So recently moved from Kentucky to Idaho... and had to drive 1,500 miles and transport 14 adult Neocaridina and 20+++ babies and juveniles. I wanted to post about the success as when I was planning the move I tried to search for as much info as I could about this kind of transport.
Setup was a 20gal long planted, no heater and a Penguin Bio-Wheel 100 that I never change the filter pad on as I don't want carbon, I just rinse it in tank water when I do changes.
Two Beamswork EA fullspectrum lights, 16" & 24" long, they cover most of the top of the tank.
Tank has several driftwood pieces, some lava rock... crypts, small vals, dwarf water lettuce, java moss, anubias nana and a giant anubias clipping I took from my old 150gallon.
Two small plants, unknown what they are I've had them for years though.
pH was somewhere around 8.2 at this first location.
So for the move I put approximately 10 gallons of their water in a sterlite tub, and moved all the hardscape driftwood and stones into it, then put the filter pad into it, and all the plants. Then added the shrimps themselves.. And the assassin snail. Put the lid on it and put it in the back seat of the truck covered by blankets and other stuff to kinda help insulate and keep dark. I sold the tank and its BDBS substrate as well as some excess fish supplies on marketplace, and we drove for three days
. Luckily weather was pretty moderate along the way. I don't think it ever got below 60 at night.
Bought a new 20gallon long at Petco on arrival, got some imagitarium sand as well, and after rinsing all of this moved over the hardscape, plants, put in 5 gallons or so of tap water (new pH I was told by local petco is around 8.5... had not tested it though) with Prime of course. Then dumped the shrimp with their appx 10gallons of old tank water in the new tank. Had one adult blue die in transit, everyone else looked good. My biggest concern was a large pH swing, so there was 5gal of this new water and 10 or so of their old water.
I did not fill the tank up all the way so it was still not filtered. I used their old sterlite container and filled it with tap, added prime, and waited 24 more hours to add that water to their partially full tank to top it off.
No more deaths.... MANY (20+) juveniles survived, I can only find one of my 3 Black neocaridina so maybe some of them died? Everyone else looks great (it's been a week). However I think 5 females were berried before the trip and many lost their eggs. However two stayed berried, and I've actually had both of their eggs hatch this week and there is two new sets of TINY baby shrimp now
So that is super exciting.
The shrimp seem to like their new home... current parameters are...
dKH of 12-13 / 214.8ppm
dGH 15-16 / 268.5ppm
Added some frogbit and more crypts from a local fishkeeper since we have arrived... and got a new female yellow neocaridina at petco too.
I think we also got lucky with this move in that the pH seems to be fairly close to what the shrimp came from.
I would like to add pygmy cories (8) and a school of Ember Tetra (14).
Thinking of doing water changes with 1/4 being distilled water to bring the pH and GH/KH down a bit... think the shrimp would tolerate a pH a bit lower? Like around 7.8?
Also the petco here (no LFS) says that they have ember tetras and pygmy cories do well in the local water soo....
Pics in next post!