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  1. That's hilarious you mentioned that. I'm actually trying to get rid of her batch for the reasons you mentioned. I purchased my "blue dreams" a few months ago, with pretty bad cull rates, and finding out from some shrimpers that the culls suggest they are blue diamonds, so I was very disappointed in the stock and her knowledge regarding what she's even selling. The ones that are blue, look great, but it's maybe 50% or less that comes out that way. The others are brown/black/clear. Sadly, doesn't seem like they do, just checked their website. Thanks though.
  2. Hi, I am looking for deep blue diamonds with low culling rates and are consistent in color or Super Tigers that are used to 7.0 + ph / neo parameters. Please recommend any potential sellers if you know of any.
  3. It depends on the snail. "Pest" snails might outcompete as per the other poster, but they will also help ensure you don't have to clean-up your food since they will clear up whatever excess there is. Ornamental snails, some are great algae cleaners (nerite), some are great for getting rid of other snails (assassin), some do turn over the substrate (assassin and I think mystery/apple?) They all have their various cons as well, so it's hard to say. I find most snails to be pests as I don't find them attractive AND multiple too much, assassin snails are my favorite
  4. Hey all, I purchased a batch of cherries about 2 months ago for my 40 gallon and I quickly got bored of them. I'm looking to sell off my colony to make room for a more exotic neo and thus can't keep them around. These shrimp range from a minority being Sakura grade/High Grade Fire Reds, with majority being considered Mid Grade Fire Reds. The Sakura's are usually/only males. I'm not too familiar with selling cherries but googling seems to sell these for around $3.50 to $5.00 per but I will sell for less. Information and pictures below. Mid Grade Cherries (mostly) A
  5. Hydra - That sounds right. Planaria - Has a triangular/arrow shaped/phallic shaped head. Buy Fenbendazole today, found in walmart, local pet stores. It's a dog dewormer so will be best to go to a dog pet store if you can't find it elsewhere. Refer to the link below for the instructions and a picture of the brand/box. I got the exact same one. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBVyuNseT90 For hydra, I did .1 (note the decimal in case it's too tiny to see) grams for my 20 gallon. The instructions say to do .1 per 10 gallon, but it wasn't necessary (followed this
  6. 1. Tap or RO? Perhaps your tap water contains toxic (for shrimp) substances (i.e. copper). You will need to consider RO if that's the case. 2. My biggest suspicion is the following: You're mentioning a lot of microorganisms, a 29 gallon tank is a lot of room for all kinds especially if it's been well fed and you only have otocinclus (non-carnivorous meaning all the organisms stay alive and reproduce). You should check to see if you have planaria/hydra or other parasites. You can youtube/google those keywords and check your tank thoroughly to ensure they aren't there (it's a big tank thou
  7. How do you guys make your own food? Leaves...? You guys just go around picking up leaves and that works?
  8. ph/gh/kh on your bloody mary and dream blues?
  9. Hey all, Looking to start a caridina tank and would optimally breed/sell them to offset the initial/reoccurring costs of fish keeping. What would you say is the most popular that would always be in demand between ~7-20 or best bang for buck if you will? I quit for several years and OEBTs were popular then, it doesn't seem to be the case now compared to royal blues/etc for instance. Thanks!
  10. Thanks, I'll unfortunately have to hold off on the R/O for now, I have one back in storage (5 hour drive away) that I've never used before I quit the hobby. It be too wasteful for me to buy a new one so I will try to get that within 1-2 months. Hopefully it won't present too much of an issue, I noticed most of the shrimp breeders I've encountered in NYC who were successful did not use R/O, including a person breeding the rarer and expensive caridinas (king kong/blue bolt/pinto/red wine/etc). So hopefully this is a sign that the R/O won't be an immediate need. I didn't quite und
  11. To clarify, given the water parameters of NYC on how low it is on everything, isn't the tap water already accomplishing what the R/O unit was for? I have purchased the Salty Shrimp GH/KH, it will arrive in 4 days... Hopefully it won't be too long for the shrimp I already have. I heard the KH will increase the pH of the tank significantly, isn't this fixing one issue but creating another? How do you recommend I mineralize the water with this product? Assuming that it's 40 TDS, how much will I need to put in to reach the 200? I don't yet have a gh/kh tester and will
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