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  1. Nah. Just get a second tank for that, and then a third. 🙂
  2. I hope you meant the plan to separate the juvenile shrimp from the adults, not the overall plan to get shrimp.
  3. Yes, there is a hole in your plan. As the replies above indicate, not only is separating the juvenile shrimp from the adults unnecessary, it would be very difficult, if not impossible. In my opinion you're making this too difficult. Don't divide the tank. That will cut down on the equipment you need, and make it more visually appealing. Below is some information I've put together with basic information on keeping shrimp that you might find useful. Neocaridina shrimp (Neocaridina davidi; red cherry shrimp and the other available colors) are one of the easiest ornamental shrimp to keep, with a wider range of suitable water parameters than caridinas. Their parameters do overlap, but it's a narrow range, and not something I'd recommend for inexperienced shrimp keepers. I don't have any experience with caridinas (at least not yet), so I won't address them here. 6.8 to 8.0 pH is usually the recommended range for neos, with Gh from 6-12 and Kh at least 4. There are supplements you can add to the water to raise the hardness if yours is low. They will tolerate a wide range of temperatures, but around 72° F is generally considered best. At higher temperatures they will grow faster and breed faster, but they will also not live as long. Basically, higher temperatures accelerate their lifespan. Shrimp are sensitive to copper in the water, though the small amounts in commercial fish and shrimp food won't hurt them. If you’re curious about how many to start with, the answer is as many as you can afford, but if money is a factor (which it often is for most of us), you can get a nice colony going with 10 or so. Of course, it will take longer than if you start with 25, but you’ll still probably get to 100 sooner than you expect. There are many color varieties, and they will readily breed with each other. The results will generally be brown or clear after a few generations. For this reason, if you want to maintain a specific color it's best not to mix them. Even if you do stick with a single color you'll need to remove undesirable colors occasionally. The amount of culling you'll need to do will likely vary depending on the purity of the shrimp you start with. From my personal experience my red shrimp need a fair bit of culling, while the blues ones need very little. Many people do keep and enjoy mixed colors, and there's certainly nothing wrong with that. If you do cull, you can have a separate dedicated tank for them, or add them to tanks with fish. Even in tanks with dedicated shrimp hunters you'd be surprised how many will survive, especially given adequate hiding places. I occasionally see one in my 65 gallon tank, and my big angelfish just loves shrimp. To get the most enjoyment from shrimp, keep them in shrimp only tanks, or just shrimp and snails. You don't have to worry about predation, and they'll also be more visible if there aren't predators in the tank with them, even if the predators are too small to be a threat to adult shrimp. Even if they are the only things in the tank, they will feel more secure with hiding places, especially when molting or when a female is releasing babies. Dense plants are a good option. Java moss, guppy grass, Süßwassertang, and pearl weed are some good choices. A pile of rocks, sized so that the shrimp can crawl inside, is also a good idea. They are sensitive to changing water parameters, so most experienced shrimp keepers recommend limiting water changes to around 15%, and the new water should be close to the same temperature. If you do larger water changes, it’s even more important to temperature match the water. Since they need biofilm to graze on, and are very intolerant of ammonia and nitrites, it's usually recommended to let a tank run for at least 3 months before adding shrimp, and 4 months is better. You might get by with adding them sooner by adding a sponge filter, plants, substrate, etc. from an established tank, but you still aren't likely to have as much success as you will if you're patient and let the tank "season" (I know this from first-hand experience). In addition to the biofilm, they will also benefit from being fed. There are several commercial foods especially for shrimp, but I've also given mine several kinds of fish food, and they've eaten all of them. While there are mixed opinions about it, many people believe they also benefit from blanched vegetables once or twice a week. I've tried several things, and mine seem to prefer zucchini and spinach, followed by sweet peppers. I usually feed those late in the evening and remove any uneaten portion the next morning. By the way, shrimp just LOOOVE freshly crushed snails. Mine will swarm all over one. If you use CO2 in shrimp tanks keep it around 10 – 15 ppm, and definitely below 20 ppm. They often can’t tolerate the pH swings and/or elevated CO2 levels at higher concentrations. Of course, if you want to establish a colony you need males and females. Females are usually larger, and have better color, so when selecting them in a store you can get all females if you aren’t careful. It’s not difficult to tell them apart, even on shrimp that are the same size. The abdomen (the rear half) of females is larger than males, with the bottom line sagging down. Males’ abdomen is thinner, and it’s pretty much a straight taper from front to back. As they reach maturity, females will develop a “saddle” on their back. This saddle (usually yellow) is the unfertilized eggs showing through their shell. They're ready to breed when they next molt, after which the fertilized eggs will move down below their abdomen where she will constantly “fan” them and juggle them around with their swimmerets to keep them aerated. Unlike some shrimp, neos don't have a larval stage, so they’ll hatch as fully developed, but very small, shrimp after about 4 weeks. If you suddenly notice the shrimp swimming around the tank more than usual, it’s probably nothing to worry about. When a saddled female molts she releases pheromones signaling she’s ready to have her eggs fertilized, which gets the males swimming around trying to find her. If you notice a shrimp with a lighter colored lateral line on top, that's called a "racing stripe", and is a harmless feature that's common with some color varieties. It will typically get wider, with the edges more ragged, as the shrimp gets older. You won't likely need to worry about a shrimp becoming overstocked. A well planted 10 gallon tank can literally hold hundreds of shrimp without being crowded.
