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  1. So how is everyone going at the moment ? As some of you are aware I started breeding shrimp back in 2012 , starting with some beautiful Reds then Chocolate and blacks. I also added some blue gene rillis. They bred so well I was soon overwhelmed with shrimp which I culled heavily. Back then we were very strict with culling and didn't sell or give away the lower grade shrimp that you see now. I had a shrimp room with 13 tanks but was fast running out of room and I had also started my journey with pure caridina- blue bolts, pandas, kk, wine reds ,etc. I was given some of the first Tibees bred in Australia and my love for Taitibees began. My poor Neos were being neglected and continued to breed so I gave a lot of them away to other people especially beginners , which happened often here on SKF. I had tanks full of Neo culls- they would probably have been much better than some of the lower grades you see now but still culls to me compared with the great quality shrimp I was lucky to have. I decided to try an outside pond and give them a chance to live- I didn't want to give low grade culls away at that time because our Australian stock was not high and it would have been a shame to degrade the stock we had. I wasn't prepared to feed them to fish so this seemed a way to get my tanks empty for my Taitibees and pure TB. I got a very large bath, put a few tubs of substrate in to help keep the ph low-around 6.5 -as that was their normal parameters in my tanks. I had lots of plants so put them in loose and released about 100 shrimp. The pond was outside under a pergola but had no filter , heaters or lights. The experiment went well and soon they were happily breeding away . The pond gets very cold in winter -around 8C and 28-30C during summer again maybe a bit more during 40C days. My basic maintenance for the pond has been just topping up with straight RO water weekly and once a year I take half the water out, catch as many shrimp as I can and top up with RO water with gh+. I do this because over the year with evaporation the TDS rises very high -as much as 400 maybe more. During the last 3 or 4 years I have even had my cull Taitibees out there and they breed as well although not as well as the Neos. Unfortunately I had to close my room down and although I gave away lots of shrimp I was forced to put even more outside. I only had 1 large 4ft tank left so wanted to only have a few Taitibee . Several months ago I I was catching out the Neos from the pond to top it up and was agreeably surprised at the quality of some of the shrimp out there so decided to bring some Reds, chocolate and black/blue shrimp inside. By this time my 1 tank had turned into 3 !. The shrimp settled inwell in the Taitibee water parameters- TDS 110, GH 6, KH 0 Ph 6. So now to this reason for this long narrative. The Neos promptly started to breed and I have been culling hundreds of the beggars every week or 2.As they were left to interbreed at will I have some lower grades. However some are still very nice. I have Blues, Bloody Mary. Chocolates and Blacks with the occassional Rili. I have been putting them outside but I'm worried the pond will now be overstocked. I would like to give away as many as possible but at this time I can only give them to SA people who are able to come and pick them up. I no longer have foam boxes so can't ship them. So if anyone is prepared to do a bit of work to improve the shrimp or just want some colour in their tank feel free to message me. The pictures are a mix of what I have been putting outside- some are better than these and are still inside- and the 2 adults are the parent stock. As you can see there is a variety of colour but I wouldn't put these culls in with a colony of good stock. the youngsters do look better as they grow and moult. Anyway I have several 100 to give away but I STRESS THESE ARE CULLS they would need a lot of selective breeding to get good shrimp breeding true. They would be a good starter to see if you can actually keep them or great for a child's tank. They are free to anyone who can pick them up
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  2. What a lovely bunch. And good on ya for having a generous heart.
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  3. Hello again, Just stopped by to wish you good luck, but if not, may as well break down the tank and start over completely. I hope someday I can have a mixed tank as nice as yours. So far, most of my shrimp babies have been low grade blue bolts.
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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Thanks Simon I don’t think I will have any issues giving them away I just thought I would offer them here first. I’m a member of quite a few Facebook pages - there is a SA one as well- I can offer them on those pages too . Biggest problem is the people who come and get them and then sell off again. I really want to be able to stress they are culls from culls . If I can’t find homes for them I might just buy another bath and put them outside LOL I’m quite surprised my Tangerine hybrids breed outside too. We get very cold winters and extremely hot summers here. I guess the large surface area allows the water to cool down.
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  8. 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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  9. There isn't much to report on this at the moment, I am 50/50 as to whether this is going to work or not long term. I have seen 2 dead shrimp since adding the new ones and counted about half of the new shrimp bought, that I saw yesterday! This is going to be a long term experiment I guess, the best I hope will happen at this point is that the remaining shrimp survive and reproduce and that new borns born in the tank should be more suited to the environment/water etc. There is an element of the acclimating didn't go as well/to plan as it should with my knowledge/experience, but I did the best I could, so that is what it is! 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

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    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. 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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  21. Very cool, i Breed Amarinus Lacustris a small freshwater crab
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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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