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post #46 of 57 (permalink) Old 02-05-2010, 08:55 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, those bastards are going back home then, before I order more shrimp...

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post #47 of 57 (permalink) Old 02-19-2010, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
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Okidoki....
the next batch of shrimp spent the last 5 hours drip acclimating in a vase

Thanks to epicfish, who once again managed to ship these guys without heatpack across the country without any DOA

They are now in the tank, while the rasboras are in their bus home (glad container). I'll have them in the tank at home in a few hours... they will be much happier there anyway...

I also removed the huge java fern to take home... I had some offshoots that I attached to another piece of DW I bought a couple of weeks ago.
I also attached some anubias to that.
I am getting a crypt next week and maybe try some more moss for the filter wall.

Here are some pics... sorry about the reflections. My office mate would not appreciate me turning the light off in the middle of the work day



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Looking good! Glad the shrimpies made it safely, they look good! Can't wait to see the plants grow in!!!

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Thanks Kara...

I am quite the beginner at keeping shrimp and it shows... yesterday (after an unattended weekend in the office) I could only count up to 7 shrimp at a time... now keep in mind that the tanins from the peet under the gravel still tinges the water pretty badly and the gravel is also the about the same color as the shrimp. But I did see some floating shrimp parts So I know there have been some casualties...

This morning I counted a lot more (11 or so) out of originally 20 (or so, I think epic always sends some extras). So I am a little more hopefull about keeping them alive this time... It certainly helps that they have the tank for themselves...

I have not dosed any fertilizers in the last few days, but after reading some heated discussions on that topic I decided to resume with my normal EI dosing and Excel. I will take it easy on the nitrates until the plants grow in some more though...

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i have a 10 gallon for cherry shrimp also, sometimes i'm like 'WHERE THE HECK IS EVERYONE?' and i can only spot like 20 of them and sometimes there's like 40 all right there in plain sight. yours are prob especially hard to see against the tan gravel right now.
could the shrimp parts you saw be molting? were they clear/white?

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Keep in mind, shrimp will molt their old shells to grow new ones and a lot of times those molted exoskeletons can look like shrimp parts, so I would bet that's what you saw!

RCS are pretty hardy, and they're really good at hiding, especially if they have just molted, so I bet your have even more in there than you think

Just make sure you supplement them with some fish food and / or an algae wafer if there isn't a lot of natural algae in the tank.

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Keep in mind, shrimp will molt their old shells to grow new ones and a lot of times those molted exoskeletons can look like shrimp parts, so I would bet that's what you saw!

RCS are pretty hardy, and they're really good at hiding, especially if they have just molted, so I bet your have even more in there than you think

Just make sure you supplement them with some fish food and / or an algae wafer if there isn't a lot of natural algae in the tank.

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Yes I am hopeful, they are certainly getting less timid...I now (well today during the workday) frequently see free swimmers... I really should have chosen a different substrate... pea sized gravel has a couple of problems.. for one it is nicely matched in color to the shrimp , but it also is too course so that the shrimp food I bought falls down into the substrate...
I actually saw one of the shrimp start "digging" and getting half into the gravel I hope it was able to free itself again I am thinking of putting a small dish in there and putting the food in there... would make it easier to make an estimate on the number of shrimp as well...

I also feed veggie bits (angelfoodplus.com) and sinking algae wafers from omega one.

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i try to drop the food onto the driftwood or moss for easy access

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Hmmm that's a good idea... too bad I just removed the DW that had nice horizontal faces on it

I'm going to think about wrapping a flat rock in moss... I just don't have either at the moment, rock or moss

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then just go with a dish.. they won't care what the food is on

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The shrimp are here!!! Red Cherry Shrimp to be exact.

Still a bit pale from the 3 day trip across the country, but VERY lively...
not a single DOA... I am very happy! Thanks epicfish for a great deal on the S&S.

I was a little worried as my harlequin rasboras looked like they were going to go into a feeding frenzy, but they were just a bit startled bu all that activity I think.

At least I didn't see any nibbling on shrimp

I am having a really hard time focussing on work right now...which is why I am posting here

I also bought some anubia barteri for this tank.
I know they will get a bit too big I think, but we'll see. I think I now really have to start thinking about arranging some of these plants. It's kind of a wild disarray at the moment...
so that's what happened to my shrimp :O nooooooo . l had bought like 10 and all were gone after a 2 week vacation. Well atleast now i know

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Awesome... I think I just missed one of my shrimps molting... I looked at it earlier and it seemed to be peeling a bit... at least that's what it looked like...

Now I just saw a reeeaally pale shrimp and I also found a really red empty shell on the floor...

Excuse my giddiness, but I had not seen this before...


On a somewhat unrelated note, I discovered during a water change earlier this week, that my shrimp have figud out how to climp over the filter mat and into the area behind it... very unfortunate, as I don't know how many will get sucked up by the powerhead and get shredded...
I will have to find a way to keep them out of there...

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