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  1. Otos really do like it in a big group. I had 10 in my 4ft tank once, and they would swim together. The problem with Otos is that, they compete with shrimp for the same food, ie. the biofilm on the surfaces of the tank. If you are okay with that and prepared to feed them regularly when the biofilm runs out, then Otos are great companions to shrimp. Of course they will both eat the same foods, so feeding both together is not difficult. Lot's of blanched veges like zucchinis, peas, carrots.
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  2. Hey guys just thought I’d check in say hello and let you know that I lost one more of my adult shrimp I’m pretty sure that the cause was a failed malt anyways all the other’s are doing great as far as I can tell so I’m down to six adults however I have counted 16 fry so far and I’m pretty sure that I’ve not counted them all they are in there second week since hatched so pretty much double in size. The other female that’s in the tank does have some eggs on her but only 5 o 6 at the most. Thanks for all the advice and help
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  3. Week one has passed and I have seen 5 of the 15 shrimps today, so I am very happy about that, they could have all survived but I will never know that as the tank is so dense with plants/wood etc (lesson for next time - less is more) and there are likely some hiding, but at least whatever the early problem was seems to have vanished/cleared as the shrimp previously put into the tank vanished by the next day of being added, and that was before I got the fish. I probably won't replace the fish though when they die if the shrimps carry on working as I am sure they would pick off any newborns if they see them. Whether I have the will power to hold off buying another load (the person I got them from have all the others I would like to get) remains to be seen? I should give it a bit longer, and it has turned quite wintery here all of a sudden! There is a quite small//bright red cherry (very pretty with the stripe) in that tank that has been there a while, so red taiwan bee may be safe with the fish as well??? Simon
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  4. Fingers crossed here for you too. So jealous that you can just buy off ebay. Not so simple to purchase new shrimp over here.
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  5. Only day 2 but I have seen 6 of the new taiwan bee shrimp I got so that is looking hopeful, previously I saw no shrimp the next day after putting them in the tank so it is an improvement, but I am having to not get too excited and order more at this point??? All 15 may be alive but th tank is so densely planted I will never expect to see them all, and anyway they are new to the tank so would expect them to hide a lot more than when they are settled! Stunning shrimp though from an ebay sale, but too small and few to photo at this point, we will have to wait a while for those. I assume from this that maybe they were poisoned by something in the tank before but after a few years of water changes/running that is not now a problem??? Tank still isn't green and lush like the other tanks though so I definitely wouldn't use that substrate again! Fingers crossed I am back with the Taiwan bee shrimp for good....... Simon
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  6. I am mainly buying the bloody mary shrimps, to top up red shrimp in that old tank but thought I may as well try some taiwan bee in the other tank as it must have been 2 years since I tried, and as I say, there have been wild type red cherry living in that tank! I am getting blacks mainly (and couldn't resist some blue bolt) as they won't be as visible to the fish as reds, but if it goes well I will get some red taiwan bee shrimp at some later date (probably next year though)! I must have fished out about 50 wild type red cherry so far from the old tank to make room for the new ones in that tank! If the taiwan bee work out, then I will have those wild type cherry to remove from that tank as well, there aren't that many though, I don't even feed those shrimps in that tank! I will post updates............ Simon
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  7. Hope you have better luck with this lot.
