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  1. 2 points
    Yup! It's understandable especially when you're just getting into the hobby that people won't be able to commit to getting a whole RO/DI system or have enough money to get a huge setup. I'd guess that most of the experienced keepers/breeders became so knowledgeable through learning from their mistakes. Personally, I feel you can learn a lot more from your failures than your successes, and with shrimp I'd expect failures every now and then, so it's important not to get too defeated if something were to happen as long as you learn from it. I've been in the hobby for several years now and I still feel like I'm learning new things. Like wyzazz said selling or giving your extra shrimp away would probably be the recommendation from most breeders. I'm not at the point where I have that many shrimp to sell, but I do plan to in the future, more so to sustain my hobby, spread the hobby, and meet other people who're as into shrimp as I am 😆 another option is to see if your local fish store might buy them from you or maybe give you store credit in exchange for them. Selling online seems like it may be difficult at first because you'll need to build up a reputation because naturally people will compare your product and ratings to another seller who's been selling for a while. For the average hobbyist I'd recommend sticking locally if you're just looking to get rid of your excess shrimp through local clubs, fish stores, friends, etc. because it sounds like the shipping process especially can be very tricky to deal with. For example, I don't plan to sell online because the process of shipping seems to have a pretty difficult learning curve so I'm planning to just sell locally. Glad to help! It can be a pretty challenging hobby at first because they're fairly different than fish, but I think that makes it feel even more rewarding when you figure it all out and get colonies of shrimps going at a time.
  2. 2 points
    One thing I'll say is that it's your money, your tank, your shrimp, and your hobby, so if you want to try to have all your Caridina adapted to tap water no one can stop you from doing it. The fun of this hobby, imo, is that it's still a relatively new hobby and we're still learning so much about shrimps and their husbandry. I have tons of ideas I want to try once I have the tank space to do so. One suggestion that I thought of is that you can either start a tank with water parameters that resemble those of the breeder you get them from to properly acclimate them and reduce the initial stress from acclimating to a new tank and/or shipping. At each water change you can take out like 10% or 15% of the water and exchange it with tap water, so each time you're doing a water change you're doing a sort of slow acclimation to your tap water without a major sudden change in parameters. This may provide the least amount of stress on the shrimp and give them a better chance to adapt to your tap water over time. Just a suggestion as I feel that might give you more success than doing a single drip acclimation, and because it might be hard to find breeders who sell Caridina shrimps adapted to tap/hard water aside from the tiger shrimp species. Personally, I keep my shrimp in the parameters that're recommended for the given species/type of shrimp because I want maximum breeding (I don't have any fish in any of my shrimp tanks, I use RO remineralized water, feed shrimp-specific foods, etc.). Through several years of success, failures, and watching other people's successes and failures I feel I've learned enough to be able to successfully breed many different types of shrimps, but nothing is every 100% effective, which is most evident by seeing how different successful breeders maintain their shrimp tanks. Even though there may be a lot of similarities and differences between their methods, they may both be equally successful in keeping/breeding shrimp. So I'm not going to say that I'm an expert (far from it imo), but I like to give my opinions based on my experience and anyone who reads it can take it or leave it. Ultimately, it's your hobby and I wish you success! A more hardy Caridina shrimp that's cheaper and easily accessible will only help to encourage the growth of the hobby.
  3. 1 point
    I sell them of course! If you're in the market for Tangerine Tigers let me know, I have a ton of them right now!
  4. 1 point
    Yes, I keep both my Tangerines and my Aura Blues in 200TDS, gH 8-9, kH 4-5 pH 7.2-7.4. Actually, I keep almost all of my "Tiger" shrimp in Neo Parameters.
  5. 1 point
    From what I've heard the tiger species seem to be the most hardy and adaptable of the Caridina species. Until recently I thought that OERBTs/OEBTs needed really hard water to thrive, but I've heard of reputable sellers/breeders keeping them in Caridina parameters with little or no KH. I've also heard that aura blues and tangerines thrive better with some KH in their water, but I have both species in purely Caridina/soft water with little to no KH and they're breeding. I can't say for certain how well they adapt to hard water, but from hearing the wider ranges of parameters that people have successfully kept and bred them in, I'd say tigers would be best to start with if you're trying to get a Caridina species in hard water conditions.
  6. 1 point
    A better question for him might be: > What brand of active substrate do you sell for $4 per pound? If you catch my drift. Lol 😂 The naysayers don't want Caridina shrimp adapting to tap water because they won't be able to sell their overpriced fancy dirt or magic shrimp potions, AND the prices of shrimp will go down.
  7. 1 point
    I would advise against this, I think there might be a few that will reproduce in Neo tanks but majority of caridina will NOT thrive or have a high baby survival.
  8. 1 point
    Yeah that's what I'm going to end up doing since no one has any for sale atm. I'm doing it because I don't want to spend 4 dollars per pound for clay/humus substrate. 😁
  9. 1 point
    Yes I have 27 Tangerine tigers living in Neo waters. Around 270 tds along with my blue dreams. I started with 10 tigers at first, acclimated them for 24+ hrs on drip and then did the same for the rest. Caridinas can live in neo waters 200-300 tds; you just have to spend the time to acclimate them. I am low on tank space, that is why I am putting cardinas with my neos. Oh btw... I also have 11 stardust shrimp in the tank as well. For they dont breed with other caridinas.
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    Questions about TDS

