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JSak last won the day on December 11 2019

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  1. JSak


    Awesome! Thanks! I'll keep any eye out if they put up any auctions for them.
  2. Looking for orange eye royal blue tigers and was wondering if anyone here is or knows someone who’s selling. Thanks!
  3. Tbh, a week is probably pushing it but I'll check the water parameters daily for about a week leading up to introducing the shrimp just to make sure there aren't any spikes in ammonia, nitrate or nitrite. I think that the longer you cycle a tank the better your chances are of new shrimp surviving acclimation, and they'll most likely be healthier in the long run. I'd prefer, and recommend, to let a tank cycle for at least a couple of weeks, but patience can still be pretty difficult for me even after keeping shrimp for so long 😅 however, I do a lot of prep work when I'm setting up a shrimp tank, so that may be why I haven't had any issues (so far) with introducing shrimp after cycling for only a week. I also monitor the shrimp and water parameters pretty closely after introducing the shrimp, so it'd probably be less work and worry to let the tank cycle for longer, especially if you're just getting into shrimp. Looks awesome! That's a good idea as well. It wouldn't hurt to just test the tank out with a few so that if anything happens it's not like you spent a lot of money on the shrimp and it'll allow you to assess the quality of the shrimp from your lfs. I've gone away from buying from shrimp from lfs because I've seen too many times where they end up showing signs of disease or parasites after I bought them due to the stress of going to a new tank, but whenever I try a new source I always like to start with a small order to assess their quality before committing to them as one of my go-to shrimp sources. Not saying your lfs is like that, but I tend to find that most lfs don't necessarily always know how to take care of shrimp and treat them like fish. Just something to keep in mind. Good luck!
  4. Hi @OhKay13! From the pictures the shrimp look fine to me so it might be hard to tell without looking at them in person or without comparing a before and after picture, but from my experience once you get the first batch of shrimplets that successfully hatch, you're more or less in the "safe zone". By that I mean that when I get in new shrimp I don't feel too confident that they'll be okay in my tank until I at least start seeing breeding activity. If the eggs are able to successfully hatch I assume that the tank environment is optimal for them to be able to reproduce so I know more or less that I can breathe a little easier and not worry about if they're doing well or not. One thing I've noticed is that even after a few months of having my shrimp (most of which I got around September and October as well) they've been continuing to change colors, and my thought is that it takes them some time to adjust to a new environment and as they acclimate, they begin to show more and more of their "true" colors. For example, when you first receive new shrimp they're stressed and as a result appear less colorful, but once they acclimate most of their color back. My theory is that they don't fully obtain their full color until they're completely acclimated to their environment, which may take a little while depending on tank parameters, how closely they match the person you bought them from, shipping methods, etc. I have some purple nanacy pintos that were purple with white stripes for the past several months and then within the past week or 2 some started showing deep blue coloration where the white stripes are, which was a very unexpected, but exciting, surprise. The point you bring up about the possibility that the color change could be due to aging is also plausible. I've noticed that especially with neos that have the more translucent bodies, you can differentiate individual shrimp by age by looking at their size and coloration. Naturally as animals and humans get older, their biological processes don't work as well as they did when they were younger. In general, with age health will also decline, and the changes in the pigmentation could be a result of the decline in health of the tissue/shell. It doesn't necessarily mean the shrimp is unhealthy or diseased though. If you think of a young adult dog compared to an older dog, the younger dog will have a healthier and more vibrant coat compared to an older dog, in general, simply because of the aging process. Sorry for the long post, but I think the main point is that since your colony and the individual shrimp appear to be healthy, are eating normally, aren't exhibiting any unusual behavior, and the water parameters are normal, you shouldn't have to worry too much about it, but it may be something you could keep tabs on if you're concerned. Hope this helps!
  5. Sounds like you have the right ideas and I completely agree with Ohkay13. IMO the hardest part of shrimp keeping (even for myself to this day) is patience, but if you can manage to take your time and do things right you'll have less deaths when introducing shrimp, healthier shrimp in the long run, and they may even breed sooner and produce more babies than if you were to rush and put them in before the tank's ready. I just watched a recent stream from Aquarium Co-op discussing shrimp keeping and I liked that Cory used the phrase "seasoned aquarium" rather than "cycled aquarium" with shrimp. A seasoned aquarium means that not only are the filters cycled, but the tank has lots of biofilm, algae, etc. that give the shrimp natural food to graze on, which seems to make a bigger difference than I initially thought when introducing shrimp to a tank. Personally, when I first set up a new shrimp tank I'll add snails and lots of plants, and dose with Fluval Bioenhancer for at least a week (but preferably as long as possible) prior to introducing shrimp. I'm not too familiar with Seachem Stability, but I'm sure the cycling/bacteria solutions are fairly similar between brands. I've also heard that Fluorite soils are great for neocaridina shrimp. Adding fish prior to the shrimp should definitely help to speed the cycling process up, and if I had extra fish I'd probably do the same for each new shrimp tank.
