I was had one really nice one that was berried but she died because she didn't molt correctly. Like she had some eggs stuck to her. during the molt. I tried my best to help it but in the end i couldn't do anything. I want to get them again because i only have 2 males but man a college student's budget is really tight... and 4-5 dollars a shrimp +10 dollars SnH is a killer.
Whenever the shrimp shells get really shiny and dark, they are likely to molt soon. A dirty little secret , this is when they are best photographed. Add a pinch or two of calcium clay and ensure they will get through this. I havent had a failed molt in the past 7 months since ive started this and readily give out calcium at meets to help others overcome this problem. Its a simple and inexpensive fix.
Im sure a 125 will come up again on craiglist as they do quite often. Just have to be patient
What's the light fixture you have lighting the 5g?
It's just a shoplight on a ZooMed Vivarium lamp stand.
Monster: I added yellow shrimp from dasob85 on Monday. 71 of them! XD The kids were fighting over the magnifying glasses & it was madness so I didn't get pictures. I really need to update their blog too, lol. It's grown in really well, I removed excess plants a few weeks back and I'm working on a lighting problem but otherwise going beautifully.
Thanks furnfins! That was the idea XD I think all my tanks start with a nice hardscape and then I add plants and it becomes a wilderness because I can't be bothered to do trimmings, lol. Hopefully the 125 turns out nice.