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  1. Hi thank you guys for your replies, really useful! I had a look and I think my GH is slightly a bit too high (about 150 mg/l). My KH is is around 120 mg/l so I think that is also too high. I had another shrimp die from moulting problems (white ring of death style) this week. So I will be taking steps to slowly reduce both GH and KH over my next water changes. Thanks again!
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  2. I don't know if bacteria is the cause. It seems to be an uncommonly diagnosed problem because most shrimp articles only talk about bacteria infection as "a few shrimp die every day / week" What can I say, a standard dose of minocycline and erythromycin didn't work to stop it, so not sure if oxytetracycline will work.
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  3. Ah yes. That was the injectable form of oxytetracycline. Each mL of the injectable form contains: 100 mg oxytetracycline HCl, 5.75% w/v magnesium chloride , 6 H2O, 17% v/v water for injection, 1.3% w/v sodium formaldehyde Sulfoxylate as a preservative and q.s. with propylene glycol. Basically, it has additional compositions in it. 1000mg might have been the dose recommended for the injectable oxytetracycline, but if you have the powder form then follow the dosing rates as recommended on your bottle. Hope that clears it up a bit. As for doxycycline and it's use to treat short antenna ... I cannot comment on whether it will be more effective than oxytetracycline or not. But if you do use it, only try one at a time. Is bacteria even been proven to be the cause of "short antenna disease"?
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  4. 14 April 2015 - Update based on experiences of one of our SKF members. Unfortunately for this shrimpkeeper it was too late to save these shrimps, but hopefully this experience will help someone else. 250+ shrimp were lost before the bacterial infection was halted. A vet was consulted and he eventually ended up contacting a senior lecturer of aquatic animal health at University of Adelaide school of veterinary science. He stated that bacterial infections being internal or external are almost always gram negative in aquatics and recommended using oxytetracycline at a dose rate of 1000-2000mg per 40ltr of water. Dosing method: Oxytetracycline is available in 2 forms. Powder and injectable. The injectable form was used as it is a stronger form. This meant that we could use less to obtain the required dosage. Dosed straight into the water column at 1000mg per 40ltr of water.
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  5. What?! Can you point me to where you saw that please? If in doubt, Always follow the directions on the bottle.
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  6. Unfortunately the answer is no. If members post pictures to a free website and that website closes down or changes it's link address, it impacts these old posts. If it was posted directly on SKFAquatic, the picture will still be here. That's one of the benefits of signing up to a subscription account on SKFA that gives you increased picture posting space.
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  7. Thanks mate. Cheers for the articles, good read. Aqua green is awesome. I plan to buy some off him in the future. The postage is the only thing putting me off as I'm in Sydney. I really wish there was more info on the 'type 2' though. That's how it is with Australian species though.
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  8. Has anyone got any info on the main differences between North Queensland Algae shrimp - Caridina longirostris NQ algae shrimp type 2 - Caridina spp Darwin algae shrimp - Caridina sp NTnilotica Is their many other variations in Australian natives available in the trade? The only other native species in the hobby I am aware of are: • Darwin Red Nose Shrimp - Caridina sp Gulf1 • North Australian Chameleon Shrimp - Caridina sp WA 4 • Blackmore River Caridina - Caridina sp. NT2 • Australian Amano Shrimp - Caridina Typus • Riffle shrimp - Australatya Striolata • CWC algae eaters - Caridinides wilkinsi • Queensland Zebra Shrimp - Caridina cf. Babaulti Hopefully I've correctly matched the scientific names. Please correct me if I'm wrong. I understand natives are still being discovered and re classified all the time but would love for someone more knowledgeable to discuss the ins and outs. TIA.
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  9. Howdy ALL A warning for all of you, I have TB from fish it is not like human TB as in it dose not attack your lungs, nor kill you, the ones we have here any way. You get it from guts or skin breaks mostly on your hands, it is way to complex to go into, BUT caught early its not to bad, it will knock you down BUT is fixable easy. It will show up as a sore that wont go away, there is lots more to it that, that but I am going to keep this short. If you have a sore that wont go away easy and you joints feel like krap, that is one warning sign, ask you Doctor to test for fish TB and with the right treatment it can be fixed easy. It gets over looked a lot I most likely got mine from Rainbow fish?? but there are a lot of possible fish you can get it from and the fish don't have to show signs if it for you to get it. If you are concerned about it Google it and have a read, but don't go all hypo over it. I have known about it for 40 years and known many that have had it and form Cichlids, Catfish, Gouramis and many more species. Be on the look out but not panicked and no way am I giving away fish keeping, but it is a warning to keep your water healthy and your fish healthy and stay alert. Mostly if you are concerned get a blood test, DAM I hate needles I hate them Bob I will leave it to the Scientist for a tec explanation AKA Ben, BEN??
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  10. Aw Bob, how terrible, I hope you get better soon. Just to add to the advice from not suck-starting siphons, I once caught bacterial bronchitis from mistakenly breathing the air from a dirty hose whilst trying to start the siphon (I was doing it very wrong). Put me in bed for a week, unable to walk far without wheezing. Needless to say, after that we got a hand pump starter instead (and then switched to shrimp so couldn't do as big water changes!)
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  11. the short antenna ones eventually die
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