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post #31 of 63 (permalink) Old 09-19-2013, 11:07 PM
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Awesome tank, I really like what you've done!
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post #32 of 63 (permalink) Old 09-22-2013, 11:30 PM Thread Starter
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What the F**K is this in my tank!

I found this nasty little critter in my tank this morning. After some internet searching I'm pretty sure this thing is a dragonfly nymph, which apparently eat fish and stuff. so I'm also pretty sure this is the culprit of some missing shrimp!

I pulled it out right away!

here some pics:

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A couple hours later the fish and shrimp seem to be coming out and swimming around more freely. not sure if they were scared before or not.

Right now I'm keeping a really sharp eye out for anymore of these suckers or any eggs that are obviously not from my snails.

I scared myself by reading into other post of people finding these things in their tank, and how they just tore their tank down and sanitized it! I'm tempted to do the same but I not sure what to do.

has anyone else had this type of thing happen to them? advice is much appreciated
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post #33 of 63 (permalink) Old 09-22-2013, 11:34 PM Thread Starter
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also I don't even know how this thing got into my tank since this is an indoor setup inside a room with closed windows.

I suspected its from an almond leaf or maybe even my HC (since I planted some of the HC out of another tank using the dry start tank method)
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post #34 of 63 (permalink) Old 09-27-2013, 03:33 AM Thread Starter
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Talking looking for an ID for one of my shrimps

Noticed this week one of my cherry shrimps doesn't look red like the others.

The cherry shrimp I bought from a fellow hobbyist so its very likely this little guy isn't a cherry. Sometimes little hideaways make it into the wrong batch (maybe he had a buddy he didn't want to leave)

here's the little bugger

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I have a feeling he's a Caridina thambipillia (sunkist shrimp) not sure though. he's one of the most active shrimp in my tank as well lol.
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post #35 of 63 (permalink) Old 10-27-2013, 12:28 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Bad things always happen fast in a nano tank

so I lost my entire stock of shrimp save for my black tiger shrimp (hardy little guy!) and pretty much my entire tank!

So for the last month I was battling staghorn algae and I finally took some time to aggressively deal with it. everything was going well until I moved my focus to my HC which was severely covered in staghorn algea. while pulling the staghorn off I accidentally pull large section of my carpet with it. All the shrimp immediately acted like they were drunk or half dead.

I tried saving them using the bucket and air stone method but it was a no go

I tested ammonia, that was fine, so all I can think of was some sort of aerobic or anaerobic bacteria was released.

so now I'm starting from the ground up. ordered some new substrate because I hated the fluval shrimp sand it was very dusty.

I'm not giving up on shrimp raising I just need to be more careful and less gung ho

Anyway updates to come soon once my tank is set up again
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post #36 of 63 (permalink) Old 10-27-2013, 12:58 AM
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Sorry to hear that. Hope you have better luck with the restart. Some times it takes a lot of lemons to make the lemonade, glad you`re not giving up
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post #37 of 63 (permalink) Old 10-27-2013, 06:45 AM Thread Starter
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thank you for the sentiment rustbucket.

In this hobby it is pretty easy to give up but your totally right about keeping on
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they orange one was not a sunkist shrimp. they are lower breeders and have a larva stage like amano. it was probably a bad colored cherry shrimp to be honest. sorry about your loss. also incase i missed it tiger shrimp will cross breed with crystal reds.
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post #39 of 63 (permalink) Old 10-27-2013, 07:57 PM Thread Starter
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I was keeping an eye out for that but the only shrimp that bred were the cherries.

I think when i have my tank nice and stable again, I'll try tiger shrimp they are a lot less shy than the crs.
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oh and thanks wicca27 for clarifying that id
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post #41 of 63 (permalink) Old 12-11-2013, 05:54 AM Thread Starter
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Tank "re-birth" *teaser* pic

It's been about a month and a half since I tore my tank down and started over, mostly from pure frustration over BBA and staghorn algae (and loosing my entire stock of shrimp).
Anyway I gotta little preview pic for ya all

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Growing back nice and lush!

More pics to come soon!
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post #42 of 63 (permalink) Old 12-17-2013, 07:51 AM Thread Starter
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*official update* 11 gallon (overgrown) dutch wannabe

besides the teaser update its been a bit since a proper update.

Since my tank crash, or whatever it was, I've started new (sorta)

have a look

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Christmas lights in the background
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I really wish I had a better camera to capture the details *sigh*, but my phone doesn't do a terrible job.
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I really love this red tiger lotus I scored at my LFS. It was pretty big when I bought it, now it just grows and grows lol! I'll probably be selling trimmings from it soon!

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current stock:

flora

Rotala rotundifolia
Nymphaea zenkeri
Limnophila sessiliflora
Hydrocotyle tripartita "Japan" (great low maintenance carpet plant)
Taxiphyllum sp. (flame moss)
limnobium laevigatum

fauna

mystery snail
Celestial pearl danios (2)
various ramshorn snails
(soon to be stocked: Fire Red Sakura Shrimp)

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Love the new carpet, your plants look like they're doing great. Sorry to hear about your shrimp.You are not the only one to have bad luck on the first try with shrimp. It took me a few batches of shrimp before I had any survive, never knew what I was doing to kill them.

Try stabilizing your phone while you are photographing your tank, looks like its just simple camera shake causing your blured photos. I flip my office chair around and use it to prop my iphone on when I take pictures of my tank, does a decent job!
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post #45 of 63 (permalink) Old 12-18-2013, 09:47 AM Thread Starter
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thanks for the advice synaethetic, I'll try that technique next time.
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