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Old 11-09-2012, 03:51 PM   #76
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power was out for 24 hours yesterday because of the hurricane. shrimp were very angry. low oxygen environment because of no circulation, and a bit lower temperature (went down to 69F) than normal. I hope my filter isnt messed up afte one day of not working. i did turkey baste it with water a few times yesterday to keep it moist...hopefully i wont get any cycling again, otherwise my shrimp are doomed x_x


Also i am beginning to suspect that i dont have any chocolate shrimp males in the tank. all my females are saddled and have remained so for the past few weeks (or has it been a month already). maybe i need to buy males now :[
Only 24 hours? lucky!
In my part of nj i was out of power for about 6 days .


On another note very very nice tank! I love the simplicity of it!
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Old 11-09-2012, 04:53 PM   #77
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Yes i was extremely lucky. some people in my town were out for 6 or more days like you said (I live right next to a walgreens, maybe that helps if i am part of their power grid)

Thanks! this tank will just be blyxa japonica (and maybe a blyxa aubertii plant if i can find one), with some moss in the back for the shrimp. i dont think the moss will be part of the scape...

The point of this tank is just to grow shrimp
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Old 11-10-2012, 03:19 PM   #78
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I got 3 more choco shrimp today in hopes of getting a male, but still NOPE.

Doesn't anyone have male chocolate shrimp??

will i be forced to get a fire red male and cross? I really don't want to do this...
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Old 11-10-2012, 03:25 PM   #79
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There are a few folks in the For Sale section who have Chocolates.

Maybe post a thread in the WTB/RAOK section?
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Old 11-10-2012, 03:40 PM   #80
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I'll try that. but i expect most people are going to sell just females
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Old 11-13-2012, 03:27 AM   #81
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Old 11-13-2012, 02:28 PM   #82
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:52 PM   #83
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its 24"
its resting on my glass top.
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Old 11-16-2012, 04:51 PM   #84
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with a huge thanks to Soothing Shrimp on this site, i finally think i got the males i need for my chocolate shrimp colony to get underway!

unfortunately i think i lost one of my crystals because i disturbed the substrate too much. i tried to replant one of the blyxas (replanted into three separate plants) but the roots were so extensive that my replanting churned up too much of the deep substrate and probably caused some issues
NEVER replanting blyxa like that again. next time I'm just going to cut the pieces off w/o dealing with the planted portion.
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Old 11-22-2012, 06:43 PM   #85
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Update:

I still have the 4 crystal shrimp (though one doesnt look like its growing. its staying tiny)
And I still have 16 chocolates.
No improvement on the breeding situation. I'm guessing they are waiting until some of the females start to molt again. I know i have males now...

Parameters tested today:
pH - 6.5
GH - 6dGH
KH - 0dKH
TDS - 236ppm
Temperature - 73F
Ammonia - 0ppm
Nitrite - 0ppm
Nitrate - 10ppm
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Old 11-24-2012, 12:01 AM   #86
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Old 11-27-2012, 11:28 PM   #87
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maybe the fenbendazole did work a bit...

I have not seen any hydras in this tank for a while now. still see a little planaria around but those were fine during the treatment too. it was the hydras i was mostly worried about anyway.
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Old 11-28-2012, 03:41 AM   #88
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btw I realize what i was doing wrong with the fendbendazole. #1 i didn't bother crushing it enough and #2 i only spent one minute shacking the water bottle with the dose. it shoulda been more like 10mins to make sure it dissolved well enough.

At any rate i'm still happy with the results. aside from the ugly white lumps of fenbendazole on my substrate that are still there -___-

On a brighter note, I might finally be getting some BLYXA AUBERTII. you can tell i am very excited.

Then I can finally re-name this tank "Blyxa Island"
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:20 PM   #89
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I am going to do a little experiment. I selected two low grade choco females and one male and transplanted them into my 40 gallon community tank into a net breeder. the net breeder contains pleco fry that i was raising previously. this 40 gallon has very hard, alkaline water as opposed to this 20L's very soft acidic water. also the 40gal;s temperature is at a higher 79F compared to this tank's 73F.

I want to compare how the shrimp do in these different environments. the obvious guess is that the chocos should do better in my 40gal breeder because of the higher pH. pH there is roughly 7.6.
I also want to see which group of shrimp breed first
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:32 PM   #90
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One of the females in this tank started to act unusual today and i noticed that her abdomen is much wider and lower than before. also all the males are going nuts today, so maybe she will get berried in the next few days.

I will definitely post a pic when she finally gets berried. been waiting for this for a long time now haha.
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