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  2. jayc

    Big mama

    Great shot of Big Mama! I reckon, 1 week tops for hatching.
  3. sdlTBfanUK

    Big mama

    Great photo and news. The eggs are fading yellow but there are eyes so all looking good and there are a lot of eggs! Probably about half way ready to hatch.
  4. d3ss3n

    Big mama

    Let's hope the big mama can lay safely those eggs
  5. jayc

    wanna upgrade my tank...

    Sorry, I'm not in that area. 🙃 I prefer Glass tanks. Acrylic scratches way too easily. Often while cleaning algae off the sides. And once it's built up enough scratches, viewing gets obstructed. Often going with LARGE tanks, you start to fall into custom built stands. So don't be surprised if you cannot find anything suitable.
  6. jayc

    New to the Forum...

    Hi @ssophi80, welcome to SKF Aquatics. Glad to have you here.
  7. sdlTBfanUK

    wanna upgrade my tank...

    The easiest way wouod be to go to an aquarium shop and get a tank with a cabinet made for that tank, as that should be able to support the weight, as water in any large quantity is very heavy. I suspect it would have to be a glass aquarium at that capacity, otherwise the plastic would have to be very thick. It is possible to use a non aquarium specific piece of furniture but as you say it is quite risky, though I did help a friend do that by strengthening a nice decorative piece of furniture they had that they wanted to put a 350L tank on. It has been doing the job for 10 years but also bear in mind water marks, and we had to varnish many coats to make sure water doesn't soak into the wood etc. Its not really worth it in reality, it cost a lot of money to buy all the wood/stuff to strengthen it so was probably no cheaper, and a lot of time doing it. It may be dearer to get a combo tank and stand but much much easier and safer, and only you can know what ones you llike the appearance of? I would start off going to local stores and seeing if they have any you like, and even if not it will give you ideas?
  8. sdlTBfanUK

    New to the Forum...

    Welcome to the forum! I hope you enjoy your time on here, get a lot of useful information and help, feel free to ask any questions also.
  9. Hi everyone, I am looking to upgrade my tank to a larger size and need some advice. Can anyone tell me which is better, acrylic or glass and why? And here's the big one- I'm trying to find a stand that looks good and is sturdy. I see a lot of nice looking stands out there, but when you read the fine print they are made of particle board. To me, that just seems like a disaster waiting to happen! Does anyone know where I can find a good stand in the Birmingham, AL area? I'm looking at getting a tank in the 50 - 70 gallon range. Thanks!
  10. ssophi80

    New to the Forum...

    Hi all! I am also new here and excited to be the part of this community:)
  11. Simon has nailed it. It's not muscular necrosis, as you wouldn't be able to see it on a shrimp like this. You can only see muscular necrosis on shrimps with transparent shells.
  12. Are you talking about the light orange patches on the back of the shrimp as I can't see any 'white'?? I have had red chrerry shrimp that have a lighter colour stripe along its back, so similar. If your shrimp are only a few days old then they may just be getting back to their normal colour as they settle into a new environment and the different water parameters. The shrimp may also be about to molt due to the change of water? I don't think you need to worry at this point, but just keep an eye on it. The nearest I came up with from the disease thread was muscular necrosis, but it doesn't look quite right for that to me?
  13. sdlTBfanUK

    Weird colour shrimp

    That is a very pretty shrimp and I have not seen one like that! I have had a lot of wild type shrimps over the years but nothing looking like that.
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  15. jayc

    Weird colour shrimp

    It's difficult to see it all camouflage in between your rainbow pebbles. But yeah, I like it. That's quite unique.
  16. I know that this is mostly going to end up being a "you've got a throwback" type thing but I'm just interested if anyone who has cherry, orange sakura or bloods has ever seen something like this. Clear blue tint body, red/brown head... All others in tank are either true to type red, orange or slightly tiger n clear pattern ie. Poor quality. Tyia
  17. Hi everyone, Im super new to keeping shrimps. I’ve had a couple of cherry shrimps for about a week now and one of them has a strange white colouring on their back it appeared overnight/this morning and I’m not sure if I should be worried. Thanks, Ben
  18. CrookiestoPro9991

    Low Tech Nano Shrimp Tank (2-5 GL)

    The filter looks like one of the model of Dennerle version for nano tank I came across in some websites. To answer your questions on my filter fountain DIY, yes it works as a internal filter with the chamber. I guess it did a better job than what I have now since have to replace the filter quite often. The way I did with the first attempt didn’t have to replace anything but it would take a bit some time for everything in stable but once it does, I don’t have to do much of maintenance. The mangrove roots helps stabilize the nitrites or ammonia very well if you have appropriate amount of them! Some shrimps even climb up to the fountain and like to stay there 😂 I don’t know if I can find an old photos of it or not. If I can find one I’ll post it here but the quality of the photo might not be best 😂
  19. sdlTBfanUK

