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About neilshieh

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    Blue velvet, supreme reds, orange poso snail, tiger shrimp w/ orange eyes, and a lone tangerine tiger.

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  1. Have lots of clean healthy java moss. Portions shown in the picture below are golfball sized with a ping pong ball for reference (unfortunately I don't have a golfball handy) Price: x1 golfball - $5 x2 golfballs - $9 x3 golfballs - $12 x4 golfballs - $15 5+ message me for a better deal Shipping: 4 dollars via first class mail bubble mailer or 8 dollars for small priority Local pick up in SF available.
  2. Spoke with Rachel O'Leary and it seems that the "cloudiness" in some of those google pictures are the result from camera flash at a bad angle. Tiger shrimps should be noticeably transparent. bummer gonna start that tank on maracyn 2 as well then :/. I just finished maracyn 2 regime on the blue velvet tank, a lot less shrimp and I'm not really sure where the other infected ones went because I'm not seeing dead bodies. Gonna do some deep cleaning and pop in a bunch of alder cones and hope everything went alright. All the shrimps I see now are clear bodied so fingers crossed!
  3. Hi all, So recently I've been looking more and more into my blue velvet tank which has been running for a while now but the population always hovers at ~10-20 for some reason. I constantly see new berried females and juvies but the population numbers seem stagnant. A while back 2-3 months after I got the initial stock, I had a massive dieoff that I couldn't figure out why. Now that I look into the tank, I realize that a lot of their bodies are milky white, like opaque. So this got me thinking that perhaps the colony has been suffering from a bacterial infection for a while that flared up every now and then. There are no other tank inhabitants, and it is heavily planted so really no reason for the population not to grow. Anyhow I recently bought melafix and maracyn 2 and have started maracyn 2 treatment. After the I run the anti biotics course, I plan on dosing melafix for a day or two afterwards (I know it's just tea tree oil, but can't hurt) and going to get some alder cones for good measure. If there's no improvement I'll buy some seachem paraguard and see how that goes. That's not the main problem though, I'm looking at my tiger shrimp tank and I'm super paranoid and am wondering if they have a bacterial infection too. They've been healthy, gotten massive and really colorful. Long antennae and no missing limbs, but their bodies are slightly hazy and others are more clear. It's not like milky white but more like a white haze similar to the first 4 pictures here (https://www.google.com/search?q=tiger+shrimp+with+bacterial+infection&safe=off&espv=2&biw=1436&bih=782&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjw3IOuw7zMAhUO92MKHUG2AzQQ_AUIBigB#safe=off&tbm=isch&q=tiger+shrimp+aquarium&imgrc=QZOAzrXfQ-42bM%3A) Should I be concerned? They're breeding extremely slowly, but I don't really do much to that tank (no WC, occasional feedings) and it's super lowtech and everything looks verdant and thrives. Also, the temps in the past couple of months have been pretty chilly without a heater which is why I don't think they were breeding, but I saw one berried 1-2 months back. Anyways, tips advice and comments welcome!
  4. In this tank besides the shrimp I have mini ramshorns and MTS. mini ramshorns are probably my favorite pest snail. They're small and don't look unsightly, easy to crush, do a great job on grazing down algae/biofilm (they're not great eaters, but they keep it in from going out of control) and eating left over food. Most importantly they don't lay visible egg sacs. I'm not sure how they reproduce but it's not unsightly egg sacs like bladder or regular ramshorns snails. I will crush them every few weeks and shrimps in all of my tanks love eating the bodies and picking at the shells.
  5. Long story short, had a scape planned out for my 2.5 gallon tank and all but got busy with college and never got around to it. Fast forward to the start of first semester, I finally get around to setting it up and decided I wanted a colony of chocolate diamonds. I originally wanted blue diamonds because i think the blues and the chocolate culls are both really cool looking but I ended up getting chocolate diamonds from soothing because the idea of having so many different colors was really appealing. Needless to say I am not disappointed! Anyways without further ado here are the tank specs Tank: Finnex 2.5 gallon tank kit (the kit contains a custom stingray light and their pure-5 nano HOB filter Heater: None (my dorm room is pretty warm) I'll probably buy one when I move out to maintain stable temps. Was thinking of a hydor 25 watt, any suggestions? Substrate: Carribsea taihitian moon sand mixed with fluorite black sand. Fertilization: few drops of an all in one fertilizer a friend of mine whipped up + micro solution every week if I remember Here's what the initial scape+monte carlo I put in to dry start was SUPPOSED to look like Here it is after a month or two of submergent growth. The monte carlo was added ~1 week prior, so it's still adjusting and it's starting to creep. Monte carlo is a great option for low tech carpet because it looks like dwarf baby tears, doesn't require co2 or intense lights, or a heavy fertilizing schedule. The tank just finished going through its first green algae phase. The slope the main rock is on has flattened out quite a bit, I'll have to go in and fill it up again but for now I'm just letting everything settle in and grow. Here's a lone CRS, it actually hitchhiked in the monte carlo I got. It somehow survived 8 hours of transit in a ziploc bag of barely wet plants. It's been going strong for a week now so it's really quite amazing considering I couldn't even properly acclimate it and had to just throw it into the tank. Nice dark chocolate more color variation it's only been 2 weeks and this really nice female is already berried Thanks soothing! Grazing on a moss pad with bits and pieces of moss that hitch hiked. Here's some moss I have growing on the outflor of the filter and some hydrocotyle tripartita growing in the HOB. Everything is still relatively new and so it doesn't look like much. Will update in a week or two! Really want to fix the hardscape since it's really bugging me. Any constructive criticism welcome!
