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JSak last won the day on February 17

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    Neos, Caridinas, Sulawesi Cardinals, Rabbit Snails, Ramshorn Snails, MTS, and Dwarf Mexican Lobsters

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  1. Hi @bruce7267ad! Both cherries and blue velvets are neocaridina shrimp, so they have the same parameter requirements. Neocaridina are generally pretty hardy and tolerant of a wide range of water parameters, but they tend to like harder/more alkaline water. I keep my neocaridina in water with GH about 10 and KH about 3-4. I don't use a heater or anything like that in their tanks so my water temperature fluctuates based on room temp, but I'd guess it's probably between 68-75 depending on the weather and time of year. The only thing I measure is GH and KH as I've found those are the most important parameters aside from ammonia, nitrate and nitrite. Above all I find shrimps in general like consistency, so as long as you give them time to adapt to your water using a gradual acclimation process (I always drip acclimate my shrimp) and keep water parameters relatively consistent with water changes they should do fine 👍 Hope that helps!
  2. Hi @NSinvert! Just to clarify, when you say you're changing your water once a week with RO water, are you changing the water with pure RO water or are you remineralizing first before changing? If so, how long have you had the shrimp? Just like with people and other pets like dogs and cats, as animals age they tend to show visible signs of these changes. If you were to look at an older dog vs. a young adult dog the younger dog, if healthy, would have a nicer hair coat, much more vibrant coat colors, and healthier looking skin, compared to an older dog who may have more dull coat colors, more skin problems, etc. They may both be healthy but due to the aging process they look visibly different. Shrimp can be like this as well. The nicest shrimps are usually the ones that have just reached mature size, so they're in their breeding prime and generally show their best colors. Your parameters seem fine and it sounds like you've had this schedule (feeding, water changes, etc.) going on for a while, so if you've been consistent I don't think they'd suddenly start becoming stressed unless you added/changed something recently. It also seems like you have experience keeping shrimps, so my guess is that they're just aging and losing color because of that. But if you can think of anything that changed recently that might be helpful to identify why it may be happening. Hope this helps!
  3. @FaelynK yup! Prime has sodium thiosulfate in it which deactivates both chlorines and chloramines so I'd definitely suggest using that if possible. Aeration only gets rid of chlorine but not chloramine so that's a good point that you brought up. Yea the neos these days, especially cherries, are way more durable and adaptable than they were several years ago with the recent popularity and rise of the shrimp hobby and with cherries being the most available and well-known of the dwarf shrimps. If you're able to, I suggest finding a local or USA breeder as they're generally more healthy and can adapt best to the changes of being introduced to a different tank. RO water with remineralizers definitely aren't necessary for neos, but generally highly recommended.
  4. @FaelynK Welcome to this wonderfully addicting hobby! In my personal experience, I don't think I've measured the pH of the water in my shrimp tanks since I first started in the hobby about 5 years or so ago. For me, the most important parameters I measure are GH and KH, but I see that you're waiting for them to come in the mail so once those come in you can test your water. The only concern I have with tap water is chlorine, which is shrimps don't tolerate very well. To avoid any possible issues with chlorine you can either buy a dechlorinator (I use Prime) or you can let your water sit and aerate for a day or so (oxygenation slowly gets rid of any chlorine in the water). I'll always recommend RO water with shrimp remineralizer because you don't have to worry about what the water treatment plant puts in the tap water and because you get to know exactly what you're putting into the water and you get to keep water parameters relatively consistent. I go to the lengths of going to Walmart once a month to fill up 4 or 5 of the five gallon water jugs with their RO water since I live in an apartment complex so I can't use a RO unit. It's a lot of work to move the jugs but I feel like it's worth the effort. That being said, neos are generally pretty hardy and can adapt fairly well to a range of parameters. If you can post your GH and KH once you get your test kit I think that'd tell a lot more about if your water's suitable for shrimp. Glad you're taking the time to do research! I find patience one of the most important and difficult aspects of a successful shrimp keeper.
