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04-30-2014 01:19 AM
arktixan So it's been eons since I have been on this forum, cannot believe nearly a year now!

Since then, a lot has changed. Ended up travelling for a month or so, my friend who was taking care of the tank, failed miserably and wiped out my colony, of course I am not too happy on that part. By time I got back, it was late into the season, and I opted to hold off on getting shrimp as for the weather wasn't kind, as well I had to move.

However I kept my tank running for the past year, with a couple Cardinal Tetras which had survived my friends mischief.

Now that I am moved into my new place, I've decided to come back with the vengeance. My cardinals have been moved. And I was in Big Al's Thursday last week, and purchased 6 CRS (3/$12) I will add pics eventually.

The best news I noticed in my tank the other day was that my Fissidens Fontanus, has decided to start growing on my driftwood. I AM SUPER HAPPY! It's growing slow, but surely again, will post pics in the next couple of days.

Duck weed is growing stronger than ever HA HA. My other mosses I had took a huge hit, not sure if they will recover, though I do plan on doing a DIY Moss farm, since my room has a nice bay window an can get a lot of sunlight .

My Snails are of plenty of course. Though I have noticed they seem to be losing some shell colorization which I can only assume they need some much needed calcium. I do have some of my "CRS" Mineral Rock that I will add.

We are approaching a week of the CRS additions and they seem to be thriving. I've seen a few molts, they are highly active, and I am able to see all 6 all the time.

Pics to come and I am glad to be back
02-05-2013 12:22 AM
Originally Posted by AquaticStory View Post
Nice hybirds, just wondering, what kind of substrate is that? Good luck breeding!
Aqua Soil - New Amazonia - Normal Type
02-05-2013 12:05 AM
Kinection Nice hybirds, just wondering, what kind of substrate is that? Good luck breeding!
02-04-2013 11:20 PM
arktixan ** FEBRUARY 4th, 2013 Update**
It's been a awful long time since I've updated but... Here's the story thus far

Once upon a time there was a Yellow Shrimp, and a Rili Shrimp shown here:

Mrs. Rili:

The Yellow:

Together they decided they were going to be mates. They've enjoyed their time together on a April/May afternoon. A few months later they had some babies. Due to an emergency in July I had to leave my tank for 4-5 mths. I had my parents do top offs for me while I was away and do feedings. I've since returned, and back in action. Since then an unfortunate heat wave back in August/September wiped out my colony of CRS/CBS, Yellow, and Rili (Didn't help the AC broke down either ). But when I got home... dun dun dun! I found these little nifty dudes/dudettes. I've counted roughly 20-30, and who knows how many more are hiding in the great depths of my moss.

I have currently seen 3-5 berried ladies, and have removed them into my breeder box, since I do have a few Cardinal Tetras in the tank.

I myself personally think these guys an gals are pretty nifty!

And now, some pictures!

With eggs!

Lone yellow survive, unsure if from original batch, or not.

Shot of the hybrid

Shot of hybrid, and Yellow (pardon the tank mess)

Yellow decided to hitch a ride with the hybrid or attempting the naughty stuff since I just finished a water change/top off.

Now with racing strip!

The Lone survivor of my CBS brood... now accepting males (I believe this is a lady) HA...

I am sure this is a male.

Was a challenge to get this one...

Full Tank shot

This was taken a couple weeks back in my breeder box. (iphone quality )

and "zoomed" in of the same photo above. (iphone quality )

I decided to crop the one photo of the one male shown here:

Mini feeding frenzy, I think the snails loved the algae wafer more so than the shrimp lastnight!

Did a water change in the afternoon yesterday, today I have about 10 males swimming in fun circles. I should attempt to take a video!


Sponge Filter
18" T8 Light Single bulb
Aqua Soil - New Amazonia - Normal Type

Plant life:

Flame Moss
5 Nano Marimo Balls
1 Golf Ball Size Marimo Ball
Xmas Moss
Fissidens Fontanus
Singapore Moss
Java Moss

Random Stuff:

Mineral Rock
Almond Leaf

Shrimp Life...
Hybrid Species
1 Yellow Shrimp
1 Crystal Black Shrimp
06-27-2012 02:59 PM
arktixan **JUNE 27th, 2012 Update**

So I saw yesterday morning when I woke up that my one CRS gave birth ... Easily 10~ Candy Canes swimming around!

Also noticed 2 more Berried ladies to go with!

I have to say... this little Breeder box has been excellent!
I put in all 10 of my adults... filled with with moss. I put in two almond leaves... and BAM! Magic!

I stuck with a bare bottom box, I havent fed any food, they are just grazing off the moss, and eating the leaf.

To siphon out the poop I am just using a small air line tubing to keep it minimal.

I'll add some pictures of the new additions soon!

