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    Soothing Shrimp reacted to Duff0712 in Review your purchase   
    Got another order in today and everything came in great!! Well packed and shrimp were alive and active. Thanks!!
    -Duffy
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    Soothing Shrimp reacted to Dukendabears in Review your purchase   
    Im glad everything arrive alive and well liked. I hope to do business with you again, Erik
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    Soothing Shrimp reacted to Duff0712 in Review your purchase   
    Just got an order from Erik and everything was great! Fast shipping, very patient as we set up payment and dealt with tank parameters to house the shrimp. Packing was concise, you could tell the shrimp were bagged and handled with care and everything got here alive and well. Great seller and would definitely buy from again!
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    Soothing Shrimp reacted to Allicat in Review your purchase   
    I won the Buypetshrimp.com ROAK for 10 tangerine tigers. Erik was super kind and offered local pickup instead of shipping since I live relatively close by to him. I also purchased a few blue OEBTs and he gave me some freebie blondes too. I also got a sample of the food he sells. So far my shrimps love the Ultra Supple food. The shrimp acclimated really well and are looking happy in my tanks. Thanks Erik!
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    Soothing Shrimp got a reaction from ohmiko in Aura Pinto   
    I love the red with black hood.
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    Soothing Shrimp reacted to sarah in HELP me repair nerite shell please ASAP!   
    He's back in the main tank now and doing great! Moving all over and eating up a storm. I think I'm going to call this a success  
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    Soothing Shrimp got a reaction from sarah in HELP me repair nerite shell please ASAP!   
    More power to you trying this.  If anyone can do it, YOU can! ;-)
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    Soothing Shrimp reacted to Mr. F in Apistogramma agassizii "fire red"... wait, "double red"... err blue... yellow!?   
    It's way to blue to be a fem. They're very dull apparently.
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    Soothing Shrimp reacted to sarah in HELP me repair nerite shell please ASAP!   
    Right, it won't repair the holes since they're not at the growing edge of the shell. All 3 of my nerites came to me from the LFS with pits near the shell apex. All their new shell growth since I got them in January looks great. I'm going to check my parameters again just in case, but I think this one's pits developed into holes because of the other snails eating it. At least that's part of the problem.
     
    I also wish I could get them to eat anything but algae. I'd love to feed them some calcium-rich veggies, but they ignore everything I've tried, including algae wafers.
     
    I'm going to have to be very careful not to get any glue into the holes as I patch them. I don't want to harm the live tissue inside. I've been reading a lot this weekend, and some people use an egg shell membrane to line their repair patches. I hope my hands are steady enough to do this!
     
    I'm planning to put my snail into my new quarantine tank for a day or two, just in case some chemicals leach from the patch. I don't want to harm my shrimp or fish in this process.
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    Soothing Shrimp reacted to sarah in Post Your Shrimp Pics   
    Are you sure it's a "he"? Your Mr looks like a Mrs to me
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    Soothing Shrimp reacted to Allicat in Post Your Shrimp Pics   
    This is the first shrimp I kept and I still have him, meet Mr. Amano, he's about 5.5 years old now [emoji4]
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    Soothing Shrimp reacted to Vpier in Post Your Shrimp Pics   
    Been too embarrassed to post any pics cause I suck at it. These were taken with my Ipod. These babies are the results of Shrimpscales BKK, Joes BKK misch and Mayphly's taitibees that produce steel blues.








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    Soothing Shrimp reacted to mayphly in Mayphly's Pinto Journal   
    This has to be my most favorite shrimp so far in this project.


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    Soothing Shrimp got a reaction from Purplelizard9 in Double Sponge Filter Tricks   
    These are some of the things I've learned over the years taking care of my sponge filters and thought it may come in handy for some people.
     
    If you have any additional tricks, feel free to share!  We all need to help each other.
     
    Most of my experience has been with the XY 2831, however most of the models are pretty similar.  The pieces are like legos.  Pop them off, put them together.
     
    Double to Single
     
    So you can make a double a single if needed, by rearranging the pieces.  Pop off the air lift, pop off the side arm, pop them together and voila.  Nice to know if you have an extra filter around and a small tank.
     

     
     
    Even Flow
     
    After buying a sponge filter, take off the sponge and look at the sponge arm.  Looks kinda like a silencer on a gun.  Sometimes all the holes are not open due to plastic pooling during manufacturing.
     

