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About loverland

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    Eagan, MN
  • Inverts You Keep

    Cherry Shrimp
    Fire Red Cherry Shrimp
    Red Rili
    Blue Velvet
    Green Jade
  1. Ok. This is off to a really bad start. I aged some RO water and remineralized with Salty Shrimp GH. I emptied a very established 30g with some algae growth on the sides bottom (no substrate). I added the water, and all was looking good. PH 6.5 TDS 120 KH 1 GH 6 I added two large plastic containers filled with Fluval Stratum (topped off with some java moss), figuring it wouldn't drop my ph much, but that's ok. It's really there just to add some stability. I was out of town for 24 hours. I picked up 20 CRS today to go into the tank, and I was thrilled to hear that the seller used almost the exact water parameters. I got home, ready to start the drip acclimation process. I thought, I'll test my water, just to be safe. Today, my PH is maxing out on my test at 7.6. That means it's potentially higher. What would have caused such a huge increase in PH in 24 hours? I had some leftover water in a bucket, and that's holding at 6.5ph. I left my lights on overnight, in hopes of boosting some algae growth. I know lights can affect PH a little, but that wildly? If so, will turning lights off bring PH back down to reasonable levels? I'd rather not kill off these CRS. They are nice.
  2. The red ones are tiny. Maybe 10 days old. They'll stay in this tank until they get up to a better (more catchable) size. They will be moved out well before they could start breeding. But, it's pretty crazy. The ENTIRE batch is solid red. There doesn't appear to be any blue on them, but of course, they are still small. But, there are no red shrimp in this tank. It's only been occupied for 2 months, and it's bare bones. I can see every shrimp in the tank. I don't know how two blue velvets produced 100% solid red shrimp. Shrimp genetics is fun.
  3. This stuff happens. I have a tank full of blue velvet, and I just spotted the newest batch of babies. They are all entirely red. Every other batch so far has been blue.
  4. With my neos, it seems that just about all require some level of culling. But it seems to vary. I have red rilis that breed fairly true, but maybe 5% come out mostly clear. My yellows are proving to be the most challenging, but offspring are consistently yellow. But, the greens look to be fairly unstable. Of the 10 I got, I think maybe only 3 are really green. Two are berried, so I'll see if that percentage changes with the next generation.
  5. I bought some juvenile green jades from @Dahlyvh via our club's last auction. His photos look really consistently green, but as mine are getting to breeding size, they are a bit more varied. Some are yellow-ish, others are brown. A couple are really green with a nice stripe down the back. The best looking one is currently berried. So, it's possible that they just require some significant culling. Or maybe he was just selling off some culls. No judgment here, as you get what you get at auctions. Maybe @Dahlyvh can chime in on his experience with them.
  6. I will be switching a tank over from neocaridina mode to caridina mode to lower the ph, and I'm curious if anyone has used the following method. The current inhabitants will move to a different tank. I will be swapping the water with RO water remineralized with Salty Shrimp GH+. But, I do not want to remove the well established inert substrate I'm using. Can I simply add an active soil, such as Aqua Soil Amazonia, via a plastic tupperware tub to lower the ph? I will plant this tub (and around the tub) with moss, etc. to minimize its visibility. The benefits I see with this method: I don't disrupt my existing, established substrate. Even more importantly, when the soil has lost its ability to lower ph, I don't have to tear the whole tank down. I can simply swap in a new tub of soil after cycling it. I watched a few videos on Youtube (flip aquatics guy) that demonstrate this exact method. He uses them in bare bottom tanks, but suggested that you could easily add a tub over existing, inert substrate. Screenshot of video shown below: Has anyone tried this? Found it successful? Failed? Any red flags come up?
  7. I have the 50 gal/day version of this, and it comes with a faucet adapter. That's how I use it, and it works great.
  8. I was thinking the same. The two not pictured that are berried are maybe closer to Sakura than Fire Red. But, to me, these seem firmly in the fire red camp.
  9. I have six berried females in my cherry red tank that are of pretty good quality. I'm curious as to what you guys would grade these. I have an opinion about what they are, but there are far more experienced shrimp keepers here. Here are four of the six females. The focus isn't the greatest, but hopefully it's decent enough to get a few opinions.
  10. For what it's worth, when I added a tiny bit of Bacter AE to an existing tank, I lost about half the shrimp in the tank. And, if you do some research on reviews for that product, you'll see that can happen. Some people use it as a regular food source, and they have no issues. But, aside from starting new tanks, I won't be using that in my tanks ever again.
  11. I have this: Aquatic Life RO Buddie 50 GPD Filter It's worked really well. My tap water TDS is around 275, and the RO water this makes comes out at 8. Salty Shrimp gh/kh then gets it to what you want.
  12. The acrylic dividers are in place and holding well. Substrate and filtration added. I've got a few fish in there to keep the bio system running. Will start populating the tank(s) this week.
  13. New tank project. I have an empty 30 breeder from my rack of six that I'm turning into four smaller tanks. I cut acrylic, and have adhered them using aquarium silicone. the sides are completely sealed, but the bottom has a half inch gap to let water/bacteria/whatever move across all four sections. I'll cover those gaps with black substrate to keep the shrimp from jumping from one section to the next. I just need to let the acrylic harden for a few days. Then I'll add substrate, fill the tanks, populate with leaves and cones, add a small, pre-established sponge filter to each section, and dump a few fish in for a week or two. Then it's off to add a few new shrimp groups to the mix.
  14. The babies from the berried female above are doing well. Growing incredibly fast. Check out dinner time below. The second photo shows 5 more berried females. Jeesh. The fifth is facing the camera, so you can't see the eggs. But, it's the same female from the earlier images above.
  15. I have seen the necrosis presentation before, and I'm not seeing that here. The yellows are really nice quality, and honestly, not very translucent, so it might be hard to really diagnose that. Every time I've tested the water, it's been quite stable. I'm not seeing any shifts. I read one review of Bacter AE killing shrimp, and about 25 touting how great it is as a regular food source. I'm afraid to use it now, although I put a little in each of my 4 shrimp tanks, and this one is the only one with any issues. Now, it's possible there is some sort of fertilizer leaching out. The substrate I'm using came along with a tank I purchased a while back. Again, I have the same substrate in a different tank with red rili, and they are flourishing. But the substrate is an unknown. I'm going to try to continue with frequent, small water changes. Hell, maybe something got in there.