It's been nearly a month on my rili babies, so far they have not coloured yet at all. Still all clear, so I am assuming colouration will show as they mature, and become "teenagers" HA!
06-06-2012 01:24 PM
arktixan ** JUNE 6th, 2012 Update **

My Rili Finally gave birth today Huzzah! So far counted atleast 10... and they are all clear right now, I haven't seen any colour in them yet... I assume it will take a good couple weeks to a month before any true colour is shown.

My 2nd Yellow still hasn't popped, but I am sure she will be due any moment!
06-04-2012 04:06 PM
arktixan ** JUNE 4th, 2012 Update **

Yellow Shrimp number 1 gave birth this morning! Pictures to come. An she is already saddled for another round! - I've count approx 10. And of course there always can be more!

Yellow Shrimp number 2 is ready any day as well! Again, She's saddled for another round.

Also have two more Saddled.

Which also means my Rili should be ready to pop any day now as well!

And about 1 week into my CRS berry.

Happy Happy Day!

I think I may have to hook up the 2 gallon tank, to house all these Yellow Babies, until they are big enough to put into the Main 10 Gallon tank with the Cardinal Tetras
05-31-2012 05:02 AM
arktixan ** MAY 31st, 2012 Update **

Doing some late night shrimp browsing, noticed my C Grade CRS berried... potentially another lady as well... Since the night before they were all swimming circles around the tank for nearly 2 hours. Will post pictures later on .

Noticed another Yellow Saddled... 2 Berried alrdy, 2~ weeks... an now potentially a 3rd
05-29-2012 11:24 PM
Originally Posted by kwheeler91 View Post
Was the rili shrimp berried when you got her?
She was Saddled when I bought her.

The guy told me he just sold the last male, prior to me purchasing the female.

The next day she had eggs.
05-29-2012 05:47 AM
kwheeler91 Was the rili shrimp berried when you got her?
05-29-2012 01:00 AM
arktixan As Promised some pics from my eBay purchases... I have to say, I am quite happy with them!

Riccia, a smidge disappointed how it turned out, I thought the mesh would have been more full.

A shot of one of my Mesh Pads of Fissidens Fontanus totalled 3.

Tank shot of the remaining two Fissidens Fontanus pads.

Green Blanket Moss pad 8x8cm

Miss Rili decided to expose herself.

Miss Yellow Shrimp moved to the Breeder Box, I have 2 inside.

CRS Enjoying some Log Time.

CRS Enjoying some food (Algae Waffer), and Plant decided to unroot...

Manual Mode shot -

Male Yellow Shrimp in his 10g tank

Miss Rili Wanted more spotlight

CRS Making it's way to the moss pad.
05-23-2012 09:54 PM
arktixan ** MAY 23rd, 2012 Update **

So it's officially the 2 week mark since I've received my shipment from Alphaprobreeders... and I can personally say, I approve! Especially being able to ship to Canada I LOVE IT!

All 10 are thriving, there seems to be a molt everyday, they are very very active, grazing on the moss, on the glass of the tank, and picking anywhere they can pick!

One day... I may do a mini photo shoot, when I purchase a Breeder box.

Their feeding habits so far... every day I've been putting a very small piece of the Mosura Specialty Food it's nearly gone in roughly an hr. (i'll take a snap shoot of the size one day).

Tues, and Thursdays I've been putting in some Mosura BioPlus the little plastic spoon it comes with... I've probably just putting in 1/10 of a spoon (i'll take a snap as well).

Today while staring at my tank for an hr or so. I believe my "F"(A) Grade CRS looks saddled, I'll try a snap a shot.

I also received my 3 pads of Fissidens fontanus (4x4cm) off of eBay, I am happy with the quality nice an green alive an well, as well a Green blanket moss pad (8x8cm). I'll post pictures in the next couple days.

Currently awaiting the arrival of my Riccia pads (5x5cm).

I have a small 2g tank, so I may start a colony of moss/fissiden/riccia we'll see!

Or I may buy a 10-20g and attempt this awesome-ness

I have a huge bucket of rock floating around in the garage.. .

That's all I have to say for now... Ta-ta for now! Pics to come soon!
05-23-2012 09:52 PM
Originally Posted by madness View Post
I am sure someone has pointed out that the rili and the yellows will mix breed, right?

Other than that - nice looking shrimp.

Pretty good quality yellows and that single rili, especially for coming from a LFS.
Yep I am aware of them mixing .

I have moved all my yellow (except the berried) over to my 10g tank (which is currently housing a few Cardinal Tetras, and so far, they haven't touched the Yellows)

Sometime this week/end. I will be buying a breeder box to put the lone berried yellow away. I believe she still has 2-3 weeks to go prior to babies.

The Rili, I believe is the LFS owners own stock, an he brings them into the store so spread to local hobbyists.
05-20-2012 07:05 PM
madness I am sure someone has pointed out that the rili and the yellows will mix breed, right?

Other than that - nice looking shrimp.

Pretty good quality yellows and that single rili, especially for coming from a LFS.
05-20-2012 07:00 PM
arktixan May 20th, 2012 Update...

Photo taken on the 14th . - Fingers crossed!

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