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Look like babaulti to me. Exciting to see their numbers increase, isn't it?

I'm not sure I have a set feeding schedule for my shrimp tanks.. Some get fed every other day. Some twice in the same day when numbers are high. Some a couple times per week. Like @Blue Ridge Reef says, you have to let each tank be your guide.
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Look like babaulti to me. Exciting to see their numbers increase, isn't it?

I'm not sure I have a set feeding schedule for my shrimp tanks.. Some get fed every other day. Some twice in the same day when numbers are high. Some a couple times per week. Like @Blue Ridge Reef says, you have to let each tank be your guide.


Yes!! Itís very exciting to see them increase!
Okay, thanks for insight on feeding. Iíll keep attempting to find that balance.


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Looks like C. lutea on the crypt, I'd never venture an ID on Aponogeton.

As for shrimp feeding, in my more sparsely populated tanks I feed twice weekly. So right on the schedule you have going. Just let the numbers and how fast they swarm food be your guide.


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I am putting my GH/KH and TDS down here more to keep a journal of these numbers ( sorry, dont want to bore you to tears) for this tank as I try to adjust them to suit both the Babaulti and wild neo's.

TDS 150
KH 3
GH 4

There appears to be not as many neo's in here at this point as there are Babaulti. Which is odd, because I put 10 Babaulti and 30 wild neos in here to begin with. Im thinking it may be because the KH/GH has been too low for the neo's to thrive. I used the Salty Shrimp KH/GH remineralizer on this tank the last time I did a water change ( I thought I had used equilibrium, but I had made a note of it that I had used the Salty Shrimp KH/GH.)

In all my tanks the KH has been at 1-- very low and concerning, but I never have any problems with my fish because of it. But, shrimp, that could be a different story. So, the last time I added the Salty Shrimp I didn't know what I was doing- did it improperly. No big surprise there.

So, this time when I change my water I will make the water from my water change KH 3 and GH 6. Hopefully this will make the neo's rebound.


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It had only been 5 days, but did another water change so I could work on adjusting these parameters to better reflect what is good for both the neo's and Zebras. Now, after water change and using GH/KH remineralizer, the parameters are:

TDS 179
pH 7.2- 7.4 ( kinda in-between somewhere)
KH 3
GH 6

I think this is about perfect and what I should try to maintain isn't it @somewhatshocked ?
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I like those parameters for Neos & Babaulti. You could even go up to gH 7 over time and that'd be what I consider the sweet spot for my tanks.

But yep, looks good to me. Slowly but surely wins the race.
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I like those parameters for Neos & Babaulti. You could even go up to gH 7 over time and that'd be what I consider the sweet spot for my tanks.

But yep, looks good to me. Slowly but surely wins the race.


Awesome thanks! Iíll edge that gh up slowly.


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Edged the GH to 7 over the last 10 or so days as recommended.
And, with the exception of feeding the fish daily a smidgen, haven't given it much attention. I must admit-- I didnt even directly feed the shrimp. However, the population appears to me to be growing- humming right along. Especially the c. babaulti.
The plants are all doing really well in here, if anything I need to thin out some wisteria, ambula, and duckweed taking over the top water level.

Here is a quick video:

Do you see neo's in here or just babaulti?
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Since no one has answered I'll share a semi/half-educated guess. Pretty sure I'm seeing Neos in that video. Take that with a grain of salt since I don't keep baubalti yet, so don't have first-hand experience spending hours staring at them! But I see a cull-grade red rili right of the center when the video starts as well as a yellowish one. And right about the one minute mark, to the lower left of the driftwood, there's a grayish one that looks very Neo to my eye. My degree of certainty is not enough that I'd bet real American dollars though.
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Since no one has answered I'll share a semi/half-educated guess. Pretty sure I'm seeing Neos in that video. Take that with a grain of salt since I don't keep baubalti yet, so don't have first-hand experience spending hours staring at them! But I see a cull-grade red rili right of the center when the video starts as well as a yellowish one. And right about the one minute mark, to the lower left of the driftwood, there's a grayish one that looks very Neo to my eye. My degree of certainty is not enough that I'd bet real American dollars though.
Excellent, thank you! Im glad that they are surviving, then. 99% of them are cull grade, lol! But, this is my "go wild" tank.


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Update!

This tank has pretty much been taken over by shrimp because I moved the emerald rasboras to another tank. Now, the only fish are two Orange Otocinclus. Been changing around 20% of water weekly. Feeding 2x weekly with OM Nom foods- Veggie or Kale, 1 x weekly with a spinach leaf from freezer, and 1 x weekly with a very small bit of either Shrimp Growth or Shrimp fit ( pencil-head size).

The tank gets one dose of Thrive ( Low-tech version) weekly and fertilized in substrate around plants with Jake's homemade fertilizer tabs. Have had excellent growth of plants with these tabs







PS The only thing that hasn't done well in this tank is the fissedens moss on branch. I took branch out and will try again with a different type of moss soon.


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I keep forgetting all the different foods available to me to feed the shrimp. I haven't fed any leaves for weeks!
Kind of got in a rut of feeding spinach, a bit of a powdered food, and veggie shrimp food and forgot all the other options available.
I put a catulpa leaf in all the tanks. The shrimp in the 30 gallon went bonkers and had a party.

Hey, quick question --- do you see that big pre-sponge that I have on my filter in last post?
Well, yesterday I did a water change and after assessing the water flow ( it was still very good) I decided not to take it out and rinse it so to not disturb all the shrimp on there. It is amazing but this sponge is a huge draw to the shrimp and they congregate here...
I imagine that it grows a lot of biofilm, has various critters, etc... in which they feed.
Anyways, should I clean this every week regardless of flow? Is that what you do?


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Shrimp love foam! I would encourage you to let them take care of it unless it gets clogged.

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Great looking tank DL, I like it!

Are you going to the SAS meeting this Sat? I'll be there, so if you're there it'd be fun to catch up with everything.

I wonder if @OVT will be there?
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Great looking tank DL, I like it!

Are you going to the SAS meeting this Sat? I'll be there, so if you're there it'd be fun to catch up with everything.

I wonder if @OVT will be there?
Thanks Ken
John and I will be there! Im really looking forward to this presentation on photography. I need all the help I can get.

I dont think Oleg will be there. I have sent him messages through the forum but have not heard anything from him. I hope all is well.
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