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my first shrimp. blue gene red rillis

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Lozza

 my shrimp have arrived. long story but they got a bit lost in transit. very stressful day. but totally worth it 

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Lozza

  a little hard to see but in the bottom left of the photo are two of them :)014_zps32e7565e.jpg

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Squiggle

Awesome stuff Lozza, can't wait to see them all settled in & coloured up! :D

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Ebhan

they look like they will settle in a treat, keep us posted

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Garnelchen

Yay! The shrimpies have arrived!

That's really great news, Lozza.

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Lozza

I'm a little stressed this morning. worried that I might overfeed them and foul the tank. what would be the best to feed 8 spidermen ( or women ) and how often. ps. they look very happy swimming around the tank. they seem to love surfing on the filter water that is dribbling into the tank.

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Squiggle

The best food for your shrimp is a good biofilm on the wall of the tank, I never clean the side & back glass of my tanks as this is a good source of biofilm. A good variation of foods is the way to go to supplement feeding, IAL(almond leaf) & Mulberry leaves are great as you can just leave them in the tank till they've been stripped down to their skeleton. Also, some commercial foods once or twice a week are good too(shameless plug here!) My Shrimp Crack & Shrimp Snow are great to give to your shrimp a couple of times a week & there are a couple of other Benibachi food on my site as well. :thumbsu:

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Lozza

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Lozza

managed to get a couple of photos of my new babies  :D

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Lozza

might have to get some of those foods off you :) I did put an Indian almond leaf in there today with a quarter of an algae wafer. they don't seem to like that. no one has been near them that I have seen. what was that plant you had in the bag? they seem to like that more than anything. will it grow from that piece or just die off?

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newbreed

They will graze on the biofilm on plant leaves as well. Try the different foods, just try to remove any leftovers after a few hours. IAL can be left in until they become skeletons and Shrimp Snow can stay in for days without fouling the tank, it will help good bacteria to grow.

Exciting times, the shrimp look great!

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Ebhan

If the plant you're talking about is the one in the third photo it looks as if is would be pellia or subwassertang, both closley related liverworts if i'm not mistaken (good chance of that though)

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Gbang

Lookin good!

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Lozza

yes that is the plant I mean. they seem to like to congregate on it most of the time. Might need to look around and try to get some more

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Squiggle

Yeah it's Subwassertang, sorry I missed this last night, work has been crazy lately. I can send you some more with the foods if you want. :thumbsu:

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Lozza

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Lozza

I think I have had my first shrimp moult. either that or I lost one. I have made a couple of adjustments to the tank. I was watching videos and noticed someone had some white bio noodles in their tank for hidyholes, so I added 4. I also put my sponge filter back in there. think it was a good move as the sponge filter seems to be their new favourite hangout. I have just added a photo. hopefully it is just an old shell

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jayc

Yep, that's just a moult.

Nothing to worry about.

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newbreed

Still freaks me out when I see them. But it's a good sign, congrats!

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Lozza

damn near got in the tank to give it mouth to mouth, just in case. hahaha

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Squiggle

Hahaha, yeah everyone freaks out seeing their first moult. It's just a sign that your shrimp are happy in their new environment, well done! :D

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Ronskitz

damn near got in the tank to give it mouth to mouth, just in case. hahaha

Hahaha

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Lozza

little buggers are more addictive than chocolate. I'm already trying to work out where I can set up another tank. :lol:  I was lucky with this tank as it was already aged. It was my spawning tank and fry tank for my bettas.

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Lozza

my TDS kit arrived today. so I tested and it came up 174 is that alright. I also retested my ph 7.4 and ammonia 0 and both nitrates and nitrites at 0. problem is I lost 2 of my females over the last 3 days. not sure what the problem could be. has me worried I have done something wrong :sad:  

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Squiggle

All those parameters seem ok for cherries, have you got any rocks in the tank & have you checked you GH(general hardness) & KH(carbonate hardness)?

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