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  2. Cosmo

    New at this

    Thanks for the suggestions. I though neocardinia liked gh between 4 and 8 and kh between 3 and 10? at least that was what I found online
  3. jayc

    Welcome Tracy

    Welcome Tracy, you have come to the right place.
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  5. Tracy

    Welcome Tracy

    Hello, SKFAQUATICS! Thanks for adding me to the group. I adore everything about aquariums but I am addicted to the tiny but mighty Caridina shrimp!
  6. Tracy

    Welcome Tracy

    Shrimp Keepers Forum welcomes Tracy. 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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  8. Gokhan

    Welcome Gokhan

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  9. Thank you again for all of the excellent advice!! Yes!! I didn't actually introduce the trumpet snails on purpose. Either the plants from my local independent pet store had hitchhikers or the plants from Petco had some. I rinsed them thoroughly didn't quarantine them so it's my fault. I will catch all but 1 and put them in my turtle tank. Never a short supply of algae in there even with 4 snails and a bn pleco. Neon tetras are super readily available here. I introduced a single snail and it hasn't reproduced yet. It's black and I can't remember the name. And with a bristlenose pleco there is still a lot of biofilm and small food particles to clean. I really did a number overfeeding because there's food all over even after sectioning the substrate + 2 WCs. I'm feeding a teeny tiny amount every few days on top of the biofilm. They take hours to eat it all. It's hard to tell how much to feed, I wish there was a care guide just on that part. I have omnivore shrimp pellets which are discs, I feel 1/4 of those and a tiny piece of a pleco pellet (disc) and a few tiny granules of herbivore invert pellets. That's every 3 days but I could probably go 4 or 5 with all the biofilm. I have a heater but never use it except for the biofilm. It's a favorite for grazing and it's now spotless. Had a gross crust a few days ago.
  10. sdlTBfanUK

    Breeders Who Ship to the US?

    I have heard and seen L Bretz videos but I didn't think he was USA based so didn't mention him. His website doesn't say where he is based from my brief look but if he is USA, he is well known in the hobby! The caridina are definitely worth the extra work IF you can get it to work??? They may need some form of cooler in the summer where you live unless you run air-con a lot. My cherry shrimp are ok to about 85 (tanks haven't gone above that ever here) or possibly higher, but when I had caridina 79 was when it started to get tricky? Simon
  11. Probably (as JayC recommended) a neon tetra or 2 may be worth a try, tetras spend most of their time midway in the tanks depth of water. My oldest tank has 5 ember tetras, 5 neon tetras and ??? red cherry shrimps and I have never seen the fish go for the shrimp in the 5 years+ it has been running, though there is a lot of subwassertang (?) to hide in and most shrimps are now boring brown/clear so they are hard to see and maybe don't look tasty to the fish. Neon tetras are also cheap and readily available, here anyway? The malasian trumpet snails will help clear the overfeed - by the way we have all made that overfeed mistake at the start - but they can be a problem in their own right as they breed so quickly? I have occasionally spotted detritis worms but never had an infestation and probably every tank has them anyway. An infestation of those would indicate over feeding. Any fish will likely eat them. Don't worry about a few of those, they are harmless enough and I think every tank has them! It sounds though, that you have a lot competing for food, shrimps, worms, snails, copepods all in a small tank....... Simon
  12. Thank you Crabby & Simon!! I'm not able to like posts for the rest of the day, but I definitely will +1 both of your replies when I can. I greatly appreciate the recommendations. I won't be making any purchases to ship anything live until about a month from now. We're still getting into the 40s F at night here in the mountains. I've been reading up on Caridina tanks and they're much higher maintenance, but I think definitely worth it. Buffering substrate, much more specific parameters, additional nutrients & specialized foods. I'm starting to build up an inventory now for adding more tanks and when I'm brave enough to get into caridina. I'm hoping to purchase from multiple home breeders to get enough genetic diversity so I'm hoping to get a multitude of recommendations. 🤞🤞🤞🤞 Edit: Another breeder I saw recommended from a post back in May is L.R.Bretz Aquatics.
  13. Thank you Simon!! I have read all of the posts from the past year or so (down the rabbit hole I go), so I did see your comments about the seed shrimp infestation. Nasty little cocroaches!! Everyone seems to be in agreement on the killies, dwarf rasboras & neon tetras. I think I will have to suck it up and grow some ground cover so I can add a single nanofish to keep the pest population down but still keep my shrimplets safe. I found 2 detritus worms floating yesterday, although I can't see any in the parts of the tank which are visible. Which I know means there are many more I can't see. There is a back corner I can't really get my eyes on, I'm sure they're there. I just did 2 WCs this past week because overfeeding caused food particles to be everywhere, and suctioned the substrate in the front of my tank. Thankfully my berried female did not molt. In the back end of the tank are the hiding spots and an especially good hiding spot that is planted in the corner. I think I have the feeding down now, every few days and very tiny amounts. They actually ate nearly all of the food this last feeding. I'm probably going to be dealing with the effects of my overfeeding thus far for weeks until my cleaners can get to it all. My trumpet snails will literally dive into the substrate to get to the food particles. Amazing little buggers.
  14. sdlTBfanUK

    Breeders Who Ship to the US?

