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  1. Aloha all! I had a 5 gallon tank sitting around and after asking the Forum what I should do with it I was inspired to do ʻōpae ʻula, or Supershrimp. This will be a whole new experience for me, as they're brackish shrimp. I am intrigued by the simplicity of their tank habitat - no filter, no air bubbler, not much lighting and hardly any feeding. The lack of plants will also be strange, though I have read of a macro algae that can be used. The cycling takes quite a while - 4-6 weeks from what I've been reading. However, once it's up and running it's pretty much just watch the little guys swim about and pick at the rocks. I need to pick up a few more rocks (or break up the one I have since it is rather large), but this is pretty much all it will take. As you can see in the photo there's a 'mesh' on the left of the tank. This is a Fluval Spec (I believe) that I removed the false wall and filter from; the 'mesh' is to help disguise the filter. I'll probably stick lava rocks to the wall in that area just to help disguise it. It doesn't bother me that much, so we'll see if I just lazy out and leave it alone.
  2. So I picked up some black rose shrimps, so I thought. Turns out one is a black rose and the other is a chocolate shrimp. But I’ve never seen one with color that resembles a titanium tip exhaust for cars. Fyi, I noticed the color after he molted so I feel like he just has a lot of color pigmentation passed down from past genes. Help lol
  3. Frogs, Shrimp, and Snails African Dwarf Frogs Amano Shrimp Cherry Shrimp Orange Shrimp Red Rili Shrimp Yellow Shrimp Blue Velvet Shrimp Bamboo Shrimp Nerite Snails (Red Spot, Zebra, and Zebra Thorn) Assorted Mystery Snails Goldfish Red Cap Oranda Bettas Crowntail Crowntail Black Orchid King Halfmoon Halfmoon Super Plakat Alien Blue Plakat Copper Yellow Betta Smaragdina (aka Pink Pearl Betta, Wild) Gouramis and other Anabantoides Powder Blue Dwarf Female Gouramis Sunset Honey Gourami Leopard Bush Fish (Tank Raised) Cichlids Apistogramma Borelli "Blue" Apistogramma Cacatuoides "Super Red" Golden Dwarf Cichlid German Blue Ram Common Kribensis Corydoras Black Caped Cory (Corydoras Brevirostris) NEW Loreto Cory Panda Cory Pygmy Cory (Wild) Sterbai Cory False Julii Cory Plecos L114 Red Fin Sternella Longfin Green Dragon (Locally Bred) Common Colombian Otocinclus Loaches Kuhli Loach Reticulated Hillstream Loach Tetras Cardinal Tetra (Wild Brazil) Ember Tetra Green Neon Tetra (Wild Colombia) Neon Tetra Rummy-Nose Tetra Silver Tip Tetra Marble Hatchet Fish (Wild) Rasboras Exclamation Point Rasboras Barbs and other Cyprinids Cherry Barbs Rosy Barb Roseline Shark Danios and other Minnows Celestial Pearl Danio Long Fin Zebra Danio Gold White Cloud Vietnam White Cloud Livebearers Assorted Male Endlers Assorted Fancy Female Guppies Assorted Fancy Male Guppies (Green Lace, Neon Red Dragon, Cobra Red, Blue Variegated, and Neon Metallic Blue) Koi Tuxedo Guppy Pairs Showa Tricolor Platy Assorted Hifin Swordtails Rainbows Neon Dwarf Rainbow Killifish P82 Gardneri Killifish Pairs Oddballs Silver Datnoid Lipstick Goby Peacock Gudgeon Pea Puffer Fish listed from top to bottom: Silver Datnoid, Koi Tuxedo Guppy Pairs, Roseline Shark, Red Cap Oranda, Lip Stick Goby, Loreto Cory, Black Caped Cory, German Blue Ram, P82 Gardneri Killifish Pairs, and Hifin Swordtail
  4. Hi folks 👋🏻 I'm Julia, nice to join your CARE community! This will be a journal of my fish-keeping journey in Canada. Having a weak memory I need a place to keep track of my mistakes (and hopefully successes in future) and forum seems to be a nicer, safer place than Facebook group. Will start documenting my first *stressful* month into the hobby tomorrow and share my story 🐟
  5. Hey everybody! I just joined the forum so I figured I'd share my tanks. The first is a 20 long I set up a 3 years ago. It currently has a betta, 9 neon tetras, and 2 Cory's with 2 more in quarantine. The 55 I set up about a year and a half ago, and redid to scape a few months ago. It has the male dwarf gourami that was originally in the 20, a black phantom, and 2 praecox rainbows (I lost the rest of those two schools to a bacterial infection I got from not quarantining Cory cats), 5 forktail rainbows with 5 more in quarantine and 6 Cory cats. Do you think those java ferns in the 20 would be enough cover to add some cherry shrimp?
