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SKFAquatics Monthly Digest 08 December 2018

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Happy Holidays! Our final SKF newsletter of 2018 and it's full of new posts from around the world. SKF wishes you the very best to you and your loved ones this holiday season and a great new year!

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Rip Mr Diamond
jojowhisky
Hi all,Its a sad day. Lost one of my crystal which i named mr diamond, just assumed he is a male because of his size(newbie).Prior to his death i saw a larger crystal "fighting" with him, they had the…
63 comments

How do you feed powdered food
jojowhisky
Hello everyone, im sorry for the lame stupid question but i guess if its something i dont know, i just got to ask!  I just bought some spirulina powder from the store. Because its gonna make the shrim…
10 comments

Crystal red shrimp keep dying. help please
supermansteve32
Hi, I have Crystal red shrimp and I successfully raised and bred them in a 15 gallon tank but after I moved them to a larger 60 gallon tank they all slowly die off.  I started off with the 30 I had …
10 comments

Strange female
Freddie
I've had the girl since I started my shrimp tank. Any clue as to what might have created this gem.  
9 comments

Colour of baby shrimps
jojowhisky
Hi everyone, Spotted an "off" colour amongst the fire red babies in my tank last night.Is this a common occurance? Looks to be light blue amdist the moss and dark blue on the substrate?  First batch o…
9 comments

"Vacation food" didn't work as expected
beanbag
Hello folks, To prepare for a vacation, I did a four day test run.  I put in a pellet of "snowflake" (soy husk) food as well as a boiled leaf of mulberry.  Here's what happened: day 1: The …
7 comments

What are all the reasons shrimp become inactive?
beanbag
Hello folks, I have a problem with shrimp being inactive.  Maybe it would be useful to have a thread where we can just start listing all the reasons so that it can be a checklist for others.  I…
6 comments

Birth control for CRS colony?
beanbag
Hello folks, If I get a batch of CRS for a small tank, is there a way for me to prevent the shrimp from having babies?  I want the colony to only get up to a certain size and then stop.  I don'…
6 comments

Ghost Shrimp Turned White... help!
Elizabeth
I’ve had the ghost shrimp for at least 3 months. About 2 months ago 4 of the 6 turned white. I’ve been waiting for them to die (assuming muscle necrosis), but they haven’t. One of the white ladies …
4 comments

BASICS for Shrimp keeping video
sdlTBfanUK
This is a very good video on the basics if you are new to shrimps. It is called 'How to breed shrimp', not sure why as it is generally everything and a very good  and clear video guide?. …
3 comments

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Was this bacterial infection, or something else?
beanbag
Hello folks, Sadly, I lost another shrimp today.  I'll try to make this not TLDR, but still provide info. When I first got this guy, it was pretty active for the first 2-3 weeks and gradual…
3 comments

"Vacation food" didn't work as expected
beanbag
Hello folks, To prepare for a vacation, I did a four day test run.  I put in a pellet of "snowflake" (soy husk) food as well as a boiled leaf of mulberry.  Here's what happened: day 1: The …
7 comments

What am I doing wrong?
Onyxiss
Hey peeps, So I'm a newbie shrimp owner (literally like a week ago) and just looking for some information on things I'm doing wrong or not doing at all that I should be.  I have a 30L tank …
2 comments

Ohaple's Beginner Shrimp Tanks
ohaple
Hello, I have recently started working towards keeping shrimp. We keep other terrestrial invertebrates (isopods, mantises, and cockroaches) and thought that shrimp would pose an interesting new…
1 comments

Crystal red shrimp keep dying. help please
supermansteve32
Hi, I have Crystal red shrimp and I successfully raised and bred them in a 15 gallon tank but after I moved them to a larger 60 gallon tank they all slowly die off.  I started off with the 30 I had …
10 comments

My Crystal Reds Tank Video
Aqua Jai
Hey guys! I'm new to the forum and also to shrimpkeeping. Started with the hobby about 3 months ago and really enjoying it! Really wanted to make a shrimp series of the progress of my tanks…
1 comments

Galaxy pinto with TB crossbreed?
greysmithy
Hello guys, I am curios how a cross-breed would look like between the galaxy pinto and the TB. Does anyone here have a picture of the cross-breed? I would love to see how they look. I h…
3 comments

How to fix my CO2 diffuser
Aqualover
I just bought a co2 kit for the ista 0.5 tank with the 2 in 1 bubble counter and diffuser, so after three 3 days with the diffuser working perfectly then suddenly my air tube had a hole in it which…
2 comments

