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Shrimps (new video added in reply #76, Feb 5th, 2014)

A couple of friends and I started a small shrimp operation a couple of months ago. Business is one thing but our main goal is to start breeding higher grade of CRS right here in Canada. All of us had kept shrimps for a while before we started this, and one of the main reasons we did it was to be able to get access to the kind of shrimps we wanted from other parts of the world legally.

That said, this is not a sales thread so please don't ask about buying shrimps from us (we don't sell live shrimps to USA). The watermark is that of the person who took the pictures (i.e. me), not the business itself. This thread is just to share some pictures with you. Let's talk about shrimps and maybe the setups.

First of all, here are some pics from our pure line breeding tank.






The kind of legs we all go crazy about.






Shrimps on moss, my favourite shots.








Babies






Another tank,









One of the cull tank,









Shadow Panda and Blue Bolt tank,













The mass production TB tank (i.e. high grade mischling involved), all babies in this tank came from TB x Mischling. Our mischling females when crossed with TB produce average 30% or more TBs, some individuals can produce near 50% of TB offsprings.










The regular A/S tank





The breeding tank, breeding crew from a famous breeder Max Wei. We do this tank trying to get the red legs from the line (because it's too expensive to try to extract red legs from high grade pure line that's $400+ each)






Some nicer individuals,




Most of our tanks are set up this way. In our opinion, the best way to set up a tank for breeding.
  • Not much scape for better circulation and easier to catch shrimps.
  • Half tank with bare bottom.
  • Small UGF on the substrate side.
  • Deeper substrate with filter media right above the UGF plate.
  • Aquaclear 70 with a sponge fiter as the prefilter.
  • Tank size : mostly 13 G, some 15G and 20G.
  • We use ADA Amazonia for most tanks, some tanks with Netlea CRS substrate.
  • The only filter media we use is Seachem Matrix, with very little Eheim stuff that came with the canister filters for some tanks.



Hope you enjoy these pictures.

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What a post! Those are some amazing shrimp, the white on those PRL's is stunning. Beautiful shrimps, thanks for sharing
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+1 Good luck with your ventures. You have some great shrimp to breed from!

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Beautiful shrimps ...

How much do you sell them for? Do you ship to U.S.A?

JUST KIDDING ...

One day I'll go to Canada and smuggle some back here ... :-)
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Looking good (: !
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Can you post some more full tank shots? I like the minimalist idea to make catching shrimp easy.

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Here is another shot to show the tank setup.



The idea is the simpler the better. Water change scheme varies, from 10%-15% every 10-14 days to 10% every 1.5-2 months.

Feeding wise, we feed high quality specialized shrimp food 2-3 times a week and spinach or mulberry leaves once a week.

Parameter-wise, all CRS tanks are TDS 80 -120, GH 3-5, TB tanks a bit higher, TDS 100-120, GH 5. We used to use Saltyshrimp GH+ with RO but slowly changing to a new product in liquid form.

Temperature around 73-75.

Hope this helps. Not saying this is the best way but just for your reference. We don't keep secrets unless it's from others and we don't have the permission to share.
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that is awesome!!! have fun and good luck ^^
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Those are some sexy looking shrimp! Looks like they prefer hanging out on the plai. Bottom floor than in the substrate. Digging on the algae walls too!
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Those are some sexy looking shrimp! Looks like they prefer hanging out on the plai. Bottom floor than in the substrate. Digging on the algae walls too!
Good observation. I dropped in some food to lure them to the substrate area for easy photo taking. When they graze in the tank (i.e. without introduced food), most of the shrimps prefer the bare bottom area. Very little would stay on the substrate area. This was one of the reasons we tried this half bare bottom configuration. I myself have observed that shrimps sometime would jerk off on substrate, but that almost never happens on the bare bottom area. My guess is something in the substrate that irritates them thus this design. We're also trying breed shrimps in tank without active substrate (or with active substrate that doesn't lower PH anymore), it's still in experiment stage so I won't bore you with too much uncertain hypothesis.
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I am amazed at the tremendous colors you have achieved with these shrimp. I imagine the initial culling period must have been very tedious to get to this point.
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Just curious to what PH you keep your TB at? My first batch of TB shrimp are scheduLed for arrival today.
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How many mineral balls you got there randy? and what brand are they?
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I dont think those are mineral balls, they look like the azoo bacteria balls

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You mean those in the background? Those are eheim substratpro that came with some of the eheim canisters we use. We use mineral and trace element additives developed by our own weekly, very similar to SMW which is highly praised by Asian breeders.


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