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  1. One shall never, ever, go internet shopping when the brain has been seriously crippled by poor quality air and excessive heat! Last night, in the fog of my misfiring synapses I succumbed to the enticing little eyes looking at me from the screen and pushed the "add to cart" button. Worse, I went through the whole checkout process unfazed by the sheer act that this is the most expensive critter I will ever possess! Three Vampire crabs are on the way! So, of course I do not have a tank for them. Yet. I will be transforming the 6 gal. bookshelf into a paludarium, so today is frantic transformation of the tank, especially newly required lids that I have to build since they are escape artists. Will be moving the baby and most adult cherry shrimps into the Pygmy corydoras tank, and rescape the tank a bit. I should credit @Patrick_G for getting me into thinking about these crabs again. Photos coming once it gets lighter and I document the mess. 😁
  2. I'm semi-new to keeping cherry shrimp and after about 4 months I've started to see them breed but have yet to be successful. I have a large female who is berried and it all seems to be contained under her abdomen area and the process seems to be going correctly for her. I have two smaller females and some of their eggs are hanging out of their abdomen, they don't fan their eggs nearly as often and one has been berried now for almost 5 weeks which from what I read is too long. Ill attach a few pictures of the smaller ones. Could the smaller ones eggs maybe not be fetilized? Any ideas? Thanks.
  3. Sunday Fun Day😄 10g hospital/quarantine tank: Current home to 10-ish? ghost shrimp (the shrimp shenanigan's as they're starting to be known) that were gifted to me Friday as well as a mass of java moss. Oh! and a newly found bladder snail. 20% water change - parameters tested 0 ammonia/5 nitrates before change Filter is hob that came with the larger tank (marked whisper 20-40 on spill edge) that I fitted with a nylon to help keep out the java moss. Pruned back some of the devil's ivy (pothos) in the filter hopper and rinsed filter 'bag' in dirty tank water. Replaced the charcoal in filter bag as I kept the bag since the ivy has started root in it. [Note: will cut apart the bag material before replacing to keep some in tank and reposition to keep roots in place.] Brushed off java moss from nylon and moved some into 3d printed floating pot. Lastly, rock with moss on it to the spill edge to slow down flow. Added pvc tubes to add hide spots/exploration places for the shrimps. Tank Goals: -Move java moss to floating planter. Nylon is holding up better than anticipated. -Research ghost shrimp care and breeding. Pretty sure there are a couple females with eggs. -Research calcium supplements. We have r/o well water here so any such minerals will need to be added. -Put in fancy substrate? Did pick up Fluval Stratum but realize after some more videos that it might be more muss than its worth for the shrimps? -Add more plants. Will clip some water sprite and pennywort from large tank to move into this one. 39g Goldfish Community tank: Current home to one shubunkin (Shu), two fancy fantails (Pooh & Tail), red cap oranda (Baby) and one surprise koi (yet unnamed) gifted to me on Friday. (the koi was supposed to be another shubunkin - was a surprise when I saw the little whiskers😄) 10% water change - parameters tested 0 ammonia/5 nitrates before change Slight gravel vac done to get up excess food and poop. Reburied plants that had been disrupted during the week. Brushed moss off from filter intake and added to a floating pot. Starting to see some aggression from Shu (shubunkin) towards Baby (oranda). No tail or fin nipping as I was kind of expecting, instead Shu is nipping at Baby's face. I don't see any marks or wounds but am starting to see a bit of a red streak starting in Baby's tail. Seems to do it mostly around feeding time. All fish except koi are handfed pieces of Repashy super gold in addition to a larger chunk being dropped in the tank (all together it equals out to about .25tsp). May try moving to 3 feedings per day from current 2. Shu's color seems to have stabilized again though I'm still keeping tabs of spots that I think may be or have been ammonia burn. Baby's tail is still a bit bent from where it has started growing back in. Concerned about possible stress from Shu causing the red streak in tail Koi seems to be settling in fine. Kept overnight in 10g and then given a paraguard bath before moving to tank. Having koi and Shu has moved up pond plans for this year. Thankfully craigslist to the rescue and I have a couple messages out for larger tank and stock tank/pond. Originally I was hoping to set up the pond in a greenhouse to run it year 'round but that may have to wait. Tank Goals: -Move java moss to floating planter. -Keep monitoring Shu and Baby -Start work with koi in a couple weeks to get him comfortable with hands; point work -Track down larger tank/pond for Shu & koi -Research greenhouses; heating in particular
  4. I added 8 orange cherry shrimp 🦐 to my tank on Monday early afternoon, by the evening I could only find 3 of them, next day I could only find 3 again but later counted 5, today I seem down to 2 as far as I can tell (I've checked like a hundred times). Should I be worried? I'm sure they are good at hiding but it's only a 20 gallon tank, it's moderately well planted but nothing I have is particularly dense and I can't figure out where they could be hiding. No bodies or anything either, I've even checked inside my filter and can't see any dead or alive, though unfortunately my filter is a horrible big bulky internal filter that you can't see into the pump housing compartment (so only looked where the sponge/media and heater are). Are they just really shy and adept at hiding or have they got sucked into the pump or something? If that happened would they be killed and their bodies be spat out of the pump/filter?