How do you feed powdered food
jojowhisky
Hello everyone, im sorry for the lame stupid question but i guess if its something i dont know, i just got to ask!  I just bought some spirulina powder from the store. Because its gonna make the shrim…
10 comments

Rip Mr Diamond
jojowhisky
Hi all,Its a sad day. Lost one of my crystal which i named mr diamond, just assumed he is a male because of his size(newbie).Prior to his death i saw a larger crystal "fighting" with him, they had the…
63 comments

BASICS for Shrimp keeping video
sdlTBfanUK
This is a very good video on the basics if you are new to shrimps. It is called 'How to breed shrimp', not sure why as it is generally everything and a very good  and clear video guide?. …
3 comments

What are all the reasons shrimp become inactive?
beanbag
Hello folks, I have a problem with shrimp being inactive.  Maybe it would be useful to have a thread where we can just start listing all the reasons so that it can be a checklist for others.  I…
6 comments

Strange female
Freddie
I've had the girl since I started my shrimp tank. Any clue as to what might have created this gem.  
9 comments

Ghost Shrimp Turned White... help!
Elizabeth
I’ve had the ghost shrimp for at least 3 months. About 2 months ago 4 of the 6 turned white. I’ve been waiting for them to die (assuming muscle necrosis), but they haven’t. One of the white ladies …
4 comments

Birth control for CRS colony?
beanbag
Hello folks, If I get a batch of CRS for a small tank, is there a way for me to prevent the shrimp from having babies?  I want the colony to only get up to a certain size and then stop.  I don'…
6 comments

GH too high
Zailyn
Hi, so last night I saw on of my Sakura shrimp struggling to molt. I didn't know how I could help so I let it be.   Now I woke up this morning to 3 dead shrimp all looking like they were tr…
2 comments

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    • Macks
      Thank you both so much for your responses, I think you covered everything I needed to hear. I really appreciate your help! I have a tank cycling as we speak. Unfortunately what I had available to be was the Fluval Spectrum substrate that was leftover from my planted tank. From what I’ve read, I’ll have to replace this and when I do, I’ll get ADA Aquasoil. 
    • Zoidburg
      Mainly what ineke said.    If your tank isn't already set up for Crystals, then it's recommended to get a new tank, get a good buffering substrate that lowers the pH (I don't recommend Fluval) and then allow it to cycle for 3-6 weeks. It can take a while to cycle, and that's okay. The bacteria prefer a higher pH but a tank with low pH will still cycle. You can put a heater in the tank and set it to about 84° to encourage the bacteria growth. Make sure you use RO water or distilled in the tank and remineralize with GH minerals. Not sure best GH for a Neo/Carid tank, but maybe around 5-6?   Once the tank is cycled, do a full water change and then you can drip acclimate the crystals (and Neos - if you only want one tank) into the new tank. If the Neo tank has widely different water parameters (pH, TDS, GH, KH...) compared to the Crystal tank, then drip acclimating may take a while.   It's hard to say how well the crystals will do in your Neo tank without knowing what parameters they were raised in, the parameters of your Neo tank, and other details. They generally do breed better and live longer in lower pH with lower GH parameters. Not only that, but color is usually improved, too, in lower pH.
    • ineke
      Hi Macks -you can successfully keep the two types together but you should keep your water parameters at CRS requirements. The Neos will adapt quite easily- they might slow down breeding initially but generally pick up very quickly. The CRS will not thrive in Neo WP's -they might survive but generally it's not recommended. I have posted about this recently on another thread but will show my  mixed tank . 
    • Macks
      Hi guys! So, I just got a small batch of crystal red shrimp to join my blue rilli and orange rilli. I’ve been looking stuff up online and getting pretty confused about water parameters... It seems like most resources are saying that Neocaridina need calcium, but then CRS should have really soft water. Does this mean that CRS should be kept with CRS only? Any input would be super helpful, I’m pretty new to keeping shrimp. Thanks! 
    • sdlTBfanUK
      Great news. Hope it continues! What sort of tank do you have? How many Litres? What substrate? Anything else in the tank? Filter? Heater? How many shrimps do you have? What water do you use? Do you use dechlorinator? What do you feed them? Tell us some more??? I think they moult when you change some/all water and PH 7.6 should be ok for rili shrimp, so follow Zoidburg advice and don't try and alter it with the Ph down any more! Simon
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