    Hi Roborep, Your parameters seem to be in check. I'm not sure what kind of substrate you're using, but how long has it been since you changed it last? I've had some instances where I would lose shrimps, and all my param were in check. I simply did a tank reset, and that cured the issue. I know it doesn't answer your question, but that's what worked for me.
  11. 1 point

    Questions about TDS

    Hi Roborep! I'll try to throw out some ideas, but it sounds like you're doing everything right and that you're knowledgeable about shrimp keeping. Is there anything you can think of that you changed in the tank from when you had success with breeding when you first started keeping shrimp until you noticed that they weren't breeding and slowly starting to die off? Also, I'm not familiar or experienced with using that kind of substrate for my shrimp, but is it an active substrate that buffers the water? If the water isn't being buffered that may be the cause of the lack of breeding as there may be fluctuations throughout the day in pH. The fact that your shrimp are surviving and living for quite a while without breeding makes me think that there's something in your tank that's slightly off that's causing stress to the shrimp. Not enough stress that it's causing significant die off, but enough stress to be preventing your shrimp from breeding. The parameters look good to me so I'm not sure if there's anything there that might be causing the problems.
  12. 1 point

    Tank Mates

    I agree with JT_Redmist, it ultimately depends on what your goal is for your shrimp and aquarium. If your goal is to breed as many shrimp as possible I wouldn’t recommend putting any kind of fish in the tank. The rule of thumb is that if a baby shrimp could fit into the fish’s mouth there’s a risk that they’ll eat babies, and shrimplets are very tiny so I’m not sure that there’s any type of fish that won’t go for them except maybe the micro rasboras. You can definitely keep and even breed shrimp with fish, but you most likely will have less babies as the fish will most likely pick off a few with each batch. Having hiding spaces is definitely important for the shrimp to feel safe and secure, especially when they’re most vulnerable after molting. If you’re concerned about your fish attacking your shrimp I’d recommend sitting and watching your tank for 5-10 min to see how they interact once they become used to your presence, or you can watch from a distance to see if the fish show any kind of aggressive behavior towards the shrimp. If you haven’t noticed the fish attacking the shrimp in the past I’d say it most likely isn’t happening too often. The fact your shrimp haven’t been breeding and slowly dying off could also mean that there is something that might be off with your water parameters or tank conditions. Have you tested the water recently for things like ammonia, nitrate, and nitrite?
  13. 1 point

    PSA - API Freshwater Master Test Kit

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  14. 1 point

    WTB Black OE Tigers

  15. 1 point

    Aura Blue Crosses

    They're just starting to breed for the first time. Some of the ones I have are from Andrew Wayne, and it's a project he's worked on for a couple years, so are pretty set in what colors and patterns they produce. The ones I have are just F1's so it's going to be a mixed grab bag what they produce. I see a few tiny solid whites- could color out as blue bolts later- some pinto striped backs on clear or tan-ish bodies. They're only a week or so old though. I really need to move them to a different tank. I love the shape of the 10g cube they're in, but the light is weak in that tank, the glass is scratched on the inside, and the curve of the glass makes taking pics really hard.
  16. 1 point

    New and needing advice!

