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Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 05-02-2013, 02:09 AM
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Views: 1,098
Posted By thepotoo
So I scratched my head for literally months over...

So I scratched my head for literally months over this, but finally got to the bottom of it. I pulled everything but the danios, and was still seeing mysterious shrimp deaths.

Then, I put some...
Forum: Fish 02-26-2013, 01:03 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,164
Posted By thepotoo
I have a couple fry right now (literally only...

I have a couple fry right now (literally only 2-3), but no idea if there's a pair or not. I haven't really been trying to breed them lately as no one wants them. If you'd asked a couple months ago,...
Forum: Fish 02-25-2013, 11:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,164
Posted By thepotoo
Yes, I got them to grow to full size, and yes, I...

Yes, I got them to grow to full size, and yes, I continued to have horrible hatch rates with the eggs. Most apistos and rams have given me 90%+ success rates, these guys are around 25% at best,...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 02-19-2013, 11:54 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,098
Posted By thepotoo
>Within a couple of minutes they lay on their...

>Within a couple of minutes they lay on their sides, their pleopods the only source of activity. Within two minutes more they were dead.

This is from
PFK...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 02-19-2013, 11:35 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,098
Posted By thepotoo
No, I've had all of them for at least 6 months,...

No, I've had all of them for at least 6 months, grown in various tanks. I was doing ferts using the EI method, but I've since stopped a couple months ago.

Can you give any more information on the...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 02-19-2013, 11:25 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,098
Posted By thepotoo
A little update on this: After tons of water...

A little update on this: After tons of water changes and head-scratching, I broke the whole tank down to just substrate + sponge filter, then added shrimp. They were fine for three days.

I then...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 01-26-2013, 05:29 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,098
Posted By thepotoo
OK, so I put a single shrimp in a breeder net in...

OK, so I put a single shrimp in a breeder net in the main tank, and one in a bowl with some unwashed pool filter sand on 1.21.13

Both are still alive and happy today.

None of this adds up. I...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 01-21-2013, 11:14 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,098
Posted By thepotoo
> Maybe try moving the piece if driftwood to the...

> Maybe try moving the piece if driftwood to the test bucket, maybe it is leeching something? Pesticide or something I dunno?

You're very clever. The driftwood itself is harmless (it came from...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 01-21-2013, 11:00 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,098
Posted By thepotoo
Stopped by my LFS on the way home from work and...

Stopped by my LFS on the way home from work and got the water tested. Their numbers match mine (nice to know my test kits work) and I have two new numbers:

Phosphate: 0-0.25 (still safe range)...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 01-21-2013, 10:55 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,098
Posted By thepotoo
>I didn't notice it in the OP, but do you dose...

>I didn't notice it in the OP, but do you dose CO2?

Not in a long time, I pulled the diffuser to a different tank after the first week or so.

> TDS is 103, pH 6.5, gH 5, kH 0? Those aren't...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 01-21-2013, 04:11 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,098
Posted By thepotoo
TDS is 103, the colony tank next to it is 167,...

TDS is 103, the colony tank next to it is 167, and my CRS tank next to that is 124. Yes, I know I had a lot of fry. I started off with just 6 danios, then pulled them out after 3 days to let the...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 01-21-2013, 03:02 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,098
Posted By thepotoo
Good advice, thanks guys. I'm going to get my...

Good advice, thanks guys. I'm going to get my water tested tomorrow. In the mean time, anyone know what the symptoms for copper poisoning look like in shrimp?
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 01-21-2013, 02:49 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,098
Posted By thepotoo
That's a good thought, however, I have never...

That's a good thought, however, I have never treated with any copper-containing chemicals (not even CSM+B) and while I did buy the tank used and don't know it's history, this 40 breeder previously...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 01-21-2013, 02:30 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,098
Posted By thepotoo
Got a real mystery here...

Setting up a new tank, 40 breeder, sponge filter, fully planted with mature plants/rocks/wood from my other tanks, allowed to cycle a month with about 200 danio fry. All of the danios were fine for...
Forum: DIY 08-04-2012, 04:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,981
Posted By thepotoo
I have put together two backgrounds on different...

I have put together two backgrounds on different tanks (38 and 110 gallon) with Quickrete concrete + acrylic fortifier compound. Both times I let the tank sit full of water and empty of livestock...
Forum: Fish 07-24-2012, 01:47 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,164
Posted By thepotoo
Breeding Ivanacara Adoketa

tl;dr: I got wrigglers, details below.



Tank: 75 gallon community: Cardinal Tetras, Angels which just spawned, German Blue Rams which just spawned (unsuccessfully - the Ivans ate the egss),...
Forum: Fish 04-18-2012, 01:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 494
Posted By thepotoo
Quick update: They all lived. Increasing the GH...

Quick update: They all lived. Increasing the GH may or may not have helped, but keeping it dark made a huge difference (they actually came out from under their rock a few minutes after I covered...
Forum: Fish 04-13-2012, 05:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 494
Posted By thepotoo
Osmotic shock

I just got a school of Cardinal Tetras via mail order which are (possibly?) suffering from TDS shock. I did my usual drip acclimation for 6 hours after adding a drop of Prime to their bag. They...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 04-11-2012, 03:41 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,555
Posted By thepotoo
I lost many of my first batch of shrimp to TDS...

I lost many of my first batch of shrimp to TDS shock or poor acclimation. After I bought a TDS meter and started drip acclimating for at least 4 hours using airline tubing, I have not lost a single...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 04-11-2012, 03:32 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 667
Posted By thepotoo
Shrimp are pretty long-lived. Amanos can live 5+...

Shrimp are pretty long-lived. Amanos can live 5+ years, but can be a bit delicate, so you'll most likely kill them before they get to be that old.

If you've never kept shrimp before, start with...
Forum: Fish 04-10-2012, 03:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 514
Posted By thepotoo
Since you have no other replies, I'll relate my...

Since you have no other replies, I'll relate my experience: just wait. I had two loaches in a tank that got hit with ich, and I turned the heat to 87 (no meds). It took around a month before the...
Forum: Aquascaping 04-09-2012, 04:55 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 398
Posted By thepotoo
Fake backgrounds look terrible. 3D backgrounds...

Fake backgrounds look terrible. 3D backgrounds are easily made yourself (if you have a few hundred hours of free time, see www.dramaticaquascapes.com).

Black spray paint always looks good.
Forum: Fish 04-02-2012, 09:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 399
Posted By thepotoo
These guys are hard to kill. I found a bunch in...

These guys are hard to kill. I found a bunch in my 15 gallon after I took out the Danios and just kind-of ignored them for the first week (they were not free-swimming, and I assume they must have...
Forum: Invertebrates by Msjinkzd 03-23-2012, 03:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 654
Posted By thepotoo
How much do these guys cost?

How much do these guys cost?
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