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JSak last won the day on May 23 2018

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    RCS, Blue Dreams, Black Rose Neos, Green Jades, Orange Rilis, OE Royal Blue Tigers, Pintos, CRS, Golden Bees, Super Red Santas, OE BKK Pandas/Extremes, OE Wine Red Extremes, Blue Bolts, Tangerine Tigers, Stardusts, BKK/Black Pandas, RKK/Red Pandas, Red Fancy Tigers, Aura Blue Tigers

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  1. Sounds good. That's what I also thought but wanted to get opinions from those who have more experience with these shrimps. Thanks for your response!
  2. Hi all! I'm thinking about getting OEBTs or Royal OEBTs and can't decide between the two. There's things I like about both of them and I keep going back and forth between the two. Has anyone kept the two together? I know that the Royal OEBTs are derived from the OEBTs so there wouldn't be any risk of crossbreeding or anything like that, but does anyone know if the population might shift one way or the other? For example, would the offspring be more likely to look like OEBTs over time until I lose all of my Royal OEBTs? I could get a tank divider and divide the two types, but I'm thinking of buying some OEBTs and some Royal OEBTs to start the colony and separating them as the population gets larger to save money rather than separating them and having to buy more of each to ensure I get a good ratio of males and females. Also, it'd save more room in the tank because I'd get a matten filter divider if I were to divide the two shrimps and those dividers look to be at least 2 inch thick. Hope this all makes sense, but any input would be much appreciated. Also, I've kept and successfully bred Royal OEBTs in the past, but I lost my whole colony when I moved back home 😔 Thanks!
  3. I have two separate tanks for them. I was wondering if I could use the Salty Shrimp Sulawesi would work in the future so I could save money, but I ordered both Salty Shrimp Sulawesi and Salty Shrimp gH+/kH+ just in case. I'll be sure to use the two remineralizers separately for the two species of shrimp. Also, I know that the hardness of water seems to be most important for neos and cards and the pH doesn't seem to be as much of a concern. However, when researching sulawesi cardinal shrimp care it seems like pH matters quite a lot for them. Is this true or is the hardness of the water important as well? Thanks!
  4. Hi everyone. I've been keeping and breeding different types of neos and cards and now am looking into trying cardinal sulawesi shrimps. I ordered Salty Shrimp Sulawesi 7.5 to remineralize their water. I've heard that neos will do fine in water remineralized with this but has anyone had experience using it with tigers such as OEBT or OERBTs? I've been using Salty Shrimp gH+/kH+ for all my neos and tigers but am curious if the Sulawesi version would work as well so I can save money by buying only one remineralizer for both species of shrimp. Also, if anyone has any beginner tips to share about cardinal sulawesi shrimp care it'd be much appreciated. Thanks!
  5. Hmm parameters seem good for the neos especially since you're using remineralized RO water. The only other thing that I can think of is that they're still going through the stress of moving in and acclimating to their new environment. As long as the shrimps seem to be healthy I'd wait to see if the same thing happens when they breed again. If they bred once and appear healthy they should breed again. In the instances where my shrimps dropped their first clutch of eggs they generally held onto their next clutch until they hatched.
  6. Hi SheldonR. The cheapest option would be to just breed out the ones that you have and as the population gets larger, you can take out, or cull, the less desirable and lower grade ones. By removing the lower quality ones and leaving the higher quality ones, you'll strengthen the genetic line and increase the chances of the offspring having the higher quality genes or possibly even turning out to be a higher quality than the parents. This way takes more time, but IMO is more satisfying and gratifying as you'll sort of create your own line of Green Jades from the lower quality ones and they may be hardier for you since you'll have bred them in your water conditions for so many generations. Another option would be to try to find another seller online who sells higher quality Green Jades that might be more expensive, buy a couple, and put them in with the current ones that you already have. The genetics from the high quality shrimp will mix with the lower quality ones and give you a better chance of having higher quality babies. Then, you can cull the undesirable ones from the colony as the population increases. I tend to choose this option if I'm able to find high grade shrimps for a relatively low price and/or from a trusted source. Or sometimes if I have the option to buy low and high grades of a type of shrimp I'll buy maybe 5 or 6 of the low grade and 2-4 of the high grade to save a little bit of money but ensure that I'll have a relatively good amount of shrimp to start the colony. Hope this helps! Green Jades are awesome! 👍
  7. Hi miss_sharon. It looks like muscular necrosis to me. I'm not too familiar with this disease, but I'll share what I've heard from my research. It sounds like it occurs either due to stress from the environment (improper parameters for example) or bacterial infection. From what I've heard (and I've heard this quite a few times) muscular necrosis can only be spread to other shrimp if the infected shrimp dies and the other shrimp eat from the diseased flesh of the shrimp. I've also heard that it can be passed on genetically to offspring, possibly if the berried female is the one with the condition? Sorry that I can't give you more concrete info. I don't like to recommend or suggest something unless I'm fairly sure of it, but from the pictures it looks like muscular necrosis. This article https://skfaquatics.com/forum/topic/5052-shrimp-diseases-and-diagnosis/ lists quite a few of the common diseases/parasites that affect shrimps if you'd like to check it out. Hope this helps and hope you're able to fix the problem!
