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  2. jayc

    Help sexing my shrimp

    Ahhh ... the age old question of how to trigger your shrimp to breed. We will have to assume you have at least 1 male. What are you feeding them? Feed frozen bloodworms twice a week. The additional protein will give them more energy. Add more Indian Almond Leaves (aka Cattapa leaves) to the tank to promote more tannins and biofilm. Try raising temps to 23C or 74F. A 10% water change might help the females moult.
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  4. jayc

    New tank and shrimp

    No it won't have all the minerals needed for plants. SS GH/KH+ is made up of Calcium carbonate, Magnesium. Anubias is a slow growing plant, so it does not need much fertilisers. Mosses will grow with out any added ferts. Hairgrass and whatever you have in the back corner will survive without added ferts. Give it CO2 while your tanks is empty of shrimps. Aim for 4-6 GH.
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  6. Newday

    Help sexing my shrimp

    Hello, again. I really appreciate everyone's wisdom on this topic. Since I last posted, I lost my 29 gallon tropical freshwater aquarium to a sudden leak. 😞 Thankfully, I was able to save and rehome all the fish. But, that means my 7 gallon shrimp tank received an upgrade wrt live plants and gravel. I was hoping that would inspire some mating behavior, but I actually witnessed a female discharging what must be unfertilized eggs just this evening. The male shrimp (I thought I had two, but now I'm questioning the other's sex after some weeks) is not doing his job and I can't figure out why. I had to siphon out 50% of the water to move it from it's prior location beneath the 29 gallon. I have not performed another water change in the nearly 3 weeks since the leak happened. I check the parameters in the 7 gallon once a week and ammonia, nitrate, and nitrite are 0ppm. Temp remains at a steady 72 degrees. The shrimp are as active as ever but that male is unexcited by a tank full of females. No clue what to do next.😑
  7. DEL 707

    New tank and shrimp

    I'm thinking of ordering that "Salty Shrimp - Shrimp Mineral GH/KH+". My only concern is, does it also have all the needed minerals for my plants? Edit - If I was to use my tap water, what kind of GH should I be aiming for?
  8. sdlTBfanUK

    New tank and shrimp

    WOW, that's hard water all right! Amazing how different it is to mine as probably only about 25 miles between us???? You were right to use RO water so at least you have a good starting point from here in! The PH may be the biggest issue as remineralising with a shrimp specific GH/KH+ will sort everything else with RO water. Cherry shrimps are pretty tough and adaptable so will tolerate PH below 7 but the nearer you can get to 7 the better, and a long time acclimating the shrimps using a dripper (there is a tube with regulator sold by ProShrimp for about £10 I think if you don't already have something) will be needed! The soil will take longer to loose its PH buffering ability with the RO though! There are a number of ways you can go from here: 1) RO water plus a GH/KH+ and try to get the PH up somehow although you will be fighting the Soil until that exhausts its buffering ability. 2) You could mix RO and (dechlorinated) tap water at 3:1 and then use a GH+. I do a 50/50 'similar' (half tap water, half brita filtered water) on my oldest tank. can't even remember why but I believe in 'don't try and fix it if it isn't broken' so have just carried on ever since. The mixed water would start at PH 6.2, TDS 70(ish), GH just over 4, KH just under 4 and then you can mineralise it (GH+ only) for the rest. This will exhaust the soil buffering quicker than 1 above and you will save a bit on RO water, use less (about half as much) mineraliser etc. You may think this is a bit too fussy a route though, and the soil will still buffer anyway, just not for as long as all RO water, and when it stops buffering you will have a PH closer to the ideal for the shrimps. Probably where you are now I would just get the snails for now until you have stopped adjusting the water or at least decided where next, probably not much longer before you get shrimps. I would also try turning off the CO2 and just see if it is really needed, if it looks like it is you can easily turn it back on then, but shrimps will do better without it and it MAY not be needed, same for fertilisers??? At least you are doing all this before getting the shrimps, very smart as most of us have learnt the hard/wrong way................ Simon
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  10. DEL 707

    New tank and shrimp

    Did some tests on my tap water. PH: 7.13 TDS: 274 KH: 15 GH: 17 Nothing out of the ordinary with the other test, nitrates were about 5ppm.
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  12. sdlTBfanUK

    New tank and shrimp

    It looks like you will have the full set of tests when you have the GH and KH as you have the PH and TDS already! You will want the full set if you get into shrimps but once up and running you won't need to check all of them very often! If you only order something small or one item from ProShrimp often the postage is free and stuff always arrives quickly, all my orders have arrived next day. Last time I checked, my tap water was PH 7.5, TDS 167, GH 4-5, KH 2-3 so almost ideal for cherry shrimp (maybe a touch higher GH, which would also increase TDS, with a bit of GH+). Be interesting to see what yours is as you are relatively close, I grew up around Maidstone. Simon
  13. DEL 707

