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Just one question to you all. After watching a few Youtube videos from a very well known American shrimp breeder, he says that snails are vital in a shrimp tank....I had a massive outbreak of MTS in my last set up and was hoping to avoid this again....do you recommend me getting some snails or not? a few mini ramshorn hitch hiked already in my new set up maybe 4, but if I do need snails what would you suggest I use? apparently shrimp eat their poo as it has great bacteria in it. Ramshorn? MTS?

Not sure what to do as last time MTS were a bit much and I don't believe I was over feeding as only had 5 Cherry barbs and 15 shrimp in there....

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revolutionhope

Something that burrows is the best choice I believe.@fishmosy or another here can advise on the best types.


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1 minute ago, revolutionhope said:

Something that burrows is the best choice I believe.@fishmosy or another here can advise on the best types.

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Thanks again, hopefully @fishmosy will chime in with advice.

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revolutionhope

@Paul Minett is another who could give you a list I just noticed him lurking ;-)

 

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Paul Minett

Most snail's are very beneficial to a tank mts are great for the substrate rams horns etc are a good clean up crew the shrimp like to feed on the microflora that grow in the slime trails. I'm sorry to say if the mts got out of control then there was a good chance you were overfeeding they usually like most snails only populate to the level of available food. Nerites are another good snail to have. As they leave plants alone.

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Mapsyd

Thank you @revolutionhope, As far as stocking for my tank, would you know anywhere I could purchase Bloody Mary or Sakura grade RCS? also looking for bright Tangerine tigers to mix with the reds....not sure if I can ask that here but thought to ask.

2 minutes ago, Paul Minett said:

Most snail's are very beneficial to a tank mts are great for the substrate rams horns etc are a good clean up crew the shrimp like to feed on the microflora that grow in the slime trails. I'm sorry to say if the mts got out of control then there was a good chance you were overfeeding they usually like most snails only populate to the level of available food. Nerites are another good snail to have. As they leave plants alone.

Thank you @Paul Minett, yes, perhaps you are right as the barbs were not that pleased at sinking food so most would have gone to waste. Where would one buy Nerites? thought they were only available in the US?

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revolutionhope

I have bloody mary I can sell some. Send me a message if you're interested and we can work something out.

 

They're on buffering substrate too so will adapt to your tank conditions pretty readily.

 

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I have bloody mary I can sell some. Send me a message if you're interested and we can work something out.877c5cbdfb40f93fce575caab9e117ad.jpg732d3675c1727fee2b89b36d71b60db7.jpg54d407355741e606d40244c0bef2e497.jpg2c1fcc0c5b37be5bd6085bda780d8d94.jpg

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Oh WOW! that would be fantastic! I just love the RCS but this time around would prefer the redder forms for contrast....will message you when time comes, hopefully in the next week or so...thank you, that is excellent...now to find Tigers...LOL

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Oh WOW! that would be fantastic! I just love the RCS but this time around would prefer the redder forms for contrast....will message you when time comes, hopefully in the next week or so...thank you, that is excellent...now to find Tigers...LOL

@inverted: keeps some nice tangs as does@fishmosy: you might try messaging them. Come to think of it Paul does as well.

 

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8 minutes ago, Mapsyd said:

Thank you @revolutionhope, As far as stocking for my tank, would you know anywhere I could purchase Bloody Mary or Sakura grade RCS? also looking for bright Tangerine tigers to mix with the reds....not sure if I can ask that here but thought to ask.

Thank you @Paul Minett, yes, perhaps you are right as the barbs were not that pleased at sinking food so most would have gone to waste. Where would one buy Nerites? thought they were only available in the US?

We have a few native varieties Aquagreen sells some someone else on here might know of another source. There was a Facebook snail page before but I'm not sure if it's still active.

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2 minutes ago, revolutionhope said:

@inverted: keeps some nice tangs as does@fishmosy: you might try messaging them. Come to think of it Paul does as well.

 

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Even better! and lastly, what food you recommend me buy for the shrimp? getting very confused with all the different types....was thinking Shrimp crack by Boss??

1 minute ago, Paul Minett said:

We have a few native varieties Aquagreen sells some someone else on here might know of another source. There was a Facebook snail page before but I'm not sure if it's still active.

Yes, I have seen that site. Will have another look and see what they would suggest. Thank you again.

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Shrimp crack is a good food for occasional feeding in my opinion maybe weekly. Boss aquaria is aussie and the owner did heaps to support the hobby before he got tired of some of the politics and games that goes on amongst some of the breeders. Snow / soy hull is good for an occasional leave-in food and so are mulberry apple and a range of other leaves, vegetables and flowers. There's a brilliant thread or two from@jayc that covers thay subject. Trick is to make sure the plant matter isn't an oily type (eg citrus leaves) and definitely it is best to know the source or if bought at shop I personally stick with certified organic produce only.

