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Old 03-20-2013, 05:03 AM   #16
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Hmm interesting. I'm hesitant, but I'll try it out.
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I'm a new shrimp keeper. I've been stalking this forum a LOT. You guys have gorgeous tanks and shrimp. This list is insanely helpful!! Thank you!!!

I have a question specifically about the feeding bowl. (I hope you don't mind that I ask here.) I like the idea and want to use one since I have no fish to help keep other inverts under control. What is something good to use for this?
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Old 03-20-2013, 05:13 AM   #18
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What are all of you using for your food dishes? And where are you getting them?
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Old 03-20-2013, 05:14 AM   #19
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Of course it smells when you pour it out of the jug...then just rinse it off, no smell. It's a common recommendation for disinfecting fish tanks and tools. I'm surprised folks are acting ummm..surprised
Eh the science behind white vinegar being a disinfectant is kinda well eh lol.
It's effective at times because it's acetic acid so stuff like salmonella dies. But, idk if all bacteria are like salmonella or are like ecoli, which is tolerant of acid and is unaffected by white vinegar.

plus it smells while wet :P lol and in the past I've confused it for water while cooking >.>...much to my surprise later on while eating LOLOL
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I'm a new shrimp keeper. I've been stalking this forum a LOT. You guys have gorgeous tanks and shrimp. This list is insanely helpful!! Thank you!!!

I have a question specifically about the feeding bowl. (I hope you don't mind that I ask here.) I like the idea and want to use one since I have no fish to help keep other inverts under control. What is something good to use for this?
Asking here is encouraged . The bowls are little Pyrex dishes I believe. Two sellers that I know of sell them on the forum now.

H4n and MissNemoShrimp, I think is her name. Browse the for sale thread and find feeding dishes.

I use plastic ones as they're several millimeters smaller than the glass ones.
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Old 03-20-2013, 05:27 AM   #21
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Asking here is encouraged . The bowls are little Pyrex dishes I believe. Two sellers that I know of sell them on the forum now.

H4n and MissNemoShrimp, I think is her name. Browse the for sale thread and find feeding dishes.

I use plastic ones as they're several millimeters smaller than the glass ones.
Do they plastic ones sink?

And uhh if you work in any bio or chem department, you can snatch a few petri dishes. Not saying I do it, but I've seen people do it lol.

Also usually bio/chem dept cleaning methods are pretty thorough so you shoulnd't feel worried about putting cleaned glassware in your tank...just rinse with tsome water first.
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Lol I might swing by our bio dept. or when I take batty lab next semester.

The plastic ones sink, actually. They're buoyant to a certain extent, but they do sink to the bottom.
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Old 03-20-2013, 05:33 AM   #23
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I've used very small terracotta pot saucers that I bought at Walmart for like $.35 each. They are maybe 2" across and worked perfect except for the fact that the shrimp would drag the food off the dish. So I took them out. But otherwise, they are perfect and ultra cheap.
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I haven't had the dragging issue in my smaller tanks. Maybe since they all hit it at the same time, they don't get a chance to be selfish piggies.
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You also don't need any sort of valve or controller to drip acclimate using an airline. Just tie a knot in it and tighten till it very slowly drips.
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For those hot summer months... fans to keep the temps down. Critical tool IMO, unless you already have a AC system running 24/7 in your house.

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Haha thanks, Nick! That slipped my mind, but dang those are nice fans.

I've always had central air, fortunately.

This will be added to the list.

I won't be adding anything on drip acclimation, as that isn't the goal of this list and its methods are very debated.
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Would you maybe need a heater? Cuz in the winter my basement is occasionally as low as 60 F. Is that too cold for shrimp to breed?
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gh booster, preferably one formulated with shrimp in mind.
tds meter also a staple in my tool kit.
MOSS of any variety except terrestrial
air stone and pump
driftwood
If i were to have three staple foods, algae wafers, supersoft krill pellets, supersoft spirulina

some optional things like:
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yeast/bacter
humic acid
cholla wood
feeding dish: i use soy sauce dishes from the asian supermarket. $.99 ea.
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Would you maybe need a heater? Cuz in the winter my basement is occasionally as low as 60 F. Is that too cold for shrimp to breed?
It is not. Most people will not use heaters. I know I do not
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