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Old 09-02-2013, 05:39 PM   #331
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Lmao!!!!
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Old 09-03-2013, 04:22 AM   #332
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i fed mind spirulina and never got a change but for some reason it did help bring out the blue in my rili and oebt. my yellows came from hca though so not sure where her original stock came from
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Old 09-03-2013, 02:53 PM   #333
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Yepper. I've heard from some that spirulina does not affect their yellows , while others have shown pictures that it has.

I think it is important for me to see if it has any effect on my own strain of yellows or not.

Fed yesterday. So far so change. I will stick to my regular feeding schedule with them- every other day with weekends off, and see how long it takes to change color if ever. I'm only feeding spirulina.
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Old 09-09-2013, 03:09 PM   #334
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One week has gone by and no sign of my yellows "greening" up yet on their diet of pure spirulina M, W, F.

Going to keep this up for at *least* a month and see if I see any observable results.
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Old 09-09-2013, 03:52 PM   #335
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I just read through most of this thread and wow, your dedication/knowledge/obsessiveness is amazing with these shrimp! I am just in awe of your varieties. I have one little 14 gallon shrimp tank with boring old RCS, but this thread gives me such ideas. lol

If you ever decide to sell any of those yellows, even culls, I'd love to get some.

Nice work. Very inspiring.
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Old 09-09-2013, 06:27 PM   #336
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Thanks for the kudos KristenP.

I'm glad this thread is giving you ideas. I began writing it to inspire others. I'm just a hobbyist, but I really love doing this. heh
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Great thread
for your experiment with the yellows if I may suggest try to replace the
Spirulina with Astaxanthin in the next week and than see what will happens
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Old 09-09-2013, 10:05 PM   #338
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Yepper, you read my mind. Going to keep this going for a while first to satisfy my own curiosity. Then I'll switch to Astaxanthin powder for phase 2.
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Old 09-10-2013, 03:39 AM   #339
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I'll be watching this experiment with great interest. Don't want my yellows to change color, but I want to feed them the good stuff.

Out of curiosity... how much room in your 2 gallon tank does that sponge filter take up? I've been considering getting some of those...
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Old 09-10-2013, 02:09 PM   #340
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It's actually a 2.5g tank from petsmart. http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...AvailInUS%2FNo

I tend to forget whether it is a 1.5 or 2.5 so I often call it a 2g to be safe. LOL

I don't love them, but I *do* have them for tiny projects.

I wish the price on them were cheaper. For the same price I could buy a tenner tank, but it's the light hoods on the tenners that end up adding cost. The economy hoods are around $25 for a tenner, while the 2.5g saves space for tiny projects and comes with a little glass "canopy"- really just a pane of glass that fits in the top. You have to add lighting. I found a $5 desk lamp from Menards works just fine.

In a nutshell, a bare bones tank + econ hood tenner kit from Petsmart is $30, while a 2.5g with glass lid is $15. Add a light and you only save about $10 or less, but you can fit 2-4 tanks (depending on orientation) in the place of 1 large one.

You could use the small fry sponge filters for these, but I prefer to go overboard with a tenner double sponge filter. It takes up half the back, and I remove the inside sliding telescopic tube on top to make it below the water line, but it really does a great job.
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Yeah, I've got two of those 2.5g (currently my shrimp tanks). I have HOB filters on them, but they seem to be slowly dying... I've rinsed out the media sponges (in tank water, not tap), and played around with the rest of the doodads in them, but no matter what I do, the flow has reduced to a mere dribble. Perhaps I'm just not mechanically inclined. I had a small sponge filter sitting around, so I put it in one of the tanks to build up its bacteria colony and ordered another one similar to it, but was ogling those lovely double sponges. I was concerned they wouldn't fit well in a 2.5 gallon. I may have to order some to keep on hand for future use now. Thanks!
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Old 09-10-2013, 03:05 PM   #342
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I'll be glad to share whatever I can that has worked for me.
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Thanks! I'm not even sure if I know how to explain it. :P I guess I'll dismantle one today and play around with it some more. I'll ask later if I come up with anything.
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Old 09-10-2013, 03:31 PM   #344
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Sounds fair to me. heh

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So a surprising development has happened in one of my Nessie tanks. It looks as if I have some "rust" colored juvies. This is extremely weird and has never happened before that I know of. Their distant relative is Fire Red. Could some keys on the loci have lined up just right to revert? Or will they gain some Nessie coloration and be a green and orange shrimp? This will be extremely interesting to watch.

I'll isolate them later- perhaps this week- however for the moment they'll stay where there are. Here's a really bad photo of one of them, with a dark Nessie juvie in the blurry background.

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Old 09-10-2013, 03:42 PM   #345
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Oooh... interesting! I'll be watching this one. You've been doing Nessies for awhile now, right?
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