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  1. 3 points
    Soothing Shrimp

    FREE Stuff for Shrimpers!

    Thanks, guys. It's been a struggle financially lately, but despite circumstances, I still wanted to give back to the shrimping community. I accept prayers and good Karma wishes as payment. ;-)
  2. 3 points
    Tpshrimper

    Increasing shrimplet survival rate

    First group of babies born. Everything should be in order, ton of leaf litter, nitrates measured at mayyybe 5 ppm last night, and I'm doing a tiny pinch of glasgarten baby every other day, and magic powder 3 times a week. This guy looks like he has good color, any insight on how that will play out as he gets older? Will the color fade or should he maintain the good blue in the attached photo? Probably born in the past 24 hours.
  3. 3 points
    chappy6107

    Illness

    for sure. let me know if you have questions.
  4. 3 points
    vinniemabuna

    Shrimp Pimp Daily Feeder

    Hi Jamison, I tried your food today, I have a small 6 gallon with too much moss and algae ! The first time I checked I didn't see much movement on the Shrimp Pimp food, but an hour later WOW my fire red shrimp were all over it I think it was gone with a lot of RCS all around it.. Thank so much, are you going to make other supplemental foods in the future ? My shrimp have just gotten PIMPED !
  5. 3 points
    dbpelletier

    Illness

    I had problems non stop using tap water for my shrimp. I live in NH and the well water comes out with a super high GH. The struggle to keep the shrimp alive was really a bummer. Found someone selling a RO unit on craigslist, replaced the membrane and filters and fixed every issue i have had. Lately I have been trying to mix RO/Tap for one of my tanks with only fish, have struggled with problems which were fixed when i went to only remineralized RO water. 35g Brute setup with a Float and i fill 5g buckets for whichever shrimp i'm remineralizing for. Honestly not having to use the tap is a good feeling, you never have to question your water. Also you can pick up a TDS meter for like $14. You can get Salty Shrimp on amazon for $28. Will last you for quite some time. Plus overall your tanks will thrive even more.
  6. 3 points
    wyzazz

    hamburg matten filter question

    I use HMF's almost exclusively. ;0)
  7. 3 points
    wyzazz

    Question about water changes

    Great advice @ClownPlanted ! I use a Tom's Aqualifter and more recently a 4 head dosing pump (Jebao DP-4) to do my water changes and that seems to work well for me.
  8. 2 points
    Soothing Shrimp

    FREE Stuff for Shrimpers!

