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post #16 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-30-2012, 09:27 PM
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While this may work for you, I hope the OP doesn't take this line.

You run the risk of introducing things to your tank that you otherwise wouldn't. From nitrogenous waste to planaria.
You are assuming no QT?
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post #17 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-30-2012, 09:38 PM
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To quarantine, you'd need to add the shrimp to a tank without any of the water they originally were shipped with. Otherwise you're not actually putting anything in quarantine.
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The shrimps survive in the water they come in with, it can't be too bad, to me anyway. I don't try to do all the extras to get to 99% (it can never be 100%, you do want the shrimps in the tank, right?).

I cut the bag and have the water, shrimps and all into a small breeder box, turn the air flow to minimum (get like a drop every few seconds), then come back a few hours later to pour the whole thing in (sans the dirty stuff on the bottom). If I want to be safer, I might adjust the water flow to highest after a few hours and let that run for a few more hours, or even a day (yeah, sometimes I forget ;-)

Adding some ammonia or no2 (from the bag) into a tank should not affect much, as long as your tank is well cycled. Chances of having hydras or planarias hitchhike is pretty small considering the water is normally taken from the top of the tank. Bacteria will be mostly on/in the shrimps.
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The shrimps survive in the water they come in with, it can't be too bad, to me anyway. I don't try to do all the extras to get to 99% (it can never be 100%, you do want the shrimps in the tank, right?).

I cut the bag and have the water, shrimps and all into a small breeder box, turn the air flow to minimum (get like a drop every few seconds), then come back a few hours later to pour the whole thing in (sans the dirty stuff on the bottom). If I want to be safer, I might adjust the water flow to highest after a few hours and let that run for a few more hours, or even a day (yeah, sometimes I forget ;-)

Adding some ammonia or no2 (from the bag) into a tank should not affect much, as long as your tank is well cycled. Chances of having hydras or planarias hitchhike is pretty small considering the water is normally taken from the top of the tank. Bacteria will be mostly on/in the shrimps.
Lets just say all the nematodes, copepods, scuds, seed shrimp, etc have come from my shrimp orders.

I lazily poured everything in during when I first started and boy oh boy I still have the tank that's infested with everything.

The pests usually come from the plants that are put into the bag for the shrimps to hold on to.

I wouldn't recommend pouring everything in the bag. Copepods and other micro organisms are tiny and you only need just one. I would net the shrimp and move them over....my infection rate has been nearly eliminated after doing this.

Bottom line for best survivability: drip method IME.
Take some time to acclimate slowly, it'll pay off in the long run.
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This is why sns is sometimes a petridish of surprises... The extras you get sometimes isn't what you think. My scud colony came from plants that came with my shrimp. Pretty sure of it since the plants purchased normally go into my fish tanks.

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No matter where you get your shrimp, I would always quarantine them. I generally pour mine into a jar and scoop each shrimp one by one with a tiny net. It's not 100% perfect but I am on the lookout for scuds, planaria and other craziness. Sometimes I'll even put a few baby guppies with the new shrimp in whatever container I am housing them in....this ensures that they eat any craziness that might be in there so I don't scoop it into my tank. I am terrified of getting any surprises especially since my colony is flourishing.
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