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Old 01-05-2013, 04:47 AM   #76
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You can just make out her ORANGE eggs

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You're def doing something right.
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Old 01-05-2013, 03:22 PM   #78
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You're def doing something right.
Yea!!! I sure hope so. Of course now I'm staring at all the others trying to gauge who else might be female (they all look male when they're small, so it's kinda pointless, LOL!).
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Old 01-05-2013, 03:27 PM   #79
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Ok, so I did a bit of a rescape. As per shrimpnmoss's advice, I took out half the wood (I chose the piece that didn't have fissidens already growing on it). I also added more squares of moss, more java fern, and red root floaters (thanks, Green_Flash!).

The nitrites are down below .25, but the test is still turning a slightly darker blue than then pure color when you start, so the tank isn't quite ready yet ...

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Yea!!! I sure hope so. Of course now I'm staring at all the others trying to gauge who else might be female (the all look male when they're small, so it's kinda pointless, LOL!).
TBs are the hardest Caridina sp. to sex when young. I've been telling folks this for a long long time lol.
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looking great, the shrimp will love their new playground!
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Old 01-07-2013, 05:28 PM   #82
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I swear this tank is taking foreeeeeeeveeeeeer to cycle. *sigh* I'm officially impatient. It’s like watching a pot and waiting for it to boil …
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How often are you doing WCs, and how much?
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Old 01-07-2013, 06:25 PM   #84
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I did big ones every other day for the first week, then smaller ones twice a week, and now small ones once a week. I'm using the RO water and adding the BW Bacter with each change. I see so much conflicting advice for cycling the stuff, LOL!

I'm *really* close now though (Ammonia <.25 but not 0; Nitrite <.25 but not 0; Nitrate < 5 but not 0).
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Old 01-08-2013, 03:46 PM   #85
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Fuzzy as hell cell phone pic, but you can see that the Red Wine and Blue Bolts are coloring up nicely as they grow (it's a trick of the light that makes the BKK look faded in the tail section, I promise).

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Nitrites are FINALLY down to zero. Still showing a trace of ammonia though. Hopefully I'll get to move these guys over to their real tank this weekend. The real upside to getting the BKK was discovering my CBS tank had less than perfect water. Now that I've corrected it, the CBS are breeding like mad. I saw SEVEN berried females last night.
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Old 01-13-2013, 04:09 PM   #87
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Here is a pic of the world's most expensive floater. The USPS crushed the box FLAT and all the beautiful Red Root Floaters were smooched and bruised. I picked out the ones that weren't already slime and put them in the tank. This is the SOLE survivor. Luckily, floaters reproduce quickly ...

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Old 01-13-2013, 04:11 PM   #88
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They're in the tank! Here's one of my Blue Bolts and one of the mystery snails I got to clean up after them a bit (and I hear snail trails provide good eating for babies).

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Old 01-13-2013, 04:13 PM   #89
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I wish I could take pics as good as Nick's, because the color of my Ruby Red is just amazing. His head is nearly entirely black now, and he has black racing stripes down the bottom edge of his carapace. I may need more of these ...

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Old 01-14-2013, 01:35 AM   #90
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There was a major frenzy in the tank as I cooked dinner. Hoping that means there's a second berried female in the tank now. *fingers crossed*

Just took another look and found the molt. You can bet I'll spend a leisurely breakfast staring into my Shrimp TV...
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