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  1. Was looking to get another fish tank soon (10 gallon) and was thinking of the dollar per gallon sales pet I has. Does anybody have a calendar or know the dates of these sales? Thanks, Jack
  2. Shrimp tank woes/old tank syndrome/chlorine readings I have an established 20 gal tank of 3 years that I converted into a shrimp only tank for my neocaridina shrimp about 2 months ago. I also have one bristlenose pleco and a mystery snail. In the past two months, I have added live plants such as hornwort, Christmas moss, Java fern and Anubia. I have inert substrate My water parameters are currently as follows: 72 degrees GH 8 Nitrite 0 Nitrate 25 Chlorine 0.8-1.5 (without prime) KH 4 pH 7 TDS 415 I have very hard well-water, so I use an RO unit that I remineralize with Shrimp mineral GH/KH+. I’ve been slowly trying to remove 5% water 2-3x a week and replenishing with new water. About a month ago, I started noticing KH and pH drops. I added a small bag of crushed coral to my HOB filter. I also should add that I added a sponge filter for extra filtration and oxygen. I started to notice that I would get chlorine readings on my test strips almost every morning or every other morning. I would dose the tank with prime and it would register as 0. I don’t understand the chemistry enough as to why chlorine would show up in my tank as I do not add any untreated water. Could it be the crushed coral? Is it old tank syndrome combined with crushed coral? I have removed the bag of crushed coral in the meantime. I have lost several shrimp in the past two months, but currently the shrimp have been doing well - several berried and I see shrimplets, and my mystery snail had laid many clutches, but the chlorine readings worry me and I end up dosing prime directly into the tank whenever I notice it. But, if I’m not in town for a period of time over a few days, I’m worried that the chlorine levels will rise and I will come back to the entire colony being wiped out. thanks in advance for any insight
  3. So I'll confess to somewhat of an impulse buy - a 5 gallon aquarium that was posted locally. I always wanted to do a nano planted shrimp tank so this was my opportunity. I seized it! I had some Fluval stratum leftover from mixing it with eco-complete in the 33 gallon, so I decided to go ahead and use that. It's not quiiiiite as much as I would like but I'm hoping with the displacement of the hardscape it'll end up perfect. I am a little concern about possibly creating an algae nightmare but with it being a planted shrimp tank, I think it'll be ok. They'll be well fed and the Fluval with help lower my naturally higher pH well water. I could add about 4 otos, especially if algae becomes a real problem, right? Anyway, tomorrow I will be picking up some rocks and driftwood. I ordered some fancy botanicals from a LFS that were on sale - coco-curls, almond leaves, pods and banana stem. I'll transfer my anubias on cholla to the shrimp tank when it's set up. I'm still undecided about other plants. This tank/light set up has approximately 33-34 par at the bottom so be limited to low-medium plants. I'm not planning to do CO2 injection. Scarlet temple and wisteria are doing well in my 33 so may try to propagate some of the former for that pop of reddish colour and wisteria help compete with algae. I know shrimp love moss so I'll try to find and incorporate that too. Planning to add Frogbit to provide some coverage. TLDR: I got plans for this nano tank! Here is photo from day 1. I'll update as I add!
  4. I have a one gallon tank, so I thought, perfect for shrimp. What would I need for a 1 gallon shrimp tank? It is more like a large jar, but I have a hole, either for feeding or something else. Do I need a heater? A filter? What else? How often do I have to change the water? What type of shrimp and how many? Any plants? What about substrate? What type of food? Also, I am a teen, so my parents said I have the MTS, so my budget is about 30-50 dollars. It would be very helpful to send links to the products of filters, heaters, or substrate on amazon U.S so I can take a look! Thanks for taking the time to answer all my questions!