     
    The plastic is soft, so just use a pair of scissors and put the point in the hole and twist.  By opening all the holes, you have a nice even draw across the sponge.
     

     
     
    Bubbles Have Slowed or Stopped
     
    So you say you are losing that air power?  Your air pump must not be working right?  Are you sure?  Pop off your air hose, and drop it in the water.  Still good power bubbles?  Then it's your air lift.  Let's fix it.
     
    There's three fixes that can be done.  Just depends where your blockage is.  I'll list in order of most likely to least likely, however having said that all three have happened to me at one point or another.
     
    Pop off your air lift tube, and take the 2nd inner tube out as well.
     

     
    Take a new small dollar store toothbrush
     

     
    and scrub the inside of the lift where the clear meets the black inside.  Sometimes some crud or a snail is lodged there.
     

     
     
    Still not clear?
     
    This is what the hole looks like inside the black air lift seat. 
     

     
    Sometimes the clear plastic lift tube gets pushed down too far and blocks the hole partly or totally.  It shouldn't do that, but sponge filters sometimes don't read their own instruction manuals.  Take some pliers or hemostats and pull that tube upward to expose more of the hole.  On some filters it is easy, on some it can be a struggle.  On the easy ones, sometimes you can wiggle them with your hands and pull up.  On the harder ones if you use your tool to move it back and forth like a wrench on a nut, it helps.
     
     
    Still not working?
     
    There is one more fix.  See the air hose hole?  A coffee straw is the perfect size for plunging.  Sometimes a tiny snail gets stuck in there.  By plunging that hole, you break up that snail shell and it gets expelled once the air hose is reattached.
     

     
     
    Air Pressure
     
    Air pressure to the sponge filter is actually a complicated relation of how long the air hose is, and how high or low the filter is placed.  In short, if the filter is on your bottom rack, and your air pump is high, it has to work harder to push down the air down there.  The same is true in your tank.  If your filter is located deeper in your aquarium, it is harder to push the air there than it is if it is located near the top of your aquarium.
     
    Soooo, if you have more than one filter on an air pump, and you move one to clean it or for another reason, when you place it back in, you may find the ratio of air going to your tank connections is off.  That's just because the placement of your filter is either higher or lower than it was before.
     
     
    Cleaning the Sponges
     
    Provided you are using a double sponge filter, clean one one week, and then give at least a week for that to recolonize before cleaning the other one.  If you don't, your bacteria colonies may crash and you'll start losing shrimp.
     
    To clean, squeeze the removed sponge in either removed tank water or RO, then replace.  Don't worry about shrimp getting into the sponge arm holes.  The tubes are hollow, nothing dangerous inside, and they'll find their way our with the current from the bubbles.
     
     
    My Sponge Feels Like Clay, or It's Now Hourglass Shaped
     
    You are either using a sponge as a prefilter, or it's been a super long time since you've cleaned your sponge.  Basically the pores are clogged. Clean the sponge and you'll be surprised how much crud/black water comes out.
     
     
    I hope this has helped some.  Feel free to add more tips and tricks.
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    Soothing Shrimp reacted to EricM in 240ric Sulawesi Adventure   
    I'm working SL to develop a pure Sulawesi formula. Right now they recommend the red bottle, I will be giving it a try on our new sulawesi tank we recently setup.
    I also added sulawesi to our dwarf shrimp water parameters page since I see it becoming more and more popular. I'm pretty excited to get back into sulawesi.
     
    what plants are people using in these tanks? because I now most also keep rabbit snails and they love munching on plants.
     
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    Soothing Shrimp reacted to Mr. F in Post Your Shrimp Pics   
    Pink! Thanks Andy!
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    Soothing Shrimp reacted to sarah in Post Your Shrimp Pics   
    WOW, I love this app. Very very cool.


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    Soothing Shrimp reacted to mayphly in Post Your Shrimp Pics   
    Awesome colors!
     
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    Soothing Shrimp reacted to Mr. F in Post Your Shrimp Pics   
    "Smiley" ruby red x pinto. One of my fav mommies.

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    Soothing Shrimp reacted to Mr. F in Post Your Shrimp Pics   
    "Space shrimp"



    "Cherry Leaves"


    Artwork courtesy of the Prisma app (free on iOS and Android).

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    Soothing Shrimp reacted to slycat929 in Painted White Snowball Shrimp   
    Any updates on this project?
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    Soothing Shrimp reacted to mayphly in Auction Format, Rules & Questions   
    DO NOT LIST AUCTIONS HERE!
     