    Well what a couple of weeks it has been! I had the tank all planted, cycled and set up. Struggled to find RCS locally so was advised of a breeder who would ship them to me with an arrive alive guarantee, highly recommended etc etc. So being the cautious type, I just ordered 10, to arrive on a specific day when I knew I would be home. I was very apprehensive at ordering to be delivered through the mail but it seemed the best option. Lo and behold, a whole drama ensued. My step son called in a panic, saying his tank had been smashed (accident, long story) and his whole stock were in buckets, filter down for hours so no idea if it was useable. So at 9.30pm that night we drained the shrimp tank, dismantled it and rushed it over to him. Thankfully all the fish survived. BUT the shrimp were due the very next day. And all I had was an old 5 gallon fry tank available. I stuffed the small HOB filter with media from another tank, used decor from the long lost shrimp tank, dosed with Seachem Stability and Prime and had a sleepless night. The shrimp arrived on time, wonderfully packaged with a huge ball of java moss included, only 9 but all alive. Drip acclimated them and transferred them to the 5 gal. AND they disappeared for 2 days! Now, almost a week later I have nine happy little guys and gals, to my utter amazement! Four have already moulted, that I can see. I believe I have three males and six females. The tank has thrown up a whole load of detritus worms (not planaria) and copepods and I have also added one nerite, mainly to make me feel more comfortable about the BB. Parameters have stayed SO stable I have been testing twice a day as I don't believe the results. Same test kit with other tanks produces predicted results so I know it's reliable. Now the larger tank has gone, I'm thinking I'd like to transfer these guys to a smaller tank than that, primarily to have room for another tank to scape and perhaps try a different colour neo. But larger than the 5 gal, it's going ok but I can't have the plants I want and I understand 5 is the minimum anyway. Phew, pass me a beer!
  17. 1 point

    Shrimp death. Should I be worried?

    I actually ended up getting my BA in archaeology because I decide I liked people more. I’m actually working on getting my PHD in archaeology now! So I’ve strayed a bit. Haha Alrighty. So patience.... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  18. 1 point
    Hi! It is definitely not uncommon to have one or two shrimp die off right after adding them to a new tank due to stress, like you said. That particular shrimp may have just been weak and not showed any signs because it was living in the same conditions its whole life and experienced very little stress/change, but once it got added to your tank the stress of acclimation pushed it over the edge so to speak. That doesn’t mean that the quality of the shrimp is poor, some shrimp are born weaker than others, just like some people naturally have weaker immune systems than others and are thus more prone to getting sick. I generally try to buy at least 1 or 2 more shrimp than I want to account for any deaths that may occur. I experience deaths every once and a while even from my most reputable and trustworthy sources. Also, older, bigger shrimp are generally weaker than young shrimp because they’ve lived their whole life in the same tank and have thus adjusted to live in those parameters, compared to young shrimp that are more adaptable (I definitely prefer getting young shrimp and allowing them to grow and adjust in my tank). When did you add the shrimp? Another thing I noticed is that you’re using fluval shrimp stratum, which is a buffering substrate, meaning that it will keep your water soft. Neocaridina prefer hard water so it’s generally recommended to not use any kind of buffering substrate for them. That being said, I’m sure you could manage to keep them in with the soil, but they just may not do as well as if you used an inert substrate that doesn’t affect the water parameters. If you just got the shrimp a few days ago I wouldn’t be overly concerned, but I would monitor them closely. If you continue to see deaths then you may want to look into that further, but if that’s the only one it may have just been that particular shrimp. It can be difficult to determine if there is a problem without being able to test for GH, KH, ammonia, nitrate, and nitrite as imbalances in those are common causes of issues with shrimp tanks, but for now I’d let the shrimp do their thing and not change anything for now, especially if you just added them, to allow them to adjust. If they continue to die you could always do a small water change in case the issue is with toxins in the water. One of the most important qualities to having success in this hobby is patience. I struggled with that initially, but once I figured it out I’ve had much more success and the hobby’s been much easier for me. It’s natural for us to want to change things once we see any signs of issues with our fish/shrimp, but making sudden changes may do more harm than good. It can definitely be frustrating to see shrimp die and hold yourself back from doing anything drastic, but in my experience shrimp deaths are more concerning when there’s more than 1 or 2 at a time and/or if there’s deaths that occur consistently every day or every other day.
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    3. OE RKK eXtreme $30 / Red Devil (dark red extreme) $35 / Panda $ 25 $35 red devil
  20. 1 point