  5. These are my two tanks. My 20 gallon hex was just recently converted to a fully planted tank a few days ago. It houses a betta, named Creme Brulee, 9 neon tetras, an otocinclus, a guppy, two African dwarf frogs, and a ghost shrimp. They all seem to get along very well, even the shrimp that I thought I would kill immediately with the frogs or betta. I've been binge watching every video I can on aquascaping and aquariums in general. This is my first real attempt at aquatic plants. I feel like I've gotten pretty good at houseplants over this year due to the pandemic and this was my next step in the hobby since my husband said I couldn't get anymore plants since we will be moving soon (GA to the DC area) and he doesn't want to move them.I have had fish tanks since 2011 and worked at pet stores with fish for 4 years so I have the basics down but want to expand my knowledge and maybe someday have a room in my house just for my fish and plants. The 10 gallon tank is a tank I'm cycling for cherry shrimp or crystal shrimp. I have all the tests (TDS meter, Gh, Kh, freshwater master test kit) to see which species based on my water parameters. I have very soft water with a low TDS (under 100) so I'm leaning towards crystal red shrimp since they would require fewer adjustments. I'm hesitant to call it my first attempt at aquascaping but really that's what it is. Lol The plants on the right (Rotala indica) should grow nice and tall to hide the heated and filter nicely. They melted back pretty hard but the new growth I replanted makes me pretty confident that they will be just fine in a few months. I even have a crytocoryne wendtii green that completely melted and the roots seemed firm so I planted them in the tank and they seem to be regrowing new leaves as well! I'm really having some fun with it and I'm definitely getting the itch to get another tank. I'm trying to convince my husband to just let me upgrade the 20 gallon to a 75 but no luck until we move again.
  6. @Cory should I worry about scuds in a shrimp breeding tank ? I’m hearing horror stories of them out breeding and out competing the shrimp . As well as eating baby shrimp . Not sure how I would get rid of them .
  7. So now that my shrimp (neos) are having babies I wanted to take some to work for fun. I'm thinking of a tiny cube, like ≤3gallons. My thinking was something minimal like a rock, on substrate with a slope back to front, 3 mariomo that I've had in a jar since January (not from petco) and maybe a poof of moss, some floaters like salvia and just enough light to keep the salvia and moss growing and taking nitrogen. With covid, I'm not at work every day so I'd probably aim for minimal water changes. I have RO to top off. I can add automatic feeding if needed. Does this sound like a reasonable plan? Are there other considerations I'm missing? What's a good tank to buy for this project? What about heater yes or no (office 68-72F)? Can I go filterless & airless?
  8. Hi all, one of my friends had a 3.7 gallon bowfront tank that their betta used to live in. They were throwing it away when I stopped them and asked if I could have it. I decided that I want to turn it into a shrimp aquarium however I have several problems. 1. I have soft water out of the tap but a higher ph can i just ad crushed coral to the tank or will the swings during water changes be to much. W. Will this tank be to small? 3. Cherry shrimp are kind of expensive can I realistically expect them to breed in this envirement. Any thoughts or suggestions are helpfully.
  9. I’m attempting to balance my 20 long shrimp tank and have made some good progress I think! 😄 I was having some issues with BBA and green hair algae. After doing some research, I reduced light intensity, using a dimmer, and reduced fertilizer dosing to 1 mL a week. After about a month of monitoring this new regime, algae growth and the standing stock of algae has been reduced but not eliminated. Nitrate levels are pretty consistently between 5 and 15 ppm so I have reduced water changes to 20% once every other week. At this point, I think I may need to increase fertilizer dosing to the recommended 2mL per week or decrease lighting intensity to fully balance the tank. Just hoping someone with a green thumb can point me in the right direction. Happy to provide any additional details. Thank you!! Pics for reference:
  10. If I leave regular egg shells in my tank... will they dissolve and add calcium to the water? PH is about 6.4ish... My shrimps pick at them from time to time.. just wondering if I should leave them in there or take them out after a time....
  11. Hey guys, I have an outbreak of Staghorn Algae in my 29g shrimp tank. It’s mostly on the driftwood and Java moss that’s on the driftwood. There’s a little on the Vallisneria. Ph is 6.8. Nitrates 20 PPM. No nitrites no ammonia. I don’t dose CO2 and there’s pretty good flow. I have an Aquaclear 70 on there for now. I dose Fluval Gro+ fertilizer once a week at 2.5 ml. I’ve tried dosing H2O2 at 1.5 ml per gallon. It hasn’t had any effect. I’ve tried Seachem excel and did not like the effect it had on the Shrimp, Val, or mosses. Would I be able to drain the tank down to spot treat with hydrogen peroxide without killing my shrimps with the peroxide or subsequent water change? Should I spot treat with the water in? Or should I continue the H2O2 fogging method?
  12. Greetings! I will be purchasing a Fluval Spec V and I am looking around for setup ideas. It will be stocked with blue shrimps and maybe eventually down the road a beta. The tank is rather narrow but long. Share your setups if you please! ☺️ Thanks!