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  8. I have ordered some bluebolt, black taiwan bee and black KK shrimp (5 of each) to see how this goes now, the parameters are perfect for Caridina shrimp and there have been wild type cherry shrimp living in that tank for about a year or more with no problems, so am going to give it another go! Decided to get a delivery done before winter sets in here, and also getting 20 bloody mary shrimp for the old tank so will try and fish out as many of the wild types over the next few days to make room for the new red shrimps? I am getting this lot from ebay so will be interesting to see how that goes as it has been years since I used that for any shrimp? I prefer red taiwan bee but will just see how these black ones go first, obviously red will be much more visible to the fish? I guess I can rule out poisoning or disease as a tank issue as there have been shrimp living in the tank for a long time now! It still doesn't look nice and green though with this different substrate, and the fish may be an issue - hopefully the shrimp that are sent will be big enough to reduce the risk of that, the listing states they will be 15mm? Simon
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  9. Summary from the old thread; I managed to destroy my wonderful Taiwan bee tank with a faulty heater that cooked them. I then set up the tank afresh May 2019 using shrimpking substrate, new plants and wood etc. The tank looked very drab from the start and several batches of new taiwan bee were added and died out instantly. Covid came along so I decided I would give up with the taiwan bee shrimp and get some fish instead about a year later (1 kilie and 12 mosquito rasbora). September 2020 I tried another batch of tawian bee but they fared no better and the tank was still very drab looking (and still is to this very day). I very much doubt it is the substrate but won't be using that again but have aquired a large bag of the old type of substrate I used before, but I really don't know what caused the problem, maybe there was some sort of bacterial infection or I accidently poisoned the shrimp, or there was something on the new plants/wood??? The parameters were always perfect and I have to just accept I will never know? At some later date I dumped some wild type red cherry culls into the tank as food for the killie but he didn't seem to eat them (they were clear/brown so maybe he didn't see them) and they seemed to settle into the tank and bred! Fast forward to a month ago and I decided that now the postal service is better than it had been early in the pandemic, I should maybe try some more taiwan bee as the cherry shrimp had been in there for a year or so and doing well, so I assume whatever the problem was had gone, although the tank is still not as healthy looking as the other tanks using the other substrate! I ordered 15 black shrimps 2 weeks ago and put those in the tank and they seemed to be surviving so earlier this week I order 20 red/blue shrimp and put those in the ttank yesterday. This morning I counted 18 shrimps (about half) so it looks as though it maybe going to work now, the tank is so densely planted that I would never expect to see ALL the live shrimp anyway! The killie fish died a few days ago so he isn't a threat anymore and I doubt the rasboras are either. I am now in the process of fishing out the wild type cherry shrimp as/when I see them! Here is the link to the full thread about the above but I decided to start a fresh thread from here on, https://skfaquatics.com/forum/forums/topic/14523-here-we-go-again/ I will keep this thread updated and get some photos at some stage, though the new shrimp are a bit small at the moment. Simon
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  10. The pH of drinking water is very important and should be between 6.2 and 8.5, with a domestic ro system the alkalinity level varies depending on location, but may vary from 80 to 400 ppm (mg/L). Although domestic ro systems are great for removing contaminants that have low solubility at high temperatures, they are not good at removing dissolved metals or organic chemicals which have high solubility in water. Another interesting tip is that domestic ro system filters should be changed on a regular basis, some domestic ro systems have cartridges that need to be replaced every 3 months, while some domestic ro systems can last up to 6 months.
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  11. Franks

    Hi!

    Hello everyone! I am Franks, glad to be part of this community!
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  12. Hey all, been a while since I posted, I recently rescaped my 3 year old 10g cube tank cause I was having algae issues. All I did was swap out the old amazonia substrate for some fresh fluval stratum, added a whole bunch of plants and added some root tabs. just over a week later and I just noticed a cherry shrimp getting picked on by the CPDs. they only do this when the shrimp are weak or dying, so i decided to test the water and to my surprise discovered that the ammonia is at 4ppm. Dosed some prime and am going to the a big water change ofcourse but I was wondering if fluval stratum can cause a ammonia spike? I got it because i thought it didnt. Otherwise what else could've caused it? My tank is a waterbox cube which uses a sump system, so when I did the rescape, all the filter media and everything in the sump remained submerged with the same water. While the main part of the tank saw probably about a 90% water change. Did I crash my cycle somehow? This is the first time im getting ammonia problems with this tank. Prior to the rescape, the tank was cycled for the 3 year period, I could leave it unmaintained for 2-3 weeks with 0 Ammonia and Nitrites. I've done big water changes in the past with no issues as well. Stocking: 16 CPDs A bunch of cherry shrimp Thankfully fish all seem fine and other cherrys seem ok
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  13. Yeah true, i'm also thinking that maybe ive underestimated the influence of beneficial bacteria in the old substrate which i removed. Im being told different things regarding the fluval stratum, some have said it does others say it doesnt 😅 Additionally I also just realised that I forgot that I had also added fresh ADA Powersand (replaced the old one) before adding the fluval stratum. Cant find anything on ADA Powersand releasing ammonia but now I would assume it makes sense? Before the water change yesterday I tested the rest of the params and found 0 nitrites but superhigh nitrates (atleast 30ppm but i think its 50+ppm, hard to tell). Today ammonia is sitting at ~1ppm but yea going to do daily waterchanges until 0 ammonia present. Thanks!
