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Old 07-15-2013, 08:32 PM   #31
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Yeah that's a good idea, it would probably tell me how often I need to do water changes as well.

I'm still unsure about why it was so high to begin with. I do weekly wc, feed 3-4 times a week, keep my params stable, well what I can test anyways, there are still some tests I need to buy.
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Old 07-15-2013, 11:07 PM   #32
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Good luck and when I put my hands in my tank I try to only do one change at a time so that way if something is thrown off I know exactly what caused it. If I make a bunch of little changes than something happens I never know what caused it. Water changes are hard though cause you are usually doing more than one change at a time be it preening or pruning or cleaning your filter or what have you.

But I try to keep my hands out of there as often as possible and that seems to help a lot. I seem to cause more damage by trying to fix things where most seem to straighten out and balance out in the long run.

If my shrimp are producing and look ok and are not sitting in one spot for extended periods of time or they are doing back flips trying to get out of the tank than I'm at peace atleast in terms of their tank. Lol
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Old 07-15-2013, 11:22 PM   #33
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Lol yeah, I'm only concerned because a month ago I had berried shrimp and they hatched and I have shrimplets. But now a month later after several water changes no berries, but everyone is more active now.
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Old 07-17-2013, 05:51 AM   #34
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Ok so I have been testing my nitrates for the past two days after my water change and they have been very steady, no change still at 5ppm

My question is why are my shrimp not berried still. I have male and female rcs, sakura, pfr, blue diomand, blueberry

Tank params are currently
Ph6.5
Ammonia 0
Nitrites 0
Nitrates 5ppm

I don't have gh,kh, or tds meter.
Plenty of biofilm and plants and hiding spots
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Old 07-17-2013, 12:33 PM   #35
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Ok so I have been testing my nitrates for the past two days after my water change and they have been very steady, no change still at 5ppm

My question is why are my shrimp not berried still. I have male and female rcs, sakura, pfr, blue diomand, blueberry

Tank params are currently
Ph6.5
Ammonia 0
Nitrites 0
Nitrates 5ppm

I don't have gh,kh, or tds meter.
Plenty of biofilm and plants and hiding spots
Only been a month.
Shrimp I care for (cherry) aren't alway's berried but seem to do the deed in spurt's.
Give em more time,and keep water quality up to snuff.
Babies are tiny, and you could have more than you know among the plant's.
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Old 07-17-2013, 03:17 PM   #36
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Are they even saddled? Are they molting? You aren't going to see berried shrimp if they aren't saddled. If they are saddled, molting fine and not berrying that's because the males aren't finding them. It happens.
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By saddled you mean the pat of the shell that hangs down looks like and over shape on the tail, the yes all my females are saddled.
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Old 07-17-2013, 07:24 PM   #38
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UMmm, no, though I'm probably misunderstanding you since I ave no idea what you are talking about. LOL

http://planetinverts.com/shrimp_repr...ale_saddle.jpg

That's a saddle
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Oh haha, no I even confused myself a little! I seen one saddled three days ago, but since most of my shrimp are so red or blue I can't see under the shell.
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Once you get used to it you can see the saddles just fine. The only shrimp I've never been able to see a saddle on was a BKK. And again, even if they are saddled a male has to find them after they molt (and this is a limited amount of time afterwards) before they get bred obviously. And you're sure you have males in there right?
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I positive there are males, unless my females decided to not have the tell tale white stripe on there back. I've been thinking about getting some new males and females to put in the tank, but I'm a bit broke ATM. To many medical bills.

My tank is small e nought they shouldn't have any trouble finding the females to mate after they molt, and there are no predatory fish in the tank.
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If you are talking neos, not all fems have the stripe on their back.
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Just because they can find them doesn't mean they'll breed. Females can and DO fight off males. I've got a tank that's had stock in it for 7 months that not one shrimp has bred in. It happens. I've watched saddled females fend off suitors the entire few hours they are breedable and harden right back up with the saddle in tact (after so many times the saddle just reabsorbs).

As SS mentioned not all females have a stripe down their back. It's just part of coloration/pattern, not a true way to determine sex
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So aside from the saddle, wich I can't see with my untrained shrimp eye haha, what's the sure fire way to determine sex, I thought there was a way to determine sex by the shape of the tail starting where the saddle is. One is more circular where the other is more narrow and straight?
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Females will have more rounded underbellies where the eggs are carried and males will be a bit smaller and look me streamlined underneath.

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So aside from the saddle, wich I can't see with my untrained shrimp eye haha, what's the sure fire way to determine sex, I thought there was a way to determine sex by the shape of the tail starting where the saddle is. One is more circular where the other is more narrow and straight?
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