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post #16 of 130 (permalink) Old 10-12-2011, 05:21 AM Thread Starter
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I just added 5 new shrimps. I did the acclimation for 1 hour. (mixing of my tank water into the LFS water gradually over 1 hour)... all of the shrimps are AOK till today and actively grazing my mosses. AND!!! I SPOT ONE WITH RACING STRIPES!!! Crossing fingers for berried shrimp later!! HOO AHH!

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Some of my shrimps gathering to graze the moss.
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AND!!! I SPOT ONE WITH RACING STRIPES!!! Crossing fingers for berried shrimp later!!
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You already have one. Center one in the pic.

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Really? How do u know that one is berried? I am not seeing any eggs there. I think it is just the random patterns of her skin...
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No, try ctrl++ and you'll see some yellow-green eggs.

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Nah.. its just the color of the moss behind her.. I am looking very closely at every one of them, so far there is no visible eggs. i hope soon.
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Did a few rescaping - reposition the rock to be off centered as suggested.
And create a moss tree Bonsai style.

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At another angle


And close up of the bonsai moss tree
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Today a shrimp molted. But still alive. Yay.
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Every shrimps are healthy (eating and pooping)..

but I have yet to see berries...grr.. i want them babies!!
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Okay.... it seems my shrimp dislike that super white pebbles. They seem to be keeping away from it. LOL. So I decided to take it off. I tied the plastic branch to a small pebble and put some christmas moss on it and tuck it at another corner of the tank.

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LOL. Maybe due to their prey instinct? Since they blended into the dark colored substrate they want nothing to do with the white pebbles. I must say I really like your layout in this tank. And that bonsai tree idea! I really liked how you had it in that glass cup thing. I will totally be stealing that idea! I have bare bottom shrimp tanks (had a bad experience with black sand and a HOB filter semi-exploding) so having little vases inside would look cool :P
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LOL. Maybe due to their prey instinct? Since they blended into the dark colored substrate they want nothing to do with the white pebbles. I must say I really like your layout in this tank. And that bonsai tree idea! I really liked how you had it in that glass cup thing. I will totally be stealing that idea! I have bare bottom shrimp tanks (had a bad experience with black sand and a HOB filter semi-exploding) so having little vases inside would look cool :P
I have been noticing the same for my tetras as well. They dislike anything bright white. Like when I take a piece of white tissue paper and wipe the external wall, they'd be zig zagging at the speed of light in there!!

Yeah, I actually like the glass cup in there as well.. with some dark colored pebbles, it would be nice. That'd be a nice addition to your bare bottom tank! Good luck with that.
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Yesterday saw some shrimps gather around grazing their dead friend.

I just top up the water a day before that (about 5%). no idea why he died.
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Just reporting in the journal.

Last 3 days went for a short holiday. I put some extra food in the tank.
I left the tank dark, but the tank gets some sunlight from the nearby window.

Today came home to a tank with new inhabitants - some hydras spotted on the wall. some tiny planarias as well. This is my first hydra encounter, so I swoosh them on the glass wall - not a good idea as someone here said they will regenerate from the swooshed mush.

Bad mood.

Also, happening all in this same day - just my luck - i spotted one shrimp molting, before he can even finish, came another 2 bigger female shrimp and started to graze on her back. her skins torn out, showing white flesh, she wiggles a bit (in pain?), and few minutes later she died. the 2 bigger female shrimp kept on grazing on her like its the most delicious meal ever.

I have no idea why my shrimps turn into canibals. i feed them fish food (with shrimp contents in it - could it be the cause?).

I am feeling like giving up on shrimp and turn the tank into a danios tank later, MAYBE.
As of today, Im left with 5 shrimps.

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