  13. I have a really old lightly dirted 29 gallon shrimp tank. Light - current LED Plants list - Crypt, java moss, val, sword, ludwigia and everyone's favorite duckweed Algae list - Some BBA, but mostly hair algae!!! PH - 7-7.5 Nitrate - 0 Ammonia - 0 KH - 80-120 GH - 120 - 180 I dose EZ green once a week and feed daily. Water change is once per week 20%. Exclusively neo shrimp and assassin snails. I can't put fish in it because they will eat my shrimp. Anyone have any ideas to limiting this hair algae. Not a big fan of chemicals, looking for a more natural solution. In your experience what causes this type of algae?
  14. Hi all! This is a new 10 gallon shrimp tank with 9 brand new shrimp in it. It has been up and running for maybe 2 weeks now. The other day I noticed a ton of these worms all over the glass. Now, my first fear was planeria, but I didnt want to overreact and start treating something without actually seeing if it was a problem. I thought MAYBE detritus worms, but they are wriggling in the water like I've seen them do. All the plants are CO-OP and the shrimp are flip aquatics. I have done no quarantine or meds because I genuinely forget. Shrimp came a day earlier than expected, spent time acclimating, had a covid issue come up... messy weekend. But it's a brand new tank, so I wasnt concerned. So I'm trying to ID these. But I can not for the life of me get a good photo with my camera. Attached are the best I could do tonight. Can I get some guidance as far as: ID, monitoring moving forward, and treatment of necessary? I'm new to keeping shrimp, and just dont want to have potential harm to the fry. Appreciate all the help!
  15. What is the best kind of sponge filter for neocaridina shrimp? I have a new 12x12x24 tank that is roughly 15 gallons. I am thinking of buying the aquarium co-op ones, but wonder if the coarse sponge poses a risk to the baby shrimp? Would it be better to go for a finer grade sponge? any advice is appreciated!!
  16. I have a 75 gallon planted tank with 20 tetras and ~90 red cherry shrimp (RCS). Everyone in the tank gets along well and I started with 10 RCS and they keep having babies, which is great. The tetras aren't aggressive and only occasionally will nip at the shrimp if they are swimming during feeding time, but only briefly and they don't chase the shrimp once they realize they aren't food. I want to add 20 or 30 more tetras to the tank but I haven't added anything new to the tank in over a year. Should I have any concerns that the new tetras may behave differently and could be aggressive towards the shrimp? Or can I assume that since there is already a school of tetra in the tank that the new tetras wouldn't adversely affect the behavior of existing tetras and, more likely, will follow their lead and leave the shrimp alone? I've also considered getting the new tetras and setting up a quarantine tank and then every few days take 3-5 from the quarantine tank and place them into the main tank. The idea behind this is the smaller number of new tetras would join the current school of tetras and fall in line instead of adding such a large number all at once and possibly having some chaos. I may be over thinking this as I selected tetras for my RCS tank because they are not usually aggressive. Any advice is appreciated.
  17. The bowl is tiny, about 1.5 gallons. I found a nice red rock to put in the middle and would like some plants to accent that. I'm quite new to the hobby (started right before covid), and don't have encyclopedic knowledge of plant choices yet. Ideally, I'd like something small to make the rock look like a mountain for some shrimp to conquer. And I'd rather the soil be mostly covered, so whatever I choose, I'll get enough of it to heavily plant from the start. I have some dwarf hairgrass in another tank, and I think it might look nice in here, but I'm not sure how it will grow since I'm just using a desk lamp for this bowl. It does sit near an east facing window that gets some nice morning light, but I'm not sure how much it will help. Current Candidates: Dwarf Hairgrass Dwarf Baby Tears Micro Sword Cryptocoryne Parva Thoughts?
  18. Like the title says are Bay leaves ok for shrimps? Also got a couple other questions like do i only re-feed my shrimps after they are done with the leaves? Do i need to change it? Or will they eat it all/degrade over time?
  19. Hi all! Brand new here! I love Cory's informative videos on Youtube so I thought I would give the forum a try to connect with other hobbyists! I am starting my first shrimp tank and researching supplies! It will be a heavily planted 75g tank. I am deciding to go with the Fluval Plant 3.0 light so that takes care of lighting. But I am having trouble determining what is the best filter for me. I generally want to avoid a cannister filter if I can. I was thinking of trying one sponge filter on one side of the tank and a HOB on the other. Any other shrimp keepers recommend a brand of HOB filters that is best suited for shrimp? Don't want any babies getting sucked up but a sponge on the intake should take care of that 🙂
  20. So what’s the best way to pull out a sponge filter in a shrimp take without taking any with you when you clean it ?
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