    Hi shrimpers. Some of you may remember me, others not. When I started shrimping many years ago, people helped me out with equipment and stock. When I had a break from shrimping a couple years ago, friends helped me out when I got into it again. Now, since it looks as if I'll be gone from the hobby for quite a while- it is time for me again to give back and help others. The circle of shrimping continues. Items are listed below. Unless a price is next to the item, consider it FREE if it would be of help to you! Fair warnings: 1) NO PICK UP. 2) You would have to pay for shipping. The cost may vary depending on the type of items you obtain, and how heavy the box is. Either priority or regular mail. Because of this, I can't give a shipping quote until you are done. And then the cost would only be shipping, and if any packing is needed. 3) It may take a couple days for me to make/find boxes to ship your items in. 4) Items may be dusty/have water spots, etc. Oh, one more thing. We have some GREAT dealers and members here who sell shrimp items. In no way is it my intention to have them lose sales since I have limited amounts of items anyway. Once you see something you may have been interested in- but is now given away- please consider supporting one of those sellers! OKay, let's get started. Chemicals, first. All those knowingly past exp. dates have been thrown out. As always, use chemicals at your own risk. I assume no responsibility for the chemicals and how they are used, yadda yadda. CHEMICALS - 1000cc opened bottle of SL Aqua Purify. Barely any used. Manufactured 11/24/2015, three year shelf life. - 500ml bottle SL Aqua Blue Wizard half full. Don't see exp. date. - 1 fl ounce PraziPro, unopened. Exp date 06/18 - MK Breed Blood Diamond. Looks to be never opened. Don't see exp. date. - (2 bottles) African Cichlid conditioner, 8 fl ounces, never opened. Don't see exp date. - 4 fl ounces Kordon methylene blue, never opened. Don't see exp. date. - 100g Salty Shrimp 8.5 Sulawesi Mineral, I added a scoop I found, some powder used, but mostly full. Don't see exp. date. - 200g Shrimp King Sulawesi Salt gh+/kh+. Still in box, never opened. Don't see exp. date. - (24 bottles) 2 oz Jungle Natural Colors powder. Basically powdered Tannin/humic acid. Unopened. Don't see exp. date, but it's dry powder. - 250g Aldrich Chitosan. Laboratory grade from back when I was experimenting with making my own mineral powders. Opened, and maybe 1/2 used. Don't see exp. date. - 40 oz API Ammo-Carb. Opened, maybe 30 oz left? Don't see an exp.date. - (3 bottles) 1.25 fl ounces API kh test solution bottle, exp. 2019, 2020, 2021 - bottle of 1.25 fl ounces API gh test solution, exp 2019 - (21) 10 ml Aqueon water conditioner packets, don't see an exp date. - (7) 15ml TetraAqua Aquasafe water conditioner packets with bio extract, don't see an exp date. I think that's all for chemicals right now, unless I find more when moving stuff out. Equipment - (3) Still in package floating glass thermometers w/suction cup - (25+) Used floating glass thermometer w/suction cup, no idea how well the suction cups are now. - (3) Plastic 3 way air valve group with no tank clip. - Plastic 4 way air valve group with tank clip - Plastic tank clip to hold a 2 way air valve - Topfin airline connection kit, never opened. Contains 5 individual air plastic valves/two suction cups/and Y valves. - Around 14 oz of new porous media (looks like pebbles), opened. - (20) NIB 15w T10 120v light bulbs - 3/4" diam, 12" long clear plastic gravel cleaning tube - 7/8" diam, 12" long clear plastic gravel cleaning tube - 1" diam, ~12" long clear plastic gravel cleaning tube. The end is cut (manufactured) at a 45 deg angle. - 2" diam, 11" long clear plastic gravel cleaning tube. Coms with end attachment to make an oval at the inlet 1.5" x 4.25" if desired. - 4 rolled up lead plant weights - still in package Cypress Accessories System Holder. This was a hard to find item at the time for me. Bought for holding 1/2" to 5/8" flexible tubing over the rim of a tank without it kinking. Plastic thumbscrew tightens holder to the rim. Never used. - (4) Tetra Water Wonder 10g Internal Power Filter #50050-600. Still In box, never used. I *think* everything is there, but don't hold me to it. Keep in mind, this is made for fish and may require modding for shrimp. - (4) Great Choice 10-20g Internal Power Filter, 90 gph flow rate. Still in box, never used. I *think* everything is there, but don't hold me to it. Keep in mind, this is made for fish and may require modding for shrimp. - (5) generic 1/2" x 1" blue cylinder sand air stones - 3/4" generic blue sphere sand air stone - (7) Metaframe Bubble-Up Air Stones. These are white (ceramic?) disks sandwiched on both sides by green plastic. These were manufactured in the 1970's and designed to be taken apart with a single screw should they ever get clogged. A toothbrush on the disk, put back together and it's cleaned and works fine again. My favorite in air stones. Super hard to find for them, so when I found them I bought as many as I could. These are not in package and will need to be cleaned. One is missing the plastic cap on screw, but does not affect performance. - (3) Still in package and never opened Metaframe Bubble-Up Air Stones. Read above description. Food - (21) ~11oz unopened Trial size packet of Tropical flake food - (5) (4) Sample bags of misc. sizes of Barley - (2) 50g Zebulon Meticulous Snowflake Grain - (2) (1) 50g Zebulon Meticulous Snowflake Grain - 50g Zebulon Meticulous Snowflake Grain - 10g Ebi No Seicho Shrimp Rock. Package opened, but never used. - 1 oz Organic Fennel Seed Powder from Egypt - 10g Organic Dried Irish Wild Rose Petal Powder - ~70g Astaxanthin Powder. My own personal warning is don't use this with yellow neos. If you get this, please share freely with sample packs if anyone wants any. This a HUGE amount. Dusting of food, or feeding by tooth pick is the way to go. Depending on how many tanks you have, this will last you YEARS! More items such as food and equipment will be added as I have time. I hope to get mostly everything listed this week. Most equipment will need to be cleaned. US shipping only. Message me here at Shimp Spot if interested in anything. If you want me to hold items to ship together (until I've listed almost everything), please message me here and let me know that, too.
  9. 2 points
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  10. 2 points
    Jamisondaniel33