    There is also Aquahun.com, based in washington state. Flip aquatics is Ohio based and Aquatic Arts is Indiana based. With everything messed up at the moment all over the globe it is probably more risky than it was normally through the post! Have you asked the local store whether they can source other colours for you depending on where they get theirs? Caradina shrimp are a whole different level compared with cherry so do lots of reading on here before embarking on those! Simon
  15. Movers n Packers

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  16. sdlTBfanUK

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    The KH being about 7 is the main problem as the recommended range is 2 - 4 (36 - 72 on your test kit). GH is also 7 and that range should be 4 - 6 so thats a little over but not anything I would worry too much about, the shrimps should adjust to that with careful acclimarising. Of coarse if you do go the RO + shrimp minerals, all the parameters will be in sync, which should make things easier and more consistent! All you will need to do when preparing the new water is mix to a TDS of 160-180 and you won't need to test the others very often as the mineral mixture is perfectly balanced for the shrimps requirements. With cherry shrimp you will want GH/KH+! WHEN you do get shrimp thy should be drip acclimated over several hours. Simon
  17. It sounds as though the idea of the smaller 10g tanks would be a better proposition for what you are planning long term, so that you can separate different colour variants! JayC above has reminded me, my infestation was actually seed shrimps not copepods. Also 11 dwarf rasbora went in the tank the same time as the killie so I don't know actually which fish ate the seed shrimp but whichever it was they were soeedy and thorough? Simon
  18. Crabby

    Breeders Who Ship to the US?

    I've got no personal experience with them, but I've heard great things about Flip Aquatics. Also Aquatic Arts has some of the more quirky types of caridinas.
  19. Is there a thread on reviews/recommendations for breeders who ship to the US? I tried searching the forum but there are so many topics on breeding I couldn't find what I was looking for. I used a local pet store in Huntington Beach, CA for the 15 neos I have & they're awesome, but I already have every variation they do (cherry, yellow, blue rilli.. rili?). Looking for both neos & caridina. I've seen some horror stories about less than quality/helpful breeders on Facebook and I'd like to avoid a negative experience.
  20. Crabby

    Moving with aquariums?

    I mean if it isn't a long drive, and your tanks are small enough, you could just drain most of the way and leave a little bit of water. Glad to help! I'll keep the thread updated as I move. Thanks Jayc! Great advice. Since I'm not moving far at all, I'll just plug in my regular air pump at each end, and not bother for the drive. I'll definitely use everything else though! Cheers!
  21. Thanks JayC!! Y'all are making me feel so much better. I went back through my history and found the article/care guide that mentioned copepods could be a potential danger, just to share: "On the other hand, the copepods often found in our tanks are often predatory (about 50% of the species found in the wild are as well). This means that a large copepod could and will pose a threat to your baby shrimps, and while they usually stick to detritus and smaller versions of their own species, copepods have been known to eat small fish and shrimp fry." https://petshrimpplanet.com/do-cherry-shrimp-eat-copepods/ I don't think even the biggest copepods in my tank will be as big as a newborn shrimplet.
  22. Chels

    Moving with aquariums?

    Exellent advice JayC!! What about shrimplets? 😬 I'd imagine you drain the water nearly all the way, and remove moss before that. With natural scaped tanks it'd be impossible to catch all the shrimplets.
  23. For anyone who can't afford a CCTV system (like me), you can turn old smart phones and tablets/iPads into security cameras with a 2-way speaker function by using the Alfred app. I'm not sure if there's an Apple version, but you could always download an emulator. Works like a charm!! We used to use it to watch our dogs while we were out, and yell at them if they barked/howled. It has a pretty decent night vision, too. Here's a link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ivuu
  24. Whoopsies! Posted this in the wrong forum. I posted to the general discussion board - please disregard or delete this one.
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  26. jayc

    Moving with aquariums?

    Invest in a battery operated air pump for the fish and shrimps. That way, you can put them into a bucket that has a lid. Using a lid will stop any water splashing out during the trip. You can make a small hole on top of the lid to fit an airhose, so the lid closes properly. I have this USB powered air pump for emergencies... https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Portable-Mini-USB-Aquarium-Fish-Tank-Oxygen-Air-Pump-Mute-Energy-Save-Compressor-/153725741661 I can plug them into any USB battery pack or even directly into USB ports in cars. Make sure your glass tanks are safely supported by placing them on soft padding, like old blankets, carpet or similar. Placing them into a car, van or truck unsupported might crack the base of the tank. It's important to keep your Beneficial Bacteria alive for the move. Any gravel you have should be in a bit of tank water, just enough to keep them moist. If you have sponge filters, remove the weighted part and place the sponge into the bucket with the fish and airstone. Filter media in an external filter can be removed and placed in bucket with tank water. Never let it dry out. An airstone in this bucket for the filter media is also a good idea since BB are living organisms that need oxygen. Don't feed the fish/shrimp 24 hours before the move - this reduces ammonia produced for the trip. I suppose everything else is common sense. Some people might have a long trip to make and have to do a pit stop. Don't leave the fish in a bucket in a car on a super hot day for too long.
  27. jayc

    New at this

    I'd prefer GH and KH to be lower for a shrimp tank personally. As Simon has said, Indian Almond leaves might help reduce slowly. So definitely no need to add anything that will raise KH at this point in time. Certainly not until you use RO or rainwater.
  28. I've used Neon Tetras for such duties before. They are good at clearing out copepods or seed shrimps. But I don't trust them in a tank long term with shrimp. So I put the Neon Tetras in for short periods of time only and remove them back into their own tanks after a couple of days. Copepods don't attack shrimps or shrimplets. They might take the opportunity to munch on dead shrimps, but they don't do the actually killing. Maybe that is what people are seeing.
  29. Cosmo

    New at this

    Thanks Simon and jayc! Here are today's readings: ph - 7.6-7.8; gh - 120ppm; kh - 120ppm; ammonia - 0ppm; nitrite - 0ppm; nitrate - 0ppm and TDS - 121 I will try the zerowater filter but I want to give the tank to the end of the week to get more bacteria built up. Almond leaves are on order.
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