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    • sdlTBfanUK
      I have duckweed in one tank and I have tried several times to get rid of it but it keeps re-appering so I would recommend you avoid that. TheCaridina shrimp are a lot more difficult to keep so do lots of research before you start dwn that route, and be prepared for the fact it may not work even with the best attention and parameters/ Simon
    • sdlTBfanUK
      Thanks for updating us, whether good or bad it is nice to know what happens! I am delighted to here you are having some success, thats one up on my attempt!!!! I have just fished out about a dozen wild type cherry shrimp (I'm a bit over-run with them) and plan to put them in the old TB shrimp tank later just to see what happens. In theory the water is not right for cherry shrimp, and as the shrimp are brown/clear and the tank is very drab and brown they will be difficut to see anyway. Plus, the fish may eat them? Simon
    • beanbag
      To put a final update on this thread: There was initially a batch of babies born in Feb 2020 consisting bkk and blue bolts.  They all grew up lively for the first few months, but from about month 7 til now, the BKK have been dying off one per several weeks with short antennae syndrome.  A whole tank dose of Minocycline did not save them or prevent new disease.  They never got larger than juvie size even after a year.  There is only one survivor BKK who grew up to full size and is still doing well now.  All the BB survived and seem to be doing well.  One BKK, born in July 2020 got evacuated to the Amano tank and is doing well, although also never grew up past juvie size.  I'll see what happens to that guy over the next few months.  I'm starting to think that RWP X BB (their parents) results in healthy blue bolts and genetically defective BKK.
    • Chels
      Thank you Simon!! L Bretz does ship to the lower USA so that's exciting. He has a ton of neos! I may add another blue velvet or 2. Aquahun's website is currently down so I wasn't able to check them out. Hope they're doing ok. Flip Aquatics by far has the best caridina selection.  We definitely keep the AC running, and always keep it about 68-70 room temp so that shouldn't be a problem. Right now here in the mountains it's in the 30s or less (we may get snow this week) but I haven't had to use the heater I bought. It's just an expensive algae collector at this point.  Just in case anyone else is looking, here are other breeders who ship in/to the US that I found: The Shrimp Farm Planet Inverts Elite Inverts AZ Gardens Lucky Aquatics Shrimp Envy Joe's Shrimp Shack  Shrimpery & Aquatics  So Shrimp
    • Chels
      Thank you so much, Simon!! I think I just spotted the 5th and newly hatched teeny tiny Malaysian Trumpet Snail in my tank this week. They are a Godsend honestly, because they dive down into the substrate and get every little piece of food, and there is plenty for them even after suctioning the substrate.  I had to start feeding every other day based on the frenzy, I think they have consumed most of the biofilm. My filter sponge was thick with algae and it looks nearly brand new. I have a ton of food and botanicals coming next week, til then it will have to be a tricky dance on the line of overfeeding.  I believe any freshwater shrimp would be a good meal for Tortuga the turtle. I've been able to give him fresh plants (except duckweed, I'm just not going there as I read it's a plague), fresh fish, fresh mealworms, and shrimp are really the only fresh food missing. I'll wait until I have over 20 to add to his tank, so hopefully he won't eat them all and they can propagate. I have mollies and platys in their now, the guppies never last long enough to breed. And a bn pleco but it's just a baby so it won't be eaten. Those little suckers move fast when they're babies!! I really shot myself in the foot though, since I now have a 10g and am looking at galaxy pintos. I am head over heels for shrimp!! It's super addictive. I will be asking a ton of questions the next couple months while that tank cycles. Sorry in advance. 😁
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