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  1. 3 points
    NickAus

    Enough Air in aquarium?

    Hi Want my advice? Ditch the power head you don't need it. Connect that filter to an air pump and that's all you need.
  2. 2 points
    aotf

    Card tank sanity check

    I decided to be a bit more thorough in my testing and -surprise surprise- it looks like my substrate was the culprit all along. Really frustrating since it's crushed red volcanic rock, which I was sure would be inert. Shame on me for not testing it before using it, I suppose. The tests: tank water + fresh Controsoil overnight => pH 6.2, kH 0 took rocks out of tank + sock full of Controsoil in tank overnight => no change in anything except sH = 1 (sock content of water) RODI + fresh "inert" substrate 4 hours => pH 6.8, kH 1 (from pH 6, kH 0) At that point, I concluded the substrate was to blame and decided on what I had to do. A good part of yesterday was spent ripping out the entire tank, swapping the gravel for Controsoil and rescaping/replanting everything. Can't say my back was too pleased with it all but I got it done and moved the shrimp back in. It looks like I may have lost one or two in the process (the pH dropped from 6.8-7 to 6.2 in a couple hours) but I'm hoping this is for the better. I got a tally of my bees while moving them and of the 26 I originally received, only 14 remained. Oof. I'll post a pic in the next photoperiod. Thanks again for making me look for the cause (rather than try to convince myself everything was ok)!
  3. 2 points
    chappy6107

    Enough Air in aquarium?

    I keep the exit tube about half under water and half above water. Less splashing.
  4. 1 point
    wyzazz

    Cinnamon sticks

    Milky bodies point to muscular degeneration. Aside from that, I don't know much more. Water changes and very small doses of H2O2 can help (I've heard). The cinnamon sticks certainly won't hurt, and I'm sure the shrimp will love them. Just boil them first for a little while and then chuck them in the tank!
  5. 1 point
    chappy6107

    Cinnamon sticks

    never used cinnamon sticks, but mulberry leaves, alder cones and many other leaves have these same antiviral/antibacterial properties.
  6. 1 point
    loverland

    To heat, or not to heat?

    Same here. I don't heat any of my shrimp tanks. My basement gets down to 62 in the winter, and they do just fine. Goes up to low 70s in the summer. Also fine. I've had many heaters fail over the years, and in my opinion, if you can get away without them, absolutely do it. I've come home to a boiled tank before. Also, heaters cost the most to use, so your fishroom/shrimproom expenses will go down.
  7. 1 point
    wyzazz

    To heat, or not to heat?

    You've pretty much said it all right there! The warmer it is the faster they grow and breed, their lifespan is shorter and they are more susceptible to bacterial infections. You also have the potential for a heater failure that could possibly cook your shrimp depending on the heater. The colder it is the slower they grow and breed, they live longer, less susceptible to bacterial infections & there is less to fiddle with/less room for error. I have 17 tanks and only heat one of them, it's my dwarf puffer tank. The shrimp tanks are all unheated, and my temps drop into the low 60's in the winter.
  8. 1 point
    Pachu

    Easter Sales!

    I was just looking for aome shrimp I didn’t have and those sounded rare but i may PM you sometime next week for some YKK.
  9. 1 point
    JSak

    Favorite vendors?

    I highly recommend Flip Aquatics. I always go to them first and then start looking at other sellers if Flip Aquatics doesn't have what I'm looking for. They always do a 30 day quarantine for imported shrimps in which they treat the shrimp for diseases and parasites. The owner, Rob, also has a Youtube channel and he's completely transparent about the importing process and how the shrimp are doing, so you can see the actual shrimp that he's selling. I'd say that about 80%-90% of the knowledge I've learned about shrimp keeping/breeding was from his videos. He started as a fellow hobbyist who wanted to spread the hobby by providing healthy shrimp. I've never been disappointed in all the times I ordered from him and he always includes extras. I got Green Jades from him and I got 2 extra adults and about 10 extra babies. He genuinely wants his customers to succeed in keeping and breeding the shrimp he sends so he's always willing to share advice. Since you're interested in neos, he ALWAYS provides extras and he said any babies he catches he just includes in the order. If I'm looking for something a little more rare, I then go to Joe's Aqua. He has a pretty large selection of shrimp and he does an almost monthly pre order where he brings in the more rare and expensive shrimp. I'd also say his shrimp are the cheapest out of the sellers I've seen, but it comes at a cost. He's also an importer but it seems like he holds them for maybe a week or so and then ships them out again. But since you're more interested in neos this probably won't be too much of a problem as he's always stocked on neos. If you're looking to buy a lot for a pretty cheap price, I'd suggest him. You can immediately get a colony going in one order, but you might have to keep a closer eye on them. Other sellers I recommend are Buypetshrimp.com (only seller in which I've not lost a single shrimp since receiving them) and tgoe.com (also a member here on the forum). I didn't order that many shrimp from them so I don't know about them as much, but they appear to be good sellers as well. Hope this helps!
  10. 1 point
    Reeferjohn

    DETAquarium Shrimp for Sale!

