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Old 08-31-2012, 06:57 PM   #31
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shrimp tank is always the best!
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Old 09-02-2012, 01:25 PM   #32
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nice tank ,i like it . just had a read thru , 1 tip is too be very careful when introducing new plants to a shrimp tank. Seems S.Aisia are def dipping there plants in chems.
Any plant i buy stays a week in a 4ltr jug with 2-3 wc per day just to be safe .

I must be blessed were i live with my water , i add nothing but tap safe to my shrimp tank , with 40% wc every week and they thrive . Not long added CRS in my tanks, and within 5 days ive got 2 berried CRS shrimp.

No idea what my ph or tds is ...bad really , but never had 1 shrimp die from my water , so im not gonna mess ..
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Old 09-02-2012, 07:32 PM   #33
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Hi Morgan,

Given that some new shrimp started to act ill when I added them to the tank, I am now pretty sure it was the plants that were the initial cause of the problems I had. I received lots of great advice here about quarantining and thanks loads for adding your tip/procedure too.

Actually, just last night I read a mega thread at the invert section of the ukaps forum (maybe you have seen it?). It was about some plants that get imported from S.Asia to the UK, and the chemical cocktail that they can accompany them. Lethal for shrimp and hard to remove by all the quarantine methods I read so far.

They talked about an alkaline bath to help but yeh, best avoided in the first place right? I've found a seller on the big auction site that sells shrimp safe plants, but the more I am reminded of the dangers the better, so thanks again.

Great photos on your journal. Your main tank looks so healthy, I really like it. That driftwood rocks. Also great news about the berried CRS!

Haha mystery water Like you say, don't go trying to fix it, it's working really well.

Good luck with the CRS and thanks for reading and commenting!

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Photo from today and question..

This pic shows the size difference between all the other shrimplets vs this one. You can see two regular shrimplets here - I am guessing the other's a runt? Aww, I do hate that word But does that happen with clutches of shrimp?

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Old 09-03-2012, 04:43 PM   #34
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I suppose runt's could happen. But also, eggs could be released a few days later. And shrimplets grow much faster in the first week of growth than later on.

How is that gravel working out for you? When you do water changes do you vac the substrate or just siphon from the top of the tank?
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Old 09-04-2012, 01:48 PM   #35
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Thanks. It could have been the one that was stuck on the molt I suppose. I'll see if it catches up!

The gravel is good actually. It's starting to age a bit and get some biofilm on it. I think the black is really helping bring out the colour. The photos don't really show it, but the adults look more low sakura than regular cherries.

I normally take water out of the top then do a vac once a month. Today I decided the shrimplets were big enough for me to do a vac, so I got a fair bit of gunk out.
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Old 09-04-2012, 02:39 PM   #36
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So when you gravel vac you actually stick the siphon in and swirl it around in the gravel, much like a LFS does?
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I push the vac into the gravel, let the gunk come out, lift up, move over a bit and repeat. I only have a thin layer of substrate. I don't see any bits coming up into the water column. Oh, and I don't do the whole tank, just the substrate I can see. I only started doing this because of the worm outbreak - I haven't seen any for a while now. As I say, I do this every month.

Am I setting myself up for trouble doing it like this? I did read about being careful when vacuuming, perhaps I'm underestimating the importance of leaving it be. Cheers diwu
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Ok I've just had a good search of the shrimp section and it seems that vacuuming the substrate is a bad move. I will do light vacuuming hovering above the substrate if it looks dirty, but leave the rest.

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That's true. But many people don't use gravel. however.. your gravel seems to be much finer grain. That is.. food and what not can't settle onto the bottom, is that right?
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Old 09-06-2012, 05:26 PM   #40
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I figured a photo would be best to show the gravel size as I don't know if it's large or small. I don't think it counted as that fine over here, but maybe over there?



I don't know if the gunk gets right down under it, I think it might as it doesn't pack down tight. Even though I use a food bowl, bits of food inevitably float off.
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Hm... you might have some problems with stuff getting stuck in the substrate. I guess you'll have to see if you stop gravel vacing the substrate.

It does look much larger with that ruler for reference haha
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It does look much larger with that ruler for reference haha
It's strange huh! Thanks for looking in again
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Let me know how the tank progresses without substrate vac'ing. I'm really curious since I bought finer grained gravel (a bit smaller than yours) which I plan on using.
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GREAT pictures of your shrimp! Any updates on this tank?
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