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  1. Was inspecting my shrimp tank this morning and found this dude freestyling in my tank. It seemed to prefer crawling on the glass, but was capable of free swimming in the water as well. It was really hard to capture on my phone's camera. This dude is dark blue and about the size of a pencil tip, maybe ~1mm? It doesn't seem to favor light/dark conditions either way. His mode of locomotion appears to be crawl-swimming. Very reminiscent of a tick. I think this is probably an aquarium mite, but I haven't had any experience with them before. Are these guys harmless? I have a handful of very small danio fry and my pandas have begun to molt. Thanks in advance guys! Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
  2. You might also consider adding grass shrimp (Palaemonetes sp.) they are surprisingly hardy and have a delta of water parameters with RCS. Be careful if you want them to breed successfully without much fuss, as some species require brackish for larval stages.
  3. @4077girl I'll be the first to admit that I'm far from an expert shrimp keeper and that some of the tin-horns around here might give you some better advice, but I'm happy to share what I do know. First off, when you're sourcing delicate animals (like shrimp), I would try to mimic the conditions your source was keeping their animals at, as that's the chemistry they're most happy with. It's best to try to set your chemistry to be in the middle of the range your shrimp provider gives so that it's not at a stressful extreme and it gives the tank some room to fluctuate and breathe, giving you time to react and correct the chemistry as necessary. At a glance, your nitrate and your KH seem off and I would monitor your TDS to make sure it doesn't get above 250 or so for cherries. Shrimp are really sensitive to nitrogen levels as well as trace metals (especially copper) and other contaminants like chlorine that are really common in tap water. I would dose your water with a water conditioner that specifically targets metals, chloramine and chlorine. As for the nitrate, I would just do your water change as normal and monitor it closely to see how fast it spikes back up to those levels. The solution to pollution is dilution, after all. If it doesn't take long, you'll want to consider adding more biological filtration and/or monitoring how much you feed your lil guys. You can help your biological filtration with sponge filters, giving your shrimp a small plant with a lot of surface area (like Marimo balls, java moss, etc.) or adding some more filter floss to your HOB filter (I buy polyfill quilt batting at walmart for cheap and cut to fit). You can NEVER have too much biological filtration. Your KH can be brought up with certain stones, like lacerock/limestone if you're looking for something natural but be advised that these take time to leech into the water and it might (as in probably will) also raise your GH as well. You can also raise your KH by mixing baking soda but not only will this will raise your PH, it's a very harsh method that must be done very, very carefully. I would make at least one test batch of water to measure...I suspect that for a 1.5 gallon tank you'd probably only need enough to dust your thumb and index finger for that whole tank. The simplest option, most surgical option I know of is to simply purchase the shrimp products designed for KH and GH alteration/stability that you can dissolve and slowly, SLOWLY add to your tank. I would try to partition your shrimps away from your guppies to be on the safe side until you can sort your chemistry out. Guppies are predators in their own right and will likely go after them. Anything that will eat brine shrimp will definitely go after your cherries. Good luck!