    New tank and shrimp

    I'm going to my LFS tomorrow and pick up a GH/KH test kit. Hopefully I'll be able to give you my tap water stats tomorrow at some point.
  14. jayc

    New tank and shrimp

    Yep, that is a plant substrate that has ammonia in it. So your tank might have cycled on the ammonia release by the substrate. RO water is the way to go then. What TDS do you get from the tap water?
  15. supermansteve32

    Trouble breeding CRS

    I believe they were breeding fine before the move. I started out with 10 shrimp and they grew to about 50-60 in number. I never thought the pressure was an issue but I just don't see why the babies aren't surviving in there. I mentioned before that after I moved the moms into the nursery tank I noticed 2 babies in the big tank so one of them popped a couple out beforehand. I don't see them anymore, guess they didn't survive. They lasted about 2 weeks.
  16. sdlTBfanUK

    New tank and shrimp

    You should be ok if you have seen the ammonia and nitrite readings of a cycle! It wold be a good idea to do the usual tests on your tap water. PH, TDS, GH, KH etc. Depending on those figures will affect whether you want GH+ or GH/KH+. I haven't had a problem using tap water (neither have friends in Maidstone) causing an algae problem but I would expect shrimps and snails to help with that anyway. Maybe the tank was in the sun, though my oldest tank is in the sun all winter (not that we get much) and that still doesn't have an algae problem. If you were using fertilizer that may have made the problem worse, I don't use CO2 or fertilizers (nor do friends with tanks) and my plants grow ridiculously well without it? I could be wrong here, so wait and see what others say, but if you didn't dechlorinate before then I assume it didn't cycle??? Whether that affected algae??? I did have some annoying stringy algae in my recently reset bee shrimp tank but that has cleared now the tank is more stable and cycled, I didn't need to do anything? This country is famous for hard water, I believe that is why SOME call us limeys as we live on chalk/lime? Wait until you get some shrimps in the tank and you will get hooked? I have ember and neon tetras in with my red cherrys, and a betta in with red cherrys in another tank. Simon
  17. DEL 707

    New tank and shrimp

    I used Tropica Aquarium Soil Powder.
  18. DEL 707

    New tank and shrimp

    Went onto my water supplier and found this http://cdn.southeastwater.co.uk/Files/West Ashford.pdf
  19. jayc

    New tank and shrimp

    Simon has you covered with some solid advise. If you are looking for a better remineraliser, Salty Shrimp is a good brand to look out for as well. They sell "Salty Shrimp GH+" for Caridina shrimp and "Salty Shrimp GH/KH+" for Neo Caridina. Some other brands include .... Mosura Mineral Plus Ultra GLASGARTEN Liquid Mineral GH+ BorneoWild GH/KH+ BorneoWild GH+ Or if you are a DIY kinda person, you can follow my recipe to make your own in the "Water Parameters" subforum. Regarding the cycling of the tank ... what substrate are you using? Maybe it has ammonia in it, if you used a plant substrate.
  20. DEL 707

    New tank and shrimp

    Thanks for the reply. Shrimp wise, I was really only aiming for cherry shimp and Amano. I want this tank to primary be a planted tank, so kinda wanted shrimp to help out with the plants and algae. Regarding my tap water, I havn't used it because of the absolute nightmare I had with my last attempt at a planted tank 10 years ago. It was a 29gal that was heavily planted, I followed all the guides, mixed and dosed my own fertiliser, but it turned into 1 big algae mess. After over a year of fighting and trying different solutions, I gave up. I know my water is very hard, other then fertiliser, I didn't use any other products, include a dechlorinator, which looking back was bloody stupid, but I didn't know any better. This time I wanted to use RO, to see if I could avoid the algae plague I suffered last time. Regarding my tap water, what stats would you like to know, I don't have much beyond basic tests but I can do them tomorrow. Ammonia Nitrite Nitrate PH TDS Edit - Sorry missed a question. Regarding the tank cycle, I did see ammonia rise and fall, and nitrites did the same afterwards. What's puzzling is that I never added any ammonia products to the tank.
  21. sdlTBfanUK

    Um...too much Cherries, what do i do?

    I assume you got some shrimp since the previous post and everything has gone (too) well? The usual way of keeping numbers smaller would be to sell or cull the ones with poorer colour? Do you know anyone with big fish that may enjoy a treat? Is there a shop that would take the unwanted shrimps even if you just donate them? I don't do anything with my red cherries as a tank will only support so many anyway but as I have never removed poor quality ones I have about 80% are now boring brown (wild) colour so it is best to keep removing poorer quality ones from the start. I would also be cautious about over stock though as I guess it could cause a crash/mass death, with mine I have loads of snails and fish in the tank so they probably eat any dead shrimps before they pollute the water! It is always good to hear about someone having success! It is a common problem to get too many IF all is going well! Simon
  22. sdlTBfanUK