  5. If you have been successful setting up a cherry shrimp breeding operation, I want to hear from you. I have tried in three separate tanks to get a colony of cherry shrimp going, and I just cannot get it to stick. I start with 10 or 11 shrimp, provide a variety of foods (algae wafers, hikari shrimp food, extreme flakes, AC fry food), ensure there is driftwood and live plants, cycle the tanks fully, and yet I see only occasional molting and no breeding whatsoever. The shrimp will be fine for a week or two, and then I start losing one a day or every other day until they are all gone. I have been trying to keep them in shrimp only tanks to avoid fish picking off the theoretical babies. I'm about to give up on shrimp, which is sad, because I'm really into them. What specific setups have people been using that work, and what is the most likely thing I'm doing wrong? My water specs are: PH = 7.2-7.4 Nitrates = 10-20 ppm Nitrites/Ammonia = 0 ppm chlorine = 0 ppm GH = 12 dh (buffered up from default 3-4 dh in tap water with Wonder Shell) KH = 5dh Temp = 72-74F (no heaters in tanks, Water is just the ambient temperature of my house during summer months) copper = 0.029 ppm (per local water report) lead = 0 ppm (per local water report) I was listening to an old Aquarist podcast with Cory yesterday and they talked about STT (seasoned tank time) being important for shrimp. My tanks have been set up anywhere from 3 to 7 months, and I do a good job of keeping algae growth sparse. Are others able to grow out shrimp in clean tanks? should I be doing something differently to encourage biofilm production? I'd love to see pictures of your successful setups so I can perhaps glean some information from that.
  6. Hello! This is an updated picture of my fish room dedicated to shrimp for profit. I’m moving only as fast as cash will allow me. I know I could have done more 10s or some 20s, but I wanted my premium RCS in the 20L so that way I can monitor and cull easier. I might add another 10 gallon or a 20. Maybe down the road build another stand for below and put some more tanks on it. Nothing fancy, this is all I can afford currently. No fancy auto water changes or drains (though my washer and dryer are right by it and I could use that drain (TBD)). I have a stingray light coming as well as an Amazon basics long power strip for behind the tanks to clean things up. Just wanted to share what I’m up to. I’m really enjoying this and I love seeing the messages from people saying how they love my shrimp. you can clearly see aquarium coops influence on me. Seen are their sponge filters, I’m getting the finnex light, the Ned trio is sitting there ect. Haha.
  7. Any suggestions on what to do with too many cherry shrimp? I've got a thankful of the bloody Mary colored shrimp, and no room for another tank. How about suggestions on limiting breeding? I'm trying not to feed them too much.
  8. I just got a breeding group of Red Cherry Shrimp that I wanted to keep with my 4 Amano shrimp in the same tank? I would hope to breed them but I wasn't sure if the Amano would eat the babies or adult cherries. Am I better off keeping them separate or will they get along fine as long as I keep them well fed? Tank is full of Java Moss and I feed hikari crab cuisine and new life spectrum algaemax pellets
  9. Ten gallon tank, moderately planted. I'd like to put a breeding pair* of scarlet badis in with an existing colony of about 30-40 cherry shrimp and some junk guppies. How about multiple male scarlet badis? Thoughts? Experiences? *If I can find any females.