    yes u can split
  21. 1 point
    I may need to jump on these FRT on Friday! 😍
  22. 1 point

    Free Süsswassertang

    All Süsswassertang is claimed and has been shipped out. Thanks all for responding!
  23. 1 point

    Free Süsswassertang

    Trying to clean out the tanks a little bit. I have about 10-15 packages of Subwassertang / Süsswassertang -- for free, or if you want a larger portion, just trade me anything. You pay shipping, actual costs. I don't want money in return. Just a way to say thanks for all of the information I've received over the years by reading through the forums. Pic: https://photos.app.goo.gl/LS9pTF2n9UwdHTbf8 About the Süsswassertang -- I've had it for almost 3 years, starting from a golf ball sized package that came with my first set of fire red neos that I received from a forum member. It's grown exponentially over that time to where I currently have it spread across 35 gallons of heavily planted tanks (mosly Süsswassertang). After cleaning up, I now have a 3 gallon bucket with more Süsswassertang than I can use, and this is the second time I've gotten rid of a sizable chunk. My tanks are low tech (LED lights, filters, heat -- no CO2), water is at 76-80 degrees, and higher pH (avg 7.8). There may be tiny snails (don't know what they're called, but they never grow bigger than a sesame seed), and I think I have all of the fish and shrimp fry out, but the just-born neo shrimp or endlers get a little too small for me to see. I have used Süsswassertang free-floating (personal favorite, until it overwhelms), I've tied it to rocks or logs to try to be creative (mixed success), and I've even tried wrapping it up in hairnets to make round balls. I wouldn't recommend the hairnet option with fish, as I've seen an Endler get caught, but it's done great in shrimp-only tanks. The shrimp love it, as do my bettas, and it gives the endler fry a good hiding spot. For free: I'll give you a good sized ball. You pay shipping. Up until supplies last. For trade: I'll give you a double sized ball. I'll take just about anything in return. Plants, shrimp, snails, food (no copper please), etc. Anything you have extras of that I can reuse. I plan on making one or two trips to the post office this week to mail, I'm hoping to get rid of this in one or two shots. Everything will be packaged in ziploc bags with a wet paper towel, and the ziploc in a bubble wrap envelope.
  24. 1 point
    I shot you a PM.
  25. 1 point

    October stock list

    My new Super Tigers and Cheetahs all made it safely today. You really have some beautiful shrimp! Can’t thank you enough.
  26. 1 point

    Whats going on with my RCS?

    If nothing is chasing it, it could be that a female molted, and they're trying to breed. You have a lot of fish. Just my opinion, but I don't like to mix fish and shrimps together. Remember, fish eat shrimp. Just saying
  27. 1 point
    Shrimp Life

    Shadow Panda questions

    If it originally came as blue, and lost its color, They could be stressed. Caridina with blue (blue bolt, shadow panda) can change color intensity depending on things like temp, stress, breeding etc. You can put some good quality blue bolts in with them to improve and refine the line.
  28. 1 point
    Forgot to post here about aquashella but I took home 2nd in neo all colors with my painted fire reds, 2nd in neo rilli with my red rillis, 2nd in Crystal's with my super crystal red one stripe, and 3rd in hybrids with my nebulas or purple rusty taitibee. At the aquatic experience I took first in super Crystal's with my super crystal red one stripe, first in tigers with my btoe, and third in tigers with my super tigers. Picture of my Nebula
  29. 1 point

    New and needing advice!