    New tank and shrimp

    If you are planning on cherry shrimps it may work better with tap water, do you know what your tap water stats are? I use dechlorinated tap water with my cherry shrimp and RO water with bee shrimp! The soil will be lowering the PH but if your tap water is higher (mine is 7.5 here) it should exhaust the buffering of the soil quite quickly! As RO water is usually a lower PH it takes longer for the soil to lose its buffering ability. As you have just said you are UK then ProShrimp sell everything you need. I tend to think though that shrimps are better bought direct from a breeder as they will be less stressed and here in UK I always buy them 'next day by 1pm' through the post and there are loads on ebay, which is where I used to get mine. The remineraliser I use is a liquid one (shrimp king) so very easy to use but before you go buying a lot of stuff I would investigate TAP WATER as you may not need anything with that, or you may need a different product than you would with RO water? If you check your tapwater and can go that route I can then let you know what additional (if any) products to think of getting? https://www.pro-shrimp.co.uk/ Bee shrimp are a totally different ball game though so best to decide from the start IF that is where you want to go a little down the line, they are a lot more delicate than the bulletproof cherry shrimps. If you can do without the CO2 that will help as well, as it is difficult to keep shrimps with it - not impossible though? I have the same sort of tank (though not being used at the moment) with the sponge in the back, is it 55L as that sounds a bit big for this type of tank? As JayC says, you need to see some ammonia reading to know whether the 'cycle' has happened, having said that it isn't something I have ever seen. It is possible that the cycle hasn't even started! Can you fill in the location on your profile as that will help everyone know where you are based without keep looking through all your posts etc. Simon
  23. DEL 707

    New tank and shrimp

    Thanks for the replies. Sorry I forgot to add my location. I'm in the UK, Kent. Are there better products I can use to reminerlise my RO water, other then equilibrium?
  24. sdlTBfanUK

    Trouble breeding CRS

    Hopefully then if you keep on with the nursery tank, as soon as there are more shrimps in the big tank it may all sort itself out. Really pleased to hear that at least the nursery tank is working well in the meanwhile! Were they breeding ok before you moved the tank as if they were that would tell us it isn't the water pressure at least? Simon
  25. Crabclaw

    New tank and shrimp

    I'm not great with the tank chemistry stuff so I won't give advice there other than that you need to raise your pH to around 6.5 as jayc said. If you're in Aus, I'd recommend abquatics as an option, they don't have a giant selection but they have very nice shrimp and fish/snails to go with shrimp if you're into that. If you are in the US you'll have no problem with online stores, so many great looking stores.
  26. jayc

    New tank and shrimp

    Yes, you should be aiming for TDS of 130-140 and pH is a bit too low. Try to get it up to 6.5pH and 4 - 5GH. Seachem Equilibrium is not the best for remineralising shrimp tanks. It's okay for fish or marine tanks, but it's lacking in calcium to boost GH higher. Getting pH higher is easier than lowering it. Add some crushed egg shells, or shell grit, or sandstone rocks. Add them into an aquarium sock somewhere (like the filter) so you can remove it when needed. I'd be wary of that result. The true test is to add a bit of ammonia to see if it is broken down within 24hours. If you didn't add ammonia, you wouldn't expect ammonia reading. And with no ammonia source, the bacteria wouldn't survive let alone multiply. It might very well have cycled, but just be cautious of your current results. Where is your location? SKFA is an international forum now, and it's difficult to guess peoples location when it's not added in their profile.
  27. I started a small nano planted tank just over 3 weeks ago, filters only been going for 2 weeks. For some reason the tank cycled, even though I added no ammonia products. I did a test last night, ammonia was 0, nitrite was 0 and nitrate was 10ppm. Woods still a bit boyant, hence the stones and heater, pinning it down. I'm using RO water because my tap water is quite poor. Which I'm reminerlising with Seachem Equilibrium. At the moment, I'm using they're dosing guide for 1GH by 1 meq/L (3 dH) PH is sitting at around 5.80, I am using CO2. I did a TDS check tonight, I got 114 There is no livestock in my tank at the moment, but next week, I was hoping to add some cherry shrimp and nerite snails. But I'm worried about my tanks stats. Should I be aiming for a higher GH? Is my PH going to be a problem? If I was to buy shrimp and snails next week, what would be a good starting number for my tank? It's 55l. I'm going to try to source the livestock locally, but failing that, are there any good online shops for shrimp and snails?
  28. supermansteve32

    Trouble breeding CRS

    sdlTBfanUK. Yes the nursery tank is working really well. Two moms already delivered full batch, 3 more still pregnant. They've gotten pregnant in the big tank and moved over, males finding females isn't an issue. nicpapa. Driftwood is about 1.5 years old and only ever been in this current tank. Temp is consistently 70-74 degrees on both tanks. Stratum is about year and a half old. Back in November last year I had over 50 to 60 shrimp in there, then I moved the tank and then it's been declining until I started the nursery tank. Thanks everyone
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