Hey guys - I'm from Sydney and I'm new to shrimping but have some experience in keeping tropical freshwater fishes. I'd appreciate your input in helping me set up my first shrimp tank! Here are my current thoughts and questions.
Currently thinking of either:
1. Mr Aqua 3ft bookshelf (91cmx21x24 = 45 litres), or
2. Komoda 4ft bookshelf (120cmx30x30 = 110 litres)
I will possibly partition either tanks into 2, with flow of water in between the 2 partitions. Reckon I should partition?
Which would you recommend? Also, any suggestion on where I can get acrylic and tips on getting holes drilled and attaching those SS mesh?
Thinking of having Crystal Red Shrimps in 1 partition and Crystal Black Shrimps in the other. If I could have other shrimps in there that share similar water parameters but don't interbreed with the CRS and CBS, that would be awesome - any suggestions?
Benibachi Black Soil is ok?
Ahem 2213 or 2217 I think? Maybe just 1 unit? Is that enough? Or 1 unit or each partition?
Might need intake protection.
Don't know yet. A good one?
I'd like a Iwagumi style tank with mosses for the shrimps to play with.
Mosses like java etc
No idea. Apparently stones might change water parameters. Recommendations?
Up Aqua Pro Z
Still have no idea what that is or how it works or where to get one- will google.
GH/KH kit? I have API testing kit.
Tank cycling/DSM vs WSM or something.
Sourcing shrimps & plants
What do you reckon?
i have recently had the pleasure of meeting some lovely people both in person and on line who are quite new to shrimp keeping - although some have been keeping shrimp for sometime. I am both disturbed and amazed at the general lack of knowledge of basic shrimp keeping. Things like how to drip acclimatise shrimp. Doing water changes, what temperature to keep shrimp at, what substrates to use . Just the basic minimum knowledge is so lacking and once they realise they can ask me these types of questions I end up spending a lot of time with them answering their questions.
I know the information is out there but perhaps it's lost in amongst all the more specific information that is harder to understand. I wonder if there is a time we could set aside here on SKF where we can answer realtime questions. Where people are able to come online and ask these questions while a couple of members are available to answer them. I understand these questions can always be asked but sometimes it can take hours or even days before someone answers. If we set aside a specific day and time that general knowledge questions can be asked and then the answer discussed and explained perhaps this would help the newer members to get answers right when they want them. We can all learn from each other's experience and discuss what works for us and what doesn't. I guess it would be like chat but on the open forum for anyone to join in.
As I mentioned once people realise they can ask me basic questions I get bombarded with them. I don't mind and like to share what works for me but there must still be lots of new comers who just can't get their questions answered in an easy way to understand. Simple things like our abbreviations still confuse them and we are all guilty of talking a mile a minute using the abbreviations which just confuses the new comers more. Anyway food for thought going back to basics for very beginners may be useful - that's the sort of information a lot of people are looking for
As the title says "totally devastated" !
Over the last few days most of my shrimp have died. Now I know what it feels like and it sucks
From excitement to them arriving my first ever shrimp , several becoming berried , spotting a couple of shrimplets to then seeing them dieing off
I have been doing water changes of around 10 to 20 % every week. I use tap water and let it age and then add prime, superchlor, and quick atart
I use an inert sand as the substate ,cholla ,and plenty of moss in the tank , no fish. I feed them Boss aquaria Shrimp Crack every 3 days
Originally starting with about 25 blue gene red rillis that Disciple was so kind to send me and now about 8 are left
PH is about 7
Sorry Disciple for not looking after them , I feel pretty bad
Any idea guys to what I have or not done right?
I want to build a shopping list for a nano cube shrimp tank and I kindly ask you to give me some feedback. So here it is:
Tank: Aquael Shrimp Set Smart 30,
Plants: Eleocharis parvula, Taxiphyllum barbieri, Echinodorus bleheri
Also someone sugested a substrate filter.
Can you help me fill the list with all the required stuff that I need. This is my first tank.
Thanks in advance!
I've seen a few pics of people's tank recently and they seem to have a mixture of red rilli and light blue coloured shrimp together. I'm assuming these guys don't necessarily breed true? If rilli's breed other colours do they still need to be separated, or can you then keep them all together? Or would they breed bad offspring?
I've got a few shrimp tanks setup now and would love to learn more about breeding etc so I do the right thing ?