    Dang a little too far for local pick up. I'm in sandy springs Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. 1 point
    Pachu

    DETAquarium Shrimp for Sale!

    Just got my shrimp they’re all alive and healthy. Buy with confidence
  12. 1 point
    wyzazz

    Card tank sanity check

    They aren't regular pumps with propellers in them, the Aqua Lifter is a diaphragm pump (similar to most air pumps used in the hobby) and the dosing pumps are peristaltic. They are both made to run dry and can prime themselves without an issue. I use them as mentioned above and also use much larger versions for Beer/Winemaking.
  13. 1 point
    chappy6107

    Card tank sanity check

    I have done this for years without any problems. I do see the benefit of using a aqua lifter or dosing pump as @wyzazz has mentioned. I never tried because I thought I would burn up the pump when I let it run dry, but apparently they work just fine after running dry.
  14. 1 point
    wyzazz

    WTB Mulberry Leaves

    I don't use pesticides or anything so I just dry them flat for storage and package them in bags.
  15. 1 point
    chappy6107

    WTB Mulberry Leaves

    buy more than you need when @wyzazz has some as alot of us shrimpers use these leaves and they tend to disappear. some dont have access to them, or dont have access to non-polluted mulberry trees. they mulberry dust that he sells is great and could hold you over till you can find some leaves.
  16. 1 point
    chappy6107

    Which moss?

    fissidens fontanus is slow growing and looks great. actually most fissidens are slow growing.
  17. 1 point
    These are good quality shrimp! I got plenty of extras and no DOA, buy with confidence.
  18. 1 point
    DETAquarium

    DETAquarium Shrimp for Sale!

    Haha, Sorry!
  19. 1 point
    therehere3

    Enough Air in aquarium?

    Okay, I can use my 100gallon rated wisper air pump I have then. Should I put the neck right on the surface area of the water, or under the water? How do you guys have your filters?
  20. 1 point
    nicpapa

    DETAquarium Shrimp for Sale!

    oh i was thinking you are from Georgia, the country ... You must change your location to Georgia Us..
  21. 1 point
    chappy6107

    Enough Air in aquarium?

    ^ agreed. if its pulling the shrimp around, it might be stressing them a bit.
  22. 1 point
    TomCruise

    Sera Super Peat pellets?

    I'm diggin everything except for the peat. That's organic right? Gonna break down into little clouds of ammonia, which may or may not be a problem if there is good filtration. I think I'm going to try to stick with non-plant matter, which is why I use Controsoil (Brightwell in USA i found out) I like that sea shell idea. This is great stuff in this thread.
  23. 1 point
    wyzazz

    Sera Super Peat pellets?

    While I agree with that, I think that can be accomplished with any substrate. I also fully believe that you can keep shrimp in bare bottom tanks if you have enough surface area (plants, driftwood, filters, etc...) to keep beneficial bacteria on/in.
  24. 1 point
    Tannin Aquatics

    What? A bunch of detritus!

    "detritus is dead particulate organic matter. It typically includes the bodies or fragments of dead organisms, as well as fecal material. Detritus is typically colonized by communities of microorganisms which act to decompose or remineralize the material." (Source: The Aquarium Wiki) It's one of our most commonly used aquarium terms...and one which, well, quite frankly, sends shivers down the spine of many aquarium hobbyists. And judging from that definition, it sounds like something you absolutely want to avoid having in your system at all costs. I mean, "dead organisms" and "fecal material" is not everyone's idea of a good time, ya know? Yet, when you really think about it, "detritus" is an important part of the aquatic ecosystem, providing "fuel" for microorganisms and fungi at the base of the food chain in tropical streams. In fact, in natural blackwater systems, the food inputs into the water are channeled by decomposers, like fungi, which act upon leaves and other organic materials in the water to break it down. And the leaf litter "community" of fishes, insects, fungi, and microorganisms is really important to these systems, as it assimilates terrestrial material into the blackwater aquatic system, and acts to reduce the loss of nutrients to the forest which would inevitably occur if all the material which fell into the streams was washed downstream. (click to read more)
  25. 1 point
    If you're like many fish geeks, at one time or another, you've probably kept at least one Betta at some point in your "career." Most likely, a "fancy" variety, purchased in a little cup, and then unceremoniously added to a little bowl somewhere. Until relatively recently, this was my impression of Bettas in the aquarium hobby. One species (B. splendens), small bowls and cups, and improperly kept, dangerously inbred, low-quality fish found by the million at "big box" pet stores. And of course, for the longest time, I believed that these fish favored the confining, decidedly not-so-good environment of a small container of water. And, how could you fault me? That's kinda how they've been "sold" to the world for generations... Sadly, the cultural myth of Bettas being adapted to this kind of micro-environment has endured in both the hobby and popular culture, and we're all pretty much convinced that they live exclusively in little tiny puddles in Thailand, Cambodia and other parts of Southeast Asia. (click to read more)
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