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    JSak reacted to Shrimpygirl in Substrate suggestions   
    My first Sighting of one of the babies!!! 
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    JSak reacted to Shrimpygirl in Substrate suggestions   
    I really appreciate the advice. My shrimp just had the babies the other day haven’t seen them yet. But excited. And found another one will eggs.  I agree with the SS GH/KH. I was nervous about this rout because I was worried it would cause PH swings because of the buffering substrate. That’s why I wanted you get an opinion on which I should use the SS GH+ or SS GH/KH. Yes I know it was making me feel bad about getting the wrong substrate advised by others. And was confused because they seam to be doing well on the substrate. 
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    JSak reacted to Danky808 in Beginning Nano Projects   
    I’m ecstatic right now! Finally someone who actually stuck to his Guarantee! Everything packaged very carefully, and ALL shrimp alive and healthy! 
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    JSak got a reaction from FaelynK in Is my tap water any good for neos?   
    I keep all of mine at room temp aside from my cardinal sulawesis that require more specific parameters. I try to keep my hobby as simple as possible for myself and for the shrimp as well. I've heard horror stories of heaters malfunctioning which could either cause it to shut off and drop the temp or constantly remain on and boil the shrimp. Even if it's not that likely, I didn't think it was worth the risk considering the shrimp would do just fine in room temp. I have about 15 or so tanks of neos, caridina and paracaridina and they all are doing very well and breeding for me just at room temp which I'm guessing can range from 68-75 F. 
     
    As stated earlier, higher temps increase the shrimp's metabolism, so they grow faster, breed faster, and also die faster. I keep green jade neos with my cardinal sulawesis in a tank that's set at roughly 80-85 F and I've noticed that the neos are significantly smaller than the other neos I have that are kept at room temp. I've heard that high temps can cause the shrimps to not grow as large and at least in my experience that seems to be the case. But again, this is based on my research and personal experiences so if it's working for you I'd say stick with it. One of the mottos I try to keep with shrimp keeping is "if it ain't broke don't fix it".
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    JSak got a reaction from uuaaayyy in Alternatives to Salty Shrimp/Reminalizer for TBs   
    I haven't tried any other remineralizing salt, but I've been using Salty Shrimp GH+ for my Caridina and GH/KH+ for my neos in the 5+ years I've been in this hobby with lots of success. As uuaaayyy stated, there are different sizes of the remineralizer you can buy. I bought the 450g one for about $20 on Amazon and I still have about 1/3 of it left after buying it about 5 months ago. How often you do water changes and how much water you take out also dictates how quickly you go through it. For me, I do water changes once a month taking out about 10% each time. I use 5 gallon buckets of RO water and add about 3/4 scoop to each bucket. I have 7 10 gallon tanks and 1 20 gallon tank with caridina in them, so it can last you a while. 
     
    That being said, I've also heard good things about Brightwell Caridina GH+, which is a liquid remineralizer. I've never used it, but Rob from Flip Aquatics supports it and I've learned almost everything I know about shrimp keeping from him so I take his advice/opinions with high regards. I believe he did mention that it's more dilute so although it may be easier to dose and possibly cheaper, you'll likely run out of it faster if you have large volumes of water you need to remineralize.
     
    For me, if I'm spending a lot of money on the actual shrimps, especially caridina since they're pretty pricey, I try to spend a little extra to ensure that they'll have the best chance to live and breed. I've had solid results from Salty Shrimp remineralizers, it appears to have been in the hobby for a very long time, and many hobbyists/breeders/youtubers use it, which to me shows that it's an effective product. I'm the type of person who likes to go with the consistent products that have the most support, especially when dealing with live animals. I've tried to go with cheaper alternatives for different things in my shrimp tanks and have paid the price for them. Not to say I won't jump at a cheaper product/option if it's available and shown to be effective (this is definitely an expensive hobby so I can understand trying to save) but for me, what it always comes down to is risk vs reward. Is the savings you get from one product worth the risk of going with the more expensive but consistent product? That's what I also ask myself when I see shrimps I want for a cheaper price from a site I've never ordered from before (also paid the price for that mistake). Hope this helps!
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    JSak reacted to uuaaayyy in Water parameters for cherry and blue velvet please   
    Dwarf shrimp water parameters, matches my experience, and for identifying species and water parameters for all other shrimp could be found on shrimp selling websites like ShrimpFever. I kept mine at 78F, they reproduced a lot, and at 72F, everything is a bit slower.
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    JSak reacted to uuaaayyy in Water parameters for cycling   
    Depends on what remineralizer, for what kind of shrimp, and it is not related to cycling, it should be the same, before and after cycling. You will me mixing water for water changes or for the first filling the tank, all the same.  Role of TDS in shrimp keeping.
     
    1. Salty Shrimp makes for neocaridina and shrimp, living in above pH 7 water Shrimp Mineral GH/KH+. When mixed with RO water, it makes a healthy replacement for tap water. You could aim for 180-200 ppm TDS, but I would make it to 6 dGH. Worked for my neos well. Cherry and velvets are neos.
     