  6. Also forgot to add that we have a pretty well-known member here on the forum that also makes youtube videos named Shrimp Life. She's also very knowledgeable and genuinely passionate about the hobby. I received shrimp from her as well and ever since I got them they've been breeding non-stop, and the tanks with the shrimp I received from her have shown the best reproduction rate among all the tanks of shrimp I have, so she knows how to produce very healthy and good-looking shrimp.
  7. Along with the youtubers that @OhKay13 recommended, I highly recommend checking out Flip Aquatics. Flip Aquatics is a company that's dedicated to selling only shrimp and as far as I know are the only importers who use a 30 day quarantine system to try to get the shrimp as healthy as possible before sending them out. I have several years of shrimp keeping and have successfully kept and bred multiple types of both neos and caridina primarily from watching his videos and following his setup. They are my #1 source when I'm looking to buy shrimp and I've had some very successful colonies that have grown from shrimp I received from them. The cool thing about Flip Aquatics is that their owner, Rob, put out youtube videos documenting the ENTIRE process of starting the company into what it is today, showing us his successes and failures, and explaining to us what he thought led to his success or failures and why he thought that was the case. He also puts up videos specifically on shrimp care topics, such as what to feed and how often to feed shrimps, how to properly remineralize water for shrimp tanks, how to properly acclimate new shrimp, what soil has worked best for him, etc. I believe Rob is friends with both Rachel and Cory (Aquarium Co-op), and they occasionally mention Rob/Flip Aquatics. I usually watch several shrimp youtubers, including those mentioned previously, and try to find similarities in the way they keep shrimp since those methods were successful for multiple people. Love that you're doing so much research and planning before starting up a shrimp tank. Personally, I don't think they're too difficult to keep and breed if you know what they like, but it's easy to make mistakes early in shrimp keeping that discourages people from continuing in the hobby. Hope this helps and good luck!
  8. I don't believe crossbreeding cherries and red rilis would dull their colors since cherries were originally derived from rilis (or possibly the other way around). Some babies may end up being more clear/less red than others with every batch of babies, which is normal and just due to genetics. Once your colony gets fairly large I'd recommend removing the less-colorful adults from the colony. By doing this you'll leave only the most red shrimp to breed with each other, which should result in the genetics being passed down to the babies so they should have more red color as well. If you keep doing this, over time the percent of deep red babies should increase to the point where the majority, or even all of the babies will have a nice red coloration. This can be difficult with neocaridina however because the males are typically less colorful than the females, so it's important to make sure to be aware of which are the males when removing, or culling, your shrimp. A common mistake that happens when breeding shrimp is that people will remove the less-colorful shrimp to improve the color and genetics, but in doing so they remove the naturally less-colorful males so no breeding would take place. I'm currently in the process of letting my shrimp breed to get larger colonies, and once the colony's large enough I'll try to remove the shrimp with undesireable traits (less color, more of a certain color or pattern, etc.) so that only the shrimp with the desired traits are left to breed. It's a long process, but if you take the time to do it your customers will be very satisfied because not only will they have very nice-colored shrimp, but they will produce babies that are mostly or all the same color as the adults they bought. With the shrimp hobby growing so rapidly now, it may be easy to find nice-looking adult shrimp, but when you breed them you may find that the babies look nothing like the adults, which can be disappointing for those who want to breed them. I've tested several common sites that sell shrimp and now I pretty much buy only from 3 specific sites that have been shown to have high quality shrimp that not only look good, but produce babies that either look as good as the adults, or in some cases, even better than the adults I initially bought. That said, I definitely prefer buying from hobbyist breeders though as, in general, they tend to care for their shrimp more since the hobby is more important to them than making money, so I definitely support more USA shrimp breeders! Hope this helps!
  9. Hi @Annie! I've seen and heard of something like this but have never really experienced it for myself, but it appears like muscle necrosis/myonecrosis. If you look up "muscle necrosis in shrimp" you can compare the pictures and symptoms your shrimp may be showing to what's there to see if it matches. I've heard that it can be due to bacterial infections, poor water quality, stress, etc., but since I've never experienced it myself I can't say for sure what causes it. If it's due to a bacterial infection there's a chance that it could spread to other shrimp in the tank or possibly to the babies that just hatched from it. I'm also not too sure about treatment, but salt dips/baths seem to be a good start for most fish/shrimp diseases. Hope this helps!