    Shrimp Pimp Daily Feeder

    Below is a list of the beneficial ingredients that can be found in my shrimp food product and the reason behind it, as well as some nutritional facts. Chorella Algae- Placed in my food because of the sheer amount of nutrients that it contains. This allows the shrimp to remain active and enhances their color. Also, this algae serves as a great chelating agent. This means that it binds to unwanted toxins in the intestines and clears them out of the body of the shrimp. Chorella contains over four vitamins, eight beneficial minerals and trace elements, three unsaturated fatty acids, and a surplus of amino acids. Glucosamine- an amino sugar that serves as a beneficial substance for the formation of the shrimp’s exoskeleton. Fennel- Contains an abundance of essential oils including vitamin C, thymol, and trigonelline. Organic pure bee pollen- contains up to 30% protein as well as calcium, potassium, and an abundance of various enzymes that help with shrimp growth. Lecithin- Shrimp make this phospholipid into acetylcholine which is amazing for the nervous system. Mulberry Leaves- High in vitamins and minerals, and provide a great source of electrolytes. Peas- Great source of fiber to clear the intestinal track of shrimp. I hope that you find my product useful, I would appreciate any feedback in how I can tweak it. Thanks for taking the time to test out my product, it is very appreciated. All of my ingredients are organic and I am making fresh batches of food daily. This means my product is fresh compared to the foods that are mass produced and sit on shelves for long periods of time. PM me if you are interested in my product. The price for this product is $5.99 if you continue to order my product I will lower the price, I'm a college student who is trying to make high grade shrimp food affordable so that more individuals can enjoy this fun hobby as much as I do. Thanks for you time. Jamison Daniel CEO of The Shrimp Pimp
  11. 2 points
    Memphis118

    ADA 60p PRL Shrimp Tank

    Updated FTS.... also added a Boss Shrimpy Pops stick in I got from Han from Hans Aquatic, and the shrimp absolutely love it.
  12. 2 points
    chappy6107

    Illness

    my thoughts are also pointing towards the water parameters. gh/kh/tds all are roughly double the "typical" range. another thing to consider with molting issues is if you have too much in the way of minerals/nutrients/other then their shells grow too thick making it hard for them to bread free of their molts. I too recommend an RO water unit. I tried keeping shrimp in a tap water invironment, but my municipality changed up what they use to flush the system during a season change and everything died. You mentioned you are doing 50% water changes. In my opinion that is too much. switch to RO water and remineralize it with a shrimp remineralizer. Then only change ~10% a week.
  13. 2 points
    wyzazz

    Illness

    Here is a great resource on shrimp diseases and possible causes/solutions that may help. https://skfaquatics.com/forum/topic/5052-shrimp-diseases-and-diagnosis/
  14. 2 points
    ShrimpFarm

    ShrimpFarm Project

    Thx guys for encouraging words. Been busy recently, but yesterday I saw this little TangTai Fellow. Hope u like it :).
  15. 2 points
    Shrimple minded

    Moving berried crystal?

    Certainly doable. I also do this somewhat regularly and haven't experienced any noted deaths or drops. I would imagine the health of your system and shrimp would factor into the equation, but if the shrimp was healthy enough to berry that might be enough of an indicator.
  16. 2 points
    ClownPlanted

    Moving berried crystal?

    I have done it with no issues. Moved a berried female from a tank with GH5, KH2, PH 6.8 to a tank with buffering substrate GH5, KH0, PH 6.2. Not saying someone else would absolutely not have an issue but I have done it twice with similar results. No issues with the female and she went on to have her babies. Not saying a good idea but I did not even drip acclimate her I just simply netted her out and put her in the new tank.
  17. 2 points
    sparky4056

    Sirius Green Pollen Food

    Just thought I'd say that my tigers go nuts over this food and the seller is very professional to deal with. Will be a future customer for sure
  18. 2 points
    Critter Doc

    Shrimp Pimp Daily Feeder

    This was about two minutes after I'd dropped in a piece. And of course the Amano immediately tried to steal it... IMG_1777.MOV
  19. 2 points
    wyzazz

    Question about water changes

    Do it gradually, smaller moves/fewer/slower changes are always better for shrimp health.
  20. 2 points
    wyzazz

    Shrimp not interested in food?