    2. They also make Bee Mineral GH+, for soft water caridina (crystals, bees), for use with pH lowering substrate. It could be mixed anywhere from 80 to 150 ppm TDS, but I would aim for 5 dGH, also works well for my Taiwan bees. See Role of GH in shrimp keeping. But I am not an expert, started few years ago.
     
    TDS meter should be calibrated, and, when reading label, pay attention to units of measurements on it, it is in microsiemens (for EC pens) instead of ppm for TDS meters.
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    JSak reacted to FaelynK in Is my tap water any good for neos?   
    No worries mate! Moving is always "fun".
     
    Yeah, I remember titration from science class way back when, the fact that I never got the starting color just threw me for a loop! 🙃 I did make sure to cap and invert a time or two after every drop, although I admit by the third time I was just capping and giving a half hearted shake.
     
    I'm totally on board with RO or DI water, however the transport and storage would cause me issues and I can't afford an RO setup. Perhaps I could just get some GH+ to add in at least the required minerals up to preferred levels, or I might just bite the bullet and get a ZeroWater. I've been looking at those anyways for the hoomans, plus side - shrimps!
     
    Either way, I've got a starting point. I'm slowly accumulating the equipment, I'm going to go buy substrate next week. Gonna go Walstad I think with a large grain sand/ small grain gravel cap but I can't find any stones to use for my aquascape that I like that don't cost a zillion dollars with shipping. Any way I slice it though, this tank isn't even gonna be cycling for at least a month. 😕 Chickies come first... 🐣
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    JSak reacted to Danky808 in What’s up everyone!   
    Howsit!? Finally decided to make an account, I’ve been lurking for A few months. Was debating on trying to get me some Neos the whole time. 
     
    I’ve always been into Fish and other aquatics, had my fair share of Outdoor Freshwater Ponds/Tubs filled with Guppies,Opae,Crays, swordtails, Plecos, and then other tubs/tanks of Different Cichlids, Albino Oscars, and some others. 
     
    But once I saw these Neos, I was instantly in love. The colors are just out of the ordinary, way better to look at then the Brackish Water Opae Ula I’m used to having. Plus the Opae don’t really need much maintenance, most people just stick em in A jar with some rocks and shut the lid and forget about them haha!! 
     
    Anyways, I’m glad to be apart of this community now. Hopefully I can contribute some good info and not only take info from here! 
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    JSak got a reaction from bruce7267ad in Bacteria outbreak?   
    Yup looks like biofilm to me! Just the natural process of adding a new piece of driftwood to your tank. It happens everytime I add them to my tanks as well. It should go away over time 👍
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    JSak reacted to bruce7267ad in Water parameters for cycling   
    I'll have to re-find the video but from what I remember they where saying if you go above 150 TDS during cycling it does something to the bacteria or something. I'll have to ask Mark from marks shrimp tanks during his next live stream
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    JSak reacted to bruce7267ad in Bacteria outbreak?   
    O ok it just looks likes little pieces of cotton all over my different pieces of driftwood. I don't want to put any shrimp in yet because I want to age the tank Abit. Hopefully it goes away, looks kinda ugly lol
    Here's some pics. 
    Thanks guys.


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    JSak got a reaction from bruce7267ad in Water parameters for cycling   
    I’m not sure if I understand, but I don’t do anything special to my water when I’m cycling it vs. when I have shrimp in the tank. I use RO/DI water remineralizer with either Salty Shrimp GH+ or GH/KH+ to achieve the water parameters for the specific type of shrimp I’m planning to put in (cardinal vs neocaridina) and let it cycle with that water. This way the bacteria and microorganisms that grow in my tank develop in the parameters for the shrimp I’m planning to put in the tank. I try to keep things in my tank as consistent and stable as possible, even during the cycling process. 
     
    Hope that helps but maybe I’m misunderstanding your question. If so, could you tell me the youtubers that you watched who said this? I watch most of the popular shrimp tubers and learned basically everything I know about shrimp keeping from them.
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    JSak got a reaction from bruce7267ad in Bacteria outbreak?   
    That’s actually biofilm, which are microorganisms that typically grow on surfaces that’re rich in nutrients. Whenever I add a new piece of driftwood I get that biofilm as well. From my understanding it’s a good thing for a tank and can help promote the normal cycling process by promoting growth of microorganisms and beneficial bacteria. It should go away in a couple weeks but if you have shrimp they’ll most likely devour it. 
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    JSak got a reaction from FaelynK in Is my tap water any good for neos?   
    Sorry it took so long to get back to you. It's been a busy couple of weeks with moving and exams 😓  but yes, that's how the test works. It's called a titration reaction. I used to remember exactly how the reaction worked, but that was back in undergrad when I was taking my chem classes so I won't try to explain it 😂 but just to be sure, did you cap and invert the tubes each time you added a drop of the GH or KH solution, rather than adding a few drops then mixing it together? 
     
