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post #16 of 28 (permalink) Old 09-17-2020, 08:48 PM
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I would recommend being careful about Bacter AE. A lot of people swear by it, so it works great for many! However, it has also been known to kill shrimp, even potentially an entire colony when it was fed at either recommended or half dose or even fed at all.


It's believed that it removes oxygen from the water column, thus suffocating shrimp.


I've never used the stuff personally, but there's plenty of anecdotal data out there. That is, it can vary from person to person, perhaps even colony to colony aka type of shrimp vs type of shrimp.
I’ve heard that too about Bacter AE and I’ve adjusted to feeding way, way less than the recommended scoop. I don’t use a half scoop or even a quarter scoop. I use about an eighth of a scoop once a week and it seems to work well and I haven’t recorded any deaths since toning down the quantity. I think it’s good stuff, but the recommended dosage is entirely too high.
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I set up a 165 litre (43.6 gallon) community tank in late august with cherry shrimp, ember tetras and rummynose tetras and I didn't really care about breeding any of them or anything. However, today I found two of my cherry shrimp carrying eggs and even though I didn't initially care I'm really excited and want to give them the best chance I can. Is there anything I can do to give them a better chance at survival?

(I've never kept fish or shrimp before this btw)

Photo of my tank here : )
What about an acrylic breeding box... with some moss in it... might be an easier option for this time
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Regarding BacterAE, I'm in the camp who think it's great on the ***big proviso*** that you ditch the supplied spoon and dose a small fraction of what the instructions say. All my shrimp (from few day old babies to the big ones) go mad for it! I use a very small (3 or 4 mm diameter?) kids drinking straw - the type you get with Yakulk probiotic drinks. I cut the end at an oblique angle so as to form a tiny shovel. I then add about 1/2 to 1/3 of what I could fit into this tiny scoop into my 11 litres tanks. I used to mix in with tank water in a syringe and squirt it in, but now I just throw it on the surface. The shrimp zoom up, find something to hang beneath and filter it from the surface. My chilli rasboras also seem to love it.

I've read that others feed by dipping a tooth pick into the BacterAE pot and what sticks to the end is their dose. Think this illustrates just how little of the stuff you need!
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Hi guys! Sorry for no updates!
I set up the 4.5g a while ago and added plants, driftwood, substrate, filter media and indian almond leaves that had all been in the previous tank. I also added some snowflake food and let it sit there and grow fungus, added some snails to create ammonia and added some fluval biological booster all to speed up the cycle. I added a few male shrimp a few days ago to make sure it was 100% safe before adding the more sensitive berried shrimp and they've been doing great! I'm planning on adding the berried shrimp soon.
Thanks for all your advice everybody!!

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if you worried about there being enough to eat make up some spirulina powder and gelatin ' jelly' , loved by shrimp of all sizes and won't just sit in the water column briefly before embedding itself in the filter foam like loose powdery food tend to
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Looks good. Have you kept an eye on the water parameters?
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Hey everyone!
I've been looking for Bacter AE but I'm having trouble finding it at an affordable price that also ships to where I live (some of the only places shipping it to where i live are charging $90 for it). Does anyone have any recommendations for where I can find it and/or some substitutes?
I'm considering using Boss Aquaria's baby powder and I would also be interested in hearing people's thoughts on it : )
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Hey everyone!
I've been looking for Bacter AE but I'm having trouble finding it at an affordable price that also ships to where I live (some of the only places shipping it to where i live are charging $90 for it). Does anyone have any recommendations for where I can find it and/or some substitutes?
I'm considering using Boss Aquaria's baby powder and I would also be interested in hearing people's thoughts on it : )
Aqualabs in Australia may have it.... although I'm seeing people recommend Bacterium over it.
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I've been looking for Bacter AE but I'm having trouble finding it at an affordable price that also ships to where I live (some of the only places shipping it to where i live are charging $90 for it).
I recently bought via Amazon US, shipped globally to Singapore at pretty reasonable cost:
https://www.amazon.com/Glasgarten-Tr.../dp/B00KB9LPYK


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Hi everyone!
I woke up this morning and found little baby shrimp in my tank!
I'm so excited!!
I took some photos for anyone who wants to see them

https://ibb.co/myKh5DS
https://ibb.co/72dRD4S
https://ibb.co/M6GCLv1
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I think I see two or three babies in the last photo! Awesome!
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Hi everyone!

I woke up this morning and found little baby shrimp in my tank!

I'm so excited!!

I took some photos for anyone who wants to see them



https://ibb.co/myKh5DS

https://ibb.co/72dRD4S

https://ibb.co/M6GCLv1

https://ibb.co/4JmtgHY
I understand your excitement and we share it. Look what i found on mine yesterday

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I woke up this morning and found little baby shrimp in my tank!
Yay, Christmas came early! Congratulations


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