  6. Hi.I got 24 red cherry shrimp from who does 30 days quarantine, but when I got them yesterday, when I opened up the breather bag and put them into the container, I thought I saw something on shrimp's head so I brought phone to look closer and enlarged focusing on the shrimp head area. Out of 24, 19 has these white sticks on them which FB shrimp group people suspects it could be Scutariella Japonica. I contacted the company; at that time, picture was not with circle marking,and she came back and says all pictures I sent to her looks completely normal... Did not look like she was seeing what I was seeing so, I circled the area I was worried about. I have not heard back from her yet and For just in case they say send them back, I have not putting anything to it nor drip acclimating either. I would like to know if everyone think these are healthy looking normal shrimp with white sticks as part of their red cherry shrimp (but if that was the case, why the rest of 5 has no white sticks on them..I wonder) or what me and other shrimp keeper seeing is correct and they are somewhat sick... What is your opinion @Cory especially? Are they completely normal looking red cherry shrimp? Your store maybe sell cherry shrimp so you may know what is normal and what is not. Thank you.
  7. I just stocked a freshly cycled 20 gallon planted tank with three dumbo guppies, one lively panda garra, and 10 shrimp -- 5 baby amano and 5 baby cherry. First time this tank has had anything in it other than the hitchiking bladder snails from the plants. One of the guppies was weaker than the other two from day one (Thursday). I thought maybe it was stress, so I left it alone, but it didn't get any better the next day (Friday). If anything, it looked worse. On Saturday, I put it in a newly set up hospital tank. I didn't have any meds, so I dosed the tank with aquarium salt, which I did have. The guppy continued to decline on Saturday, developing pink-ish red spots along its body. Google told me the red might be an ammonia burn, but my API master test kit AND API ammonia strip test both said that the ammonia inside the hospital tank was at 0 (the water test was hard to distinguish between 0 and 0.25, but it was more yellow than green). Just to be safe, I did a 20% water change in the hospital tank early Sunday afternoon anyway. In retrospect, I think the water change might have been a mistake, because the sick guppy took a nose dive right after that -- literally and figuratively. The water change was about 12pm on Sunday; the guppy was dead by 4pm. 😞 Alright. Now to my main question. Of the three remaining fish -- two more dumbo guppies and a panda garra, the panda and one of the guppies seem totally happy and healthy, very lively. But the last guppy doesn't seem very strong. He's still swimming around, but sometimes (maybe 30% of the time?) he acts pretty lethargic. He also had a poop earlier today that he looked like he was having trouble passing, like he was constipated, and one of his front fins is split up its center. I'm considering moving him into the hospital tank, which is still dosed with salt, but what if there really was some kind of water parameter problem with that tank that made the dead guppy worse? The water came directly from my 20 gallon tank straight into the hospital tank, and my readings all seemed good and were taken right before I set up the hospital tank (I will put the numbers at the bottom in case you're interested). I ordered the trio of medications that Aquarium Co-Op recommends (first-time customer; thanks, Aquarium Co-Op!). My main question is: Can I / should I dose the whole 20 gallon tank with the three meds when they arrive? But if I do... will it hurt the shrimp? Alternatively, should I move the weaker guppy into the hospital tank and dose just that tank? OR, should I just leave the weaker one be for now and give him a chance to rest without me bothering him? Water parameters: ph = 7.4 - 7.6 Ammonia = 0 - 0.25 Nitrite = 0 Nitrate = 0 kh = 3 degrees / 53.7 gh = 7 degrees / 125.3 Calcium = 40
  8. This berried shrimp looks like a zombie! She's swimming just fine, eating just fine, and seems to be molting? Will she lose the eggs? Will she survive? Is there anything I can do? Tank parameters: 7.4 pH 0 ppm Ammonia 0 ppm Nitrites 0 ppm Nitrates 14 GH (drops from API test kit) 20 KH (drops from API test kit)
  9. I'm going to PetSmart today to get a shrimp tankmate for my betta fish in a 5 gallon tank. Which shrimp should I pick? What should I feed it? How many should I buy? Thanks!