    GH is generally higher than KH, but one instance when KH can be higher than GH is if sodium bicarbonate is added because GH primarily measures calcium carbonate in the water, whereas KH measures the amount of carbonates in the water (carbonate hardness). I apologize if I mentioned it already, but one of the primary reasons I don't use tap water is because the city controls what's added to the water so my shrimp and I are basically at the mercy of whatever they decide to put in/treat the water with. 
     
    I'm sure neos would be fine and able to adapt to those parameters. Just make sure you get them from a good source and acclimate them properly 👍 
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    JSak reacted to FaelynK in Is my tap water any good for neos?   
    So my GH and KH kit got here today and I'm not sure I did the test right... either that or my water is weird.
     
    Firstly, kit bottles say they expire in 2024, so that's good. Liquid in bottles is bright yellow and dark green. Test tube caps suck as bad as my master kit ones... 😣
     
    Followed the instructions and KH took 9 drops to turn yellow. Color change was sudden and big. As I was adding drops it got darker and darker blue then the drops swirled as yellow for a moment and then bam! Yellow.
     
    GH... first drop never showed orange. Water was pale pale green tint. Second drop was definitely green.
     
    Isn't GH supposed to be higher than KH? General everything vs carbonate? I even went as far as to dump the test and try again... 3 times. Kept adding drops the third time, thinking it was supposed to turn orange and it was a typo in the instructions. Got to 14 drops and it just stayed dark green so I gave up.
     
    So, total parameters I have numbers on so far for my tap water are
    pH ~8.6
    Nitrate 0
    Nitrite 0
    Ammonia 0
    dGH 1-2?
    dKH 9
     
    What do you guys think?
     
     
    Also, side note and unrelated but I wanted to share...  my sponge filter came today too! Nice little Hygger double sponge with the media chambers. Whee!
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    JSak got a reaction from bruce7267ad in Is my tap water any good for neos?   
    @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.
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    JSak got a reaction from bruce7267ad in Is my tap water any good for neos?   
    @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. 
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    JSak got a reaction from bruce7267ad in Water parameters for cherry and blue velvet please   
    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!
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    JSak got a reaction from FaelynK in Is my tap water any good for neos?   
    @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.
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    JSak reacted to FaelynK in Is my tap water any good for neos?   
    @JSakThanks. I use bottled DI for my turtle tank (with ghosts in it) as of now but I was hoping I could switch to tap for the shrimp and skip remineralizing. Not sure if my county uses chlorine or chlorimide, I heard Prime takes care of both?
     
    I know of a couple other people in the same county that keep neo tanks, but they use RO water as they have other large aquariums and are on well water that is massively out of parameter. I'm one of the "lucky" ones hooked up to city water.
     
    Checked tracking and looks like the test kits are slated to be here around Wednesday. I'm chomping the bit to get started, I know I've got a long cycle and grow in ahead of me before I even see a shrimpie!
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    JSak reacted to stewiembee in My Shirmp disappeared   
    I dont have a GH or KH test kit sadly. I'll have to take some water into my local fish store for an analysis. Thanks for the tip.
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    JSak reacted to plainredpanda in Blue steel(boa gene) F2 question   
    I think line breeding is pretty straight forward with these guys as with other lines. They're essentially extremely high grade galaxy fishbones from what I've been able to discern, line bred for the larger pattern coverage. 
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    JSak reacted to plainredpanda in Blue steel(boa gene) F2 question   
    So I'm getting 8 Blue steel from White Boa parents tomorrow. I see quite a lot of information on things like taiwan bee x tiger mischlings, but when it comes to two lines that are already cross breeds how do the traits manifest? Is it still possible to get a pinto and blue steel as visual genes? Or am I just likely to get percentages of each shrimps lineage rather than a combination of the traits.  My plan is to hopefully get some boas and work on that line individually, but if the possibility of blue steel white boas is there, it may be an interesting project for me.   
     
    Any insight is much appreciated, I've been scouring for any information I can get. 
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    JSak reacted to T0adman in Shrimp Food   
    So, I got the glasgarten bacter ae, which I have been dosing very carefully. I read that even the suggested amount can be dangerous in a tank without airarion, which mine doesn’t have. So, I figured it’s better to be cautious, especially since I don’t have any shrimplets yet. 
     
    I also got the shrimp king variety pack since you guys seemed to recommend the brand. I found that they seem to love everything except the 5 leaf mix, which they completely ignore. Not even the snails want to eat it. It’s been there 2 days, so I guess I’ll just remove it and probably throw the rest away. I’ll probably order full size packs of the rest. Sounds like a mix of the mineral, protein, complete and snowflakes will be a healthy balanced diet with some boiled mulberry leaves mixed in once spring comes. 
     
    I didn’t try any blueberry skins yet, but think it’ll be a good excuse for my wife to make some muffins this weekend. 
     
    Anyway, everything seems to be going well. I’m finding it hard not to set up a new tank right away to get some red pintos. I’m already using Rodi and have fluval stratum as a substrate, how hard can they be? I can even make the excuse that the blue neos would probably be happier in a tank with fluorite over the stratum so they can have a ph above 7.
     
    Thanks again for all the advice 
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