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What are these?


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Look carefully at the little bugs crawling around, I have no idea what they are.
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They look to be freshwater copepods. Is this a shrimp only tank? They often flourish in this environment. They are not harmful and are usually an indicator of good water quality.

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They look to be freshwater copepods. Is this a shrimp only tank? They often flourish in this environment. They are not harmful and are usually an indicator of good water quality.

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I have 7 boraras brigittae in with shrimp in the tank. I'm assuming the boraras brigittae took a dent out of these things because they used to be EVERYWHERE before I added the fish, now they are only in the thickest, densest planted areas of the tank. Funny how I magically lost almost all female neo shrimps but you say they are usually an indicator of good water quality... I'll blame the CO2 for that I think, but why only females...
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How high are your CO2 levels? It could be that your CO2 are high and saddled/berried females have a lower tolerance to higher CO2 levels.

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How high are your CO2 levels? It could be that your CO2 are high and saddled/berried females have a lower tolerance to higher CO2 levels.

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I'm thinking it's somewhere along that line. CO2 levels are not super high, drop checker would just start to turn green (more blue than green still) after 6 hours of CO2 being on, fish aren't gasping. pH drop from 7.2 to 6.4/6.6 throughout the day.
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As shrimp are typically less tolerant of PH swings in Aquaria, the PH swing could also be the culprit. I try to keep my GH around 4-6 in my Neo tanks.

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As shrimp are typically less tolerant of PH swings in Aquaria, the PH swing could also be the culprit. I try to keep my GH around 4-6 in my Neo tanks.

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pH 7.2 (down to 6.4 with CO2)
kH 4-6 usually, I try to keep stable numbers, could be my eyes aren't calibrated to API's colour changes
gH 6
Temp is 78, I want it lower but my heater is a cheapo one with a preset at 78.

My guess is the CO2 and pH drop it the culprit. I'm waiting on the last female to be buried, I should know within a week.


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pH 7.2 (down to 6.4 with CO2)
kH 4-6 usually, I try to keep stable numbers, could be my eyes aren't calibrated to API's colour changes
gH 6
Temp is 78, I want it lower but my heater is a cheapo one with a preset at 78.

My guess is the CO2 and pH drop it the culprit. I'm waiting on the last female to be buried, I should know within a week.


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I have Parameters near to this in my PRL tank. They breed extreamly fast. I would only recommend getting rid of that heater you have. 78F is really high. When you have higher temps, your Shrimp tend to grow faster, which decreases their life span. Also does not give your female Shrimp much time to actually grow the way it Needs to for breeding. I have my temps set at 21*C=70F
When you decide to take that heater out and let the temp of your tank drop. Your Shrimp will think it is becoming winter. My Aura Blue females did this to me when the temp started dropping here in Germany. I didn't have a heater at the time. After her last clutch of eggs dropped, she went into a dorment mode for nearly two months.

Depending how cold it gets in your home during winter times. You may not Need a heater. If your tank water can stay above 18*C your golden.

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I have Parameters near to this in my PRL tank. They breed extreamly fast. I would only recommend getting rid of that heater you have. 78F is really high. When you have higher temps, your Shrimp tend to grow faster, which decreases their life span. Also does not give your female Shrimp much time to actually grow the way it Needs to for breeding. I have my temps set at 21*C=70F
When you decide to take that heater out and let the temp of your tank drop. Your Shrimp will think it is becoming winter. My Aura Blue females did this to me when the temp started dropping here in Germany. I didn't have a heater at the time. After her last clutch of eggs dropped, she went into a dorment mode for nearly two months.

Depending how cold it gets in your home during winter times. You may not Need a heater. If your tank water can stay above 18*C your golden.

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Not a chance it will stay above 18C, its currently -20C out lol. This tank is in the basement of my house, which easily gets down to 15/16C during the night. I also have some boraras brigittae I want to keep happy, 70 may be a little chilly for them. I'm not really down to buy a new heater for the tank, I'll likely upgrade it to an old 30 long I have sitting in storage, so its an el cheapo tank for now.
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