  8. Hi Mr. Crayfish. First thing I ask when people have problems with their shrimp are their parameters. From what I've researched shrimps tend to drop their eggs when they're stressed out. I've also heard that they may also just drop their eggs if they're younger and still learning how to be "good parents". I've had experiences where the water I keep my shrimp is ideal for the type of shrimp and they managed to breed and produce a berried female, however over time she slowly lost her eggs until there were only a few or none left. However, after a couple of weeks the same shrimp became berried again and was able to produce babies. Do you notice if the fish or the crayfish bother the shrimp? I'm not too familiar with dwarf crayfish so I'm not sure how they'd interact with shrimps, but the other inhabitants could be stressing the shrimps and causing them to drop their eggs. Those would be my first thoughts based off of what you've shared.
  9. Glad I could help! I really hope that's the issue as those are more or less easy to identify and fix. Hope everything works out and you have a good day as well!
  10. Sounds like an awesome feeding schedule! That's some dedication to be feeding them on such a regular and consistent schedule like that, but it's probably the best for the shrimps IMO (and it seems your shrimps love it as well). By feeding them so many times throughout the day in small portions you're not only ensuring that all the shrimps get food, but you're also providing them with a wide range of nutrients. I'm interested to hear if you start noticing more berried females and babies now that you changed up your feeding schedule since they're getting food constantly and consistently. The fact that they're eating all the food and not leaving any leftover means that you're doing a good job of providing the right amount for them each time. How do your shrimp like the Mineral Junkie Pearls? I was considering getting them when I was first getting into shrimp and figuring out my own feeding schedule, but decided to go with Shrimp King Mineral as I'm more familiar with the brand. Anyway, keep up the good work 👍 I'm sure this information will help those just starting out with shrimp keeping as there are so many different types and brands of shrimp food these days.
  11. Hi @Catmccabe. First thing I always ask if people are having any issues with their shrimps are what are your water parameters in terms of hardness (gH, kH, TDS)? Neocaridina such as your red cherries prefer harder water with a higher gH, kH and TDS, whereas caridina such as your crystal reds prefer softer water. However, in my experience most neos are very hardy and adapt to most water conditions so I think they can survive and even thrive in softer water parameters. Caridina on the other hand seem much less tolerant of harder water conditions and they may require a long and carefully planned acclimation process to adapt to harder water. I have successfully kept crystal reds with blue dream neos with both breeding, however, I lost a significant amount of my crystals at first and they didn't start breeding until recently when I changed their water to suit caridinas. From what I've seen with my shrimp and the information I've gathered it seems that caridinas don't tolerate higher levels of kH very well. If your red cherries are active but your crystals aren't it may be because the water is too hard for them causing them to be stressed and inactive. They may survive but might not thrive and breed if that's the case. Another thought is that maybe there's copper in the water you're using. Are you using tap water? I tried shrimp years ago and they all died and I couldn't figure out why so I gave up completely. I decided to try again about 8 or 9 months ago and I still noticed my shrimp were slowly dying off. I scoured the internet and found a post about how some tap water may contain copper in it and that copper can be lethal to shrimps. I bought Prime and dosed it to my tap water and immediately I saw a difference in the activity, health and breeding of my shrimps. My guess is that the water in my particular town is very high in copper making it almost toxic to shrimp. A possibility is that your water, if you're using tap, contains small amounts of copper that may be stressing the shrimp out and causing them to lose activity. The amount may be small enough that it doesn't kill the shrimp immediately, but it may just be stressing them out. Have you lost any shrimp since you got them? If possible, I would suggest getting a TDS pen and/or a gH and kH test kit to test your water. I bought my TDS pen from Amazon for probably $10-$15 and I use it all the time. The gH/kH test kits may be a little harder to find and take a little while to figure out how it works, but it's definitely one of my most valuable shrimp keeping tools along with the TDS pen. Anytime I notice issues with one of my shrimp tanks the first thing I do is check the gH and kH, then if that seems normal I check the ammonia, nitrates, etc. Especially since you tested for ammonia, nitrates, etc., I think your issues may lie in what's in the water going into the tank. I hope this helps and if you have any other questions feel free to ask!