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  14. I have just ordered the red shrimps for delivery tomorrow, so I should be set then and can enjoy the tank through the winter and hopefully a growing colony. I saw 7 yesterday and so feel happy that whatever the problem was has sorted itself! Killiefish is no longer a threat as he died the other day, but he was nearly 2 years old so nothing suspect about that? I will start removing the wild type neocaridina when I see them to make room for the taiwan bee! I have seen a very odd shrimp occasionally, it looks like a Calceo but I assume it isn't as there are only neocaridina in there. It is full grown size and has yellow eggs. It hides most of the time but I guess I will need to wait and see? Simon
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  15. Sorry to hear about your issue and hopefully you can just get on top of it with some time and large water changes (if needed). I would imagine it to be down to the plants as they will need time to 'establish' themselves before they get back to normal and parts may well be dying whilst the plants aren't absorbing as much yet. It sounds as though the bacteria should have been ok in the filter system but something may have happened there as well but there is no real way of knowing that! Just keep checking the ammonia and changing water if it needs it but I imagine it wil be fine in a week or so if it is just everything settling down to create a balanced cycle! I don't think it would be down to Fluval Stratum in any way? Simon
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  16. Thanks for giving us the update and so pleased it seems to be going so well now, and that the shrimplets are also doing well. The last one that died may have just been weakened by the prior problems anyway, but you will get one die every now and again, and with the youngsters your colony is well on its way in the right direction! Simon
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  17. I think I know the sexes of my shrimp but want more experienced opinions. Also, I was told that an Amano shrimp will not breed with different types of freshwater shrimp. Is that correct? Thank you
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  18. 1. Male? 2. I am inclined to think male on this one because if size(small) and shape(straight) but wondering if that's ovaries in the saddle?
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  19. SKF newsletter is full of great new posts this month! We welcome all our new shrimp keepers! Latest Forum Posts Tank mates Hammy September 16 Hey just thought I’d check in and say hi I’ve got a new tank cycling and I have some shrimp that’s going to be going into it but I was wanting to get something else to go into it I was thinking abo… 172 views 10 comments Question Hammy September 4 When shrimp breed will/does the male stay around to help protect the female or is it a slam bam thank you mam bye. Type deal😁 I ask because I’m new to keeping shrimp and I have a female that’s got … 429 views 22 comments Popular Forum Posts Here we go again! sdlTBfanUK May 29, 2019 I have now pretty much set up the shrimp tank afresh. The layout isn't 100% yet as I am testing a piece of rock for the week which I will test if it has any affect on Ph at the weekend when it has … 4676 views 92 comments Tank mates Hammy September 16 Hey just thought I’d check in and say hi I’ve got a new tank cycling and I have some shrimp that’s going to be going into it but I was wanting to get something else to go into it I was thinking abo… 172 views 10 comments Crabby & Frosty’s Mischling Tank Crabby May 20 Hey folks! This thread is intended as a documentation (and space to ask questions of course) of @Frosty and my venture into caridina shrimp. We’re starting off this weekend with 15-20 mischli… 541 views 22 comments Bluebolt highest death rate Radjabatak August 8 Hi everyone, Greetings from Indonesia 😁 I need a solution here about my bluebolt, I bought 10 bluebolt to start new colony in a tank 30*40*40 it had been cycle 2 months and the paramete… 468 views 17 comments Question Hammy September 4 When shrimp breed will/does the male stay around to help protect the female or is it a slam bam thank you mam bye. Type deal😁 I ask because I’m new to keeping shrimp and I have a female that’s got … 429 views 22 comments Crabby’s Betta Bonanza Crabby July 3 So, I’m not quite at the stage of being able to technically call this my ‘betta bonanza’ yet… but I like alliteration, so I’m gonna call it that and say it’s wishful thinking. And maybe my wishes w… 1108 views 35 comments Sick shrimp Hammy August 20 I’m really gutted and angry and annoyed with my self I had done what I thought was loads of research checking I had everything and was doing things correctly well I’ve noticed at the back of the ta… 1016 views 58 comments Red cherry shrimp stopped breeding. Sonnycbr August 13 My red cherry shrimp seem to have stopped breeding. I don't see any babies at all where I used to see dozens on the glass and plants. I use RO water mineralised with Equilibrium. I've checked the T… 488 views 12 comments Thanks and talk to you soon! Cesar SKFAquatics.com Owner/Admin P.S. Feel free to send me a PM or email if you have any suggestions, concerns or questions. https://skfaquatics.com/forum/settings/?area=newsletters
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  20. That sounds like a good plan, I might even get 5 ot 6 as they are quite small! Simon