    Correct! If you're dosing Biozyme and Bacter AE (basically powdered biofilm) then they've probably got more than enough to eat. Shrimp typically prefer biofilm to everything else! Your tank parameters as listed look good, assuming your Ammonia and Nitrite are at 0. If you hold back feeding for a few days, heck depending on the amount of biofilm you may need to go a week or more, then add the prepared foods then they will likely flock to it. Or feed something "high-value" to the shrimp. Boil a mulberry leaf and drop it in there, or a squash/zucchini bloom. Mine always go crazy for those!
  21. 2 points
    Update! I covered half a rock with a thin layer of epoxy. I did my best to rough it up with a toothbrush but it is noticeably shinier and smoother than the untreated portion. The upside? It actually looks better both dry and wet, providing more contrast and making the colors of the rock more visible. My only concern is that mosses are going to have a hard time adhering to the rocks. I'm strongly leaning towards covering all my rocks since I'd have to replace them anyway. The next test will be to see what happens to kH with more epoxied seiryu in the tank. I'm thinking that if I can cover 95-98% of the rock surfaces with epoxy, kH creep should be negligible to manageable. Dry: Wet:
  22. 1 point
    Soothing Shrimp

    FREE Stuff for Shrimpers!

    I work graveyard shift now, so have to get a nap in before work. I'll list more tomorrow. Please be patient if I don't get back to you immediately. Working nights, sleeping in the day and still trying to be there for family is exhausting. I have a gym meet for my daughter's gymnastics on Sat, so I won't be around that day most likely. By the time I get back, I'll be lucky to get much sleep at all before work. This is taking a bit longer than expected to list everything in my very little free time each day. So, your patience while updating my list for free things (as it *may* stretch into next week) is appreciated.
  23. 1 point
    ClownPlanted

    Sera Super Peat pellets?

    Size: diameter about 6cm,hight about 7cm Here is a link to them I got from eBay. Keep in mind they took about 3 weeks to get delivered as they shipped from China. You can get them on Amazon I believe as well but more expensive but faster shipping. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Aquarium-Fish-Tank-Clear-Holder-Aquatic-Plant-Glass-Cup-Pot-Plant-Decor-Cup-Hot/292112637952?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649
  24. 1 point
  25. 1 point
    ClownPlanted

    Optimal temp for PRL CRS

    The lower the temp the less active and slower they grow but tend to live a bit longer. The higher the temp they are more active and grow faster. But when talking about the temp difference between 70 to 73 which is what is recommended for them the difference is very little. I have always kept mine at 72 and since they do well at that temp I have no reason to change it.
  26. 1 point
    ClownPlanted

    Optimal temp for PRL CRS

    I keep my crs and prl tanks at 72 and they absolutely thrive. Tons of berried and babies. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  27. 1 point
    zenster

    RO Water storage

    ^ Ok, your spigot reminds me of something. OMG, don't make me say it...LoL On a more serious note, I'm using food grade 5 gallon buckets from Lowes. May need to upgrade to a Brute in the future when I set up my rack.
  28. 1 point
    nicpapa

    shrimp Tanks

    Some plants twice a week... This is what hapen if you dont trim them
  29. 1 point
    I've always wondered this too. I assumed people used the breeder boxes/mesh I guess? Ill watch this thread. I couldn't help but giggle at that comment. ^
  30. 1 point
    aotf

    Bacterial infection?

    Good to see that you've lowered the temperature on the tank (to what?). That might help the spread of the infection but this shrimp may already be toast. My experience is that if you can tell that there's something wrong with a shrimp, they are not going to recover 90+% of the time. Have you quarantined this shrimp yet? Get him out of there! If it is a bacterial infection, large water changes over the next couple days are you friend. You want that bacterial stuff gone. If it's not, you might be unnecessarily stressing out your shrimp. Decisions decisions.
  31. 1 point
    ClownPlanted

    Easy Green from Aquarium Co-Op

    Wow that is extremely high tds. No way would I use something that would bring the tds up that high. I have always used ThriveS and have always been happy with it. I get maybe 10tds raised after using 2 pumps per 10 gallons and is extremely reasonable. I would be concerned with it raising the GH that high for sure. Did you shake the bottle really well before using?? Have to ask. Just read the dosing instructions and it says 1 pump per 10 gallons so the 180 tds raise seems reasonable. Since you added 1 pump for one cup I am betting you get that down to about 5-10 tds per 10 gallons. That is the way to test it for sure. I think it is fine.
  32. 1 point
    sfsam

    Illness

    Chappy6107 can you post a photo of your DIY setup? Mostly out of curiosity on my part, maybe something for me to look into to expand later. Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  33. 1 point
    chappy6107

