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wyzazz last won the day on February 16

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  1. Crashes? Why would it crash? You need to keep feeding the tank (give it an ammonia source) once it's cycled. I like to put snails in my shrimp tanks to keep the bioload up, shrimp quite honestly have little to no bioload so having something in there with them helps to keep things stable.
  2. I've found that one of the best ways to create biofilm quickly is with a bacteria/enzyme bag while you're cycling the tank. Within a week you've got a healthy amount of biofilm in the tank, but this can't be done if there are inhabitants in the tank. (And if you're cycling, you shouldn't have any inhabitants in the tank anyway.) Aside from that, any bacterial supplement (Dead Shrimp Powder, Aqualex Enzyme, etc...) or powdered food will help to build biofilm. And finally, time... ...given time your tank will age and biofilm will naturally be created.
  3. It's a fine powder, but has some larger granules in it as well. I have their nutridust and utilize it weekly. IME worms and seed shrimp generally come from overfeeding or appear in a new tank as part of the natural cycle of things, they hang out for a while and then the population decreases. I've never had them stay or persist in a tank for very long.
  4. What are the good things in the bacter ae. - There are multiple Lactobacillus and other bacterial strains in Bacter AE, these help to contribute to biofilm growth in a tank. Bacillus Subtilis is the main culprit in the O2 scavenging. Lacto does the same to an extent, but not as much as Subtilis. The fact that it's a powder makes it available to the entire tank, this is a huge benefit IMHO and why I developed a "complete" powdered food to feed to my tanks. What other foods provide them? - Other Biofilm Building foods that are commercially available are Pure Nordic Nutridust, SL Aqua Magic Powder/Aqualex Enzyme, Dead Shrimp Powder (if you want this I can pass along Po's information), Lowkeys Double Speed and Bacteria Bacter. Most of these can be found via a quick google search. Do the other bacteria foods you mentioned lack O2 loving bacteria? - They do, which makes them safer overall. Do they have other bacteria, or no live bacteria? - Bacteria isn't really live, it's just inactive or in stasis. It becomes active under the right conditions and begins replicating. Most of these foods contain some sort of inactive bacteria or enzymes that promote biofilm growth in your tanks. Do they promote biofilm, or is that what the bacteria does? - Yes and Yes. Anything in powder form will be consumable by the bacteria in your tank, so it promotes biofilm in that way even if it doesn't contain bacteria. Is it necessary or do established tanks have enough biofilm anyway? - It's not necessary, but can certainly help if a tank has a large population of shrimp or your want to boost baby survival. Every tank is a separate ecosystem and will act differently, so one established tank may be completely different than the one next to it. What should I be looking for in other powdered foods? - I like to look at reviews and see what experienced breeders utilize. I did this a lot when I first started and even more so when I started making my own food. I wanted a "complete" food, so I have everything from Calcium sources, to betaglucans, enzymes, bacteria strains & yeast to animal and plant based proteins. It really depends on what you think you're lacking in a tank. If your shrimp are having trouble molting and your parameters are good, then you may want to consider something with lower protein (especially animal/insect) and higher concentrations of calcium. Do these replace the need for bio film enchancers? - It really depends. When I cycle a tank I use a Barley and Enzyme Bag that promotes a ton of biofilm growth. It ages a tank very quickly and negates need for tons of additional time and other enhancers. Again, none of this stuff is necessary... ...it just allows you to create a suitable environment more quickly. Which specifically are best, and where can I buy them? - See the list above. If you would like to try out anything I have, feel free to shoot me a message. If you are looking specifically for a bacterial supplement, Dead Shrimp Powder is one of the best I've used and is readily available. SL Aqua/Aqualex has been going through some radical changes and has been really hard to come by, while I really loved their products I'll no longer support their brand due to some of the business decisions they made.
  5. @T0adman - Elaborate how? BacterAE isn't worth the risk IMHO, it's too easy to overdose. Having a bacteria in the mix that loves to scavenge O2 isn't a great move IMHO, so I no longer use the stuff. As I mentioned above, it's full of all kinds of great stuff, but the good doesn't outweigh the bad for me. As for feeding powders, I feed powdered foods 2-3X per week and run HMF's. I have to pull the HMF's and squeeze them out every 3-6moz depending on the tank.
  6. @Shrimp Life is in Canada, she may be able to help you out. Shrimpfever.com is also based in Canada.
  7. Here is the thing with Bacter AE. It's full of all kinds of good stuff, but it's also got a gram negative bacteria strain in there that loves to scavenge oxygen. If you put too much in a tank without sufficient aeration/oxygen exchange, that gram negative bacteria will reproduce and consume most of the O2 in your tank essentially suffocating the inhabitants. IMHO there are way better alternatives out there, that are way less risky. I have a 90% full 70g container if anyone is interested I'll sell it for $15 shipped. One of my current favorites is Dead Shrimp Powder - Po Nguyen can hook you up with that, if anyone wants his info PM me. Aqualex Enzyme/SL Aqua Magic Powder - This seems to be hard to get right now Lowkeys Bacteria Bacter and Double Speed I've also got a Bacteria/Enzyme granule that is very similar to Bacteria Bacter that has given me great results for the past few years.
  8. If you're using buffering/active substrate like Amazonia you should be using RO or Distilled water and a gH only remineralizer to build your water. If you are using water with kH in it, in this case tap water, then you are going to have pH swings no matter what. Those swings aren't good for any of the livestock in your tank. With shrimp, it's best to make slow changes to the environment because they are more sensitive than fish. That means slow water changes too.
  9. I use a dish to help keep the mess down. I feed Snowflake Pellets, Barley Pellets (that I buy in bulk), a powdered food (Shrimp Dust Complete) that I developed myself, freshly boiled or dehydrated leaves (Maple, Mulberry, Spinach, Kale, Dandelion), a variety of freshly boiled veggies & even some insect/animal based protein pellets once in a while. If you'd like to try out the Snowflake or Barley, let me know. They are great because they are a leave-in/grazing food that won't foul your tank water. Powdered food is great for babies because it spreads all throughout the tank. And as with most pets, having a good variety of food is one of they keys to good health!
  10. Grant is a good guy and should be able to hook you up with just about anything you need as far as shrimp go!
  11. I normally sell Cherries at $1ea but am almost completely out for now until the middle of Spring.
  12. I completely agree with what Ryan said above. Use RO Water and a Shrimp Specific Remineralizer and you will have way fewer issues.
  13. Sorry @Amy, I missed this post! If you are still looking I resume shipping after the New Year and can help you out! I keep my Tigers in Neo Parameters.
  14. I use a good pH meter to measure my pH. So yes, I trust it because I calibrate it quite frequently.
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