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  21. Thanks I’ve no problem with waiting it’s part of the hobby really. I was actually looking at the Ottos on line and was thinking of getting some so to have you guys mention them makes me happy. However it says online that they are happier being in a group rather than just one or two so do you think that I could have say 3 or 4 in my 64ltr tank
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  22. Very cool, i Breed Amarinus Lacustris a small freshwater crab
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  23. I disagree on one point - I believe it is better to rely on TDS instead of GH for two reasons: (1) We don't know what the actual GH of the water is in wild zeb habitats. Whenever I've measured GH in wild zeb habitats, it has always been less than one drop = less than 10 ppm. There is no test kit that I'm aware of that has any higher resolution. In a chemical test kit, such as API, you might be able to use more water in the test tube (e.g. 20 mL) but when I've tried it the colour change was too difficult to see. Hence trying to monitor GH in an aquarium setting is not viable using chemical test kits. (2) You can get a reliable measure of TDS using a TDS meter to very low values. TDS is consistently low in wild zeb habitats (typically less than 20ppm, and often in single digits), hence GH is going to be very low regardless. I've found that keeping an eye on TDS is a good way to monitor water parameters in the tank, along with water changes using very small amounts of shrimp salts to have some minerals available for the shrimp.
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  24. It will be very interesting to find out the true name/ species of the QLD colour changing shrimp largely because it strikes me as strange that the Chameleon Shrimp (C. sp WA 4) are fresh water breeders while the QLD equivalent apparently does not. To my mind the NT (well the northern coastal parts at least) are closer to Asia than most of QLD is and to my mind you would think that the breeding habits would be the other way around. It seems the same is true for the Red Nosed Shrimp, with the NT species ( C.sp Gulf 1) being campable of breeding in fresh water while the QLD species ( C. gracilirostris aka Needlenose Shrimp) is not capable of this ability. I would dearly love more morphology to be done on our "glass" shrimp because I have caught all sorts of colours ranging from plain to DAS type markings to blacks and blues with solid stripes down their backs. Sadly they never keep the colour for long once caught and then tend to look like typical glass shrimp and when trying to identify them too many people trot out the good old catch all phrase " their glass shrimp" and then wipe their hands of any more information. As much as I like some of the overseas shrimp and bemoan the fact that there are so many I will never keep, I still believe that in Australia we are sitting on a wealth of potential aquarium shrimp that could make the rest of the world drool
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  25. There are still vast areas of Arnhem Land and the Kimberley yet to be explored for aquarium suitable shrimps. The Scientists from ERISS get one new species of shrimp in each creek that drops off the Arnhem land escarpment, when they tried to go back the Aboriginal Traditional owners would not let them because white men disturb the spirits. The new species from Gunlom looks OK but I cant get any yet. There is vast areas of east Arnhem Land where it is not possible to get into, there is reports of colourful shrimps in Leichardtt Springs but Yvonne Margarula wont let anyone in there, she is the traditional owner of the area. There is a new species of Caridina in the Moyle River but it is not too colourful. The new Icthyologist at the NT Museum found two new species of fish at Maningrida last year. A goby and a feshwater sole. He is not looking for shrimps. Attached is a picture of Gunlom and the shrimp. The people at Gunlom are the Traditional Owner and Gilbert Maebe one of Northboy's mates. The Gunlom Shrimp may be OK for a line breeding experiment, they have nice pattern. I will work on getting permission to fiash there again. It was about ten years ago that I got the rainbowfish from there and put it into the hobby, that is when I photographed the shrimps. Cheers Dave
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  26. For any one going down the Zeb path you have to keep them on there own, I keep them on there own and this is when I have the best success, keeping them on there own you don't infect them with viruses from other shrimp, my losses have been from the rare heat wave or when I move and I only worked this out recently, when i move they go into a different tank and are cross infected from the shrimp that were in there before. I have not long ago finished a thermal tolerance project on the Zebs and will put it up soon. So the other thing that knocks them is the cross infection from other shrimp. As for line breeding the chameleon, if it were going to happen they have them in Asia so they would have done it! also have a look at the wild Cherry, it is not to different to some of our species? All that is needed to succeed is the commitment and drive to do it, OH and for me the dam fish room done LOL All I am trying to do is change every ones view to our Natives and point them in the right direction to get the job done. NATIVES RULE Bob
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