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aotf last won the day on October 23 2018

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  1. I’m confused by your LED heat waste calculation. I’m probably misunderstanding but are you assuming that 20% of the LEDs power draw is converted to heat in the water? Why?
  2. aotf

    RCS mating dance?

    Sounds like mating to me!
  3. A couple hours, at most.
  4. aotf

    RCS health concern

    Yup, that’s scutariella. They grab onto what they can, sometimes head, sometimes rostrum. Google images has examples of both. Luckily it’s an easy fix!
  5. aotf

    Plant death

    Are you monitoring nitrates while doing this? It could be that the purigen is stripping the water of nitrates (which plants need to grow) and other nutrients. If you had other junk in the water as well (or nitrates >20-30ppm), that might have explained the baby shrimp deaths. Fertilizing with Purigen in the tank seems... wasteful? I'm guessing you'll burn through both Purigen and fertilizers. That said, maybe your nitrates were low the whole time and it was something else in the water that was killing off the shrimplets. Either the source is still there (different problem you have to solve), or the Purigen took it out (problem taken care of).
  6. aotf

    Estimate for breeding times

    Ah! That is indeed pretty low, could explain lack of breeding. The "adjustment" can only go so far so if they were raised in low card parameters (which is pretty hard on most neos) they might have a really hard time breeding in something as different as neo parameters. That said, I would just raise the temperature a couple degrees every week for a couple weeks and wait a month or two. If you're still not getting breeding, then you might have something else going on.
  7. aotf

    RCS health concern

    Sounds like Scutariella, a pic wouldn't hurt. Shamelessly copy-pasting @wyzazz since I'm lazy and he typed this up like last week: " Be careful not to use table salt with Iodine! Dosage: 1 teaspoon to 1 cup of clean tank water (not tap water). Duration: 30sec to 1 minute. You might need to repeat this a couple of times until the parasite disappears, so keep the infected shrimp in a breeder or hospital tank (could be another cup of tank water). "
  8. aotf

    Estimate for breeding times

    I think there's actually something odd going on with your tank. Given the parameters you posted elsewhere, they should already be breeding. You don't need to bump the temp up to "trigger" anything. Do you know what parameters they came from? It could be that your parameters look good in isolation but are actually drastically different from what they were bred in.
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    Any low light “hanging” plants?

    If you're into mosses, you could try out vesicularia ferriei (weeping moss). It's not horribly demanding with the caveat that it will grow differently under different conditions. It also won't fill your tank quite as much as java, which can get out of hand.
  10. aotf

    Found Scud In Shrimp Tank

    Out of curiosity, why are you breeding/keeping them?
  11. aotf

    Found Scud In Shrimp Tank

    It depends what you mean by "okay". There's a strong possibility you'll have a scud explosion in your shrimp tank. Some claim they attack and kill baby shrimp, others just find them unsightly. If you don't want them in that tank, kill each one you see as soon as you see it. Once you start to see several at a time, you've lost that battle and you'll have to resort to much more extreme measures to get them out of the tank (tear-down, seltzer water, etc...).
  12. aotf

    What is this growth on my Neos?!

    I can’t open your video but based on the description, scutariella? Not too difficult to treat, mostly annoying. Try posting a picture instead. EDIT: I was able to see the video in a different browser (no-go in FireFox) and @wyzazz is correct, that is indeed scutariella. Follow his tips and your shrimp will be fine. Keep an eye out for them in the future, you may need to do secondary dips since it's easy to miss all of them the first time (happened to me).
  13. aotf

    Red Panda Offspring

    Got it, I saw the tiger in the picture and figured I'd ask.
  14. aotf

    Red Panda Offspring

    I feel silly for asking so please correct me if I’m misunderstanding but you’re keeping them with red tigers? Is there a chance these shrimplets are red panda x red tiger offspring?
  15. Picture dump! The quality isn’t amazing because these guys are tiny and I’m taking these pictures with a 5S, but I’m getting some really interesting variety and I thought I’d share. Many will be boring tangtais but a couple are really promising. Clear with white stripes Pretty eh Clear with red specks Getting more interesting Black? ...green? With white stripes? Nice blue with stripes Whatever this is, I’m excited I also saw what looked like a blue steel but couldn’t get a picture. That’s it for now! I’ll post more when they grow up.