  4. I've been listening to it all day. The third session just finished.
  5. Being the gripey old guy I am I don't like many of the newer generation of artists, but I do like Cody Jinks. I hadn't seen this before. Thanks for posting it. If you haven't already run across it you might like this one too:
  6. I had a similar experience with my last order (except I didn't get the refund). I don't mind the state sales tax, but I live in a rural area and shouldn't be paying city sales tax, and I was charged taxes for a city about 200 miles away.
  7. I'm a big fan of pearl gouramis. They don't look like much in the stores, but after they get comfortable in a tank and get a little older they're beautiful fish. I'd recommend getting a small group, preferably with more females than males, but it's difficult to sex them when they're young.
  8. I've been fortunate to not have much trouble with that, but talking to a good counselor can help. If that isn't a good option, for whatever reason, try focusing your emotional energy on the positive things in your life instead of the negative ones.
  9. It looks to me like one of those worms that crawls out of the tank in the middle of the night and attacks people.
  10. This topic reminds me of when I was setting up my first tank. I had a large piece of petrified wood laying out in the flower bed that I thought would look good in it so I picked it up, rinsed it with a hose, and put it in the tank. It obviously had a significant void in it, because ants floated up out of it for two or three days afterwards.
  11. Pearl weed fits your "small leaves and good for critters to hide in" criteria. Depending on light it will likely get taller than 6", but it's pretty easy to trim to size.
  12. The best method I've found for battling green water is to add as many live plants as you can and limit light to 6 hours per day.
  13. Yup. An amano shrimp will grab a Hikari wafer and carry it away. I feed these: https://www.aquariumcoop.com/collections/fish-food/products/xtreme-cat-scrapers-sinking-wafer sometimes. They're too large for them to handle.
  14. I don't know if this will help or not, but it's my understanding that KH helps keep your pH stable. Not enough KH = unstable pH. For example, I've seen people who seem very knowledgeable about all this stuff say that if your water is high in KH then you can add all the leaves and tannins you want and it will have very little effect on pH, but with low KH tannins will lower pH. If I got that all wrong hopefully someone will correct me, or at least explain it better.
  15. I was excited last night when I saw 6 of the 9 Corydoras trilineatus in my heavily planted 40 gallon breeder tank.
  16. Are your guppies locally raised, or did they come from a store? I don't think I've ever kept a store bought guppy alive for longer than a month.
  17. I assume you left out a word. You meant potato salad, right? I never heard of putting lettuce on the same plate with barbecue. That reminds me of years ago when I was watching one of the network morning news shows. They had a guest doing a demonstration about making chili. At some point pasta was involved, and one of the hosts said "Right now there are people in Texas saying "I don't know what this is, but it ain't chili." (I mentioned above that I have strong opinions about barbecue. I have some about chili too.)
  18. Try letting it float. Mine struggles planted also, but a piece broke off and floated to the top in my 65 gallon tank. Before I realized it that piece had turned into a full plant, and made several more. Similar to water wisteria, it will grow a new plant from just a single leaf.
  19. Pearl weed would be a good plant if you're looking for something other than java moss. I have trouble growing it fast enough to keep a local LFS supplied.
  20. I think the guppies would be okay as long as it doesn't get below the 55° you mentioned, but I'd feel better if you get confirmation on that from someone who's been keeping them longer than I have. I'm basing that on my experience this spring when I put some in tubs outside in April, then the night time temperature got below 50° one or two nights and I lost all but one. They seemed fine up until it got that cold. (Note to self; never put guppies outside in my part of the world before May 1.)
  21. Here's another howdy back at you, also from Texas (the southeast part, about an hour northwest of Houston).
  22. As one or two others mentioned here, I'm also from Texas and love barbecue. I also have strong opinions about it. The first one is that if you're cooking with a fire box, and the meat in another chamber, that's fine, but that's not barbecue. It's smoked meat. Barbecue is cooked directly over coals. It gets flavor from the smoke without being overwhelmed by it. The second one, which some might consider sacrilege, is that while I like barbecued brisket just fine, when it comes to barbecue you just can't beat pork. And I mean a Boston butt that's sliced like you slice brisket, not "pulled" pork.
  23. Normally there isn't any issue with it, but I saw some at a home improvement place once that said it had "special additives" to make it work better, without elaborating on the additive. Considering the brand name was Clorox I decided to pass on it.
  24. I've seen multiple recommendations to change 15% to 20% weekly from people who've been successfully keeping ornamental shrimp since before I ever heard of them. I don't always follow that advice, but I try not to go longer than 2 weeks.
  25. I forgot to mention that I've given up on the "calibration gizmo". When I get a new heater I watch it close for a few days, with a thermometer in the tank, and adjust the heat up or down to get the temperature where I want it on the thermometer. It's usually pretty far away from what it says on the heater dial.
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