  10. Frogs, Shrimp, and Snails African Dwarf Frogs Amano Shrimp Cherry Shrimp Orange Shrimp Red Rili Shrimp Blue Velvet Shrimp Bamboo Shrimp Assassin Snails Mystery Snails (Gold) Nerite Snails (Red Spot and Zebra) Goldfish Assorted Orandas Red & White Ryukin Bettas Crowntail Halfmoon Dumbo Ear Halfmoon Super Plakat Copper Koi Plakat Red Snow Dragon Plakat Marble Gouramis and other Anabantoides Chocolate Gouramis Powder Blue Dwarf Female Gourami Sunset Honey Gourami Pearl Gourami Black Tiger Dario (Wild) Cichlids Dwarf Victorian Mouthbrooder Apistogramma Agassizii "Fire Red" Jurupari (Wild Peru) Bolivian Ram (Tank Raised) Midnight Rams (Dean Bred) Gold Rams (Dean Bred) Corydoras Sixray Corydoras (Wild) Albino Cory Panda Cory Pygmy Cory (Wild) Corydoras Similis Sterbai Cory Flase Julii Cory Plecos and other Catfish Common Colombian Otocinclus L081 Gold Nugget L199 Yellow Zebra Pleco Colombian Whiptail Catfish Dwarf Anchor Catfish Loaches Kuhli Loach Pygmy Multi Stripe Loach Reticulated Hillstream Loach Tetras Black Neon Tetra Cardinal Tetra (Wild Brazil) Ember Tetra Glowlight Tetra Green Fire Tetra Green Neon Tetra (Wild Colombia) Neon Tetra Silver Tip Tetra Long Fin Serpae Tetra Eques Pencilfish (Wild) Rasboras Exclamation Point Rasbora Strawberry Rasbora Rasbora Het Barbs and other Cyprinids Cherry Barb Siamese Algae Eater Rainbow Shark Roseline Shark Danios and other Minnows Celestial Pearl Danio Kyathit Danio Glowlight Danio Spotted Danio Long Fin Zebra Danio White Cloud Livebearers Assorted Fancy Female Guppies Assorted Fancy Male Guppies (Gold Snakeskin, Red Snakeskin, Blue Variegated, Luminous Purple, and Snow White) Metallic Livebearer Gold Lyretail Molly Red Swordtail Rainbows Neon Dwarf Rainbow Red Neon Rainbow Killifish Chocolate Australe Killifish Pairs Florida Flag Fish Norman's Lampeye Large Fin Lampeye (Procatopus Nototaenia, pretty cool looking once mature) Ricefish Orange Medaka Ricefish (Dean Bred) Daisy's Blue Ricefish Oddballs Senegal Bichir Delhezi Bichir Burmese Zebra Eel Zig Zag Eel Blue Neon Goby Pea Puffer Sumatran Red Eye Puffer Fish listed from top to bottom: Midnight Ram, Chocolate Gourami, Orange Medaka Ricefish, Six Ray Corydora and Daisy's Blue Ricefish, Oranada Goldfish, Ryukin Goldfish, Gold Ram, Plakat Copper Koi Betta, and Black Tiger Dario
  11. I just picked up a really beautiful rotala indica plant today from a local fish store and I was doing some research on how to propagate the plant but I don’t feel comfortable doing that yet. I wanted to post here since we have some plant wizards in here lol. But yes, I would greatly appreciate it if a kind soul would tell me some knowledge on how to trim up some rotala. Edit- what’s the easiest/hardiest shrimp to keep? Preferably ones that breed fairly easy. I’ve never kept shrimp so I really don’t know too much about them but the basics
  12. Aquariums hold many more living things than fish. What is in your tank? I caught this grass shrimp last week in a ditch while collecting banana plants.