  4. I dealt with detritus worms in my oscar tank and freaked out myself, not knowing what they were. I can say that after the research I've done that my conclusion is they're harmless. They hitch a ride on live plants and even driftwood, feeding on teeny tiny bits of food and such. Most people I know of that have experience with them have a love-hate relationship with them for being unsightly but a valuable biologic filter. It's a sign of a thriving planted aquarium! Not sure if that holds true for shrimp keeping, but I figure that shrimp are omnivorous - if they keep multiplying the shrimp may well eat the small ones. If nothing else, managing left over food and detritus in the tank will thin them. Imo, they're like better snails, since they can't outcompete shrimp for food. Not sure about your white bugs tho. Do you have close ups of them? Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
  5. @TheGlassBox It's a DIY setup my fam and I came up with. It's a small 100gpd system loomed to connect to two 30gal BPA free containers with airstones, heaters and a pond circulation sump. The containers are connected via two sets of pvc bulkheads with ball valves. It's a lot of space, but we dont use this room anyway. Besides, the bathtub is great for overflow safety. Here's a few pics so you can see what I mean. The large clear hose is hooked up to a 500 gph pond sump because we've had to fill the foster tanks past couple days. Otherwise the tube you see in the very bottom left is another hose that's connected to the 125gal via their FX6 canister for the oscar water changes. The rest of the tanks are bucket brigades with the fam until we get a python or something. All of our other aquarium sumps at this point are being used for K1 filters on each of the oscars. They're a bit underfilled until we get some valves to fine tune the flow, still drying the basement from the last oops. Definitely ordering more sumps though, they're cheap and so handy. We're fixing to try to upgrade and clean up this functioning disaster of a setup soon with a larger capacity RODI system. Having to let this thing run 20 to 30 hours a week is havoc on the filtration. Our water here is super hard and very hard on these systems but pretty much a must even for basic tropic fish. Even the Oscars don't like the tap here, and they're basically tanks. I think the last time I tested my tap it was a PH of 7.8, GH of 11, and a KH of 20+, I can't remember exactly. I wouldn't dare to keep "tap water" species in this water. Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
  6. @wyzazz@theglassbox Wow, thanks so much for all the info guys! I never really use Facebook because of their data policies, but I might just have to make an account. I'd been mostly perusing things like craigslist, reddit and the local tradeswap site for the area called KSL. Do you guys have any opinion on Joe's Aquarium? They're the cheapest I've found so far without going to hobbyists. PBL/PRL requiring acid conditions and lower PH isn't really a bother. I have mcguyver'd in my bathroom-turned-sump-room a small RODI setup that allows me to keep 60 gallons of heated, aerated water on hand. It tends to come out acid until its aged a bit, and the TDS are so low (~5ppm, need to change the filters on it) that I can add Driftwood, Catappa or Blackwater extract to keep it down. For now though, I will prolly keep to neos and build my shrimp husbandry skills up. If the pandas weren't an impulse purchase from my fam I would have never started out on them, lol My salts finally arrived today, but I'm curious if I should add it at this point? Pulled a GH with a result of 4°, up from 1°, which falls in the range of the seller's parameters of 4-6°. These guys were from Aquarium Creations, if anyone is curious. I have a few gripes about the way these were shipped, but at this point it's no harm no foul. The shrimp appear to be doing well and I haven't seen any more dead guys. So well in fact that even with the lights on full I was able to count seven of the nine remaining, all doing their thing! I finally was able to snap some pics of them. I realize now that my phone really isn't made for macro images. I might just have to get a Google pixel or something. Pardon the fuzzes - I wanted to make sure there was more than enough biofilm for them. Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
  7. @wyzazz Thanks for the advice! I figure there's no way around culling if you're looking for any measure of consistency. I also figure the Oscars or the Betta won't mind the enrichment. XD Is the consistency why BMs are pricier than Fire Reds? As far as I understand BMs are descended from the chocolate line, right? It was my thought that people enjoyed them for their genetics, as I've heard of numerous projects descending from or involving chocolates, which was an unstable line/trait that required repeated back-crosses to maintain with its parent strains. That, I guess, is what I mean by having a stable strain that doesn't require back crossing to maintain like some greens and yellows do (I think?). I've tried to research this as best I could but there's simply a LOT to understand. So far I haven't seen any more dead pandas. They came out for a moonlight stroll on top of their volcanic rock when the lights went into evening mode. I suspect they'll be primarily nocturnal until they get some time to adjust and realize they're the only ones in the tank.