  10. Hi all - what are your thoughts about putting in 10 red cherry shrimp in a 15 gal with 4 otos? I supplement the existing algae with a daily algae wafer, and the otos seem to be doing good with that. That said, I had no idea how voracious the otos were with respect to algae!!! They crushed all of the algae overgrowth in a matter of days. Are the shrimp the same way? The tank is planted (Anubias nana, Pogostemon Stellatus Octopus, and Staurogyne Repens), and also has a few white cloud and glow light tetras, so they get flake food. Would love your thoughts and wisdom… thanks!
  11. I bought a half dozen red cherries from my lfs a few months back and they're breeding like crazy. I can't even count the adult sized ones anymore and there is easily 50 babies I can count at any given time in various sizes. I'm wondering why some are turning out this low grade color and some turn out solid and bright more like what I bought from the store. Is it a matter of age or gender or is it just that you only get a few high grade ones from each clutch? If I separated a few bright ones in a tank is this basically how people develop better color or is the selective breeding process more complex than that?
  12. Had RCS in a 10 gallon tank for 7 months with no causalities. It is a bare bottom tank with few batches of java fern. A few days ago, I noticed two (younger ones) that have died and chalked it up to a failed molt. However, I am noticing a lot more dying every day. Today there were about 7 that died. The ones that are dying have the "cream filling" in their abdomen. The ones that are struggling usually stop moving or have trouble swimming, and end up falling on their side or upside down. They occasionally move their legs around but they never upright themselves. Any idea what it can be? I attached a picture that shows the "cream filling" next to another one that doesn't have it. Edit: Maybe it is muscular necrosis, I did a 50% water change. Final Edit: Muscular necrosis quickly spread to the other shrimp, I assume it is from eating the dead shrimp that was infected. After two weeks, almost 80% of the population have died. I am expecting all the infected to eventually die off. This is what I suggest if you find yourself in my shoes. Immediately separate the ones that have the white abdomen from the main tank into a separate container. If too many are infected, move the healthy ones into another container. Place ones you are unsure about into another container and monitor them. If they end up okay, you can just place them with the healthy ones. You can do water changes on the tank but I believe the most important step is to separate the healthy from the infected. I don't know what caused this, I can only suspect it was from a zucchini I didn't boil. I just used the microwave, and maybe there was still pesticide on it. I honestly have no idea what caused this and it is probably one of the most frustrating aspects of this hobby. Feel free to message me if you have any questions. pH - 7.6 Nitrates - 40PPM Hardness - 12 Nitrite - 0 Ammonia - 0 KH/Buffer - 7 Water Temperature - 80.5F
  13. Hello all, We have 2 cherry shrimp that just gave birth to shrimpletts. Now everyone in the office is asking me how long till the two we have can breed again. I can find lots of information as to how long it will take for the babies to get to birthing age, but not how often they can give birth. Does anyone know how long it takes before a single shrimp momma can become berried again?
  14. Hi Everyone.. I've got a heavily planted nano tank with 6 red cherry shrimp. Because they came from my other colony I picked one female and 5 male. They've been there a couple of months happily bumbling about doing their thing. Today noticed the female is very berried... then one of the males 'attacked' her! he got her on her back and it looked like he 'bit' her eggs! she hid and he chased her and did it again. Do you think I need to rescue her? or was he just in the mood and didn't realise she was already pregnant? I could put in another female that's almost ready
  15. Hello everyone, I’m getting some new guppies and cherry shrimp in. The tank I’m planning on putting them in is a 29g which has been up and running for over 2 years and seems to be cycled. I tested the water today, PH was 8.2 ,no ammonia or nitrite, and 10ppm nitrate with a GH of over 215.8ppm and a KH of 196.9ppm. I tested the KH and GH straight out of the tap and had the same readings. Is this too much hardness and too high of a ph in the water that would be harmful to the guppies and cherry shrimp???
  16. Anyone in the central Florida area have cherry shrimps for sale or know where I can get some good ones reasonable price? Would like to get some local
  17. So Monday I bought 10 of the blue shrimp for my 20 long planted tank I have the fluval stratum substrate and my ammonia was at 0.25 so did a water change this morning I found a dead shrimp found a molt from one of the shrimps too is there something going on or cause of adding new water stressed out more and caused it ? Any advice would be appreciated I’m new too shrimp and the tank been running over a week used turbostart 700 and and some zyme 7
  18. one cherry shrimp got some stripes. is it pre-molting signs, some deficiencies in food or some other thing.
