Updated tank shot. I added 14 more CRS. Should have 24 exactly in the tank plus 1 golden bee that came along for the ride, although I haven't seen it lately. So, if it add it up all together, I got the shrimps for $94/25 shrimp = $3.76 per shrimp including shipping!
Shrimps always love to the graze on those sponges, which they poop all over. When I clean them out, all this nasty stuff gets squeezed out.
Beautiful tank! I hope you don't mind me asking, but did you experience any die off when you removed the CO2? I'm doing something fairly similar, with willow moss, anubias nana petite, pennywort, and some fissidens.
Thanks! I didn't witness any plant die off when I stopped the CO2. However, my plants aren't particularly demanding and don't really require CO2 injection. The CO2 was mostly just to get the plants going and suck any ammonia/nitrate that was in the water. Right now, they are growing, but at a VERY slow pace. Share your setup when you get a chance!
Alrighty, time for another post weekend update. As you can see, the moss in the tank has really overgrown. It's due a trim today when I get back from work. Surprisingly, though, the tank hasn't had a really bad algae problem. I guess what's helped is keeping up with the water changes and making sure to not feed the shrimps too much, so organic waste is kept to a minimum. Oh, and purigen!
Anubias and crypts are growing slowly without CO2, but are still growing. Will have to see how many more weeks it'll take for the anubias to put out another leaf. :P
I also picked up a petri dish from MsNemoShrimp here on TPT. Originally, I didn't expect the dish to be so tall and thought it would deter shrimps from entering the dish, but to my surprise it didn't. In fact, the taller dish served it's purpose well, since it kept the food primarily in the dish! It also gave me a chance to witness a shrimp feeding frenzy or "shrimp ball".
I thought this was funny. In the frenzy of feeding, one of the shrimps ends up picking at the head of another shrimp like a chimpanzee.
I witnessed some odd cannibalism in the tank a few days ago. So, I did a 20-30% water change of the tank this past weekend. Silly me, I should have just topped off, but I wanted to siphon out some moss I had trimmed off. Anyway, one of the tiny babies died because of the water change. You can see him here before he died. He started swimming in circles before doing a flick of death.
Then the shrimps around it started to go crazy and one of the bigger ones starts poking around until he finds the baby shrimps freshly dead body, and then starts to eat it. The others start fighting him for the body so he swims away and eats in peace....
Kind of a sad reality that babies end up on the dinner menu. However, I more concerned as to why the baby died. Haven't dosed bioplus recently and perhaps I changed too much water in too small of a tank. Will have to be more careful next time.
Been holding out on everyone, but all of a sudden many of my shrimps started to get berried! I didn't think the survival rate would be that great since it's a small tank, but apparently the conditions are good enough that the babies are thriving!
This has been one of my most successful tanks. The maintenance on this tank is very minimal. Besides topping off the water in the tank, there isn't much work involved. Cleaning doesn't take long, occasionally scrubbing the walls for algae and cleaning the filter only when the flow becomes really affected. Highly recommend a setup like this!