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Old 08-30-2012, 07:58 AM   #31
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What would the best type of snail be to introduce? I was thinking MTS snails.
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Old 08-30-2012, 07:59 AM   #32
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I have decided on fluval shrimp habitat. 7.9 gallons, with a flourescent lighting.
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Old 08-30-2012, 08:00 AM   #33
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What would the best type of snail be to introduce? I was thinking MTS snails.
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Old 08-30-2012, 08:03 AM   #34
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I have decided on fluval shrimp habitat. 7.9 gallons, with a flourescent lighting.
I would post a new thread asking for reviews on this set up in regards for CRS.

Does it come with fluval shrimp stratum substrate? Some people have adverse opinions about it for CRS but positive with neos.
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Old 08-30-2012, 08:05 AM   #35
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A majority of the challenges beginners face with caridinas stem from providing the proper tank and water conditions suitable and not necessarily the care thereof since all these shrimps require little intervention apart from performing drip acclimation, salvaging dropped eggs or feeding calcium two to three times a month, and a monthly water change. Biofilm, bacteria, mulm, and ph buffering are paramount in an established tank.

In regards to lighting, I personally use 6500k bulbs to help the plants but any type of light will do so long as you maintain a consistent photo cycle, just as we use to get a sense of each passing day.

Caridinas require a bit more care to lower ph and encourage beneficial bacterial. Beneficial bacteria become nearly stagnant in sub 6.5 ph which is why many shrimp specific products overlap with bacterial enhancing ingredients. Indian almond leaves are very helpful here.

If you are familiar with neos, then supplementing to that wisdom should be cake. If you are available sept 9th, Consider coming out to our swap meet. We would be happy to show you were much of these products are sold in manhattan. Keep posting questions, or continue to pm whichever is easier.

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Old 08-30-2012, 08:07 AM   #36
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http://www.alphaprobreeders.com/prod...-habitat-.html
That is a link to the aquarium. I will be using this with a 100 watt submersible heater, placing a bio-foam sponge over the filter tube to prevent the young from being sucked up the tube, along with some test strips for pH, hardness, nitrate, nitrite, etc. Why Ramshorn? Another question to add: Should I purchase air stones and an air pump, or should about 100-200 shrimp be fine in this set-up?
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Old 08-30-2012, 08:16 AM   #37
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About my snail question posted above:
I was torn between three options:
Black Mystery, Ramshorn, and MTS.
Apparently Mystery Snails eat live plants, so they are not suitable. Any thoughts on Ramshorn vs MTS?
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Old 08-30-2012, 08:21 AM   #38
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The ebi is a nice kit. Bear in mind shrimp are largely bottom dwellers so its practical to have more horizontal tank space. Some have reported problems with the rear facia (background panel) falling off and causing grief. Might want to search on that in our journals.

Mts and ramshorns serve different purposes and complement shrimp tanks. Mts primarily churn through the soil and aerate the substrate. Ramshorns polish the rest of the tank which cover some light varieties of algae on plants without damaging the them. Mysteries are not plant safe and are perfectly fine in a shrimp only tank however they do generate a significant amount of waste.

Snails serve to finish off food left by the shrimp. If feeding excess becomes a habit, one will be rewarded with a snail population boom. If one notices pitting in the snail shells, it indicates a potential calcium deficiency in the tank... Which likely affect Shrimp molting in the tank. They offer more benefits than many hobbyists give credit for. One of many indicators or "canaries in a coal mine" for our tanks

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Old 08-30-2012, 08:27 AM   #39
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As of now, thanks to all of your help, my only questions involve the following (which is all posted above),
Snails,
Air pumps and air stones,
and how long I should cycle for.
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Air stones/pumps help increase gas exchange and surface agitation. They aren't compulsory but beneficial if available.

Abide by a typical fish tank cycle, normally 4-6 weeks, longer for lower ph setups due to the nitrospora bacteria being the most stagnant for nitrate/nitride conversion. Shorter if seeded with bacteria from an established tank, though ymmv by the size of tank and amount of seeded bacteria used. You are likely still looking at two to three weeks with ammonia and bacteria dosing.
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How about an air pump and air stones?
How long should I cycle the water for before stocking with shrimp?
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Old 08-30-2012, 08:45 AM   #42
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Air pumps and airstones are a dime a dozen. You can find them at any pet store. Read the reviews that people give them online on amazon or petsmart or any online vendor. The cycle is never the same from one tank to another so I suggest you read up on the proper way to cycle a tank. Like I said before, you should read up on the basics before you spend a lot of money and have it turn into a disaster.
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Old 08-30-2012, 08:54 AM   #43
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How long would you need to cycle a 7.9 gallon aquarium with MTS and Ramshorn snails, and 3 different plants? My question wasn't where and how to get air pump and air stones, it was about the likelihood of me needing one.
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Old 08-30-2012, 09:03 AM   #44
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You said you know a lot about crs and rcs and that you have been breeding rcs. The questions you are asking makes it sound like you never kept shrimps before. I would worry less about equipment and more about the water parameters and how stable they are to keep crs. So a better question for you is your water parameter within range to keep crs. The thing with a heater also, you wouldn't need one at this time since it's still warm and crs like temps in the low 70's.
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Old 08-30-2012, 09:05 AM   #45
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You said you know a lot about crs and rcs and that you have been breeding rcs. The questions you are asking makes it sound like you never kept shrimps before. I would worry less about equipment and more about the water parameters and how stable they are to keep crs. So a better question for you is your water parameter within range to keep crs. The thing with a heater also, you wouldn't need one at this time since it's still warm and crs like temps in the low 70's.
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Also CRS can go to 50's or lower
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