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Little fish import.
Sonnycbr
I've added a couple of new plants to my Red Cherry set up recently and have just seen a little fish swimming about the bottom of the tank. It's only about 6mm long, spotted head and what looks like…
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A Little Competition ( Australia Only)
wayne6442
This picture shows pictures of 15 different fish that are claimed to be Endlers, in-fact only five are true endlers the rest are hybrids, I will give a pair of true 'P'class Blue Star Endlers  …
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My female aborted her eggs!
Kelly
I literally watch my female shrimp drop all her eggs..... and I’m unsure why she did this help!
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Eliminating Copepods in Shrimp Tank
piste
I wanted to share this experience in the hopes it is helpful to others.  I have a 5 gal tank that I have had for a while...with Painted Fire RCS.  It was neglected (long story) and got down to one …
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Has anyone seen this blue on black Bee variant?
Dsetz
I recently acquired a diverse colony of bees: red and black pintos, golden's, a blue morph. They are throwing some blacks with very dark blue lines. Is this a standardized variant anyone's seen?  …
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Are my Red Rilli shrimp infected?
Lucy
Hi!  im having trouble figuring out if my new red Rilli shrimp are healthy or not. I have two shrimp with abnormalities and I want to make sure they aren’t parasites or infections that are causing…
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Two tanks.
Sonnycbr
Hi, I've been keeping red cherry shrimp only since last October and had some success in my Nano Cube. I started off with ten shrimp and now have around a hundred. I got so many that I decided to ge…
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Shrimp Diseases and Diagnosis
jayc
With the wealth of knowledge from experienced keepers here in SKF, we should have a repository of Shrimp Diseases where people can come to diagnose and hopefully find a cure to their shrimp's ailment…
157 comments

Frans Vermeulen video
sdlTBfanUK
A great half hour video if you are a killie fish enthusiast! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XA8sUkC-ReA Simon
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Dying shrimps
abepaniagua
Hey guys, it's been a few months now that I've had a shrimp tank with Caridinas and neos. The blue neos have bred and molted, as well as the Caridinas. I've had random and sporadic deaths since I f…
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Latest Forum Posts

Little fish import.
Sonnycbr
I've added a couple of new plants to my Red Cherry set up recently and have just seen a little fish swimming about the bottom of the tank. It's only about 6mm long, spotted head and what looks like…
1 comments

Eliminating Copepods in Shrimp Tank
piste
I wanted to share this experience in the hopes it is helpful to others.  I have a 5 gal tank that I have had for a while...with Painted Fire RCS.  It was neglected (long story) and got down to one …
2 comments

Has anyone seen this blue on black Bee variant?
Dsetz
I recently acquired a diverse colony of bees: red and black pintos, golden's, a blue morph. They are throwing some blacks with very dark blue lines. Is this a standardized variant anyone's seen?  …
8 comments

Are my Red Rilli shrimp infected?
Lucy
Hi!  im having trouble figuring out if my new red Rilli shrimp are healthy or not. I have two shrimp with abnormalities and I want to make sure they aren’t parasites or infections that are causing…
7 comments

Two tanks.
Sonnycbr
Hi, I've been keeping red cherry shrimp only since last October and had some success in my Nano Cube. I started off with ten shrimp and now have around a hundred. I got so many that I decided to ge…
3 comments

Frans Vermeulen video
sdlTBfanUK
A great half hour video if you are a killie fish enthusiast! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XA8sUkC-ReA Simon
1 comments

Substrates These Days
piste
Curious what folks are finding commercially available for good substrates for a neocaridina tanks.  I need to set up a new tank...and in the past had used SL-Aqua....but am struggling with keeping …
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Female losing eggs
Cosmo
So I have a female that has berried twice and lost eggs both times. Suggestions?  
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Cull from a red rili line
Kelly
Ok I bought a cull from a guy that breeds red rili. I didn’t want to buy top quality shrimp yet because I’m new to shrimp hobby and bound to and have (bought a internal filter tank my 1st mistake) …
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Emerald algae on my hornwort, bad?
E Blue
Is this bright emerald stuff bad?
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Feeding baby Crystal Red Shrimp
herrwibi
Hi all, Finally got my first crystal red babies and i'm just wondering what is the best way to feed them? I see them grazing on the subwassertang and the sponge filter but want to give them the…
3 comments

