I feel like I would love to try all these different shrimp foods, but I cant afford to just dump money on it all. Maybe if my shrimp bred as I could sell some Haha
Co2 is something I am afraid of messi g with too much. My tank seems to be in a bit of pain with algae as is right now and I'm really trying to dial it all in...with no success of course. But I guess that's my own stupid fault.
Are you breeding your shrimp successfully?
I honestly wonder now how good much of the "shrimp food" out there really is? And does it matter if the protein source is animal or bug related? I mean, blood worms are supposed to be high in protein but the package says they aren't... and feeding too much of those can cause shrimp to die off. Shrimp King uses flies/insects as a protein source... vs many others use some sort of fish as protein source.
Re: Algae - often caused by too much nutrients in the water column, too much light, or? Definitely try putting the lights on a timer to be on for 3-4 hours, off for 2-4 hours and back on for 3-4 hours. If you work, you could have the lights come on shortly before you wake up, then turn off after you leave for work, then turn back on before you get home from work or sometime later in the evening.
Also, try introducing more fast growing plants to the tank and/or floating plants. Plants are better at utilizing energy (photosynthesizing) than algae is, so can easily out-compete algae for nutrients. (just some ideas)
As far as the shrimp goes???? That depends on what type you are referring to... The Caridina sp aren't really breeding, but then again I'm not sure if I have males since they all seem to be females. It looks like there *is* a male in there, but I haven't seen any eggs from them in a while. They breed like amanos which basically means that they are difficult to raise. The YKK? I have at least two berried females. I've already had two batches of eggs hatch since getting the shrimp, which honestly isn't a lot... but they were young juvies/sub-adults and once they were old enough it was winter... so there really wasn't much breeding to speak of. There might be a third berried female, but can't confirm unless I see them all together or at the same time.
The bloody mary? Not so much... they're pretty much juvies/sub-adults, so no breeding going on... the only time that I had truly good success with shrimp breeding and thriving was when I first started feeding the food from OMGAquatics and before two people destroyed my shrimp colonies within 3 weeks. I had a different YKK colony back then, and they bred prolifically! Plus cherry shrimp in a different tank. I have yet to have success with a thriving population of bloody mary... cherry colony hasn't recovered... still some breeding but colony isn't going... probably doesn't help that there's some mixed guppies/endlers in tank that were only supposed to be in there temporarily... several months back.
I, personally, would switch it to something totally inert. I've done Neo's on buffering subs, it didn't go well. When I had them on straight PFS, colony rapidly exploded from 20 ish to over 60 in a 10 gallon. I've succeeded in keeping neo's in high tech tanks with ~30 ppm of CO2, you just need to keep things very stable and consistent. RO helps with this, and remineralizing to the same TDS using SS will be beneficial.
I stand corrected. Neo's in that low of pH seems crazy, but if you're pulling it off, I can't argue with that! Haha. I've gone into low 6's, but that was strictly CO2 driven with an off gas pH closer to 7.4-7.6.
Your point about food though is an important one, and you helped me with that. I've been using Ken's Fish veggie sticks and NLS algae wafers. Good stuff. In a well established tank, you only need to feed a couple times a week as there is plenty of biofilm for them to feast on.
If these shrimp were not imports, I would agree with putting them on inert substrate. Since they *ARE* imports, I recommend keeping the tank as is, just changing out the minerals. For whatever reason, imports seem to do better in Caridina parameters from what I've seen of other peoples experiences.
Now, if I can get the Neos to breed, then I will call it a success!
If they die off, well, I'm pretty much at the point that I don't expect them to survive anyway.... I would like to get some more to give it one last chance... but I might just be one of those people that, regardless of what I do, I just can't successfully keep Neos.
I will begin with SS GH+ as soon as it arrives. Honestly this has taken a huge hit to my confidence, I've never failed at keeping anything alive this terribly. I want to do well, but it seems this batch of shrimp is most likely destined to fail.
I am learning a lot and will try everything I can, bar affecting my plants. I just cant see reason in ruining everything I have going, even though my plants are covered in algae and probably about to die as well.
If it makes you feel any better, I've been trying to successfully keep a thriving population of Neos since 2016. (2015 if we count before I took over taking care of shrimp... and then learning about GH/KH, TDS, etc). It's disheartening to see all these people who have had Neos for 3-6 months start selling off their colony because they have too many and here I am struggling to keep a colony of 50-100 shrimp... which I wouldn't be surprised if that colony is now around 20-40....
Like I mentioned though, I'd like to give it one more try with BM before I call it quits for good.