  13. Hi everybody! I have a 20 gallon tank and had some bristlenose plecos in it. I was wondering how much water I should change if I had shrimp. I have heard that shrimp like small water changes but these bristlenose plecos are poop machines! Does anyone have experience with this combo? How much water should I change and how often should I change water? I want to try to breed both of them and keep both species happy. Thank you
  14. I have heard lots of mixed things about celestial pearl danios aka galaxy rasboras with shrimp. I have mostly heard they will kill every shrimp they see one person said it decimated their colony of 40 shrimp to 3. I have also heard of lots of people keeping platys with shrimp and I don't see how that could possibly be better when platys get 3 inches and CPDs get 1. Could it be a aggression thing maybe? . Do you think it would be ok in a densely planted tank? If not what are other substitutes I was thinking maybe kubotai or chili rasboras.
  15. Hi, I'm new to the hobby and am thinking of starting my first breeding project! I have a 160l (about 42 gal) community tank and lately one of my honey gourami have been building a bubble nest and I have seen the male "embracing" one of the females. I therefore went out and bought a 30l (about 8 gal) tank to set up as a breeding tank. I don’t want to leave it empty after, and was wondering if I set this up as a shrimp tank, could I use it as a breeding tank later on with the shrimp still in it? Could not find any good information on this online and am therefore hoping someone here have any experience with this. Any advice is much appreciated!
  16. Hi all I am cinsidering getting cherry shrimp. But because they cost so much I want to know if anyone has had any success or believes that they could succesfully breed in a community setup.
  17. I was pleasantly surprised to find an orange shrimp pop up amongst my red cherry shrimp colony! Due to this, I suspect some of the reds might have been culls from an orange line or something; it must be in the genetics somewhere. I'd like to propagate this and ideally start an orange line. I think it will be pretty tough, but I'd like to try- it should be good fun. Based on the classic color chart of shrimp, it looks like I should just breed the orange one with... any solid red? Thoughts?
  18. The color is inhanced by the light but why do 2 of my ghost shrimp have this reddish spot and the other 2 dont
  19. Searched the forum for answers more than once, and thought I ought to start participating. Thanks for the great info everyone shares. Started a 20G fish tank a few months ago and bought a couple neocaridina shrimp for fun and fell in love with shrimp. SUPER FUN!! I led with my face, as I often do, and smashed into more than a few walls...particularly when I mixed Blue Dreams and Blue Velvets. Both blue, right? Whoops. So then I got a cull tank and more tanks for the carbon rilis, blue diamonds, and brownish red (chocolates or marys?) they are throwing my way. Enjoying the adventure, and I'll eventually get them sorted properly. Thanks for having the forum. I hope to be able to contribute on the shrimp side. I haven't made all the mistakes to learn from yet, but I'm still working on it.
  20. I've been "shrimping" for a few months. Primary tank 20G, HOB w/ sponge prefilter, heavily planted. Cull tank 10G, and now multiple 5G tanks so I have have a few different colors. I am switching my 5 gal tanks to sponge filters. I watched a couple of Cory's videos, and I also read AqCoop articles. Here's my question: My baby shrimp are small, small, small. They will clearly fit through the coarse sponge holes of the 6 sponge filters set-ups I just bought from AqCoop. Is that okay? Will they just swim out the top? Image 1: about 7 of the little tykes (maybe a week or so old) in between the rock and the fine prefilter sponge I took out of the main tank and set in for biofilm. Image 2: mighty might on top of the fine sponge in the tank with the coarse sponge just outside for comparison. Thank you for your help!