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    Soothing Shrimp got a reaction from rfaquaculture in Double Sponge Filter Tricks   
    Just for fun, I've found you can make a mini rainbar by using a sidearm and inverting it on the outer airlift tube with the black ring.  Never tried it though.  If you do, let me know how it works!
     
     

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    Soothing Shrimp got a reaction from NickAus in Double Sponge Filter Tricks   
    These are some of the things I've learned over the years taking care of my sponge filters and thought it may come in handy for some people.
     
    If you have any additional tricks, feel free to share!  We all need to help each other.
     
    Most of my experience has been with the XY 2831, however most of the models are pretty similar.  The pieces are like legos.  Pop them off, put them together.
     
    Double to Single
     
    So you can make a double a single if needed, by rearranging the pieces.  Pop off the air lift, pop off the side arm, pop them together and voila.  Nice to know if you have an extra filter around and a small tank.
     

     
     
    Even Flow
     
    After buying a sponge filter, take off the sponge and look at the sponge arm.  Looks kinda like a silencer on a gun.  Sometimes all the holes are not open due to plastic pooling during manufacturing.
     

     
    The plastic is soft, so just use a pair of scissors and put the point in the hole and twist.  By opening all the holes, you have a nice even draw across the sponge.
     

     
     
    Bubbles Have Slowed or Stopped
     
    So you say you are losing that air power?  Your air pump must not be working right?  Are you sure?  Pop off your air hose, and drop it in the water.  Still good power bubbles?  Then it's your air lift.  Let's fix it.
     
    There's three fixes that can be done.  Just depends where your blockage is.  I'll list in order of most likely to least likely, however having said that all three have happened to me at one point or another.
     
    Pop off your air lift tube, and take the 2nd inner tube out as well.
     

     
    Take a new small dollar store toothbrush
     

     
    and scrub the inside of the lift where the clear meets the black inside.  Sometimes some crud or a snail is lodged there.
     

     
     
    Still not clear?
     
    This is what the hole looks like inside the black air lift seat. 
     

     
    Sometimes the clear plastic lift tube gets pushed down too far and blocks the hole partly or totally.  It shouldn't do that, but sponge filters sometimes don't read their own instruction manuals.  Take some pliers or hemostats and pull that tube upward to expose more of the hole.  On some filters it is easy, on some it can be a struggle.  On the easy ones, sometimes you can wiggle them with your hands and pull up.  On the harder ones if you use your tool to move it back and forth like a wrench on a nut, it helps.
     
     
    Still not working?
     
    There is one more fix.  See the air hose hole?  A coffee straw is the perfect size for plunging.  Sometimes a tiny snail gets stuck in there.  By plunging that hole, you break up that snail shell and it gets expelled once the air hose is reattached.
     

     
     
    Air Pressure
     
    Air pressure to the sponge filter is actually a complicated relation of how long the air hose is, and how high or low the filter is placed.  In short, if the filter is on your bottom rack, and your air pump is high, it has to work harder to push down the air down there.  The same is true in your tank.  If your filter is located deeper in your aquarium, it is harder to push the air there than it is if it is located near the top of your aquarium.
     
    Soooo, if you have more than one filter on an air pump, and you move one to clean it or for another reason, when you place it back in, you may find the ratio of air going to your tank connections is off.  That's just because the placement of your filter is either higher or lower than it was before.
     
     
    Cleaning the Sponges
     
    Provided you are using a double sponge filter, clean one one week, and then give at least a week for that to recolonize before cleaning the other one.  If you don't, your bacteria colonies may crash and you'll start losing shrimp.
     
    To clean, squeeze the removed sponge in either removed tank water or RO, then replace.  Don't worry about shrimp getting into the sponge arm holes.  The tubes are hollow, nothing dangerous inside, and they'll find their way our with the current from the bubbles.
     
     
    My Sponge Feels Like Clay, or It's Now Hourglass Shaped
     
    You are either using a sponge as a prefilter, or it's been a super long time since you've cleaned your sponge.  Basically the pores are clogged. Clean the sponge and you'll be surprised how much crud/black water comes out.
     
     
    I hope this has helped some.  Feel free to add more tips and tricks.
  25. Like
    Soothing Shrimp reacted to mayphly in Aura Pinto   
    Today I found my aurabee mother berried by one of the f1's. This is some exciting stuff!

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