I could go on for a long time about feeding methods but everyone has different methods and opinions as usual. Seek out those threads from jayc. I can post you some leaves from my garden that I've already prepared (washed and blanched) and can spare a little soy hull for free for you to try out just cover my post cost. (or can send with the bloody mary if you end up grabbing them too obviously)


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1 minute ago, revolutionhope said:

Shrimp crack is a good food for occasional feeding in my opinion maybe weekly. Boss aquaria is aussie and the owner did heaps to support the hobby before he got tired of some of the politics and games that goes on amongst some of the breeders. Snow / soy hull is good for an occasional leave-in food and so are mulberry apple and a range of other leaves, vegetables and flowers. There's a brilliant thread or two from@jayc that covers thay subject. Trick is to make sure the plant matter isn't an oily type (eg citrus leaves) and definitely it is best to know the source or if bought at shop I personally stick with certified organic produce only.

I could go on for a long time about feeding methods but everyone has different methods and opinions as usual. Seek out those threads from jayc. I can post you some leaves from my garden that I've already prepared (washed and blanched) and can spare a little soy hull for free for you to try out just cover my post cost. (or can send with the bloody mary if you end up grabbing them too obviously)

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Thank you Will, that is very kind and I really appreciate that. I have some IAL coming this week and already have a million Alder cones from the garden. I have a glass feeding dish coming this week also and as such was wondering if you had a specific store bought food that wont fall aprt to quickly but would also offer all the goodies the little guys need? will check out the posts by @jayc and see what I can dig up. Thank you again, you have been excellent.

PS how do shrimp travel from such a distance? is it a bit risky?

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There's a risk certainly in summer. And there's a risk sending sulawesi shrimp in cooler months. Heat or cold packs can be utilised when necessary. If the shipper does things properly then usually there's no issues. I've only had one true fail and that was due to the bag breaking. I no longer use the cheaper bags for this reason and stick with genuine kordon ones although some continue to use the cheaper bags but often double-bag their shrimps.


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Shrimp crack is good stuff shrimp really love it - almost any shrimp specific food is fine from what I've found. The most important food by far though are the microorganisms that proliferate and form biofilm in a healthy tank with lots of surface area. Algae and moss are the ultimate for providing surface area.


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1 minute ago, revolutionhope said:

There's a risk certainly in summer. And there's a risk sending sulawesi shrimp in cooler months. Heat or cold packs can be utilised when necessary. If the shipper does things properly then usually there's no issues. I've only had one true fail and that was due to the bag breaking. I no longer use the cheaper bags for this reason and stick with genuine kordon ones although some continue to use the cheaper bags but often double-bag their shrimps.

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Ok, well that certainly does keep my mind at ease as it is still cold here so they should not stress to much. Will look forward to contacting you soon.

15 minutes ago, revolutionhope said:

There's a risk certainly in summer. And there's a risk sending sulawesi shrimp in cooler months. Heat or cold packs can be utilised when necessary. If the shipper does things properly then usually there's no issues. I've only had one true fail and that was due to the bag breaking. I no longer use the cheaper bags for this reason and stick with genuine kordon ones although some continue to use the cheaper bags but often double-bag their shrimps.

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will
 

Shrimp crack is good stuff shrimp really love it - almost any shrimp specific food is fine from what I've found. The most important food by far though are the microorganisms that proliferate and form biofilm in a healthy tank with lots of surface area. Algae and moss are the ultimate for providing surface area.

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Ok, will try that one, heard good things about it. Should I add IAL and alder cones to aquarium now to get biofilm growing or wait until tank is completely cycled? am sure only a week away or so...

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No harm in adding the IAL and alder cones now definitely. IAL takes a while to really start degrading and adding beneficial tannins and compounds to the tank. Also NB IAL is not a readily digestible food for shrimps it will sit in the tank for ages and only very gradually be consumed by comparison to other fruit trees leaves that people typically feed.


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Ok, yes that makes sense as I remembered I used to get some now and then to add to tank and took ages for them to "break down"...will add cones now, how many do you suggest? I have millions which I soaked overnight in hot water to clean....

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I'm not too sure I've only ever used them sparingly as they're not cheap.


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2 minutes ago, revolutionhope said:

I'm not too sure I've only ever used them sparingly as they're not cheap.

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Well, I am happy to send you as many as you like! still have a few laying around in the garden...let me know.

PS I have a photo of them further back in this thread.

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7 hours ago, revolutionhope said:

Something that burrows is the best choice I believe.@fishmosy or another here can advise on the best types.

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The native snails - the giant cone snail and the spiny marsh snail - are good in shrimp aquariums as they reproduce via larvae, not live-bearing. They are hard to track down though - I haven't seen any for sale for probably 12-18 months

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Mapsyd

Where would one find these snails? they sound better than MTS....

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5 hours ago, Mapsyd said:

will add cones now, how many do you suggest?

Uh, not too many. Depends on the size of your tank. But about 3 cones to 10L is enough, assuming no driftwood. Too many will send your pH plummeting. It can happen. Adding fewer is safer than adding too much.

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Hi Jayc. My tank is 46 litres... Would 6 be to many? 

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22 minutes ago, Mapsyd said:

tank is 46 litres... Would 6 be to many

I'd go with 4-5 first.

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23 hours ago, revolutionhope said:

Something that burrows is the best choice I believe.@fishmosy or another here can advise on the best types.

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You can also consider live blackworms too. Some planted tank folks and shrimp keepers use them to help aerate the soil and consume any uneaten food.

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