  19. I have breeding for profit tank with tons of cherry shrimp and tons of plants and it is hard to catch them any suggestions to make it easier.
  20. I want to change up my cherry shrimp tank a little bit. Same substrate and filtration and plants but I want to switch out my hardscape (keep rock pile but switch out spider wood for bigger driftwood pieces). I haven't gotten them to breed yet, and it's been about 3ish months since having them (about 5 shrimp in a 10 gallon). I know they like things to stay the same to feel comfortable. Am I shooting myself in the foot to switch things up a bit or should I just go for it? I really want to see a ton of shrimp in there because it's so boring having to look hard and maybe seeing a shrimp or two in there (not to mention the fact that my husband keeps asking why they aren't breeding yet). In there I have a sponge filter, gravel substrate, 1/2 and 1/2 distilled water and my well water (was extremely hard so I made it more reasonable this way hardness wise), spider wood, guppy grass, dwarf lilies, a nice rock pile where they can (and do) hide, Java fern, Java moss, and a few anubias. I feed them a teeny tiny bit of bacter AE every other day, and occasionally a teeny bit of quality flake. Water parameters are ph 8.4ish, 5-10 nitrate (0 amm, 0 nitrite), 25ppm GH, 300ppm kH. I only do about a 10% water change once a month to try to keep things stable. I am open to other tips if you see something I seem to be missing.
  21. I sent an order off to Aqua Huna on Tuesday (using the link on the Coop page so they get some payback) and the fish arrived today. Not bad. I ordered six albino cory catfish, six panda cory catfish, and ten cherry shrimp. Everyone was alive when they got here. One albino cory cat was barely alive, but seems to be improving. He's now sitting upright and moving occasionally. He was curled up and apparently dead on his side in the bag, but is looking better now. Kind of interesting in that you see no gill movement for several minutes then about ten seconds of rapid breathing, then back to nothing for a minute or two. Everyone went into a breeder box after being acclimated so I can feed them more intensively and keep an eye on them for a few weeks. As anticipated, all are quite small, but that's not a big issue for me. The photos on Aqua Huna show the fish relative to the size of a penny, so I knew what to expect. Small fish tend to disappear in a bigger planted tank though, so by keeping them in the breeder box for a bit I can better monitor them and fatten them up. They aren't competing with the horde outside for food in the box and they're not crowded. The breeder boxes circulate water from the tank through the boxes so the fish are essentially in the big tank, just outside it in the breeder box. Each breeder box is attached to the tank the fish will eventually go into. The albino corys are on the thirty high, the panda corys are on the twenty high, and the shrimp are on the ten gallon tank. The cherry shrimp were interesting. They were very pale with essentially no color until they hit their breeder box that has a clump of java moss with lots of algae on it. The box also has a lot of algae growing on the walls of the box. It was like someone hit a light switch. Within ten seconds of being put in that box they were colored up and feeding. They've also got a piece of cholla wood in with them for more shelter. These are my first shrimp and they're pretty impressive little critters. They're very active. Eleven of the twelve cory cats are doing great. The twelfth guy is improving. Going from apparently dead to not dead is an improvement. The ten shrimp all look great. I was surprised the shrimp came in a breather bag and wasn't sure about floating the breather bag to temperature acclimate so I ended up hanging it half in the water and half out. The bags were all 74 degrees when they got here and my tanks are about 76 so there wasn't a huge difference anyway. I followed the Aqua Huna acclimation instructions (though I really wanted to plop and drop the albino cory who wasn't looking good.) So far anyway, I'm very happy. I'm still half expecting to lose the one albino cory, but corys are tough little fish, so we'll see. One good thing about getting fish small is there's little to no impact on the bioload. Each breeder box of fish has maybe the same bioload as one of my swordtails.
  22. In love with a neglected tank...
  23. I want to set up a small shrimp tank, and as always Aquarium Co-op is the best place to buy anything. So I'm wondering if there is any @Robert@Cory@Daniel
  24. Finding all sorts of mixed information online on the topic. So, those of you who now have, or have had, both, are they safe together? Yay or nay? Do they work in certain types of setups and not others?
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