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So I decided to get into the shrimp breeding hobby. I got 30ish rili/red  neo caridina  and some caridina mix together in a temporary 8 gallon tank. I will be giving some noes to my sister family that also has a tank soon. I just set up a 10 gallon for the caridina.  The noes seems to like the water in 8 gallon  tank. About 3 berried females!  I bought  rio water for the 10 gallon and use it with half tap water. There’s fluval substrate for shrimp and plants in both tanks. I have Java fern, star lily, drawf  hair grass, cyrpt, tiger lotus, Java moss, Anubis  and soon I add baby tears for plants. I also have Malaysia driftwood.  I’m also using nutrafin  cycle to speed up the new tank cycle process. Now I’m not planning on breeding a certain type of caridina but creating something hopefully interesting.... I have raccoon tigers, couple black crystals, 1 red crystal, few red tibees according to big al but who really know? They just look cool to me and different then what they usually carry...and  one black shrimp which I’m unsure if it’s a pinto....it’s small.  It’s black with very thin lines. It’s in a breeding cage because he be very very very very hard to see in 8 gallon since the back of tank is also black.  Anyway I keep you posted. I would post pictures but I’m not good at it.

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sdlTBfanUK

Having a mixed Caridina tank is wonderful and you probably won't get any uninteresting offspring!

My only concern would be using tap water, albeit 50/50. It has never worked for me with Caridina shrimp and I have only come across one person with whom it worked, though I do believe they were also based in Canada, but she hasn't been on here for some time now. It would be safer to use 100% RO water and remineralise with shrimp minerals GH+. The neocaridina should be fine with (dechloinated) tap water, as you seem to already be experiencing. I could keep caridina shrimp for a month or more in tap water but they gradually died off and any babies they had died soon as well. 

You seem to have a nice variety of plants as well, be careful if you plan to use CO2 though as that doesn't work well with shrimps if you plan on that?

I hope it all works out and look forward to reading about your experience and some photos.

I would recommend getting water parameter test kits (GH, KH, PH, TDS) for the caridina tank, especially if using 50/50 water, though using 100% RO water plus minerals you may only need a TDS pen/meter.

Simon

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Kelly

Well I move the caridina to the 10 gallon... lost 2 😞 but I now have my very 1st berried black crystal.:) unknown father....caridina seems bit hard to see the eggs especially this one.... she’s berried but I don’t think it’s a big batch and her shell is solid white. The black eggs barely show. I hope she doesn’t lose them but I probably won’t be able to noticed if she does. She’s not a high quality crystal but I don’t thinks she low either. She’s more white then black. Pretty little gal. Solid colour even the little black she does have is dark and solid. The other black crystal is definitely lower quality then the berried one. The black is faded and it has equal amount black and white. If I was breeding  a chain of black crystals it definitely be culled. my hunch is one of the raccoon tigers might be the daddy....but could be wrong. I didn’t catch them in the act 😳I also have 2 red crystals. 1 Black solid one with tiny white lines that I’m unsure what to call.panda? 2 red crystals and 2 Orangeywhite ones which big al pet store calls red tibees but I have no idea what they are just that they are nothing we usually have here in Canada...don’t think shrimp fever in Toronto has them ...one definitely a female. I’m hoping she gets berried. This tank be called surprise me tank. My province in Canada now in a 6 week lockdown and pet stores be close so I’m tad worried about water changes... but the 10 gallon definitely not over stocked so it should be ok.

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Dsetz

Your going to get some cool shrimplets out of the mix.

If they are unstabilized tibees you might get mischlings which will be even greater variety!

Why are you worried about water changes, is Rio water something you buy or did you mean RO?

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That all sounds great. If you are worried about water changes, there probably is no need, in a tank of that size with so few shrimps, and being newly set up, it will be fine to just leave the water changes for a while anyway!

Hopefully you will soon have shrimplets to watch in the tank in lockdown!

Simon

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