  5. Do you have any test kits to measure GH and KH (water hardness)? Aside from Ammonia, Nitrate and Nitrite, the only other parameters I measure with my shrimp is GH and KH because I've found those parameters to be most important with keeping shrimp. I don't think I've ever measured pH in my shrimp tanks aside from my Cardinal Sulawesi shrimps, but that's because they're more sensitive and require pretty precise parameters compared to most other shrimps.
  6. Interested in learning about BOA genetics as well. It sounds like there's not a lot of information, or the information that's going around seems to contradict each other. BOAs are one of my favorite looking shrimps so I'd love to learn about how to best handle selective breeding to get a solid colony going.
  7. I'd say it's possible but I've never seen anything like that, so it most likely will take a lot of time and dedication to be able to do that. I've heard of people selectively breeding certain colorations/patterns in shrimp that took them years to get a stable line that produces babies that have the desired coloration/patterns as the adults. You'll most likely end up with a lot of wild looking neos, which you'll probably have to cull out, before you might get one shrimp with a tiny amount of blue between the orange coloration. If you're able to do that I think a lot of people would be pretty excited as well, but I don't think most people have the tank space, time and/or dedication to be able to produce a new variation of shrimp that produces a consistent and stable line of babies. Also, from what it sounds like caridinas seem more likely to produce unique patterns over wild types compared to neos. It seems like once you mix 2 different colors of neos you'll get wild type babies from the first batch. That being said, the thing I'm most excited about is having "experiment tanks" where I add different color and pattern variations of shrimp and progressively working the line to see if I can get anything unique out of it. For that I'd be dedicating a whole tank just for those crosses, and I wouldn't expect to see any exciting results until at least a few months in if I'm lucky, but that's the fun of the hobby for me, experimenting with genetics and seeing what comes out, but I don't want to mix entire colonies because of the risk of losing both types of shrimp because they revert to a more wild type. But it's your hobby so you should do what you think would bring you the most joy and excitement. If you decide to do that it might be cool to see your progress and if you're able to make the first blue bodied orange rili (at least that I've seen) I'm sure most people on this forum would be very excited along with your wife 😆
  8. Hi and congrats on the babies! That's a pretty sweet looking shrimplet you got there! It almost looks like an orange eye blueish zebra taiwan bee, but I've seen instances where baby shrimplets undergo pretty significant color changes as they get older so I'd keep an eye on it as it grows. If it keeps the orange eye and the blue coloration that'd be a pretty cool color you bred out and if you can find any others like it, or get others like it in future babies, you could separate them and try to breed out the color and pattern so that you get shrimps that produce only babies that look like this. The part of the hobby I have yet to get to but what I'm most excited about is having "experiment tanks" where I mix multiple different types of caridina shrimps to see what comes out of it and see if I can develop any special colors and/or patterns from it. Hope this helps!
  9. Sounds like you're being patient and taking the time to do your research, which can only help your chances of success when you finally make the leap to caridina. I think you're on the right path and you have the right mindset with shrimp keeping so I have no doubt you'll have success! Just remember not to get too frustrated if anything happens (in my experience it's inevitable that something will eventually go wrong even if you do everything right especially when dealing with live animals). I try to remember that you tend to learn more from your mistakes than your successes, so based on my recent success I'm sure that tells you something about all the mistakes I had to go through to get to where I am now 😂 Keep it up and most importantly have fun!
