a different product than you would with RO water? If you check your tapwater and can go that route I can then let you know what additional (if any) products to think of getting? https://www.pro-shrimp.co.uk/ Bee shrimp are a totally different ball game though so best to decide from the start IF that is where you want to go a little down the line, they are a lot more delicate than the bulletproof cherry shrimps. If you can do without the CO2 that will help as well, as it is difficult to keep shrimps with it - not impossible though? I have the same sort of tank (though not being used at the moment) with the sponge in the back, is it 55L as that sounds a bit big for this type of tank? As JayC says, you need to see some ammonia reading to know whether the 'cycle' has happened, having said that it isn't something I have ever seen. It is possible that the cycle hasn't even started! Can you fill in the location on your profile as that will help everyone know where you are based without keep looking through all your posts etc. Simon
  27. DEL 707

    New tank and shrimp

    Thanks for the replies. Sorry I forgot to add my location. I'm in the UK, Kent. Are there better products I can use to reminerlise my RO water, other then equilibrium?
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