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  1. Breed my hillstream loaches Set up a HUUUUGE discus tank Set up a brackish tank Hatch some killifish eggs Scale up my red cherry shrimp colony Move my favorite tank upstairs
  2. A little over a year ago, I think I searched "planted tank for bettas" or something like that on YouTube and fell down the ACO rabbit hole. I tried out a bunch of Fishtube channels but Cory had the right vibes and I like his business ethic and transparency.
  3. I've never done this but it seems like a cool idea and I'm intrigued. What's the climate like where you live?
  4. The treatment seems to be working! 5 gal quarantine tank (symptomatic individuals) - 1 tablespoon Fritz aquarium salt and 1/2 teaspoon of Ich-X at 75F 20 gal tank - 2 teaspoons of Ich-X at 78F The number of organisms that had colonized the glass of the 20L have been reduced to just a few spots. Only a couple of the QT shrimps still have parasites on their heads. There have been 4 deaths so far, but that is out of hundreds of individuals so I am very pleased. Copernicus (betta splendens) is doing just fine. I'm glad I had the meds on hand (shout out to Cory). Big thanks to everybody on this thread. 🙂 I'll continue to post updates.
  5. I just went down to dose and now it has colonized all over the sides of the glass😔 It wasn't like that earlier today, so whatever this is seems to spread quickly and doesn't need to be on an animal. My plan right now is to treat the 20L tank with just Ich-X and the quarantine tank with salt + Ich-X. I also removed all the oak leaves. It might be too late to make a difference, but I figure it can't hurt. I was also thinking of taking the 20L temperature down to 78F. Would you? My betta is my favorite fish and these shrimps are all culls, so I don't want to lower it too much. I think I'll take the quarantine tank down to that 72-74 range you mentioned. I keep my breeding colonies at ~74 and haven't noticed any of them affected. Thanks again for your help. I have been scouring the internet and not having much luck.
  6. These are neos but I can see why you thought they were caridina based on that photo. I have never owned caridinas and I think they would die in my water parameters -- I am in a region of the US with extremely hard water. Tank: 20 gal long, gravel substrate with some crushed coral, planted with anacharis, water lettuce, guppy grass, java moss, salvinia, duckweed and Brazilian pennywort. Some of the plants are in terra cotta pots with Fluval stratum. I recently added some pin oak leaves from my yard, where I do not use any fertilizers or pesticides. Water temp is 80 F, I realize that this is a bit hot for neos. Surprisingly, they are breeding pretty prolifically in this tank. There is a photo higher up in the thread of parameters on an ACO test strip. Definitely possible that the oak leaves brought in a contaminant, they fell in a fenced in yard away from the roadway but I do have a dog. I think I will treat with salt + Ich-X and see where that gets me. I really appreciate you helping me troubleshoot!
  7. To me, they look a bit like these fungal vesicles. This is from a Texas A&M handbook of shrimp diseases PDF I found through NOAA https://repository.library.noaa.gov/view/noaa/36212/noaa_36212_DS1.pdf
  8. Yes, that is it. It has appeared on a handful of adults and 1 juvenile so far and always on that same area of the body.
  9. Thanks for the photos, I think scutariella japonica can be ruled out. Here is a sharper/closer photo. I really need to get a macro lens for my phone.
  10. Hi all, I just noticed some sort of fungus(?) on the heads of some of my adult neos. I will try to get a picture, but it sort of looks like a pale whitish color in the shape of little ginkgo leaves. These are all cull shrimps but I would still like to save them if possible. Tank: 20 gal long, gravel substrate with some crushed coral, planted with anacharis, water lettuce, guppy grass, salvinia, duckweed and Brazilian pennywort. Some of the plants are in terra cotta pots with Fluval stratum. I recently added some pin oak leaves from my yard, where I do not use any fertilizers or pesticides. Water temp is 80 F. This tank has my aging Betta splendens so I have set up a 5.5 gal, bare bottom hospital tank using tank water for the sick shrimps. Parameters are in the photo below. The meds/additives I have on hand are: -Fritz aquarium salt -Maracyn -Paracleanse -Ich-X -Tetra Lifeguard -SeaChem Stress Guard If anyone has advice or could point me to a thread that might help, I would greatly appreciate it. Please let me know if additional information would be helpful.
  11. 4ish weeks old. I turned them loose a couple of days ago and finally caught one up close to the glass this morning!
  12. I was concerned that my honey gourami would eat the babies, but that was probably an overblown fear. I think I will just leave future eggs. I noticed panda cory fry pop up in another tank, so the corys don't seem to need much from me. A young shrimp did sneak into the breeder net and live with the false bandit fry for a few weeks. I looked at that little nipper so many times, I think I could pick him out of a lineup haha.
  13. Fry update. There are 5-6 fry this size. A decent number of the eggs were infertile (I think I pulled them too soon) or grew fungus.
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