  10. No problem! Bummer about the different range of colors of your shrimp ☹️that's one of the tell-tale signs for me of a good source for shrimp or not. If the seller puts up multiple pictures of their colony and doesn't just focus on 1 or 2 shrimp then I can get a sense of how the shrimp I buy will look. I don't think it's as common now, but before sellers would showcase the nicest shrimp in their stock to encourage people to buy them. That being said, if they came from the same colony they should share similar genetics so with time and breeding you should have babies that have the deeper blue color. Most of the time when I'm looking for shrimp if there's a seller that I know has a high quality colony, I'll see if they sell culls or lower grade shrimp from that colony because 1) since they're coming from the colony they'll have the same genetics as the high quality ones, and 2) they're usually much cheaper than buying the high quality ones to start with. It requires more time to have to breed them and cull out the babies, but I think that's part of the fun of shrimp keeping imo. Awesome! Keep me updated on that blueberry trick. The fun of this hobby is that it's still relatively new and there's a lot of things we don't know about shrimp keeping, which makes it fun to experiment (to a certain extent). For me, I'm most excited about mixing different shrimps together and seeing if I can get any cool or unique patterns out of them, and then trying to select for those colors/patterns to eventually produce a stable line. Good luck! Hope it all works out 👍
  11. That's an interesting thought about feeding something like blueberry skins, but I'm not sure that the blue pigment in food will directly translate to increasing blue pigment in your shrimp. I can't speak about how effective color-enhancing foods are to shrimp because I've never used them, but if you're on a budget or want to try to save money I'd focus on getting higher quality essential foods that provide nutrients such as protein and minerals over a food that enhances the color. My shrimps have surprised me because months after getting them and having babies they still continue to color up and look even nicer than they did just a few weeks ago. I think good water quality, adequate hiding places so they feel safe, and good food are the most important factors in bringing out their color. If you're thinking of a display tank and want to make your shrimp pop as much as possible I'd think color-enhancing foods would be good for that (again, I've never tried them so I don't want to recommend or discourage it too much), but if you're planning to sell your shrimp I would highly discourage feeding color-enhancing foods as that can give a false sense of your product when selling them. To clarify, if someone sees pictures of your really colorful shrimps and decides to buy them but doesn't feed color-enhancing foods, the shrimp you sell them will lose color over time and that might upset the customer, especially if they find out you used color-enhancing foods. Also, just like you stated about culling it can kind of be misleading for you as well because all your shrimp might look amazing, which might cause you to leave shrimps with poor genetics because they look nicer than they normally would. By not enhancing their color you can see the shrimp as they truly are in your tank and make more accurate decisions on which shrimp should be culled, and which should remain in the population to pass on their genes. But it's your hobby and your money so if you like the idea of bringing out the best colors in your shrimp I'd say go for it. Ultimately, you should do what you want to do and what makes you excited about this hobby!
  12. Welcome back! I also took last year off from the hobby and just started back into it about 5 months ago. The hobby changed pretty significantly since I took my break. Good luck and hope you find quick success!
  13. @toanga Yup I can see it now. It's hard to tell from that picture though. Do you have one of it in the aquarium? Also, do you only have neocaridina shrimp in your tank, or do you also have caridina shrimp in your tank as well?
  14. @toanga I don't think your picture uploaded properly, or it's not showing up for me.
  15. wyzazz is one of the OG members on this forum so I hold his advice in high regards. Honestly though, there's so many different types of shrimp food in the market that it can be easy to get overwhelmed and spend a bunch of money on different foods (I know because I did this when I first got into the hobby lol), when in reality shrimp don't necessarily need crazy expensive food or a 5 course meal everyday to successfully thrive and breed. I believe Lucas from LRB aquatics feeds all of his fish and shrimp Tetra Colored Granules and he's won numerous shrimp awards for his neocaridina. When you get into the caridina species however, especially the more expensive and rarer ones, it might be recommended to get more shrimp-specific foods since they're a little genetically weaker from the inbreeding to get the beautiful colors, but I think that's a topic for another thread. I like to choose my foods based on brands/companies that either I've had success with, or heard of people having success with, which is why the majority of my processed foods are from 2 companies (Shrimp King and Glassgarten). On a side note, I also feed snowflake food and my shrimp love them. As wyzazz stated, they don't foul the water so they make a perfect vacation food and they flake apart in the water so each shrimp can take a piece and swim away, which can help to reduce food aggression and let the little shrimps get some of the food.
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