  6. What is it about snowflake (compressed soy hulls) that make shrimp go crazy for it? Within minutes of me dropping it in, it seems like the entire herd of shrimp has somehow smelled it and a feeding frenzy commences while other foods only attract a mlid gathering. I doubt shrimps eat soy products/hulls in the nature. Are there other foods that have such a profound effect on shrimp? Could these compounds be isolated and added other other foods? Has anyone tried mixing snowflake with other foods and see if the mixture has the same effect or if the shrimp just target the soy hulls specifically in a mixture.
  7. had a bit of time today and netted 3 of the darkest females and 3 of the darkest males and put them into a large hob marina breeder box. Didn't have time to snap any pictures but up close the dark markings are really something. Will update next week when I go home and get some pictures Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  9. heads up that's not Pogostemon helferi. Looks to be more like some species of hygrophila (corymbosa? maybe..) or staurogyne repens.
  10. I've kept a few of these guys before, they sound super cool in theory but when I finally got them I literally never saw them. They would hide all the time and I honestly don't know if they ended up getting eaten or if the params weren't to their liking or something. One of my females did manage to become berried though, but after I snapped a pict of her I never saw her again LOL. So unless you're keeping these guys in a small tank with minimal decorations, I would rather just buy a new strain of shrimp. I haven't heard of anyone who's successfully bred these guys either (the distributors get them from exporters who harvest them from freshwater streams in asia). All of these factors combined, you can start to see why after being available for the past couple of years they've never caught on/become popular. You're welcome to try though! I got mine from bobs tropical plants.
  11. Hi all, Still a relatively new member of this community, but there are some really great RAOK's on here! I tend to focus on aquatic plants but have always been keeping inverts. Anyhow, it seems that most members here have low tech tanks so here's an RAOK for you all: 1-2 pieces of cholla wood (around 5-7" long) golfball portion of round pellia najas guadalupensis (guppy grass) samples of snowflake food and angels plus "the works" flake food. I know you don't usually feed flake foods to shrimp but this stuff does WONDERS for my fish and shrimp. The color and activity difference is literally night and day. You can just feed and have the flakes sink or you can mist it and compact it into clumps and air dry to feed. 1 anubias (I'll have to check my tubs to see what's overgrown, probably going to be barteri sp or frazeri) +duckweed if you want any of it. Start a list and I'll choose a winner Saturday at noon (PST). Winner pays 4 dollars to cover first class mail shipping.
  12. Interesting! I have a few of those marina HOB breeding boxes so I'll set one up and throw in all of the darker colored guys and see what happens . Would it be preferable to have the shrimplets grow up in the breeder box or the main tank? I threw in a bunch of narrow leaf java fern and cholla wood and anubias to give the shrimp more hiding space so they'd stop getting hunted by the other fish. The Kanoko pattern looks so cool! I'm going to let my guys breed and see if the dark coloration is even genetic, I'd be happy if I could just get them to consistently produce dark colored adults. I also don't think it comes with age because I have a bunch of adults in the colony that have the usual supreme red coloration, these darker ones really stick out in terms of coloration. Any thoughts on the blue velvet? I haven't seen another female or male with similar coloration. In these sorts of cases would I just leave the female to breed and hope that more of that coloration crops up in later generations? Or would I have to isolate that female, get her berried, and raise/cross her progeny to see if the coloration pops up again?
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  14. Hi all, New to this shrimp genetics stuff. I've always just bought one strain and let them breed by themselves without culling or whatever, but reading through some of the threads here has really inspired me to do some stuff with my shrimp. I currently keep supreme reds (original stock from speedie) and I never felt the need to cull anything because every shrimp was so solidly colored for the past 2 years it's kinda crazy. Anyways, the tank they're in right now is low key being neglected because I'm only back on the weekends to do quick maintenance and I'm pretty sure my plecos and tetras have been doing some major population control. Finally had some time to do some heavier maintenance on the tank because it was spring break and I noticed a few interesting shrimp. Some of my supreme reds are REALLY dark like blood+dried blood to the point where they almost look black. Highly evident in the females but I spotted a few males which had similar coloration. I googled around and it's like the dragon variation you see with bee shrimp. () Disclaimer, I was using my phone camera and my tanks are in a really badly lit room + lots of algae on the walls made getting a decent picture difficult. anyhow here are pictures I managed to take... and then I took a peak into my blue velvet tank which has gone through multiple bottle necks (some toxin or contaminant killed off my entire colony leaving only 3-5 survivors and a heater malfunction a while back led to a similar bottleneck AKA my blue velvets have a greatly diminished gene pool LOL. I spotted this guy next to a regular blue velvet, she's a nice yellow green. My question is 1) is the whole dark red coloration in cherry shrimp common? 2) are these traits that you can breed out? or are they more likely linked to their environment? 3) what's the best way to start breeding these sort of traits out? Interested to hear what you guys have to say!
  15. Looking to buy ~10 blue or chocolate diamond shrimp with priority mail shipping to zipcode 94539. Let me know what you have and the cost! (pictures would be great too)
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