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TheGlassBox last won the day on January 7

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    Planted aquariums, fish, invertebrates, kayaking, fishing and camping.
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  1. Nice catch Shrimp Life! The fish would probably appreciate it a little warmer, but 23 ought to be fine for everybody.
  2. I don't think an air conditioner would do it as they pull air from inside a room, cool it and push the same air back into the same room. They don't take air from the outdoors. So there would be no net change. It would need to be something like an exhaust fan, but in reverse so it took air from outdoors and pumped it in. Well, now you've got the Science Nerd in me going LOL! I've always wanted to try the light experiment, just never got the time... It would take probably 2 months at least. If you try it, try running the lights for only say, 5 hours for a month. Then increase it to maybe 10 or 12 hours. That kind of thing will trigger plants to bloom or fruit. And if there's a window in the room, pull the shade and close the curtains to make it as dark as possible when the lights are out. If there's too much light leaking in, it might be enough to trigger a normal day cycle for them, as opposed to the artificial one you're trying to create. And it doesn't take much. Plants at least are very sensitive to that. The only other thing I could think of that might cause it would be temperature. I don't use heaters in any of my caridinia tanks, so they're always at room temperature. I live in Maine (USA) so room temperature can be around 67 in the winter, whereas in the summer it climbs to the upper 70s as I don't use air conditioning in the room that I keep the tanks. Maybe they sense the gradual temperature change? Do you use heaters in your tanks?
  3. Yes, but did you ever try varying the light cycle? Or is it kept constant all the time? It's the shortening of day-length that causes leaves to turn red in the autumn and many plants (like apples) to form fruit. But that's for plants. It was just a thought... The barometric pressure data looks like an interesting possibility. But how could you prove it? You'd need a room in your house that you could manipulate the pressure... I worked in a positive pressure clean room for many years when I worked in a lab. The room was sealed and air tight. Then fans blew extra air into the room to increase the pressure inside, so there was always a whoosh of air rushing out of the room when you opened the door. The idea is that dust, bacteria etc. is less likely to enter the room if air rushes out rather than is pulled into the room. Then you'd have to have something to control the pressure at a set point... It'd be a tough one to prove. And probably impractical to use it to induce breeding for most people. But it's a great hypothesis! 😊
  4. I love small fish!! I have 5 tanks of small schoolers! I'd go with the filter foam. Covering filter intakes with shrimp is an evil necessity. It will reduce the filter's ability to clear the water as the larger particles won't get through so they can't be removed by the filter. But if you don't have one, you'll loose the babies... Small peaceful fish will still eat the babies if they can catch one. Even something as small as a rice fish or a chili raspbora. The babies are that small. The only fish that won't eat them are otos. That being said, I keep neos in all of my fish tanks. Once they get breeding, the fish will get some, but some always manage to escape and keep the population going. And adding neos to a community tank is a great way to add interest with a very low impact to the bioload. I don't tend to keep caridinas in with fish, unless I have an overabundance of them. Caridinias don't breed as prolifically as Neocaridinias. That's why they're pricier than Neos. Since you don't get so many babies from them, every one is precious. Most folks don't mix caridinias with fish. And most folks who keep caridinias use sponge filters in the tank as they won't suck up any babies. I do have some PRLs in a tank with small schoolers, but I only did that because I had another shrimp only tank with too many in it. So I put some PRL culls in with the fish... It looks really nice and if the population died off tomorrow, well I always have more culls LOL. I certainly wouldn't have done it with my best shrimp. So I'd just go with the filter sponge. Lots of folks use filter sponge for this purpose. Coarse filter foam works best as it impedes the water flow the least but will still prevent most babies from getting sucked up into the filter. It may shorten the life of the filter, but not too badly. I usually get 3-4 years of life out of a marineland canister filter with foam on the intake before the motor finally goes. And I've done it with HOBs as well. Maybe I'd get an extra year of life out of one if I didn't use it, but then I wouldn't be able to keep the creatures I want. So don't worry, it won't blow the motor overnight unless it was already getting ready to die. What's that in the bottom of the breeder box? It looks like coarse foam.... If the foam that you have is too fine, just rinse an old pair of panty hose really really well. Let it soak for a few minutes in water in between rinses to make sure all the soap is out. A final swish in some water with dechlorinator would be good. I've used panty hose in an emergency when I was low on filter sponge. Tights tend to be heavier material than panty hose, so they might impede the flow more. If you still feel uncomfortable with that, I suppose you could just leave them in the floating breeding box. You might loose the least amount of babies that way anyway. Just make sure the water gets changed and there's some kind of aeration or water movement. But once you have a few berried ladies in your community tank, you'll probably be okay if it's heavily planted. Yeah, the fish will get some. But they probably won't get them all. 😊
  5. Cardinals are on my bucket list!!! They're gorgeous!!! 😃
  6. Yeah, I've noticed the same thing. My Neos breed year round, but all my caridinias seem to slow down or stop during the winter. I always wondered if day length had something to do with it like it does for many plants. I have lights on some of my tanks, but they're within view of a window. Perhaps the lights don't fool them if they can see the light in the rest of the room getting brighter and dimmer with the time of year? The only way to test that theory would be to set up a tank in a room with no windows, or to cover up the windows and then put lights on a timer. Start out with shorter light intervals and then slowly increase and see if they start breeding. I've actually thought of trying it LOL!
