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  1. ...so here are some pictures! These F2 shrimplets are only a couple days old (marsilea crenata leaf and hair grass strand as references in second picture) and are the result of: TT x BB => F1 F1 x BB => F2 The BB group they came from had some mosura in it, so clearly not "pure" BB. I expected maybe some blue or a lot of orange, but certainly not white and red. I'm guessing I'm dealing with some kind of low-grade CRS mischling business or the beginnings of a pinto line. Hope they survive! I've also got some F1 x F1 =>F2 on the way, they should be hatching this week.
  2. aotf

    I am new to this group

    Welcome, Robi! A lot of shrimpers here are favorably familiar with Blue Crown Aquatics, I think you could generate a lot of positive attention by posting listings of current stock with prices and pictures to give people an idea of what’s available.
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    Seltzer Water to Kill SCUDS?

    There’s a vendor selling them on Aquabid pretty regularly FWIW.
  4. A lot of them will survive, you might have higher losses than in a pH 7 tank but neos are adaptable and they will thrive over several generations. They will probably outbreed your CRS. I have BMs in my Blue Bolt tank and the BB babies keep dying while the BMs are breeding at pH 6.4.
  5. If you can see them, they are fertilized. They won’t drop from the saddle until then.
  6. Your substrate looks to be buffering, I would not try to wrestle with it to bring the pH up. The CRS and TTs should be happy with the pH and neos are pretty adaptable (although it is low for them).
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    Seltzer Water to Kill SCUDS?

    Consider treating everything with peroxide (put it in a spray bottle and soak everything a couple times). It’s not expensive and simply drying everything out likely won’t be sufficient, scuds are insanely hardy.
  8. aotf

    Seltzer Water to Kill SCUDS?

    Keep your eyes peeled for any new scuds for the next 4-6 weeks. It's easy for a couple to survive the seltzer and then you have to start over (especially with 2L in a 29gal). Fingers crossed that you got them all!
  9. aotf

    Seltzer Water to Kill SCUDS?

    You CAN use seltzer water although only if your scud population is very small. I’ve done it twice, once successfully treating a tank with only a couple scuds, and once unsuccessfully in a tank with thousands. If you decide to go with it, replace almost all your water with seltzer and leave the filters on. Be aware that hard seltzer might mess up buffering substrate. Treat everying else you can with direct peroxide. If you don’t feel like you’re going completely overboard, you aren’t being thorough enough. Scuds are the cockroaches of any tank and warrant paranoia. Also, anytime you see a scud, kill it with tweezers. If you start to see them frequently, you lost. Best of luck! EDIT: I think this goes without saying but yes, you have to remove anything to want to keep alive from the tank before seltzer (plants are ok). You are trying to make the tank and everything associated with it a temporary maelström of death.
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    Chasing fissidens enthusiasts

    For some reason, once I tag someone I can no longer exit the "tag" and I can't write anything else. Anyway, manticore is probably the biggest fissidens and moss enthusiast I've seen here.
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    Chasing fissidens enthusiasts

  12. aotf

    Changing Tiger Shrimp Params

    Ah, then best of luck! If I were you, I would expect some losses and try to keep them well fed (without spiking nitrates) to encourage breeding ASAP.
  13. aotf

    Changing Tiger Shrimp Params

    How big of a difference is it? Generally speaking, you’ll see losses doing that. Not all immediately but over weeks and months, they’ll die off. Your best bet is a slow transition (spanning weeks). If you do plop them in new conditions from the start, it’s a waiting game to see if they breed before they die. The shrimplets will be much more adapted to the new parameters. Instead of all that, just buy shrimp raised in the parameters that you want to keep them in. OEBTs are often raised in caridina parameters so that should be easy to find (they’re just expensive, unlike the neo parameter raised OERBTs from a certain someone on this forum).
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    More missing shrimp

    Are you familiar with the parameters for shrimp? Shrimp are not fish and are often more particular about the parameters they want. Something that seems "safe" for fish may not be for specific shrimp. I would urge you to post your parameters when you find out what they are since this might help with future shrimp ventures. Also, as you're finding out, fish stores tend to be very bad places to pick up shrimp. They're either imported from overseas or bought from a local seller. Either way, they tend not to cater their water specifically towards shrimp, so the shrimp have to deal with moving from their home parameters to fish store parameters (which can be doubly rough if they are shipped from overseas), live there unhappily for a while, then get transferred over to a new set of parameters in the buyer's tank. They don't enjoy this. Many neos have died and will die during that double transfer. The best thing you can do is drip acclimate them very slowly and make sure your tank parameters are exactly where they should be for that specific shrimp.
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    More missing shrimp

    Parameters? Tank info? They died (bullying from the betta or bad parameters) and their tankmates had a delicious snack! Yeah, shrimp eat other shrimp.