  10. Hi @Shrimpland! They will most likely cross breed and I'd expect that the offspring will be more like the wild type with the duller brown and clear colors. The 2 most popular genuses, or types, of shrimps in the hobby are Neocaridina and Caridina. Cherry shrimp, blue dreams, rilis, etc. are neocaridina, while shrimp like crystal shrimp, blue bolts, and tiger shrimp are caridina. Neocaridina will cross breed regardless of the color if put together, as will caridina, but neocaridina cannot cross breed with caridina shrimps. If you are interested in maintaining the colors of the shrimp in the baby shrimps I'd recommend separating them into different tanks or putting up dividers in your tank to keep them from breeding with each other. If your main interest is just keeping shrimps and seeing all the colors together in one tank I say keep it the way it is. There's no negative effects to the shrimp if they cross breed, the main thing is that over time the population will most likely consist of the wild type shrimp. Hope that helps!
  11. I agree with pastu. Snowflakes won't pollute the water so that would be the best food source to provide your shrimps while you're gone. I also tend to load up on leaves to give them another extra food source that won't pollute the water. Since I have my aquarium lights set on a timer I plan to add an extra hour or 2 of light to increase the amount of algae and microorganism growth as a natural source of food. You can also try to turn down the room temperature slightly while you're gone. That will reduce the shrimp's metabolic rate, which will decrease the amount of food they'll need to eat and will also decrease the amount of waste the produce. Having plants in your shrimp tank will also help to provide them natural sources of food while you're gone. Hope this helps!
  12. Hi! Welcome to the hobby! Based on what I can see from the picture it looks like she's berried. I've never kept snowballs but have a good amount of experience with other neos and caridina shrimp and I've heard that snowballs got their name because their eggs look like little white snowballs, and I also can't think of anything else that would look like that aside from eggs. Congratulations!
  13. Yup! It's understandable especially when you're just getting into the hobby that people won't be able to commit to getting a whole RO/DI system or have enough money to get a huge setup. I'd guess that most of the experienced keepers/breeders became so knowledgeable through learning from their mistakes. Personally, I feel you can learn a lot more from your failures than your successes, and with shrimp I'd expect failures every now and then, so it's important not to get too defeated if something were to happen as long as you learn from it. I've been in the hobby for several years now and I still feel like I'm learning new things. Like wyzazz said selling or giving your extra shrimp away would probably be the recommendation from most breeders. I'm not at the point where I have that many shrimp to sell, but I do plan to in the future, more so to sustain my hobby, spread the hobby, and meet other people who're as into shrimp as I am 😆 another option is to see if your local fish store might buy them from you or maybe give you store credit in exchange for them. Selling online seems like it may be difficult at first because you'll need to build up a reputation because naturally people will compare your product and ratings to another seller who's been selling for a while. For the average hobbyist I'd recommend sticking locally if you're just looking to get rid of your excess shrimp through local clubs, fish stores, friends, etc. because it sounds like the shipping process especially can be very tricky to deal with. For example, I don't plan to sell online because the process of shipping seems to have a pretty difficult learning curve so I'm planning to just sell locally. Glad to help! It can be a pretty challenging hobby at first because they're fairly different than fish, but I think that makes it feel even more rewarding when you figure it all out and get colonies of shrimps going at a time.
  14. From what I've heard the tiger species seem to be the most hardy and adaptable of the Caridina species. Until recently I thought that OERBTs/OEBTs needed really hard water to thrive, but I've heard of reputable sellers/breeders keeping them in Caridina parameters with little or no KH. I've also heard that aura blues and tangerines thrive better with some KH in their water, but I have both species in purely Caridina/soft water with little to no KH and they're breeding. I can't say for certain how well they adapt to hard water, but from hearing the wider ranges of parameters that people have successfully kept and bred them in, I'd say tigers would be best to start with if you're trying to get a Caridina species in hard water conditions.
  15. @Saddleback Shrimp Thanks! I feel that people are less likely to listen to you if you're firm in saying things like "it has to be this way" so I try to offer any advice that can fit in with what the person asking wants, or based on what their goals are. Ultimately, some people might just want shrimp to add to their aquascaped tank with fish because they're cool, colorful and unique so they're goal is to keep them alive over breeding, but if they wanted breeding over anything else I'd suggest not keeping them with any fish at all. But all we can do on forums like this is to offer friendly advice so it's up to each person to decide if they want to take it or go with another method. I've never tried keeping them together, but in my experience neos are much hardier and more adaptable, so I'd suspect that leaning towards lower TDS and Caridina parameters would give you the best shot. You may lose neos initially, and they may not breed for a while because they'll have to adapt, but I can't say that it's impossible to breed both together. If you can manage a slow acclimation process I'd think the shrimp would have a better chance. I'd suggest starting with a low grade RCS or just a RCS in general since they're the shrimp that's been in the hobby longest and should have the most stable genetics. Also, getting them from a reputable source means you'll be getting as healthy of shrimp that you possibly can so that they have a better chance of acclimating. The biggest thing I've learned, and what I still struggle with sometimes, is patience in this hobby. If you're able to take the time to acclimate and not rush them into adapting you'll most likely have a better chance of success.
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