  12. Hi @cdaJiv. I focused my feeding schedule around alternating between powdered foods and pellet/solid foods throughout the week. This is my feeding schedule: - Sunday: Shrimp King Complete - Monday: Shrimp King Protein - Tuesday: Bacter AE - Wednesday: Shrimp King Mineral - Thursday: Shrimp Baby - Friday: Frozen Bloodworms - Saturday: Betaglucan I've only used these foods, so I can't give much of an opinion on the other foods you're planning to use, but so far this schedule has been working for me. I believe the most important nutrients for a shrimp feeding schedule are some sort of protein food, a mineral food and powdered food. Protein is needed for the females because they use up a lot of protein when they're making eggs. Minerals are needed to promote healthy molting (most of my shrimp deaths seem to be due to failed molts so I feel this is the most important IMO). Powdered foods are essential to ensure that babies are able to get the adequate nutrition needed for optimal growth since it may be harder for them to get to pellet foods that're swarmed by the adults. I chose the Shrimp King foods simply because Rob from Flip Aquatics recommends it and uses it for all of his shrimps. I learned about 90% of what I know about shrimp keeping/breeding from him through his Youtube channel and have been successful, so I followed his advice on foods as well. Bacter AE IMO is the best food you can feed your shrimps if you could only choose one food because it provides the shrimps with their natural food source and it spreads around the tank so even the babies can get some. I like the Shrimp Baby just to ensure that the babies are getting enough protein in their diet. As for the bloodworms, I've heard mixed opinions about using it, but decided to try it because I had a bunch left over from when I used to keep more fish. My shrimp LOVE it so I feed some to them once a week as a sort of treat, then follow it up with betaglucan to keep their immune systems as healthy and efficient as possible. I only feed once a day because I tend to overfeed and I don't want to pollute my tank too much, but I've heard that feeding multiple times in smaller quantities throughout the day is best. The fact that you have berried females must mean that you're doing something right with their feeding though! Again, this is all my opinion based on experience and what I've heard from other more experienced shrimp keepers. Hope this helps and good luck with your shrimp keeping!
  13. What are the water parameters? And did you get them as imports or USA bred? I notice a significant reduction in the survivability and health of shrimp that I've gotten as imports. Even some of the shrimp that I got several months ago still don't seem to be as active and healthy as some of the USA bred ones that I got more recently. Also, did any of the ones that died in the first week have these brown spots as well? If you haven't had consistent deaths since the first ones died off, I'd think that they'd be okay by now, but those spots do seem strange. How's their activity? My OERBTs are always active and searching for food when I see them. Sorry for all the questions. I tried to think of all the possible reasons that this may be happening. Hope it all works out.
  14. No problem! I tend to type a lot because I find it hard to explain what I'm trying to say most of the time 😅 That's a great idea! As both of the colonies breed you'll get a few lower quality ones from the high quality tank, but I'm sure you'll also get some high quality ones from the low quality tank as well. As I said before, the fun of the hobby is that everything's up to you. I hope to create my own patterns of shrimp by mixing them. Some may prefer to keep the lines pure, but the excitement of shrimp keeping for me is that there are numerous patterns and colors, and the hobby is still constantly growing. Good luck with the shrimp! Definitely keep us al posted 👍
  15. Same. I've actually heard of quite a few people who've managed to keep bettas with shrimp, but I guess it depends on the betta's personality. If your shrimp are molting and appear healthy I wouldn't worry too much. As the previous members said they're probably hiding from the threat of the kili. I tried keeping them with some shrimp a while ago and they wiped out all the shrimp in a day or 2. As long as the other fish aren't hunting the shrimp they should come out and become more active when they realize they're safe out in the open.
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