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Old 12-18-2011, 09:01 PM   #46
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Bit of an update, everyone has been doing good and I think growing, I definitely noticed that some of the CBS are getting bigger.

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This is my favorite little CRS:


And is anyone in need of any frogbit? I've got 3 separate containers of it besides the glob in the ebi. It's multiplying like crazy! This picture was taken before I removed around half
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Old 12-18-2011, 09:24 PM   #47
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I was just going to say how much your frogbit is covering everything on the top of your tank lol. Your CRS/CBS are coloring up nicely. Should have some berries soon :]! How much are you looking to sell that frogbit for?
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Old 12-20-2011, 12:08 AM   #48
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Trimmed a bunch of the longest roots today on the frogbit, looks a lot less crazy. Should take a picture before they take over again ! The shrimp are also coloring up and the CBS are nearly glowing, guess they like the tank - I have high hopes for the two tiniest reds because they are showing awesome color at such a small size.

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I was just going to say how much your frogbit is covering everything on the top of your tank lol. Your CRS/CBS are coloring up nicely. Should have some berries soon :]! How much are you looking to sell that frogbit for?
Probably just pay shipping, I'll trade for some java moss though I'll warn you though I've NEVER shipped anything living before so I have no idea how it would turn out. Going to look up shipping envelope/box sizes or something soon.
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Old 12-20-2011, 12:15 AM   #49
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How'd you get all the roots out after you snipped them? Or did you hover your hand nearby and pick them out one by one?

I should have java moss ready to go soon as well, started up a moss jar to grow out the moss. If you wanna check it out it's in my journal if you'd like to look. We would probably both ship to each other using small flat rate boxes for $5.20 each. Shipping plants, at least cheaper ones like frogbit/moss, is very easy. All you have to do is:
1) wrap the frogbit in some damp paper towel
2) place the package in a ziplock bag
3) close it tightly, leave a little bit of air in. not too much for the bag to pop easily
4) pad with some newspaper
5) shove into the small flat rate box and you're good to go
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Old 12-23-2011, 09:00 PM   #50
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Updaaates!!

FTS'


Mr. Pickles approves of his minions:


And onto the shrimp pictures:









...I post entirely too many pictures :O
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Old 12-24-2011, 12:26 AM   #51
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Love the tank. Love the shrimp even more! I've only ever had RCS, for about half a year, they did great until I introduced a bunch of wild plants which apparently had dragonfly eggs laid in them. After a two week vacation and some neglection I came to the horror of some very fat nymphs and a couple dying RCS.

What's the secret to CBS/CRS? I really want to order a dozen and just try some out, I'm getting my EBI very soon, but they cost a pretty penny and losing them would be pretty bad.
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Old 12-24-2011, 12:42 AM   #52
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Love the tank. Love the shrimp even more! I've only ever had RCS, for about half a year, they did great until I introduced a bunch of wild plants which apparently had dragonfly eggs laid in them. After a two week vacation and some neglection I came to the horror of some very fat nymphs and a couple dying RCS.

What's the secret to CBS/CRS? I really want to order a dozen and just try some out, I'm getting my EBI very soon, but they cost a pretty penny and losing them would be pretty bad.
Wow.. that sucks about the dragonflies hatching on you :O! "Wait.. those don't look like the RCS..." would be my first reaction :[.

Main different to CRS/CBS is that they require soft acidic water, whereas RCS can handle pretty much anything. You'll often need buffering soil to lower the pH, and RO water to keep the water soft. Rare cases where they can do fine without one of the two if you have good tap water.
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Old 12-24-2011, 12:43 AM   #53
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So... how do you trim the frogbit roots? One hand on the roots, one hand on scissors? And catch any that you snip? Am I getting some frogbit with such long roots ?!

But omg... you aren't afraid Mr. Pickles will like flip out and touch the tank or something? Was the cover on the tank?
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Old 12-24-2011, 02:18 AM   #54
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Love the tank. Love the shrimp even more! I've only ever had RCS, for about half a year, they did great until I introduced a bunch of wild plants which apparently had dragonfly eggs laid in them. After a two week vacation and some neglection I came to the horror of some very fat nymphs and a couple dying RCS.