  21. Frogs, Shrimp, and Snails African Dwarf Frog Amano Shrimp Cherry Shrimp Orange Shrimp Blue Velvet Shrimp Bamboo Shrimp Assassin Snail Nerite Snails (Red Spot and Zebra) Mystery Snail (Blue) Bettas Veiltail Crowntail Halfmoon Koi Plakat Gouramis Powder Blue Dwarf Female Gourami Pearl Gourami Sunset Honey Gourami Sparkling Gourami Cichlids Apistogramma Borelli "Blue" German Blue Ram Red Head Tapajos (Locally Bred) Corydoras Panda Cory (Tank Raised) Sterbai Cory (Tank Raised) Albino Cory Salt and Pepper Plecos L177 Gold Nugget LDA 74 Blue Medusa L200 Green Phantom L260 Queen Arabesque Common Colombian Otocinclus (limited number) Other Catfish Dwarf Anchor Catfish Dwarf Petricola Catfish (Locally Bred) Loaches Zipper Kuhli Loach Yoyo Loach Tetras Bloodfin Tetra Blue Tetra Cardinal Tetra (WIld Brazil) Ember Tetra Neon Tetra Red & Blue Colombian Tetra Rummy-Nose Tetra Serpae Tetra Long Fin Silver Tip Tetra Marble Hatchetfish (Wild) Marthae Hatchetfish (Wild Colombia) Rasboras Neon Green Rasbora Chili Rasbora Emerald Eye Rasbora Exclamation Point Rasbora Barbs and other Cyprinids Cherry Barb Panda Garra (Wild) Minnows Gold White Cloud Long Fin White Cloud Livebearers Assorted Fancy Female Guppies Assorted Fancy Male Guppies (Neon Red Dragon, Gold Cobra, Cobra Metallic Green, Eclipse, Japanese Red Tail, Neon Metallic Blue, Tequila Sunrise, Yellow Tail Tuxedo) Calico Lyretail Molly Rainbows Threadfin Rainbow Killifish Chocolate Australe Killi Pairs Ricefish Daisy Blue Ricefish Oddballs Senegal Bichir Blue Neon Goby Glass Goby Pea Puffer Sumatran Red Eye Puffer Fish listed from top to bottom: Red Head Tapajo, Fancy Halfmoon, Veiltail Betta, Threadfin Rainbow, Apisto. Borelli "Blue", Chocolate Australe Killi Pairs, Sumatran Red Eye Puffer.
  22. So my shrimp has a line down it's back and I've had them for only a few weeks now and I was curious as to whether this stripe down their back was from stress or just their color pattern
  23. I woke up to find one of my blue dream shrimp dead looking white as a ghost. Was this a failed molt or do they just look like this when they die?
  24. I feel terrible about this but I noticed this on my shrimp a few weeks back and didn't know any better. I saw it today, and filmed it and asked a different group what it could be. They all said it is this Ellobiopsidae or (and) Cladogonium ogishimae and to 'get rid of the shrimp'. I don't want to euthanize unless absolutely necessary. I have quarantined them into a large vase....I put an indian almond leaf in with it...but I am not sure past that what kind of medicine to give it...any suggestions on how to care of it? or is this hopeless? Any help is greatly appreciated. Also, I don't have a heater or a filter in the flower vase with it, and I have plastic wrap on the top with holes in it so air gets in. I put an algae wafer in with it so it could eat...don't know if that was a mistake. my water parameters in the planted 40 gallon he was in was 0 ammonia PH 6.6 Nitrite 0.0 Nitrate 20 GH 9 KH 5 Temp 78f He is in the water from that tank....also, should I be worried about my 100+ other RCS in that tank?
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