    Hi and welcome to the forum! I’ll answer your questions based on my experience and from what I’ve learned through watching many shrimp youtubers and compiling things they all, or most, do similarly. 1. You don’t need to wait until the moss carpet is fully grown, but it would help to provide extra grazing area. My belief is that the more plants you provide, the more natural food sources and hiding places you’re providing for your shrimp. Less plants and driftwood means you may have to feed more or provide more light for algae and microorganism growth, but shrimps are natural scavengers and don’t need a lot of food to survive. The fact you’re planning on heavily planting the tank is much more than most shrimp breeders do from what I see and they’re still very successful. Your shrimp sound like they’ll do well based on the amount of plants you’ll be providing. 2. Just like fish, the longer you let the tank cycle, the better the chances of your shrimps surviving, thriving and reproducing faster. The easiest answer would be to get a freshwater test kit and check the ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. As long as the levels are low indicating the BB are filtering the wastes in the water your tank should be good for shrimp. 3. Water temperature isn’t actually as important for shrimp as they are for fish, to a certain extent. It’s actually recommended (from what I’ve heard) to not have a heater in the tank if it’s not needed because of the risk of them malfunctioning. Shrimp are most sensitive to drastic changes, so a rapid shift in temp of several degrees is more harmful than a gradual shift. Higher temperatures will increase the shrimp’s metabolic rate, meaning they’ll eat more, grow faster, reproduce faster, and die faster. On the other hand, low temperatures generally will slow the shrimp’s metabolic rate, so they’ll eat less, grow and reproduce slower, but will live longer, and I’ve even heard (not confirmed) that they’ll grow larger in low temperatures because they’re not being “pushed” into sexual maturity so quickly. So maintaining a consistent temp is best. On a side note to that, water hardness is the most important water parameter in determining which shrimp you can keep. Are you using tap water? If so, I’d recommend getting a GH and KH test kit and testing it. Neocaridina like hard water (high GH and KH) but are pretty tolerant of a wide range of parameters, and Caridina like soft water (low GH and little to no KH), but there are some Caridina species that like hard water (most tiger shrimps), some that’re fairly tolerant of a wider range of parameters (tangerine tigers and crystal shrimp), and most that absolutely need soft water. If you have hard water, you can put in 1 type/color of Neocaridina (red cherry shrimp, yellows, oranges, etc.), a Caridina species like most tigers except tangerine tigers, and possibly one of the other genus of shrimps that I’m not as familiar with, and they won’t interbreed. I currently have red cherry shrimp with my orange eye royal blue tigers, and I have Sulawesi cardinal shrimp with green jade Neocaridina and they’re all breeding (Sulawesis are very finicky and can be difficult to keep so I wouldn’t recommend them). 4. Since you have a large tank, I’d recommend at least 15-20. Bigger tanks are always better because it keeps water parameters more stable and wastes don’t build up as fast, but the only issue with big tanks is that if you don’t have enough shrimp, the males can’t find the females and breed with them. When shrimps breed females molt and have a time window that they can be fertilized. They’ll release a hormone in the water that tells the male shrimps that there’s a female ready to breed so they go nuts looking for her. Problem is that she’ll actively hide and swim away from any male shrimp that tries to breed with her, so if the tank’s too big and you don’t have enough males the female may be able to hide and not get pregnant (shrimps can be weird sometimes lol). Rule of thumb I heard and agree with to an extent is you can comfortably keep 10 shrimp/1 gallon, so you could honestly add a lot of shrimp to your tank at once, especially because you have a lot of plants and a seeded canister filter (I use simple small sponge filters lol). Shrimp produce very little waste, and I’ve heard stories of shrimp tanks crashing because they don’t produce enough waste to sustain the BB in the filters, so I don’t think you’ll have to worry about that unless you’re thinking of adding several hundred shrimp at one time. 5. Shrimp actually prefer low flow. Their natural habitat is slow moving streams and rivers, and they’re not very strong creatures, so they may hide or cling to the plants in your tank if there’s too much flow. Hope that helps and isn’t too much for you to read 😅 again, this is just my opinion and what’s worked for me. Other people may do it differently and have the same or more success than me. If you have any questions or something that I didn’t explain well feel free to ask!
  30. 1 point
    Looking at a few of your closeup pics, It looks to be lacking pigment
  31. 1 point