    Low Tech Nano Shrimp Tank (2-5 GL)

    Below is a link to a filter the same as I use, very basic/simple, sponge and a pump; https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/384939056024?hash=item59a027db98:g:ZEQAAOSwUmhieHTi The ones I use have a seperate cap on the base, I remove that so there is more open area of sponge, and to remove the sponge for cleaning I just turn the whole unit 90 degrees on the glass and can then pull the sponge out, literally takes a few seconds and no dismantling/seperating of any of the unit. I use 2 of these in each of the bigger tanks. I don't use anything other than the sponge or CO2 or Fertilizer in any tank! I know how you feel about losing a whole tank full of shrimps, that happened to me when a heater stuck on and cooked them............... My second attempted didn't work and so the rasbora are in that tank for now. My first time with the taiwan bee shrimp was a terrific success and that was started with a small 3 gallon tank and then moved to a bigger tank (?), maybe that is partly the secret to success? I like your fountain idea, it sounds very interesting. Did that incorporate some form of filter?
  20. CrookiestoPro9991

    Low Tech Nano Shrimp Tank (2-5 GL)

    May I see photos of your filter setup? I’m a DIY folk, before this filter type, I used to build a fountain with a cheap mini pump from Amazon and use lava rock and ceramic rings and mangrove roots plans in a chamber as my filter. It was my first time for a shrimp tank also just about 2GL and I had like a colony of bloody and cherry shrimps with so many shrimplets so I guess it was a success. But due to some unexpected events when it was at its best yet I was away for quite some time and no one took care of it so all the adults gone and surprisingly few shrimplets make it when the tank almost dried out!!! It’s broke my heart to see that. So after some time I restart it and use HOB filters (they are about $10) and surprisingly I have encountered more issues this time! ? I just used those recommended aqua soil for substrate, some seiyu rocks and Okha dragons for the fountain setup and simple low maintenance plants for my aquascape. It’s pretty much the same for this time. Maybe I’m the one who is always lucky at my first shot but not so much at my second trial ? it happened the same for my cooking as well lmao
  21. Yeah I suspected this was the case that it is algae growing on them but I didn't want to assume anything
  22. Uh yeah ... that would be it. That's why it wasn't harming the shrimp.
  23. My lighting is definitely on the intense side I was running the lights 24/7 for a couple months to promote breeding which worked really well, but I suspect it is algae growing on them because of the lighting regime. For the last week or so ive been doing 12 hours on 12 hours off but I might reduce to 6 hours of lighting and see if what is growing on them clears up. Hopefully with reduced lighting it will clear up in the near future. The input is appreciated thank you to everyone who commented
  24. sdlTBfanUK

    Low Tech Nano Shrimp Tank (2-5 GL)

    My setups are about as lowtech and simple as you can get! I have 3 tanks, 25L with a male betta & cull shrimp (from main tank), 30L with about 10 mosquito Rasbora and cull shrimp (from main tank), and 30L main tank with Red cherry shrimps with ember tetra and neon tetra. All tanks have aquasoil with plants and wood, and just have cheap/simple sponge filters (not HOB) with spray bar, and a heater and lights. Thats it. Plants do very well, though I probably don't have anything that is exotic or highly demanding. I am forever giving away plants or discarding them..........
  25. It could be a form of fungus. There are sooooo many varieties of fungus, not all of them are detrimental. You could try a fungal medication, but I would dose at half the recommended rate that the bottle specifies. A 5 minute salt bath could be worth trying as well. This could also be an algae. How bright does that tank get? Try adding some floating plants or reduce the light duration to 6 hours. Definitely keep us in the loop whatever you try. I would love to get to the bottom of this.
  26. CrookiestoPro9991

    Low Tech Nano Shrimp Tank (2-5 GL)

    I wonder if anyone use mangrove as a way to control ammonia/nitrites level like me? I found it very effective as I only have a cheap slim nano HOB filter and LED light for my tank. My plants grow relatively well without the CO2 as well fertilizer. What about yours? I’d love to learn more about what you have for low tech tanks like me.
  27. The young ones will live longer and having always been in the same water should be tougher and stronger so you are lucky it happened in reality. When I order new shrimps through the post I usually average 4 of every 5 surviving after 2 weeks as a guide! Great to hear that it is going well and you are pleased.
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