    Illness

    Y valve before the washer connection. just get the right size fittings or adapters for your ro unit. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B018Q3AQ4W/ref=asc_df_B018Q3AQ4W5364141/?tag=hyprod-20&creative=395033&creativeASIN=B018Q3AQ4W&linkCode=df0&hvadid=193139379506&hvpos=1o2&hvnetw=g&hvrand=2003533673722304293&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9028688&hvtargid=pla-311013955890
  34. 1 point
    wyzazz

    Illness

    How I see all this based on my experience. My tap comes out at 460TDS on average after a sediment filter, before the sediment filter I get over 550TDS, I also have a water softener but this doesn't drop the TDS. A water softener simply provides ion exchange, it swaps all of the minerals suspended in your water for NaCl (salt). Here is the RODI unit I use, I purchased it in January of 2017 and just swapped out filters (not the RO Membrane). When I purchased the unit it was $72.00 on sale. It takes up about a 16"x8"x8" space if I'm overestimating. I'm a handy person, a DIYer for sure, and I enjoy putting things together. So as you say, this may not be the route for you, but it was the route I took. I plumbed in a garden hose spigot in the house for this unit and asked that they send me a garden hose adapter instead of their standard adapter, they did this without question or upcharge. In your instance, I would certainly plumb in a whole house sediment filter, it will overall make your water more tolerable and certainly make your RO filters last longer. For a few months all I did was turn on the garden hose spigot and make water when I needed it, eventually I put in a pressure bladder (so we could use the RO for drinking and cooking) and a Brute Trash Can with float valve so I could have large amounts of the RO water ready for water changes and brewing beer. I'm not sure where the $30-$50 per month is coming in for RO maintenance. My filter replacements were $50.00, and with my usage (Drinking, Cooking, Brewing, Water changes on 15 tanks) it looks like I'll be replacing them every year. My RO water TDS crept up over a year from 0 TDS to 15 TDS as the filters began to wear out. If you're not doing all that with the RO I think you can safely assume $25/year for filters at that point. 200G of SS GH or GH\KH+ lasts me around a year and costs around $30.00. To be fair, if you want to replace your shrimp instead of giving them the proper care that's your prerogative. But if you want to keep them you really should be providing them with the ideal environment to thrive. To me, that means RO water remineralized with a proper balance of salts. How RO works (very simplified version). Water is forced through a series of filters via the water pressure in your house. The more pressure you have the better/more efficiently the system works. The RO Membrane is where the magic happens, there are really little tiny holes in it, tiny enough that only water molecules can get through. The pure water is forced through the membrane to be collected, the unpure is forced out the discharge. A DI resin enhances this purity even further, pulling out things that the other filters and RO membrane won't. If you're looking at getting into more expensive/harder to keep shrimp I'd urge you to start planning and utilizing RO water now. You could also look at selling shrimp to help offset the cost of keeping them. At this point keeping shrimp costs me nothing but my time.
  35. 1 point
    wyzazz

    Shrimp Pimp Daily Feeder

    Looks good! You may want to put a quantity/weight on the website so folks know how much food they are receiving when they purchase.
  36. 1 point
    chappy6107

    Illness

    I understand your shrimp are sick and you want to help them. I am afraid what ever is causing the sickness/disease will continue if you do not get to the root of the cause. If it is your water, then just diluting it with ro into your tap water is not going to help. I do not want to sound like I am arguing or bashing you, but you will most likely continue to get the responses about your water seeing what the parameters are above. you would get the same responses even if you said my parameters are perfect cuz I mix ro & tap water. it does not take any more time to mix your remineralizer & ro water than it would take to mix your ro & tap water together. It will take time to make the ro water, but that can be done while you take your nap or watch tv. The expense is not much different than buying prime for your fish vs buying remineralizer for your shrimp. only the unit itself which can be had for ~$65 on amazon and the filters that need to be replaced every year or two. all of us here are just trying to help you, so if I or any of us sound like a broken record or harsh it is not our intent.
  37. 1 point
    I think I like the darker look of the stone better after the epoxy was applied.
  38. 1 point
    There is a very real possibility I was overdosing Bacter ae on the tank. I wasn't exactly "precise" on how much I was adding and when. A little gung ho if you will. I have switched back to magic powder and am going to feed small amounts 3 times a week.
  39. 1 point
    wyzazz