    Outdoor shrimp tank

    The tank survived through the California summer. The tank got as high as 84 degrees some days and the shrimp didn't seem to mind. Winters in the central valley are supposed to be fairly cold but if they were able to survive Winters in Albuquerque they should be fine here.
  32. 1 point
    Shrimp Life

    Shrimp killed after molt

    Yes this is common for tanks with large colonies and/or lots of males. 10 gallon is not very big and can't possibly provide enough room or hiding space for female to get away from males. I talk about male to female ratio in a youtube video. Your really don't need many males in your tank to keep the population going, so I would suggest remove most of the males and sell or give them away. It will likely continue to happen. Just keep your males population lower if you can.
  33. 1 point

    RCS Keep dying...

    Don't use tap water. You don't know what type of heavy metals come out of your tap. Use RO or filtered water and reminiralize My filtered water at home comes out with a TDS of 7 and 7 pH, 0 KH, 0 GH I reminiralize to 200 TDS and every single time the parameters will be a constant 7 pH, 4 KH and, 12 GH. Shrimp need high GH to build their exoskeletons. And they also need consistency in their parameters. All that said, IMO keeping shrimp is not as easy as people say. They're delicate and finicky pets.
  34. 1 point

    Outdoor shrimp tank

    The biggest problem keeping them outside is dragonfly nymphs. I have keep them in phoenix during the summer with water temps in the 90s and in new mexico when we get ice on the surface during the winter. As long as you keep out the insects you should be ok. These were in tanks that were 150+ gallons so the changes in temp were slow. If you are doing something like a 40gal glass tank I would make sure it doesnt get direct sun because it may cause the temp to swing too much.
  35. 1 point
    They probably would. Google "shrimp interbreeding chart". That will bring up some nice charts and tell you which kinds will interbreed and which won't. Then you can google the possible results from what ever cross you're thinking of. Crossing different colored Neos will often result in degraded colors so I wouldn't do it. Crosses of Caridinias and others can be fun, but I wouldn't do it in a large display tank. Culling out to get what you wan't will be difficult especially if it's heavily planted. Cross breeding is better done in a smaller tank that's easier to work with. But that's just how I go about it. Others have mixed them up and had a lot of fun! 😊
  36. 1 point

    Outdoor shrimp tank

    I used to keep a brackish 10 gallon outside here in Irvine Ca. It housed the Hawaiian Red shrimp called Opae Ula. The temps in the summer would get into the high 80's. I had a cover that shaded the tank fall off and the temps that day ran 96. Not good but all the shrimp survived. In the winter I keep it heated at 78. I meant to put the tank in my garage but kept putting it off. until this happened.This pass winter my daughter unplugged the heater to use the socket. She did plug it back in but didn't push the plug all the way in. The heater was off for 3-4 days and temps in the 40's at night. All the shrimp were on the bottom of the tank on their sides but were still pink or red. Just not moving. I noticed some did move but very little. Plugged the heater back. When I checked the tank a few hours later there was more movement. By the next day all the shrimp were swimming about. Decided that I was lucky not take any more chances. I moved the tank inside the garage. As much as I wanted the additional tank outside the temps were just too high or inconsistent for breeding. I was lucky they didn't die the first time.
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    Post Your Shrimp Pics

    Best thing to do while waiting for a shrimp tank to cycle? Start up another tank ^^b
  38. 1 point

    Post Your Shrimp Pics

    I like this thread because it offers more than just a chance for people to post their pictures. It helps to teach others how to take good pictures and offers advice on such things. A purely dedicated section for pictures would miss this element.
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