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Short Creek is an interesting little spot. It is located near a tea farm on the tablelands above Cairns. Why is it named 'short creek' you ask? Well it might have something to do with a 'short' drop! We only sampled a short section but found a wide variety of organisms above these water falls including Caridina confusa, purple spot gudgeons and a species of freshwater crayfish (I forget the name, Bob will remind me when he remembers that I caught one for him, and he didn't catch any!). Water parameters (in May) were: pH: 6.8 TDS: 21 Temperature: 19*C GH: < 20 ppm KH: < 10 ppm the shrimp were mainly located in the back eddies associated with vegetation or branches ect. that were hanging into the water. Unfortunately it was drizzling with rain most of the time we were there so I wasn't able to get any nice shots of the shrimp fresh from the creek. I did get a nice shot of a purple spot. However I have pics of the confusa I brought home, currently housed in a temporary set-up alongside some snails (temp 20*C, TDS 60, GH and KH < 1, pH 7). I'm not sure why these are called the false zebra shrimp. For starters, these are massive compared to the zebras (4-5cm vs. 3cm for zebs). I've really fallen for these guys and can't wait to set up their new tank. I think they should be called fusa (The Fusa are coming - Madagascar, anyone?) or confusa. 'False zebra shrimp' (yawn) just undersells them so much. They aren't fussy at all, eating all of the normal aquaria shrimp fare. Likewise I haven't lost a single one through the travel and their housing. They can be a little rowdy at feeding time, crawling over each other and running off with bits of food away from the others - maybe not ideal for keeping with smaller shrimp like Malanda, chameleons or Zebs. But I find that adds to their appeal, rather than detracting. I will report on things like 'how good an algae eater' or 'ease of breeding' once their new tank is set-up, BUT breeding should be relatively straight forward as I believe they have large eggs and drop direct developing young, similar to zebs. Another cool thing with these guys is that can seem to have a golden glow and iridescence - at least under the LED lights over their temporary housing. hopefully I can get some better pictures of what that looks like with more time.
Cooper Creek Aquarium: Mr Aqua 12g (90cm x 21cm x 24cm) Filter: Eheim 2213 Canister with API Bio Chem Zorb and Stainless Steel Mesh Guard Lighting: BeamWorks 90cm LED (8 Hours, 4 on, 2 off, 4 on) Heating: Aqua One 50w Glass Heater (26c) Substrate: Fluval Shrimp Stratum (8kg) Flora: Native Vallisneria, Corkscrew Vallisneria, Blyxa Japonica, Anubias nana, Bolbitis heudelotii, Windelov Java Fern, Trident Java Fern, Narrow Leaf Java Fern, Cryptocoryne wendtii, Subwassertang Fauna: Iriatherina werneri (Threadfin Rainbow), Caridina sp WA 4 (North Australian Chameleon Shrimp) Hardscape: Malaysian Driftwood Food: Boss Aquaria Shrimp Crack, Benibachi Kale Tablets, Sera FD Bloodworms, Serene Aquarium Algae Discs Additives: Aqua One Water Conditioner, AquaGreen Dinosaur Pee, AquaGreen Dinosaur Spit, Boss Aquaria Mineral Balls, Boss Aquaria Mineral Powder In Memory of Cooper I've been wanting to do a rescape of the Mr Aqua 12g for some time now but wasn't sure what road I wanted to go down and which direction to go with in regards to the tank, I've always wanted a certain shrimp only tank but wasn't sure which, having been a massive fan of the Chameleon Shrimp for a long time I thought for starters I'd go with them but them only in regards to shrimp in the aquarium, so this made me think, perhaps I could lean towards a native Australian tank, so thought why not see if I can find some small native Australian fish to add to the tank, so after looking through AquaGreen's site I decided to purchase a group of Iriatherina werneri, also known as Threadfin Rainbow, these fish when purchased are small, 2cm/2.5cm and reach 5cm at their largest, sounds perfect to me, so the Threadfin and Chameleon are on the shopping list. I wanted to use a very few number of plants, I didn't want this and that all thrown into the tank as what I have in the past, so decided to go with Native Vallisneria, Corkscrew Vallisneria, Blyxa Japonica, Anubias nana, Bolbitis heudelotii, Windelov Java Fern, Trident Java Fern, Narrow Leaf Java Fern and Subwassertang, I wanted most of the vegetation planted to the right of the tank so that the current from the filter outflow would push the Vallisneria towards the left side of the tank, I was happy with the right side being built up and planted, although the left side was quite bare, so as suggested from a fellow SKF member (Callan), I slightly built up the substrate on the left and planted to help hide the filter intake. I took my time in regards to rescaping this tank, for a change, I'm usually rushed and in a hurry to get it all sorted and took my time filling the tank up with tap water, having taken just over half an hour to fill as I didn't want the flow too strong and disturb the planted vegetation, once the tank was full and Aqua One Water Conditioner was added, I also added 4 pebbles to create a some what native under water look but wasn't happy with them, so out they went. I'm actually more than happy with the end result, I will how ever look to purchase some more pieces of Blyxa Japonica and Vallisneria. All feedback, comments, hints, tips are welcome. Thank You.