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  1. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I am new to aquariums as a hobby and my goal currently is to get a planted tank going with some Caridina shrimp. My understanding is that these shrimp prefer lower pH and 0 KH and some GH. I'll briefly summarize my experience and the setup so far: 3 L of ADA amazonia 2.0 aquasoil as the...
  2. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    I just converted one of my shallow tanks to high tech. Originally I was going to buy some high grade blood marys for this tank but I've always wanted to keep caridinas like taiwan bees and am now fixated on the idea. I'd like some advice on if my water is suitable for caridina species, and if...
  3. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    What's everyone's preferred temperature for keeping and breeding Caridina (mixed bees?) What about Neocaridina (Bloody Mary?) In the late summer my temperatures were going to high for them, so I removed the heaters, however now that winter is here the temps are dropping pretty low. It's an old...
  4. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    I'm back again, with more shrimp troubles. :( Today I noticed a green fuzz on the rostrum of one of my big amano girls. I've done some reading on shrimp diseases and parasites, I know vorticella and scutariella tend to appear on the facial area, but both seem to be white from the pictures I've...
  5. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    From my understanding of TDS it's impacted by pretty much everything in the aquarium, but it leaves me in a position where I don't really know if my aquarium is suitable for the shrimp I want to keep, or how to get it where it needs to be if it's not. My aquarium is cycled, no issues with...
  6. Tank Journals
    Since taking up this hobby back in January I've had a lot of trial and error, ups and downs, and general frustration. I've made progress, and learned a lot. These are my current aquariums, and I'm proud of both of them even if they're not perfect. Both are running with established filter media...
  7. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    Update: Thank you to everyone who gave me feedback on the situation! I only lost one shrimp thankfully despite my mistake and everyone seems comfortable now. I've decided to give rcs their own planted 3 gallon with parameters matched to the ones from their breeder. The aquarium isn't cycled but...
  8. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    Question.... do I have enough shrimp??? :grin2:
  9. Tank Journals
    Hello everyone! I'd like to present you my 50L planted tank - named Karan - meant to house a colony of crystal red PRL cantonensis shrimps: I made the tank out of 6mm glass, and it has those dimensions : W:50cm; D:30cm; H:30cm; glass : 6mm. So here is how it started. I used clear silicon...
  10. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    The Chicago Ornamental Shrimp Society will be having its next event on Sunday, April 8th. We will be having a HUGE Giveaway Raffle and a presentation on Other Inverts including Opae Ula (Hawaiian Shrimp), Crayfish, Snails, and Saltwater Inverts. If you live near Chicago then come check out COSS...
  11. Illinois
    The Chicago Ornamental Shrimp Society will be having its next event on Sunday, April 8th. We will be having a HUGE Giveaway Raffle and a presentation on Other Inverts including Opae Ula (Hawaiian Shrimp), Crayfish, Snails, and Saltwater Inverts. If you live near Chicago then come check out COSS...
  12. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hello! So I am brand new to the idea of using RO/DI units. Therefore, I don't know: The best kind How they work How to use them And how to remineralize the water. I have some Crystal Reds that I acquired almost accidentally that are in a 5g right now. I've had them since November 2017 and I've...
  13. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    The Chicago Ornamental Shrimp Society will be having its next event on Sunday, Jan 7th. We will also be having a HUGE Giveaway Raffle and a presentation on Caridina Shrimp Care. If you live near Chicago then come check out COSS on facebook or our website...
  14. Illinois
    The Chicago Ornamental Shrimp Society will be having its next event on Sunday, Jan 7th. We will also be having a HUGE Giveaway Raffle and a presentation on Caridina Shrimp Care. If you live near Chicago then come check out COSS on facebook or our website...
  15. Tank Journals
    This is my first tank journal. I finally got some time today to post it so I will be back dating the process. I will be using the Dry Start Method (DSM) Equipment: Tank = Aquatop High Clarity Glass 12G Long (HCA-12G) --- Mr Aqua seems to be the most popular of this type of tanks, I don't know...
  16. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    I've been debating for months on what setup I want to use for breeding dwarf ornamental shrimp. Here are some ideas? 1: 20L on metal stand with (5) 2.5gal on bottom shelf for selective breeding All ran with individual sponge filters 2: (2) 15gal on a 48" by 12" metal stand with up to (8)...
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