Well it's been almost 2 months (11th April) since I flooded the bowl and 5 days (4th June) since Take II on the shrimp. I'm pleased to say that the shrimp have been doing very well this time.
The vendor I was trying to buy off never followed through - so I'm glad I contacted them before clicking and purchasing online. While I was waiting I found an alternative source on a community website. These were 1/2 the price of the retailers and more generous; I purchased 10 and lost count of how many went into the bowl, somewhere around 13 (maybe more). With the exception of 1 or 2 they were all juvenile so will have to wait to grow them out. It was supposed to be overnight courier (same city and all) but with the ongoing COVID-19 impacts the shrimp spent an additional night out but they all arrived OK.
Originally I was only going to put 6 in the bowl (1 Male / 5 female) but the shrimp were so small I couldn't sex them and I thought they would be at risk of being eaten in the other tanks. I'll cull on quality and gender rebalancing when they get a bit bigger. Also received a bonus piece of Christmas Moss with the shrimp which is cool; a brighter green and more compact than the Java moss I have in the bowl.
With the shrimp on my COVID Isolation workdesk the greatest challenge is going to be NOT feeding the shrimp every day. I'm thinking three times weekly (M,W,F) - alternating some barley straw pellets, zucchini and a shrimp food for a bit of protein. I can put some in while working and remove anything left when packing up for the day.
- Excel - the daily excel dose worked a treat with the hair algae but have stopped on adding the shrimp. There is still some type of algae on the tip of driftwood (in the photo). The shrimp have been loving this and there has been one or two there most of the time. We'll see who wins algae or shrimp.
- Water change - in the name of stability I have reduced the volume to just 2 litres a week. I know it hasn't been long since algae problems and the need to dose Seachem Excel but hoping the shrimp will keep things in better balance.
- Ferts - still dosing to 5ppm nitrogen but it's a different challenge than my other tanks dosing so close to zero and ensuring that it doesn't bottom out. Dosing 2 ppm mid week and then dosing back after testing with the weekly water change. A little bit onerous to do the testing so frequently but hopefully the bowl will get a rhythm and I can run with it.
Thanks all for the comments and likes
- appreciate the comment. I love your threads, you have so much going on!
- does your walsted bowl have a journal? I'll have a read.
- you do know you have to start a bowl now the thought has escaped! Look forward to following.
Hope you like the photo! Will get some macro shots (as best I can with a bowl) when the 'shrimplets' grow out a bit.
Bloody Mary Shrimp
, on Flickr