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10-01-2012 05:09 PM
deleted_user_17 Right then, this tank is empty now, I have moved all the shrimp to this tank.

I still have this tank running, but will break it down soon and sell it. It just wasn't that shrimp friendly and I had to do a few workarounds to make it safe. Hopefully the new tank will be a good home for them. I'm still glad I bought the tank though, I learnt a lot, but from seeing other setups and it not being that shrimp safe, it was time to upgrade.

Thanks again for everyone's comments and inputs, appreciated
09-17-2012 01:10 PM
deleted_user_17 @Drift Monkey

Thanks very much for stopping by, I'm glad you like the photos. The tank is ticking along nicely at the moment (famous last words!). The shrimplets are getting bigger each day, well except for the special one In fact they are probably not counted as shrimplets any more.

Here's a few pics I took yesterday

The mini shrimplet. It's become a favourite of mine, still hasn't got much colour, who knows what it will end up looking like! Maybe wild type?

And another of him/her above the adult. All the others in the photo are it's siblings.

Some of the new ones getting their nom on!


Thanks for looking and for liking

Hmm tips for good photos. I just take a lot. I'm using a bridge camera that does a fair job at macros, but it sounds like you have dslr? Maybe have a search in the photo section for tips there. One common (and good) piece of advice is to take photos at night, or when the room is as dark as possible.

I always try to get the focus on the eyes as best I can. As I say, I take a lot and then crop the better ones.

Good luck with the new lens, I look forward to seeing your photos
09-14-2012 09:59 PM
starrlamia Love this thread! Any tips on getting good photos? Should be getting a macro lens soon and I would love to take some good pics!

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09-14-2012 09:16 PM
Drift Monkey GREAT pictures of your shrimp! Any updates on this tank?
09-07-2012 10:37 AM
deleted_user_17 Will do
09-06-2012 04:58 PM
diwu13 Let me know how the tank progresses without substrate vac'ing. I'm really curious since I bought finer grained gravel (a bit smaller than yours) which I plan on using.
09-06-2012 04:40 PM
Originally Posted by diwu13 View Post
It does look much larger with that ruler for reference haha
It's strange huh! Thanks for looking in again
09-06-2012 04:35 PM
diwu13 Hm... you might have some problems with stuff getting stuck in the substrate. I guess you'll have to see if you stop gravel vacing the substrate.

It does look much larger with that ruler for reference haha
09-06-2012 04:26 PM
deleted_user_17 I figured a photo would be best to show the gravel size as I don't know if it's large or small. I don't think it counted as that fine over here, but maybe over there?

I don't know if the gunk gets right down under it, I think it might as it doesn't pack down tight. Even though I use a food bowl, bits of food inevitably float off.
09-04-2012 03:58 PM
diwu13 That's true. But many people don't use gravel. however.. your gravel seems to be much finer grain. That is.. food and what not can't settle onto the bottom, is that right?
09-04-2012 03:45 PM
deleted_user_17 Ok I've just had a good search of the shrimp section and it seems that vacuuming the substrate is a bad move. I will do light vacuuming hovering above the substrate if it looks dirty, but leave the rest.

09-04-2012 02:51 PM
deleted_user_17 I push the vac into the gravel, let the gunk come out, lift up, move over a bit and repeat. I only have a thin layer of substrate. I don't see any bits coming up into the water column. Oh, and I don't do the whole tank, just the substrate I can see. I only started doing this because of the worm outbreak - I haven't seen any for a while now. As I say, I do this every month.

Am I setting myself up for trouble doing it like this? I did read about being careful when vacuuming, perhaps I'm underestimating the importance of leaving it be. Cheers diwu
09-04-2012 01:39 PM
diwu13 So when you gravel vac you actually stick the siphon in and swirl it around in the gravel, much like a LFS does?
09-04-2012 12:48 PM
deleted_user_17 Thanks. It could have been the one that was stuck on the molt I suppose. I'll see if it catches up!

The gravel is good actually. It's starting to age a bit and get some biofilm on it. I think the black is really helping bring out the colour. The photos don't really show it, but the adults look more low sakura than regular cherries.

I normally take water out of the top then do a vac once a month. Today I decided the shrimplets were big enough for me to do a vac, so I got a fair bit of gunk out.
09-03-2012 03:43 PM
diwu13 I suppose runt's could happen. But also, eggs could be released a few days later. And shrimplets grow much faster in the first week of growth than later on.

How is that gravel working out for you? When you do water changes do you vac the substrate or just siphon from the top of the tank?
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