  7. Is it a shrimp only tank? If it is, I'd just cover up the filter intake and put her in the main tank. There will be more places for the babies to hide once born among all the plants. And more food and biofilm. Also, more places for the Mom to hide until giving birth. Pregnant Moms like to hide a lot. They'll come out to eat, but hiding makes them feel more secure.
  8. Wow, I've had Pandas for ever in my tanks with no issues. I mean, I'm sure with all the 'small schoolers' I've kept with them I've lost a few shrimplets, however the colonies have thrived none the less. How long did it take the little sharks to do that kind of damage LOL and was the tank heavily planted? Darn, dwarf cories were on my bucket list....
  9. Wow! That's a neat setup! I'm starting a fish room in the basement to try and consolidate all the tanks I have scattered around the house. Hopefully I'll be plumbing in a sink and RO system down there next month. I like the idea of a water storage system...
  10. Can't offer any feedback on Joe. He's an importer and I don't buy imports. Wow, what do you have for an RO/DI system? I'm getting ready to install a new one myself. What do you use for a storage tank that large? I'd take the GH up a little bit more. At least to the middle of the range. I usually keep my caridinas at around 6 or 7.
  11. I'm Sharon Emery - feel free to look me up to! I'll check them out.
  12. I agree that there seem to be more and more large sellers on Aquabid. Their pricing is attractive of course, but I still prefer to purchase from the smaller hobbiests. The quality is higher because it's their main focus. And I'd rather pay an extra $10 or so to get something that was raised and culled well from someone who really knows what they're doing. And I worry about diseases that may come in on imports. Not all of them quarantine. And the items are often not as pictured... When I shop on Aquabid, I just stay away from the larger sellers. For livestock at least... It seems a lot of people are shifting over to Facebook. What pages do you like on FB? I've been to the Shrimp Spot page over there, but I still like the format better over here... Less scrolling to find what you're looking for I guess...
  13. Thank you Wyzazz! ☺️ Mister Misch - You're right, Bloody Marys came from chocolates but they aren't any more consistent than any other Neo. There just aren't as many of them out there as there are cherry shrimp or PFRs because those have been around longer. The same for Blue Dreams. Yeah, culling is important. If you don't cull, you'll eventually loose whatever characteristic (i.e. bright vivid color) you're trying to keep. If a 'lesser' specimen shrimp manages to escape culling and breed, then they'll contribute to the loss or dilution of that characteristic (color/pattern etc.) down the road. The more you cull, the more consistent they'll be for you. I adopted my Nephews pet goldfish, George and Gracie, when he went off to collage. They get my culls and appreciate it very much! And besides, if you don't cull you'll eventually have a billion shrimp... And they won't be very pretty any more either... I think the only really consistent shrimp out there are PRLs and PBLs in that they'll consistently produce red and white or black and white babies all the time. And even those we cull for shell thickness and better patterns etc. And I feel for you - I live out in the sticks as well. I'm in Maine and practically everything is illegal here (except pot LOL!). I can keep my shrimp as long as I say they're "feeder shrimp". (It's a gray area legally I guess). Yes - that's right they're FEEDER SHRIMP people! FEEDER SHRIMP!! LOL!! 🤣 Oh well, guess I can't blame the state for being paranoid about invasive species these days... The state's known for it's trout fishing and all... But yeah, the selection on aquatics is pretty thin at Petsmart in Maine. 😳 Thank goodness for the internet! Check out Aquabid - It's better than eBay for fish and aquarium stuff. Price-wise at least. There are some facebook pages where you can buy stuff as well. But I mostly stick with Aquabid. And you'll love the CO2 system! A pH controller is the way to go. It keeps things stable and constant. It'll even make moss grow fast!
  14. Old food and plant detritus that doesn't get eaten can build up in the substrate. So vacuuming the substrate may help. Just be careful to avoid any baby shrimp. And don't over vacuum it either... I usually vacuum just a little section of the substrate each time I do a water change. And pick another spot at the next change. If you vacuum it all at once you can take out too much beneficial bacteria and cause an ammonia spike. But if you pick a different area each time it'll remove stuff that's built up and acting as food for the worms and bugs.
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