What's the secret to CBS/CRS? I really want to order a dozen and just try some out, I'm getting my EBI very soon, but they cost a pretty penny and losing them would be pretty bad.
Thanks!!! I think you should try to get some CRS, there are some good deals too for the lower grades...as for secret, I really haven't *done* anything (my water just seems to be good for them), just loaded the tank with plants to help filter the water, and just treated the tank with a little bit of that mineral stuff they give you with the ebi every water change (which is about 10% every week)

And I've NEVER kept any kind of freshwater shrimp before, just did a ton of research before getting these guys.

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So... how do you trim the frogbit roots? One hand on the roots, one hand on scissors? And catch any that you snip? Am I getting some frogbit with such long roots ?!

But omg... you aren't afraid Mr. Pickles will like flip out and touch the tank or something? Was the cover on the tank?
I just kinda pick up the frogbit out of the water and pull off the offending roots, and toss them out. That way they're not randomly floating all over the water and I don't have to chase them around the tank On the plants, dunno if the roots will make shipping but I'll try to pack them carefully (when I got mine, you can see in the first few pix, they were really short) but grow out in only a few days if the water conditions are ok. Saying that because I noticed they grow reeeeeally long in my ebi, but any other tank I have them in not so much...I don't think they like high water currents.

The shrimp are faaaarrr too boring to attract his attention , most he's ever done was sniff the water. No cover but there's no kitties going into that room without my supervision now that he's had his -ahem- appointment and noone has to be separated anymore.
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Old 12-24-2011, 03:10 AM   #55
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Oh god. The neutering :O!

And sounds fine about the roots. Hope they get super long and stringy on me too haha. Funny how you just yank those and not cut them :P. Guess that doesn't damage the plants any.
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AAAAA MY CRS IS BERRIED! FINALLY!! I am so excited there are no words-


My minions are multiplying
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Old 01-18-2012, 12:47 AM   #57
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LONG TIME NO SEE!!! Where have you been :O? That crazy of a new year ?

And congrats on the berries! How about a new FTS to see how the plants have grown?
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Old 01-18-2012, 01:51 AM   #58
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LONG TIME NO SEE!!! Where have you been :O? That crazy of a new year ?

And congrats on the berries! How about a new FTS to see how the plants have grown?
Yep haha! Too busy... xD

I freaked out when I saw the berries, I'd been guessing for a while now that she'd have some soon and today...well.

Two really quick pix for the day, more to follow tomorrow. Pardon the mess, was supposed to do a water change + maintenance today but the berries stopped that lol

The Sagittaria is sending out lots of runners apparently, two little plants have popped up between the driftwood this week, and it looks like there's more starting toward the back of the tank! HC started growing reaaaaaaaaaaally slow but I think once the frogbit is cleared out it should pick up again - the top is almost completely covered! Again!

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Nice, I do notice lots of new growth compared with your other FTS from the past!

I have tons of frogbit and another type of floater called Hygroryza Aristata. A lot of it was cold damaged (soaked in cold water for too long) and I'm losing a ton of leaves/roots. Hopefully the stems make it and they recover or I'll be sad. About 85-90% of the top of my tank is covered now! Good thing is that it blocks out a lot of the light, which is good for me!
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Old 01-19-2012, 07:55 PM   #60
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Yea there's definitely been tons of plant growth, and there's now a second berried shrimp!! Two batches of eggs so far and I think one more is on the way soon! The two have been hiding in the driftwood since then and haven't been bothered by the other shrimp.

Got a bunch of updated pix and a better FTS:
New berries!

Repost of the first berries:


The other shrimp of the tank




It's quickly becoming a forest in the back of the tank!



...and frogbit is amazing for shrimpkeeping, it keeps the water nice and they like scurrying all over the roots




The whole tank:


And yesterday when I was doing plant stuff, one of the shrimp landed on my hand and started cleaning me, haha it was so cute xD
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