  8. I've apparently caught the fever. My experience has been primarily with freshwater fish in anything short of a pond. Lately I've been fascinated by live planted aquariums and aquascaping - both of which are entirely new to me. It's been made much more difficult and interesting by living in such a remote area like Wyoming, which has like a whopping three pet stores/suppliers in a 150 mile radius from me. Despite all this, though, I'm currently stuffed to the gills with tanks in my little townhouse. I've got: A 125 gallon with two juvenile tiger oscars, Pumpkin and Silent Bob. No idea on sex yet, I put a stoneware plate down to see if they'd start fussing over it and all they did was pout on the bottom of the tank. They've been getting increasingly aggressive to one another so I will have to get an over-under dual 75 gallon setup to separate them. For now their tank is partitioned and slated for retrofitting into either a planted nano community or maybe a fancy goldfish tank. I'm really hoping to try to source some Riffle shrimp (australatya striolata) since I'm leaning toward the planted nano, but so far they've utterly eluded me. I also have a 55 gallon with one very, very spoiled tiger oscar baby, Felix. He was a walmart rescue who was put on the sale block way under sized at around an inch. Despite the common wisdom of not buying walmart fish he came home and is now over double the size he was. Like the other oscars, he's being fed a homemade mix of whiting, shrimp, pineapple, spinach and peas in gelatin with the not-so occasional dried krill bits. He's gotten constant interaction from the family so he's quite outgoing, despite being in such a large tank by himself. I recently gave him a Brazilian Pennywort stem to give him something to do. My hope is that they'll have a lasting rivalry...or at least let the pennywort have a running start. Felix shares a rack with a currently unpopulated, partitioned 55 gallon shrimp tank to-be. I've put a couple of leopard danios in there just to get the thing going along with some aged filter media and the 125 gallon's old canister filter. I'm just waiting on a few parts to get a PH-regulated CO2 system going for the plants I plan on putting in there. I've never fooled with CO2 systems, so it's my hope that I can get it on lock before I even order shrimp. It's currently set up with some dragonstone, small catappa leaves, cholla and a couple plants that arrived just today (corkscrew amazon swords and downoi). Still waiting to receive my christmas moss to graft on the stone and dwarf baby tears for the substrate. My hope is to spoil my up and coming invertibros in such a way that they're still viewable. This is on top of my tank fostering arrangement with my "LPS" - a small mom and pop shop that are having me hold on to two of their 75 gallon african cichlid tanks until they finalize their move to some bigger, better digs within the next two months. I'm super excited for them, and even happier to help them when they need it like this. Bigger store = more aquarium stuff. Right? Right?? I can dream. I also have three nano tanks - two 5's and a 10. The 5's are home to my guilty pleasure, the betta splendens. They're sporting barebottom tanks with some spiderwood with a couple marimo, some anubias nana petite and one honkin' anubias barteri each with some salvinia in a perpetual argument with some feeding rings I put in there. I have a blue crowntail named Inigo, who was named in part because of his indigo color but mostly because he had the tendency to flare as I walked by no matter what he was doing. I could only picture him screaming, "Hello!" like The Princess Bride, so it stuck. My other betta is a mustard gas double-tail named Lapis, who was admittedly in less than optimal conditions when I bought him. His finnage and stunning beetle-blue color have since returned, though I still suspect he might be guilty of tail biting, despite the lack of current, pristine water and my attempts to exercise him. From what I understand it's sadly common in the overly ornamental varieties like double-tails, rosetails and feathertails. For the fish's sake and the sake of the betta trade, I don't think I'll be getting another one. But let's not forget the 10 gallon whose inhabitants - despite their recent arrival and small size - are causing quite the stir in my home. My shadow pandas arrived a week early, much to my chagrin. I've acquired everything else that I needed with the exception of my GH salts, which were supposed to arrive before the pandas. Unfortunately means that these guys are on a clock that I hope doesn't cost them too dearly. Lesson learned on that one. So far I've only lost one of the ten that I ordered from shipping and the others have been happily grazing all day on their sponge filter and mopani, which is encouraging. But as delicate as these guys are I don't know if they'll make it the four days before the salts are supposed to arrive with a difference of 3 degrees in their GH. Fingers crossed. But watching these guys has been a real joy for me so far. They're such little busy bodies and their color in the ones that show the electric blue they're noted for is absolutely stunning. I suspect that I might have mistakenly received some BKK's along with them, as some of these guys are showing a very solid bone white instead of blue. All I can do is hope they color up or hopefully prove to be carriers for the "shadow" gene, if it even works that way for bees. Shrimp genetics are really hard to grasp for me, mostly because of the lack of a rigid nomenclature to research. It's my hope that by hanging out on here I can learn a thing or two about these fascinating little dudes - perhaps enough to start trying to concertedly breed my own line for giggles. Anyway, that was a novella of an introduction. I'm seriously vibrating with excitement for the 55 to finish getting ready so I can get a couple varieties of shrimp to put in there. I was thinking of putting neos in there, in an attempt to get my feet wet with genetics and to try to support my LPS, who is always ALWAYS out of shrimp. Any suggestions on some handsome, relatively stable varieties to tinker with?
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