Starting a red rili from a cull
Kelly
Well I’m a new shrimp keeper. I now have 40 shrimp from a red rili cull a breeder was selling. What I’m hoping to do is let them spawn in my 8 gallon and pull out the worse to go down to my communi…
4 comments

Filter slits dilemma
Kelly
Ok I have a 8 gallon tank I want to use as a breeding tank.... the issue is it has a built in filter and the slits are big enough for shrimp to slip through.... infact some did. The filter is off b…
20 comments

Blue Velvet Shrimp
Crystal Jade
So I lost 3 shrimp today - two out of my 8 Blue Velvet Shrimp and my one Blue Dream. I don't know why or what the cause was although my guesses involve either overfeeding or possibly water shock fr…
7 comments

Apistogrammoides in Australia?
Crabby
Okay so this is a super random thread, but I was listening to an aquarium podcast today as I was moving my aquariums to my new house (spoiler alert: it went great!!!!) and I heard something about a…
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    • sdlTBfanUK
      I have 3 tanks at the moment, Tank 1 - bloody mary shrim with neon and ember tetras, though 90% of the shrimp are wild type now! Tank 2 - the old taiwan bee shrimp tank, has 11 mosquito rasbora and 1 killie with wild type cherry shrimp, I have just done the maintenance on that tank and there are definitely shrimp still doing well (I don't feed shrimp in there) but they are clear or brown so VERY difficult to spot! I tested this tank last week and parameters were ideal for taiwan bee (PH6, TDS 140, KH 0-1, GH 5-6 (a bit high)) as it has been since set up. Tank 3 - male betta with wild cherry shrimp, again just done that tank and there are shrimp doing well in there but again, I can ony see them with a strong light and magnifying glass due to their lack of colour. I am looking at maybe just stocking up before winter so may get a job lot of bloody mary shrimp for tank 1 (and discard lots of wilds) and have a  final try with the taiwan bee as the tank 2 is at the moment. The parameters are perfect but the plants are still not nice and green with this substrate, as they were before with the other substrate but obviously shrimp are living in there, albeit not ones I wanted, so I can rule out disease and poisoning. As you say, the taiwan bee are much easier to see so may be preyed on by the fish so I won't buy expensive ones (ebay probably) or a large quantity (if I get any at all of course, though it is now or wait until next year). It would be the last lot I try until the fish die off and the tank is reset with the other substrate! Simon
    • Crabby
      So do you have any Taiwan bees going right now Simon? Or just the red cherries/wilds? I forget some of the stuff that you and jayc have.  Depending on the type you get, they could be targeted a lot more than your wilds are currently. Also I’m not too sure how the parameters would work, for neocaridina and taiwan bees. But I’d be very interested to see what comes of it if you try.
    • sdlTBfanUK
      I agree with  crabby, having fish in a tank tends to draw the eye away from the shrimp, and of course the shrimp won't be out and about quite so much! If you can resist the urge to get fish (for now at least) except a few ottocinclus (they don't move that much) that would be best and give your shrimp colony a better chance of growing quicker, but obviously the final decision will be yours! I have fish (tetra) in my oldest tank mainly as that tank is 5 or 6 feet from where I normally sit so wanted something I could see from a distance. I have rasbora and killie in the specialised shrimp tank because I was having difficulty with shrimp in that tank anyway and covid started so I quickly grabbed some fish before lockdown etc so there would be something in that tank - I am thinking I may try and get some taiwan bee shrimmp for that tank next week, before winter gets here, though whether it will work tankwise or with the fish???????????????   Simon
    • Crabby
      I’ve never kept shrimp with tetras, so I can’t speak from experience on that one, but I can say that I’ve found shrimp are more enjoyable without fish in the tank (through recent exploration). Maybe an Ottocinclus or two (or three even) could be an unobtrusive addition? They’re one of the best ‘suckers’ out there. Very cute too.
    • Hammy
      Thanks for the advice yeah everything is going good I’ve got 7 shrimp left one that’s carrying eggs and another that got a yellow patch just behind her saddle so I’m thinking that she’s going to produce eggs soon. Sadly no the cherry coloured one died absolutely no idea as to why it was fine swimming about eating when I went to bed and in the morning it was dead. The baths worked I think I’ve not seen any signs to say otherwise and I give them a good check every day so soon as I see anything I can hopefully sort it. 
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