    Increasing shrimplet survival rate

    That's correct, everyone has their own opinions. AFAIK, a higher temperature just increases metabolism, and thusly decreases life-span. There is also a correlation to a higher rate of bacterial infection as the temperatures rise, but overall I think if you keep a clean tank you are fine at those temps. In any case, good luck and keep us posted!!!
  40. 1 point
    I keep the temperature right at around 73.5. Seems like everyone has opinions on best temperature, that may be a little high or a little low depending on who you ask. Added even more leaf litter last night, some more moss, and a few more floaters, and did a 20% water change. Both shrimp have been berried for about 21 days so I'll keep y'all posted on how it goes.
  41. 1 point
    manticore

    Red Moss

  42. 1 point
    ClownPlanted

    Question about water changes

    To gradually bring it down do 10% water changes more often. Maybe 2-3 times a week is fine since the amount is lower. You do not want to add too much GH to make the tds higher but instead do the lower 10% wc with the 80 tds water. Then in a couple weeks they should be in good range. Also make sure the temp is fairlry close to the tank water. The way I do water changes in my shrimp tanks is I have an adjustable water pump I use to fill the water from a bucket. I set it to be extremely slow and takes about an hour to fill about 2 gallons of water. This ensures that the shrimp have time to adjust to any differences. I highly recommend this.
  43. 1 point
    chappy6107

    Breeding tank size

    also a tank that is too big could make it hard for the males to find the females after a moult. depending on the size of your colony.
  44. 1 point
    Wygglz

    First Ever offering of Sunset Tigers!

    ● Item: Sunset Tigers! This is the very first offering ever from this colony. These were Tangerine Tigers with a Red Stripe mutation that is true breeding. Please note, color increases with age. I chose to offer them first to this group as this group is the reason I have them. Pricing is for five (5) with the option of another 5 at the same price ( quantities limited). ● Closing Date/Time: Sunday, January 28, at 2pm EST, 1pm CST, noon MST, and 11am PST ● Gender: Mixed ● Size: Juvenile ● Parameters: TDS 185 - Ph 7.1 – temp – 70 – kept in RO water with Salty Shrimp GH/KH+ ● Starting Bid: 75.00 ● Minimum Bid Increment: $1.00 ● Shipping: 15.00 – watch your weather, no heat packs available. Shrimp will be shipped the Monday or Tuesday following the auction end. ● DOA Policy: contact us, but of course a photo in the bag within 2 hours of delivery *** *Shipping price is non-refundable **I only ship within the Continental US ***I am not responsible for USPS delays and/or mishandling
  45. 1 point
    Mishiri

    Breeding tank size

    Yes, it's definitely possible, they still have the gene, so it's up to your culling skills
  46. 1 point
    manticore

    Davidis

    Let me know what you think
  47. 1 point
    ShrimpFarm

    ShrimpFarm Project

    A bit afraid but I decided to post first English movie
  48. 1 point
    In the last ~year i have tried every major brand and a few lesser brands and have lost ~4,000$ in fish. Most of that loss is in discus breeding pairs which stacks up cash fast. A heater dies, a discus whirls and is dead by dawn. Lost a whole betta breeding project. Marineland takes the title with 4 Discus breeding pairs and ~60 show stock betas in the breeding project. Topfin. Breeding pairs and a few misc med-large discus. Eheim. ~7 misc med-large discus. (this is now heating the sole discus tank so I expect more bodies on this brand) Finnex salt grade heaters: a few med-large discus and an expensive pleco. Aquaion: a few med discus. and a pile of jar bettas (powerhead + heater in a bath to warm the jars). Aquatop: misc med-large discus. Hydor: failed but killed nothing. etc.. The last of my discus are in a single 60 which I will run until they are all dead and then give up on discus. Heaters have gotten me out of discus. Heaters seem to last 3-6 months. Most just stop making heat but I have had a few go crockpot (last one took a betta and Florida flag fish tank close to 100 but they were cool with that). So basically if you cannot put your tanks in a room that is heated to the proper temp, my recommendation is to figure out how big a heater you need for your tank then divide than number by 3 and use 3 heaters of the 1/3 total power size. If one goes cold the other 2 should keep the temp non-fatal. If one goes crockpot the other 2 should stop heating and your tank dwellers will hopefully not cook. If you have expensive stock like shrimp/discus/salt you may want to look at APCs for your heaters and pumps/filters. The APCs will be $$$ as the watts on heaters add up quick. For brand so far Hydors have been failing the least.
  49. 1 point
    Vshrimp

    Keeping blue bolts and pintos?

    When crossing TB and Pintos. From my experience, you'll get both types. Pinto and TB. Just know the TB will carry the pinto gene as it's a some what of a pinto mischling now.
  50. 1 point
    is your baby missing two bottles now? keep us updated!
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